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Kempen Capital Management has hired four senior staff from Swiss fiduciary group Altis Investment Management.

The €46bn asset manager appointed Richard Jacobs, Sven Smeets, Edzard Potgieser, and Bram Bikker. They all join from Altis’ 16-strong leadership team. Altis runs €45bn in assets and is part of Dutch NN Group.

Jacobs and Smeets were managing directors at Altis IM. Potgieser was senior portfolio manager for alternative investments. Bikker was head of equity and fixed income, responsible for beta and factor investment strategies.

The appointments follow in particular Kempen’s increased focus on fiduciary management. The company said it also wanted to create private markets solutions as well as to further innovate on external manager selection.

Commenting on the extension of the team, Paul Gerla, Kempen’s chief executive, said the appointments were part of the company’s strategy to grow internationally in solutions and investment products.

Last month, Kempen named Gerard Roelofs as director of client solutions, succeeding Jan Bertus Molenkamp, Kempen’s director of fiduciary management.

Roelofs, who was previously on the management team of NN Investment Partners, is to focus on extending the asset manager’s international proposition, including fiduciary management.

Kempen also appointed Ben Kramer as director of institutional relations and marketing, beginning on 1 April.

Kramer will become head of the team that serves pension funds and insurers and will be tasked in particular with further extending Kempen’s international position, both for solutions and investment products.

He joins from F&C – since 2014 part of BMO Group – where was Dutch country head and executive director for nine years.

A spokeswoman for NN IP said that Altis’s role within fiduciary services would remain unchanged.

She added, however, that its focus may shift in the direction of service provision for alternative investments as a consequence of increased demand for passive investment in traditional asset classes.

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