Sovereign wealth fund poaches Swiss manager

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority has appointed Benjamin Weston as global head of alternative investments, joining from Helvetica Wealth Management, a company controlled by Credit Suisse and the State of Qatar.

Weston will be responsible for developing strategy in the alternatives space together with the alternative investments department’s senior management team, as well as overseeing the department’s investment programme.

Based in Abu Dhabi, Weston will report to Khalifa Almheiri, executive director of the alternative investments department.

Weston’s expertise lies in the development and use of derivatives by investors and he has worked closely with the hedge fund community, first as an adviser, and then as an investor.

Weston was previously chief executive of Merrill Lynch Alternative Investments, where he was responsible for $26bn in assets under management.

At Geneva-based Helvetica Wealth Management, Weston managed investments for institutional investors.

Established in 1976, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) is wholly owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi.

ADIA manages a global investment portfolio diversified across several asset classes and sub-categories, including quoted equities, fixed income, real estate, private equity, alternatives and infrastructure.

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