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Architas grows investment team ahead of fund launch

The multi-manager firm has made a trio of hires ahead of launching its Global Equity Income fund.

Architas grows investment team ahead of fund launch

Architas has appointed a co-manager on a soon to be launched fund and made two senior hires as it looks to strengthen its investment team.

After receiving approval from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Alex Burn has been promoted from investment analyst to investment manager and will co-manage the firm’s Global Equity Income fund, which will launch later this week.

The fund invests in equity funds across emerging markets and more established markets such as the US, Europe or Japan, with a target yield of 3.5%. It has an ongoing charges figure of 0.99%.

Burn will also co-manage Architas’ multi-asset passive range alongside lead manager and deputy chief investment officer (CIO) Sheldon MacDonald, and senior investment manager Steve Allen. He has been an investment analyst at Architas since 2013 covering Japan, Asia and global equities.

Meanwhile, Julie Lamirel has joined the multi-manager firm as a senior investment manager from sister company AXA IM, where she had worked for 11 years. Before that she worked for Lehman Brothers and BNP Paribas.

In her new role, Lamirel will be primarily responsible for the Architas portfolios distributed in Belgium.

Richard Chiang has joined Architas in the newly-created role of quantitative analyst to help develop its fund and asset class quantitative screening process.

He had been an analyst at Standard Chartered Bank since 2014, having previously worked for Barclays Capital and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Both Lamirel and Chiang will report to Architas CIO Jaime Arguello (pictured).

Arguello said: ‘Julie has significant investment management experience, which makes her well placed to take on the existing multi-manager portfolios we offer in Belgium.

‘Alex has been an investment analyst in the team for the past four years covering a wide range of countries and asset classes so it is great to now see him promoted to an investment manager.

‘He will provide support to the senior investment management team we have running the portfolios we offer in the UK.

‘Richard’s is a new role that will strengthen our investment process by focusing on quantitative and risk analysis. Quantitative components of our process include fund screening as well as performance and risk analysis.

‘In addition, Richard will support fund selection of pure quantitative strategies and implement our risk process for our managed solutions.’  

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