Winton gains China private fund manager license

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UK-headquartered systematic investment manager Winton Group has registered with the asset management association of China (AMAC) as a private securities investment fund manager, the firm announced.

The PFM license authorises the firm to develop onshore investment products for qualified investors in China. It has been granted to Winton Investment Management (Shanghai) Ltd, a wholly foreign-owned enterprise (WFOE).

Winton’s office in Shanghai opened in 2015. The manager started to gather and analyse data for mainland Chinese markets in 2008, followed by the launch of its first diversified trading strategy for Chinese futures markets in 2010.

Winton established its local research and investment management team in 2012, working alongside Chinese partners.

David Harding, founder, CEO and co-CIO of Winton, said: “Winton’s PFM registration allows us to continue building our business in the Chinese markets for the long term. We have been successfully advising Chinese investors in Chinese futures markets for eight years, and we look forward to developing our business in Chinese equities and futures markets in the years ahead.”

Min Yang, CEO of Winton China, added: “It is a privilege for Winton China to receive this registration from AMAC. Winton first began studying mainland Chinese markets a decade ago, and we now have a substantial research team in our Shanghai office. We are excited about the opportunities in China.”

Fred Tian, head of Client Advisory, Winton China, commented: “The PFM registration allows Winton to continue to offer its leading systematic investment strategies to Chinese investors. We look forward to bringing to bear our international and local experience for the benefit of our Chinese clients.”

Winton manages around $30bn (€25.7bn) in assets.

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