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    Fiera Capital: Montreal’s succession story

    December 2023 (Magazine)

    If Fiera Capital were a retail store it might need a big shop window. It is perhaps better known in the institutional world outside Canada for strategies like real assets – particularly given its established presence in the UK property sector – but Fiera is a full-service asset manager that is also a big deal in its home town of Montreal. The figurative shop window offers everything from Canadian bonds to global equities, and includes a comprehensive suite of real assets and lending strategies.

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    Opening private markets to smaller investors

    November 2023 (magazine)

    “One of the biggest differentiators for us in comparison to other private markets businesses is our focus on the use of technology within the business,” says Hartley Rogers, chair of Hamilton Lane. 

  • Stan Mosse
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    Stan Moss, Polen Capital CEO: High conviction is the lifeblood of investing

    October 2023 (magazine)

    The shift in macroeconomic conditions throughout 2022 must have been a relief for active managers from one perspective at least. For over a decade of low interest rates and low volatility they have had fewer chances to showcase their skills.

  • Paul Lorentz
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    Paul Lorentz, Manulife Asset & Wealth Management: Canada to Europe, via Asia

    September 2023 (Magazine)

    Values are changing rapidly in the world of asset management. Leaders come and go, but perhaps less so than in the past, and loyalty to a company is increasingly appreciated by clients, as a sign of commitment and stability.  

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    Franklin Templeton’s Jenny Johnson: Finding the way through the noise

    July/August 2023 (Magazine)

    When Jenny Johnson arrives, the atmosphere changes. She is composed, smiling and friendly and her boundless energy fills the room.

  • Rendu de Lint, Christel
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    Vontobel: Builders in a changing landscape

    June 2023 (Magazine)

    Christel Rendu de Lint, a veteran of Swiss asset and wealth management, sees herself as a builder. This claim has justification given her track record at UBP, where she built a fixed-income capability from scratch to CHF20bn (€20.5bn) over 12 years.

  • ISABELLE GIROLAMI
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    LCH: The other side of the mirror

    May 2023 (Magazine)

    Isabelle Girolami undoubtedly has a strong background in financial services, having worked for a range of very different institutions in very different roles. She was COO at the fixed income division of BNP Paribas, before going on to a similar role at Bear Stearns, the bank that failed early in 2008 and which was subsumed into JP Morgan. Prior to her current role at LCH she was global head of markets at Crédit Agricole.

  • Stefanie Drews Nikko AM
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    Nikko Asset Management: Complex, creative thinking

    April 2023 (Magazine)

    Stefanie Drews is at home with complexity. She speaks several languages fluently, including Japanese, and tells us she still does her maths in Italian. 

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    Bain Capital: Vintage private equity

    March 2023 (Magazine)

    “In our world,  it is quite easy to describe what we do, but it is very hard to do it,” says Robin Marshall, partner at Bain Capital. That statement encapsulates the concept of private equity and is also an effective introduction to his firm. Private equity may be a straightforward idea, but in reality it is an incredibly complex undertaking, which is why the asset class remains a non-core allocation within institutional portfolios.

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    Impax rides the sustainability wave

    February 2023 (magazine)

    One investment analyst sums up Impax Asset Management as a “pure sustainability play”. And certainly, according to founder and CEO Ian Simm, the core thesis of Impax is to “make the most of the investment opportunities offered by the transition to a more sustainable economy”. These are “on the scale of the Industrial Revolution”, Simm believes.

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    Newton’s Euan Munro: Seeking the best of both worlds

    January 2023 (Magazine)

    Euan Munro has built a formidable reputation in asset management, developing a major multi-asset absolute return strategy at Standard Life Asset Management in the 2000s. But the fortunes of his once mighty Global Absolute Return Strategy (GARS), now managed by Abrdn, have wavered as multi-asset strategies have fallen out of favour.

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    Mirova’s Philippe Zaouati: realistically optimistic

    December 2022 (Magazine)

    Asset management CEOs tend to be a clever bunch, but there cannot be many who are familiar with the work of Antonio Gramsci, the 20th century Italian socialist philosopher. 

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    17Capital’s Pierre-Antoine de Selancy: Navigating NAV lending

    November 2022 (Magazine)

    Pierre-Antoine de Selancy has just left a meeting with his company’s new majority shareholder, Oaktree, and is running a little late. His days are busy. De Selancy is founder and managing partner of 17Capital, a London-based boutique specialised in providing NAV finance to private equity managers.

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    LGIM’s Michelle Scrimgeour: ambitions for growth

    October 2022 (Magazine)

    Michelle Scrimgeour and her executive team set out their strategic growth priorities in November 2020, a little more than a year after she had taken over as CEO of Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM). They agreed to grow the business by focusing on existing strengths: to modernise, diversify and to internationalise.

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    Strategically speaking interview: Italian, global and poised for growth

    September 2022 (Magazine)

    In asset management, three years can be a short or a long time, depending on many factors, including market conditions. To some asset management executives, the second half of the 2010s perhaps felt like an endless slog, due to the intense competition for market share and outperformance within the seemingly never-ending bull market. The first two years of the new decade have certainly elapsed more quickly, thanks to the historical significance of the events that have occurred.

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    Strategically speaking interview: Jose Minaya, Nuveen

    July/August 2022 (Magazine)

    Asset managers with a yield-hungry pension investor as a parent nowadays usually have to diversify their footprint into private markets, often by acquisitions in one form or another. 

  • Edwin Conway
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    Strategically speaking interview: Edwin Conway, BlackRock Alternative Investors

    June 2022 (Magazine)

    Many asset owners focus on the return streams available from private markets investments and the diversification effect of private equity, debt or any of the other flavours available in this sector of the market.

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    Strategically speaking interview: Sandro Pierri, BNP Paribas Asset Management

    May 2022 (Magazine)

    Like many of his counterparts at large asset management firms, Sandro Pierri is mindful of how global trends are influencing his clients and the best ways for his firm to address them. 

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    Strategically speaking interview: Redwheel’s new CEO

    April 2022 (Magazine)

    Last August, RWC Partner’s chief executive Dan Mannix left the company, and the head of business development, Tord Stallvik took over. Soon afterwards, the company rebranded as Redwheel – RWC was an acronym for Red Wheel Capital.

  • MARK CALNAN - WTW
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    Strategically speaking – WTW: Democratising private markets

    March 2022 (Magazine)

    WTW’s ill-fated merger with Aon, announced at the outset of the pandemic in early March 2020, would have shaken up the corporate insurance brokerage market. It would also have created an outsourced CIO (OCIO) giant to compete with Mercer in terms of delegated assets under management (AUM).