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Martin Currie hires successor as Tom Walker retires

Martin Currie hires successor as Tom Walker retires

Former blockbuster long/short manager Zehrid Osmani has joined Martin Currie to oversee its global long-term unconstrained team in the wake of veteran Tom Walker (pictured) stepping back.

Walker in 2013 left his US equity commitments, which were what he was arguably best known for at the time, to allow him to focus on his msanagment of the Martin Currie Unconstrained Equity fund and investment trust the Martin Currie Global Portfolio.

Over the last three years the trust has returned 42.2% placing it 14th out of a 21-strong Global Growth league table.

Osmani left BlackRock in February this year after more than a decade, during which time he had overseen several multi-billion dollar long/short equity funds.

In his new capacity, Osmani will be based in Edinburgh and will report to John Pickard, head of investment. He will work with Walker during a transitional process to assume the key responsibilities.

Walker has been with Martin Currie since 1996. During his time in charge, the global long-term unconstrained unit has grown to $500 million in assets.

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