BNPP IP teams up with Asian boutique

BNP Paribas Investment Partners and Orion Partners, an Asia-focused alternative investment firm specialising in real estate and private equity, have announced a strategic partnership.

The Paris-headquartered asset manager will acquire a minority stake in a new partnership based in Hong Kong via its alternative and incubation specialist BNP Paribas Capital Partners (BNPP CP).

Orion Partners will remain independent in all its businesses and investment decisions. No changes will affect the firm’s management.

BNPP CP and Orion Partners have unveiled plans to develop and launch new funds to meet a rising client demand for Asia-focused alternative investment funds.

These new strategies will target retail and institutional investors throughout the world using BNPP IP’s platform and global distribution capabilities and Orion Partners’ local expertise.

Gilles Guérin, CEO of BNPP CP, said : “The partnership with Orion Partners provides us with an excellent opportunity to broaden the exposure to the fast-growing alternative investment opportunities in Asia, managed by a leading Asian-based and Asian-focused firm.”

BNPP IP’s assets under management totalled €509bn  as at end September 2015 while Orion Partners had $1bn (€920m) AUM as at end September 2015.

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