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William Blair launches three Sicav funds

US_congressUS boutique asset manager William Blair has launched three Luxembourg-domiciled Sicav funds which offer exposure to US small caps and US small-mid caps as well as a global socially-responsible investment (SRI) fund.

The firm’s US Small Cap Growth Strategy and US Small-Mid Cap Core Strategy aim to provide strong long-term investment returns by investing in companies that demonstrate market leadership unique products or processes or strong marketing capabilities.

The small cap fund will be managed by Mike Balkin and Ward Sexton while the small-mid cap fund will be managed by Dan Crowe, Rob Lanphier, and Ward Sexton.

The Global Leaders SRI (Socially Responsible Investing) Strategy will avoid investing in companies that do not respect international human rights conventions and companies that derive a significant portion of their revenues from activities deemed not compliant with sustainable investment principles. The strategy will be managed by Andy Flynn and Ken McAtamney.

“We are pleased to launch three new funds that extend our range of global strategies available to European investors,” said Tom Ross, William Blair’s head of European distribution.

“There has been increased interest from clients for our investment strategies, and we are pleased to be expanding the share class of all our Sicav funds to be available to the growing wholesale market.”

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