Switzerland’s Plenum Investments to launch Pulsar product line

Swiss boutique Plenum Investments, which specialises in alternative strategies, has amalgamated its non-insurance-linked investment solutions into a new product line called Pulsar.

Plenum chief executive Rainer Gruenig said the move will strengthen two brands. The Plenum brand will remain focused on insurance-linked funds and mandate solutions (ILS). All other alternative and traditional strategies will be managed and marketed under the new Pulsar product line.

Plenum ILS solutions are geared towards peak risk management, while the Pulsar product line has a strong risk-oriented investment approach.

Plenum has also hired the experienced team of Heiko Bailer and his colleagues Simeon Stoitzev and Simon Otziger.

Bailer began his financial career in 1999 at Deutsche Bank Global Markets Fixed Income in New York. In 2002, he resumed his doctoral work with support of the Endowment Fund of the University of Washington, for whom he developed key quantitative investment models.

In 2005, after receiving his PhD, he joined ABN-Amro’s Delta One Trading Group in London, and in 2007, he moved to Zurich-based Harcourt Investment Consulting, a $5bn Fund of Hedge Funds.

In October 2008, he left Harcourt to co-found PinInvest and to act as the investment manager of the BluePin Fund – a multi-strategy offshore fund. A year later, he co-founded Corepoint Capital, and then served as its chief adviser when he joined Credit Suisse’s Private Bank as Head of Quantitative Solutions in May 2010.

Since September 2011, he has been fully focused on Corepoint Capital as its chief investment officer. Stoitzev, with experience at HSBC Private Bank and Unigestion, also worked at Corepoint from 2011.

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