Manulife AM expands institutional business in Europe

Manulife Asset Management has announced an expansion of its institutional sales network with hire in its sales team.

This includes expanding James Chen’s role to head of Institutional Business & Relationship Management, International,  from head of Institutional Business & Relationship Management, Asia, and hiring James Wheeler as head of Institutional Sales, Europe & Middle East.

Chen commented: “I am thrilled to lead the expansion of Manulife Asset Management’s sales  network into the European institutional market and welcome James Wheeler to the team. Based in the company’s  Hong Kong office, Wheeler will draw on his extensive institutional sales experience in the European market to deliver our increasingly diverse range of public market and private asset investment opportunities to institutional
investors in the region.”

Manulife Asset Management’s European market entry builds on its success in Asia, where its extensive on-the-ground footprint, broad investment capabilities and product offerings have helped it secure a string of institutional wins that include central bank, sovereign wealth fund and public pension fund mandates.

Wheeler has more than 12 years of experience in the financial services industry. He spent the past nine years with  Legal & General Investment Management in London, including the last six years as Senior Client Sales &  Relationship Manager focusing on European institutional clients. During this time he developed a strong network of  relationships with large pension funds, insurance companies and investment consultants in the region. Prior to that  he worked with International Financial Data Services and the Royal Bank of Scotland.


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