Nikko Asset Management Adds Global Equity Capability to Investment Suite

Press Release

5 August 2014
  • Highly experienced global equity team underscores Nikko Asset Management's commitment to being a premier global asset manager

The addition of a highly experienced global active equity capability is Nikko Asset Management's latest move in fortifying its investment offering to clients, the company announced today. The Tokyo-based firm has brought in a team of six portfolio managers, led by William Low, who previously managed the high-alpha equity team at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (now owned by Aberdeen Asset Management).

"We are excited that we have been able to attract this highly successful investment team in an area where we believe we can add value to clients' portfolios," said Yu-Ming Wang, global head of investment at Nikko Asset Management. "The track record that Will Low and his five colleagues have assembled demonstrates that they are exceptionally qualified as active global equity managers, and we look forward to their contribution to our European business."

In 2001, while at BlackRock, Low formed and led an EAFE* team that was known for its strong alpha track record. In 2011, Low joined Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, where he led the formation of a global equity team that included Stephen Corr, James Kinghorn, Greig Bryson, Iain Fulton and Johnny Russell. From its inception, the team provided an excellent alpha track record in global equities in addition to continuing to manage EAFE mandates.

"We are delighted that Nikko Asset Management will be the new home for our team. We clearly share a vision for making global equities a key source of growth for the overall firm," Low commented. "We've been impressed with Nikko Asset Management's commitment to providing world-class investment products to clients, and this arrangement allows us to do what we do best, which is concentrate on well-researched, high-conviction ideas to deliver alpha in global equity strategies for our clients."

The team, which manages benchmark-agnostic, long-only global equity portfolios, will continue to be based in Edinburgh, Scotland, and will work closely with Nikko Asset Management's fullservice European headquarters in London, covering sales and marketing, client service, operations, information technology, legal and trading functions.

Nikko Asset Management has been expanding its investment capabilities recently. In October 2013, it acquired a specialist Asian equity team from Sydney-based Treasury Asia Asset Management, and in March 2014 it brought in a multi-asset capability, which is based in Singapore.

*EAFE: Europe, Australasia, Far East
**Past performance should not be considered indicative or a guarantee of future results.

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About Nikko Asset Management

With USD203.9 billion* under management, Nikko Asset Management is one of Asia’s largest asset managers, providing high-conviction, active fund management across a range of equity, fixed income, multi-asset and alternative strategies. In addition, its complementary range of passive strategies covers more than 20 indices and includes some of Asia’s leading exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

Headquartered in Asia since 1959, Nikko Asset Management and its subsidiaries employ personnel representing around 30 nationalities, including approximately 200 investment professionals**. The firm has a presence through subsidiaries or affiliates in a total of 11 countries and regions. More than 400 banks, brokers, financial advisors and life insurance companies around the world distribute the firm’s products.

The investment teams benefit from a unique global perspective complemented by the firm's historic Asian DNA, striving to deliver consistent excellence in performance. The firm also prides itself on its progressive, solution-driven approach, which has led to many innovative funds launched for its clients.

For more information about Nikko Asset Management and to access its investment insights, please visit the firm’s homepage.

* Consolidated assets under management and sub-advisory of Nikko Asset Management and its subsidiaries as of .
** Including employees of Nikko Asset Management and its subsidiaries as of .

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