Miles O’Connor, who left the UK’s largest listed asset manager in June 2015, according to his LinkedIn profile, has been named as Unigestion’s UK chairman, the company announced December 1.
Bernard Sabrier, group chairman of Unigestion, said: “With our increasing presence in the UK following this year’s expansion of our London team, we see the region as one of long term growth for Unigestion.”
The fund manager has been vocal about its plans to expand in the UK, despite the uncertainty created by the country’s June 23 vote to leave the European Union and fears of a “Brexodus” among the financial community.
Most recently in November, it bolstered its private equity team in London with the addition of two investment managers.
Sabrier said: “It’s clear from Miles’ experience that his knowledge of the UK market and personal profile within it, will support us in building new relationships with UK investors, as well as strengthening existing ones.”
O’Connor has a history of building up businesses. In January 2004, he was recruited by Schroders’ then chief executive Michael Dobson to help rebuild the firm’s institutional business, following poor performance during the equity market slump of 2000.
O’Connor had spent the previous six years as head of UK sales and client service at quantitative investment manager Barclays Global Investors – BGI was acquired by BlackRock in 2009.
As head of pan-European institutional distribution at Schroders, he helped develop a £100 billion book of business for the fund manager across the region.
Upon leaving Schroders, O’Connor told FN that he would be pursuing a “portfolio” approach to the next stage of his career.
Unigestion manages $ 20 billion in client assets across our four areas: equity, multi asset investing, private equity and alternatives. It has more than 200 employees from more than 20 countries.