UK- Merrill Lynch Investment Managers has appointed Steven Blackie as relationship manager for UK pension funds. He will report to Sarah Aitken, head of UK institutional relationship management at MLIM.

Blackie, 39, joins from Edinburgh Fund Managers where he was Investment Director and head of the Latin American department. Prior to joining Edinburgh in 1997, he was a fund manager at Scottish Life.

“He has real fund management experience which clients always value,” says a spokeswoman. Blackie’s appointment sees him join a team of twenty five.

Merrill Lynch is one of the world's largest investment managers with approximately $1.4trn in assets.