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You're hired! The top 15 first half fund moves

Fund management saw more senior moves in the first half than a Tory cabinet

Baillie Gifford loses manager after blockbuster trust launch

Baillie Gifford suffered a blow just days after launch of its much-hyped blockbuster US trust launch in March, as one of the fund's three-strong management team quit. 

Andrei Kiselev (pictured right), co-manager of the US Growth trust alongside Gary Robinson and Helen Xiong, who had been with Baille Gifford for a decade, left the firm six days after the trust officially launched on 23 March.

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Baillie Gifford loses manager after blockbuster trust launch

Baillie Gifford suffered a blow just days after launch of its much-hyped blockbuster US trust launch in March, as one of the fund's three-strong management team quit. 

Andrei Kiselev (pictured right), co-manager of the US Growth trust alongside Gary Robinson and Helen Xiong, who had been with Baille Gifford for a decade, left the firm six days after the trust officially launched on 23 March.

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Aberdeen Standard equity restructure sees six fund managers exit

Six fund managers left Aberdeen Standard Investments in April following a major restructure of its equity unit. 

Three of the managers were within the firm's global equity team: Standard Life Global Equity Income fund manager Kevin Troup, the fund's co-manager Ross Mathison, and manager of the Standard Life Investments North American fund Jamie Ramos Martin.

In addition, Karen McKellar (pictured), Citywire+ rated UK Equity High Alpha fund manager Henry Flockhart, and Adam McInally left the UK equity team and the business, with McKellar retiring.

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River and Mercantile's Rodrigs sacked over 'conduct issue'

In one of the biggest fund stories of the year, Citywire AA-rated manager Philip Rodrigs left River and Mercantile Asset Management in February following an investigation into a professional conduct issue.

River and Mercantile stated the conduct issue was unrelated to Rodrigs' (pictured) responsibilities as the manager of the River and Mercantile UK Equity Smaller Companies fund, the R&M UK Dynamic Equity fund, and the R&M UK Micro-Cap investment company.

Following his dismissal, Rodrigs said he disputed the decision and had taken legal advice.

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Adam & Co wealth manager joins high-flying fund boutique

Boutique small cap house Amati Global Investors hired former Adam & Co hotshot Anna Wilson (née Croze) as a UK fund manager in January.

Wilson (pictured), who previously co-managed Adam’s Worldwide fund and the Stewart Ivory Investment Markets fund, joined a team including a number of First State alumni, including founders Paul Jourdan and Douglas Lawson.

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Ex-Odey long/short fund manager opens new firm

Former Odey fund manager Markus Rezny set up his own firm in January, Glockner Capital Management, assuming the role of chief investment officer.

The house has launched the Glockner Global Opportunities fund, a global equity-focused absolute return strategy.

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Nigel Thomas to retire after 40 years in funds

Nigel Thomas, manager of the Axa Framlington UK Select Opportunites fund, is to retire in March 2019, handing over the reins to long-time colleague Chris St John.

Citywire AA-rated St John will take the lead on management of the portfolio from early next year.

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S&W shake-up as Tineke Frikkee leaves and John Anderson retires

Smith & Williamson’s former UK Equity Income fund manager  Tineke Frikkee (pictured) was replaced by Mark Swain in February.

Also in February, the company's head of fixed income Ian Kenny stepped in to take over the responsibilities of John Anderson on the business' bond strategy, following the retirement of the former. 

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Talib Sheikh to join Jupiter as multi asset head

Talib Sheikh, formerly of JP Morgan Asset Management, moved to Jupiter as its head of multi-asset strategy in June. 

He is tasked with building up Jupiter's multi-asset business, reporting directly to chief investment officer Stephen Pearson and working alongside a team of fund managers including Lee Manzi and Rhys Petheram. 

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Heartwood poaches two young stars for investment team

Heartwood bolstered its investment team with the hire of young guns Alistair Campbell and Nikki Howes in March.

Campbell joined the firm from Sarasin & Partners, where he was an analyst and portfolio manager for third party funds, and will assist Charu Lahiri in managing the Heartwood Alternatives fund.

Howes joined from JP Morgan, where she was most recently an investment banking analyst, and will work with Michael Stanes on the management of Heartwood’s Growth Investment strategy.

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Mark Mobius back with ESG fund firm

Emerging market guru Mark Mobiu (pictured) staged a return to fund management with the launch of Mobius Capital Partners. a new firm focused on emerging and frontier market companies following an environmental, social and governance (ESG) approach.

That came after Mobius, former boss at Templeton Emerging Markets Group, announced his retirement in January after 30 years at the firm.

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EM veteran Hardenberg resigns from Franklin Templeton to join Mobius

Emerging markets veteran Carlos Hardenberg resigned from Franklin Templeton in February, to be replaced by Chetan Sehgal as head of the Templeton Emerging Markets Investment Trust (TEMIT).

Hardenberg (pictured), who had been at the firm since 2002, later joined fellow Templeton emerging markets veteran Mark Mobius as a partner in his new fund venture, Mobius Capital Partners.

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Baillie Gifford appoints five new partners as four retire

A series of Baillie Gifford partners announced their retirements in April, with Citywire AA-rated Sarah Whitley, head of the firm’s Japanese equity team, fixed income partners Stephen Rodger and Ken Barker, and Pete Cooke, partner with responsibility for clients in the long term global growth strategy, all standing down.

Five rising stars in the company took their place in May: Japanese equity and multi-asset investment managers AA-rated Matthew Brett (pictured), James Squires and Amy Atack, directors with responsibility for clients in emerging markets strategies, Nick Wood, a director with responsibility for US Financial Intermediary clients, and Evan Delaney, director of business risk and internal audit.

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Tony Yarrow hands Schroders' Buxton replacement fresh chance

Wise Funds, the investment management firm set up by Tony Yarrow, hired Philip Matthews from Schroders in June.

Matthews joined Schroders from Jupiter in 2013 as a replacement for Citywire AAA-rated manager Richard Buxton, but control of the fund was given to Janus Henderson recruits Bill Casey and Nick Kissack in January, following several years of underperformance.

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Artemis Alpha fund manager Paterson to exit

Artemis Alpha trust manager Adrian Paterson will be retiring at the end of the year.

Paterson (pictured) has been a co-manager on the trust since July 2009. His co-manager, Citywire + rated John Dodd, will be joined by Kartik Kumar, who currently co-manages the Artemis Strategic Assets fund.

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JP Morgan head of UK funds Jasper Berens to depart

JP Morgan AM in February announced its head of UK funds, Jasper Berens (pictured) announced would be leaving the firm ‘to pursue other opportunities’.

The exit closely followed that of multi-asset boss Talib Sheikh and head of convertibles Antony Vallee. Berens was in May announced as the incoming head of distribution at Artemis following the retirement of the company's veteran director Dick Turpin.

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