Firm of the Year
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An international property investment management business, Aberdeen Property Investors has a local presence, international reach and an independent approach. The firm’s core philosophy is to provide an integrated property service and a development and investment service to its clients. Its local presence particularly impressed judges. A good presentation caused another to remark: “They seem to know what they are talking about.” BlueBay Asset Management
Founded in 2001, BlueBay is one of the largest specialist managers of fixed income credit products in Europe with a total of $21bn in assets under management as at June 2008. BlueBay focuses on managing assets within a single defined asset class while applying an absolute-return mindset to a disciplined and risk controlled investment process. “They have done well for their clients and negotiated the markets very well,” a judge said. Reech CBRE Alternative Real Estate
A unique model, good performance and good timing for its Iceberg fund launch attracted judges to Reech CBRE Alternative Real Estate. The firm is a joint venture between a derivatives and risk management house and a real estate services company. Judges recognised the firm’s claim that the partnership brings together a unique combination of market knowledge, analysis, data and professional expertise, coupled with the quantitative, trading and risk management sell-side expertise from proven individuals.