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Global Investor/ISF award winners 2012
04 July 2012
A full report on the winning and highly commended firms in the Global Investor/ISF Investment Excellence Awards
The winners of the Global Investor/ISF Investment Excellence Awards 2012 were revealed on Thursday evening during a gala dinner at the Grange St Paul's Hotel in London. The awards recognise the best contributions to asset management and asset servicing over the past 12 months.
The awards recognise the best contributions to asset management and asset servicing over the past 12 months. The winners were determined by a panel of seven independent judges including City editor of the Evening Standard Anthony Hilton, former UK cabinet minister and co-founder of Evercore Pan-Asset John Redwood, and editor of Global Investor/ISF Alastair O'Dell.
The other judges were: Steve Delo, PAN Group and former president of the Pensions Management Institute; Richard Butcher, managing director, Pitmans Trustees; Ed Bowsher, managing editor, LoveMoney.com; and Ben Gunnee, European director, Mercer Investment Consulting.
Asset manager of the year: Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM)
LGIM has won this year’s asset management of the year title, which is a huge achievement as the award received the highest number of nominations out of all the categories. LGIM was chosen partly for the launch of several innovative products in 2011, including a new pooled liability hedge fund range and an exchange-traded fund based on a bespoke commodity index.
Mark Zinkula, CEO of Legal & General Investment Management, said: "As a firm we have worked hard to ensure that we consistently deliver strong performance, innovative solutions, and excellent service to our clients. This award recognises Legal & General Investment Management's dedication and commitment to delivering outstanding results."
Highly commended: Investec Asset Management has increased its AuM by $5bn since December 2011 and has been hiring to expand distribution into Europe.
Asset management CEO of the year: Shachi Shah, head of Funds and Advisory at Barclays
Shah has overseen the development of the business from a small team of three to 150 in just seven years with £18.2bn of AuM. Over the years she has led the development of the asset manager’s multi-asset capabilities, customised solutions and quantitative model. Shachi Shah, head of Funds and Advisory at Barclays, said: “It is a great personal and professional honour and privilege to receive this award. This award recognises the excellence of the Funds and Advisory group at Barclays. Our joint commitment and dedication to excellence for our clients will continue.”
Highly commended: Robin Geffen, fund manager, CEO and founder of Neptune Investment Management came highly commended for his work on developing its investment process and track record in equity investment.
Global equities manager: Neptune Investment Management
Neptune Investment Management is this year’s top global equities manager. Achievements over the past 12 months included winning a Gold Standard Award for fund management for the third year in a row. Neptune’s global equity strategy has had long-term out-performance, reaching £2.8bn in AuM as of the end of February.
Richard Green, deputy managing director of Neptune, commented: “We are delighted to have been named Global Equities Manager of the Year, recognising our expertise and long-term performance in this area. We believe that Neptune’s team based global research and active management approach were important in securing this prestigious award in challenging conditions."
Highly commended: Ashmore Investment Management has made several achievements this year including acquiring a majority stake in US equities manager Emerging Markets Management, now known as Ashmore EMM.
Global fixed income manager: AllianceBernstein
AllianceBernstein’s accomplishments this year include focusing on emerging market debt by hiring Shamaila Khan, a portfolio manager with extensive experience in emerging market corporate. The firm is now working on introducing an emerging markets corporates fund to allow clients to capture less leverages and more liquid corporates, and take advantage of improving credit ratings and lower default rates.
Arif Husain, AllianceBernstein’s director of European fixed income, said: “We are delighted to have won this award, which recognises the benefits of our stable global fixed-income team and investment process. The award recognises how the team has responded and adapted to the many opportunities and challenges in the current market environment.”
Highly commended: Rogge Global Partners has been developing its fixed income business by introducing a selective opportunities strategy and an enhanced passive credit strategy as well as increasing its AuM by €2bn last year.