Kleinwort Benson Investors announces strategic partnership with Virtus

Ireland’s Kleinwort Benson Investors has announced a number of investment mandates and has entered into a strategic alliance with Virtus Investment Partners to develop business interests in the $13 trillion US mutual fund investment market.

New mandates have been  won and have already been funded from the UK’s Leicestershire County Council Pension Fund, from the Philadelphia headquartered ‘fund-of-funds’ manager SEI and from OP Pohjola, Finland’s largest banking group. 

Other fund management companies that have recently chosen KBI include Mercer Investment Management, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and California’s  San Joaquin County public pension fund has selected KBI’s specialist water and agribusiness strategies. 

KBI has also entered a strategic partnership with U.S.-based multi-manager asset management business Virtus Investment Partners, which has acquired a 24% interest in Kleinwort Benson Investors International.

Sean Hawkshaw, CEO of Kleinwort Benson Investors, said: “Our continued success in winning new investment mandates and in securing a strategic alliance with a partner as attractive as Virtus Investment Partners demonstrates the strength of our business model and provides us with a firm foundation to explore profitable growth opportunities.”

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