EUROPE – Crédit Agricole Asset Management (CAAM) has entered into partnership with Watson Wyatt, the global investment consultancy, to develop CAAM’s multi-manager fund business across continental Europe.

The deal provides CAAM with access to Wyatt’s research into fund of funds manager selection and is exclusive in relation to multi-management mutual funds in France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Wyatt will also provide consultancy and advice to CAAM’s independent and dedicated multi-manager investment team that was set up at the beginning of the year to develop CAAM’s pan-European multi-manager operations.

Says Pascal Voisin, executive vice president of CAAM: “Through this association, our clients will reap the benefit of the highest quality expertise in terms of identifying and selecting the best fund management.”

Nick Watts, head of Wyatt’s European investment practice adds: “This agreement is a logical extension of our independent consultant role and is one to which we attach strategic importance, because it helps us to extend our investment manager research into the core of the mutual fund world.”

The announcement comes at the same time that four CAAM equity sub-funds of the Luxembourg domiciled CA-Funds SICAV range received an A rating from Standard & Poor’s. The relevant funds are CA-Funds North America, Europe Sector Selection, Global Equities and Asian Renaissance.