US manager Janus opens Paris office

US asset manager Janus Capital International has opened an office in Paris, the company’s sixth office in Europe after London, Frankfurt, Milan, The Hague and most recently Zurich.

Augie Cheh (pictured), President of Janus Capital International, said the office “marks an important step in our international growth”. It also “confirms the success of our distinct but highly complementary investment specialists Janus, INTECH and Perkins, covering equity and bond investment solutions and targeted to European investors”, he said.

Sylvain Agar, Janus’ head of French speaking Europe said the new office followed six years of developing the local customer case, with some strong growth despite market volatility. Assets under management are now some €1bn.

Agar, previously at a business development role at TriAlpha Investment Advisors, and part of a diplomatic exchange in the banking and finance Sectors in Taiwan, has studied in France, at Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, and The University of New Mexico.

He will be supported by Julien Froger on the wholesale and retail segment, and by Olivier Systchenko with institutional clients. Julie Tedeschi will continue to support the team in client relationship management from London.

As part of the Paris office opening, the firm hosted a discussion between Colleen Denzler, head of Janus Fixed Income Global Strategy, and Christian de Boissieu, economist and Chairman of the Economic Analysis Council attached to the French Prime Minister.

Denzler and Boissieu shared their views on the debt issues facing Sovereigns and Corporates on both sides of the Atlantic.

Denver, Colorado-based Janus has $164bn in assets under management and 1,122 employees worldwide at end March, 2012.

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