Lombard Odier Investment Managers (LOIM) has bolstered its thematic equities franchise with three strategic hires. This new investment team will develop thematic equities strategies, complementing LOIM's existing range, including Golden Age and Global Prestige.
The new strategies will invest in companies selected for their ability to provide solutions and tools addressing some of the most acute problems facing our world. The first new strategy, in global fintech, will be launched in Q1 2020.
Henk Grootveld, who will lead the team, brings over twenty years' experience and expertise in thematic investment. He joins LOIM from Robeco, where he was head of the Trends Investing Equity team and most recently managed one of the firm's flagship megatrends funds. Prior to joining Robeco in 2001, Grootveld worked at Aegon Asset Management and ING Barings. He will be supported by Christian Vondenbusch and Jeroen van Oerle who also join from Robeco.
Vondenbuschis experienced senior portfolio manager with a demonstrated track record in thematic investing with a clear specialisation in financials and technology. He joined Robeco in 1999.
Van Oerlewas portfolio manager of Robeco's Global FinTech Equities fund since its inception and also worked as a financial trends analyst within the Trends Investing team since 2015. He joined Robeco in 2013. In his new role at LOIM, van Oerlewill work closely with Vondenbuschand Grootveldto select those listed stocks, which may benefit from the increasing digitisation of the financial sector and that will lower the cost of financial services for all of us.
The team starts on 1 February 2020 and will be based in Rotterdam, where LOIM plans to open an office. They report to Didier Rabattu, global head of Equities at LOIM.
Following the recent successful partnership with Credit Suisse for the launch of their Responsible Consumer fund, LOIM also plans to develop a number of sustainability focused thematic funds in the near future.