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Natixis launches thematics boutique

Launch-ribbon-cuttingNatixis Investment Managers, the Paris-based multi-affiliate active investment group, has launched a new boutique company that will specialise in thematic equity funds.

Thematics Asset Management will provide investors with access to a wide range of high conviction and active global thematic strategies, including safety, water, artificial intelligence and robotics.

Many of the senior staff of the new concern are former Pictet Asset Management staffers including Karen Kharmandarian, who will be chairman and chief investment officer, and Mohammed Amor, who has been appointed managing partner and head of development.

The investment team will also include Arnaud Bisschop, Frédéric Dupraz and Nolan Hoffmeyer, who joined Natixis Investment Managers in November last year and Simon Gottelier who joins as a senior portfolio manager on the water strategy.

“The addition of Thematics Asset Management to our lineup of affiliated managers makes a substantial contribution to our global equity range and provides our investors around the world with access to distinctive thematic strategies,” said Jean Raby, chief executive of Natixis Investment Managers.

“The team’s strong expertise, proven track record and highly-active investment approach fit perfectly within our multi-affiliate model.”

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