Barings appoints new head of China Equities

Baring Asset Management has announced the appointment of Laura Luo to the role of head of Hong Kong China Equities.

Luo will report to Wilfred Sit, Chief Investment Officer, Asia and will be based in Hong Kong and replaces Agnes Deng who has left the firm.

Lou will be responsible for managing the Hong Kong China equities team as well as being lead manager on the Baring Hong Kong China Fund and segregated portfolios.

Winston Ke, who has materially contributed to the portfolio management of the strongly performing China A-share product since its inception, will become lead manager on the Baring China A-Share Fund and all China A-Share segregated portfolios, effective immediately. He will report to Laura.

Marino Valensise, Chief Investment Officer at Barings commented: “Our flagship mutual fund in China, the US$2.3 billion Baring Hong Kong China Fund, was launched in 1982; reaching its 30th anniversary last year. In 2010 we launched the Baring China A-Share Fund, offering investors access to the domestic China equity market through our QFII status and quota, and preparing for the gradual opening up of this market to wider access. For long-term investors, we continue to see compelling investment opportunities across these high-growth markets.

“We are very pleased to be welcoming Laura to Barings to add her vast experience of managing and researching Greater China equities to our team.”

Luo has over 17 years’ experience of researching and investing in Hong Kong China equities. She joins from Schroder Investment Management where she worked for over 12 years. Since 2002 she has been lead manager on several Hong Kong China equity funds, responsible for assets under management of over $2bn. This includes the Schroder International Selection Fund: China Opportunities, which she has managed since it launched in 2006. Previously she was head of China Equity Research at a sell-side institution.


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