Unigestion strenghtens cross asset solutions team

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Unigestion has announced the appointments of Luca Simoncelli (pictured) and Florian Ielpo within its cross asset solutions team.

Simoncelli joins the team in London. He will be jointly responsible for the global macro management within the team and for developing the cross asset solutions business amongst institutional clients in the UK.

Prior to joining the firm, Simoncelli worked at BlackRock as a director and portfolio manager in the multi-asset diversified strategies team in London. He oversaw a range of asset allocation products, targeting both institutional and retail investors globally.

Formerly, he was portfolio manager for Merrill Lynch Investment Managers.

Ielpo has been appointed head of Macroeconomic Research in the cross asset solutions team. Based in Geneva, he will be in charge of the macro modelling and scenario planning.

Ielpo joined from Lombard Odier Investment Managers, where he was responsible for fundamentals modelling and designing improvements to the investment processes of the firm’s fixed income strategies.

Ielpo is also an associated researcher at IPAG and at the Sorbonne University in Paris.  He started his career as an econometrician at Pictet Asset Management.

In addition, Unigestion has announced that Olivier Blin, investment manager in the cross asset solutions team currently based in Geneva, is relocating to London to strengthen the team’s UK presence.

The firm explained that the demand for risk-based investment solutions in the UK institutional market continues to increase.

Alongside Guilhem Savry based in Geneva, Simoncelli, Ielpo and Blin are portfolio managers of the Unigestion Cross-Asset Navigator fund, launched last year.

Jerome Teiletche, head of Cross Asset Solutions at Unigestion, commented : “Luca and Florian’s experience and skills will complement the team perfectly.

“Our investment philosophy is based on sophisticated, tailor-made and innovative risk-based asset allocation solutions, where the ability to apply macro views through a dynamic process to a large range of traditional and alternative risk premia is essential.”

Simoncelli said : “Unigestion has already built an impressive proposition with its Cross Asset Solutions offering and this is a fantastic time to be joining such a strong and ambitious team.

“I am looking forward to helping develop the team’s unique risk-based approach to investing across asset classes, drawing also on the firm’s expertise in equity, hedge fund and private asset investments, and growing the business’ presence in the UK.”

Ielpo added: “Unigestion’s rigorous approach to using and producing research to inform investment decisions has proven to produce excellent outcomes for clients.

“I look forward to contributing to this process by leading the team’s research activity and further enhancing the firm’s ability to transform economic data into allocation decisions that will help clients achieve attractive risk-controlled investment returns.”

As at 31st March 2015, Unigestion has €16.6bn of assets under management, of which 94% is managed on behalf of more than 270 institutional investors and 6% on behalf of a few high net worth families.

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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