Artisan Partners appoints portfolio manager for new funds

US-based Artisan Partners Asset Management has appointed Chris Smith as founding portfolio manager of the company’s eighth autonomous investment team.

Smith’s team will employ a thematic approach to investing and are expected to manage both long/short and long-only strategies, Artisan Partners said.

The firm has unveiled plans to launch the team’s first strategy in the first half of 2017.

Smith joins from Kingdon Capital where he was a senior analyst. Formerly, he spent six years at Karsch Capital where he worked as an analyst and managing director.

Eric Colson, Artisan Partners’ chairman and CEO, said, “Chris is a great fit for our firm as we continue to broaden our investment offerings while staying committed to talent-driven, high value-added investment management. Chris has a great reputation for his work on both long/short and long-only portfolios.

“He is a high conviction investor with his own unique approach to thematic investing. We expect Chris and his team to manage idiosyncratic and differentiated portfolios that will help our clients and investors achieve their financial goals in an era of low interest rates and high asset class correlations. We are excited to begin working with Chris to build his team and launch his first strategy.”

Artisan Partners managed $99.8bn (€90.9bn) in assets as of 30 September 2016.

Adrien Paredes-Vanheule
Adrien Paredes-Vanheule is deputy editor and French-Speaking Europe Correspondent for InvestmentEurope, covering France, Belgium, Geneva and Monaco. Prior to joining InvestmentEurope, he spent almost five years writing for various publications in Monaco, primarily as a criminal and financial court reporter. Before that, he worked for newspapers and radio stations in France, in particular in Lyon.

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