Legg Mason hires two to its emerging markets team

Legg Mason Global Asset Management has hired Steve Triantafilidis and Michael Bourke to work in its London office, supporting the further development of the emerging markets business.

Triantafilidis joins as a principal and head of Investments. Previously he was at Vontobel Asset Management as managing director and head of Global Equities.

Bourke has been appointed portfolio manager for LMGAM’s long-only strategies including the Legg Mason Esemplia Global Emerging Markets Equity Fund.

Jim Kandunias, managing principal & CEO of Esemplia said: “The appointment of two significant hires to our investment team demonstrates our commitment to growing our business and our ability to attract experienced talent to our firm. This also demonstrates the value of being part of the Legg Mason group and the affiliate model. As a boutique GEMs firm within the group, we have the ability to attract talented investment professionals who seek an environment where they can focus on pursuing their investment beliefs for the benefit of our clients.”

“Whilst our roots are grounded upon and we remain focused in the emerging markets, we believe we need to continue to evolve as a firm. Emerging market companies are increasingly becoming more global. Similarly, our asset class has also evolved.”

Esemplia plans to add four further appointments to the London team including 3 analysts as well as an additional portfolio manager in their Hong Kong office. The London based appointments are expected to be made by the end of March.


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