Unigestion adds to cross asset solutions team

HiredInstitutional asset manager Unigestion has appointed Luca Simoncelli and Florian Ielpo to join its cross asset solutions team, which is expanding its global presence.

Simoncelli joins the team in London and will be jointly responsible for global macro management and for developing the cross asset solutions business amongst institutional clients in the UK.

He joins from BlackRock where he was a director and portfolio manager within the firm’s multi-asset diversified strategies team in London, overseeing a range of asset allocation products targeted at both institutional and retail investors globally. Prior to this he was a portfolio manager for Merrill Lynch Investment Managers.

Ielpo has been appointed head of macroeconomic research in the cross asset solutions team. He will be based in Geneva and responsible for macro modelling and scenario planning.

Ielpo comes to Unigestion from Lombard Odier Investment Managers, where he was responsible for fundamentals modelling and designing improvements to the investment processes of the firm’s fixed income strategies. An experienced academic researcher with a PhD in financial econometrics, he began his career as an econometrician at Pictet Asset Management.

On top of these appointments, Olivier Blin, investment manager in the cross asset solutions team currently based in Geneva, is relocating to London to further strengthen the team’s UK presence, following increased demand for risk-based investment solutions from the UK institutional market.

Alongside Guilhem Savry, based in Geneva, Simoncelli, Ielpo and Blin are portfolio managers of the Unigestion Cross-Asset Navigator fund, launched last year. They all report to Jerome Teiletche, head of cross asset solutions at Unigestion.

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