Franklin Templeton expands London multi-asset solutions team

Franklin Templeton has appointed Brendan Walsh as SVP/portfolio manager for the firm’s multi-asset solutions team to be effective on the 8th of October of 2018.

Walsh (pictured), who will be London-based and reporting to director of portfolio management Thomas Nelson, will be responsible for leading the development of the firm’s multi-asset capabilities in the UK, as well as being a key contributor to the asset allocation strategy for investment solutions managed by the multi-asset solutions team.

With over a decade of experience in multi-asset investing, Walsh joins Franklin Templeton from Aviva Investors where he was a multi-asset fund manager. Prior to this, he worked at Standard Life Investments as a quantitative analyst in the multi-asset investing team.

Thomas Nelson, said: “Walsh’s appointment underscores our commitment to building out our multi-asset capabilities in the UK, which remains a key focus area for the team.  Brendan brings a wealth of experience in developing and managing multi-asset capabilities allowing us to successfully offer investment and product expertise with a strong client engagement framework.”

Martyn Gilbey, UK country head, commented: “Pension freedoms have given investors additional choice with their pension savings, presenting an opportunity for the industry to offer more flexible options for generating income to meet the needs of those approaching, or in retirement.

Walsh’s expertise will help us to expand our multi-asset capabilities in the UK and develop appropriate tools for investors in this important and growing area of the market.”

Franklin Templeton’s multi-asset solutions team features more than 50 multi-asset investment professionals, specialising in strategic asset allocation and tactical positioning, fundamental and quantitative research, active integration and risk management. The platform had more than $120bn in assets under management as of March 31 2018.

Eugenia Jimenez
Eugenia Jiménez speaks Spanish and is Iberia Correspondent for Investment Europe covering Spain & Portugal, as well as assisting with coverage of Italy. She holds a UK NCTJ- accredited Multimedia News Reporting course and studied Journalism at the University of Sevilla. She has worked for local media organisations in Sevilla and Málaga, mainly in broadcasting as a news reporter, among other roles. She has also worked for a local newspaper in Sevilla, reporting on current affairs, local government and culture.

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