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Magazine Issues » December 2022

2022 Funds Europe Award winners

European Asset Management Firm of the Year (assets between €20 billion and €100 billion)

Winner – Mirova

Funds Europe recognises Mirova for its innovative approach to sustainable investing and for an initiative to make a private equity ‘impact’ fund available to retail investors. Based in Paris with Natixis Investment Managers as its parent company, Mirova has €25.5 billion in assets under management, 162 employees and a longstanding commitment to sustainable investing.

There has been significant investment in companies involved in sustainability and climate change. In June 2022, Mirova acquired SunFunder, a specialist in emerging market and clean energy and climate investment.

In late September, the firm launched two bond funds categorised as Article 9 under the SFDR. As Hervé Guez, the CIO of equity and fixed income and social impact at Mirova, said: “Today, more than ever, we must give priority to financing that contributes to environmental and social development.”

Shortlisted

AGF Investments – Founded in 1957 and headquartered in Canada, AGF is a diversified global asset management firm with retail, institutional, alternative and high-net-worth businesses. It has approximately $40 billion in global assets under management and fee-earning assets, serving more than 800,000 investors.

GQG Partners – The US-based investment boutique manages global and emerging market equities for institutions, advisers and individuals. In the last 12 months, the firm has looked to grow its European presence, especially in the UK, where it has appointed a director of UK wholesale in recent weeks.

Polar Capital – Founded in 2001, the specialist, active fund manager added a sustainable thematic equity team in 2021 following on from its acquisition of UK-based boutique asset manager Dalton Capital.

StepStone Capital – This global private markets firm has offices in Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Rome and Zurich. StepStone’s approach is based on expanding access to private markets for high-net-worth investors.