Switzerland’s Unigestion adds to institutional team in Germany and Austria

Unigestion has become the second institutional investment partner today to announce a strengthening of its institutional presence in Germany, with the hiring of Reto Germann from Credit Suisse.

Germann (pictured) will work with the $13.6bn Swiss manager’s institutional clients team focusing on Germany and Austria. Some 90% of Unigestion’s clients are institutional, the remaining 10 are from a handful of wealthy families.

Most recently he worked with Credit Suisse since 2009, and before that at Barclays Capital from 2005 and UBS Group from 1993.

Bfinance is a second institutionally focused company, of consultants, to announce today the boosting of its German team, by relocating Michael Wolfram from its London research team in June.

Tom Leavitt, managing director, head of the institutional clients at Unigestion, said his firm aimed to have an “integrated approach to clients”, and Germann would bring the new skills of structuring to the team “which will help collaborate more effectively with clients”.

Germann said he joined Unigestion partly because its “excellence in managing downside risk aligns with the needs of so many institutional investors”.

Unigestion is active in funds of hedge funds and funds of private equity and has a minimum variance strategy that is catching the eye of various fund buyers. It offers funds, though half of its assets are managed via segregated accounts.

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