Unigestion continues Brexit-defying build-out in London

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The firm has hired Joana Castro from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, where she was a principal focusing on private equity fund investments and co-investments. Before that, she was an M&A analyst at Goldman Sachs.

Unigestion has also hired Vivien Blossier from Pomona Capital, where he worked in the secondaries team. Before that, he worked at Emerging Capital Partners and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, according to a statement.

The two hires come after Unigestion appointed Andreas Georgiades as an investment manager in May. He joined the firm from Nomura International, where he focused on M&A. Late last year the firm also hired Pieter-Jan Frederix, who was previously a director at media company Antenna, as an investment director in its London office. He previously held roles at KPMG Corporate Finance, Bear Stearns and Veronis Suhler Stevenson.

Christophe de Dardel, managing director and head of private equity at Unigestion, said that it was generally “harder to recruit in Geneva” and dismissed Brexit as a reason to freeze expansion of its London team.

“London is not only an important centre for private equity in Europe, but also a deep pool of talent and experience,” he said.

In July, the firm said it had increased its London team from 25 to 40 despite the outcome of the EU referendum.

Fiona Frick, chief executive of Unigestion, said in a statement at the time: “London will remain a key financial hub – for Unigestion and for the international asset management industry. The UK is the second-largest pensions market in the world after the US by assets, and far ahead of any other single European market in size.”

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