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Mirabaud Discovery Europe Strategy

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Mirabaud Discovery Europe Strategy

Our discovery investment approach appeals to investors looking to diversify away from portfolios with a large-cap bias to improve longer-term risk adjusted returns. Our clients seek access to the growth opportunities of tomorrow - dynamic companies nimble enough to capture structural growth trends quicker than their larger competitors and with strong sustainability credentials.

Our Approach

Opportunity to capitalise on unrecognised opportunities

Smaller and mid-sized companies are covered by fewer analysts and by a small pool of dedicated portfolio managers. MiFID II has also led to an overall reduction in research coverage for small-and mid-cap firms.

Our Approach

Undiscovered sustainability leaders

Many smaller companies are managed with the same kind of long-term sustainable view as larger companies, but lack the resource to report this, driving less knowledge on their sustainability credentials and subsequently lower ESG ratings. Our proprietary research bridges this knowledge gap.

Our Approach

A focus on innovation

We can access young firms at the early stages of their growth cycles and often at the cutting edge of innovation, frequently employing the latest technologies in their chosen markets.

Our Approach

Diversification across many factors

Small and mid-caps are usually at different stages of growth cycles. This means we access different fundamental characteristics, incorporating both value and growth. We keep the portfolio nimble and responsive to changes in the market.

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A STRATEGY FOR DISCOVERY

We focus on a small number of high-conviction holdings and typically target companies with less than €2bn market cap. We look for:

  • Niche market dominance
  • Beneficiaries of transformational change
  • Innovation leaders
  • Businesses built to last
Investment Process

EUROPEAN EQUITIES

INVESTMENT PHILOSOPHY AND PROCESS

We believe that:

  • Companies focused on superior capital allocation outperform on a long-term basis

  • There is less market efficiency in small and mid-caps as a result of lower analyst coverage

  • We can identify companies with characteristics that have the conditions for long-term growth

Our selection process is founded on both rigorous fundamental analysis and the identification of firms taking part in the long-term megatrends that will determine the shape of tomorrow’s economy:

Safer

Increasing safety, compliance and regulation

Smarter

Better harnessing technology to improve quality of life

Circular

Reducing waste and using the planet's resources more efficiently

We operate an exclusion policy and aim to minimize downside risk by excluding companies with the lowest 20% ESG scores.

Company visits are critical to our approach, and we aim to build mutually beneficial relationships with the firms we invest in through ongoing engagement. 

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Our Discovery Stories

Mirabaud discovery stories – DO&CO

Discover the story of the Austrian catering company DO&CO with Hywel Franklin, our Head of European Equities.

Mirabaud discovery stories – Nederman

In this discovery story, Hywel Franklin (Head of European Equities) introduces us to innovator Philip Nederman and tells the tale of how he came through the adversity of World War II to create a solution to the problem of dirty air in welding workshops – becoming an industry leader in industrial filtration systems.

Smaller firms can face materially different incentive structures: the greater proportion of owner-managers means their leadership takes ownership, creating clear incentives for delivering inventive products and best-in-class services.

Hywel Franklin
Head of European Equities

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Meet the managers

Hywel FRANKLIN - Head of European Equities

Trevor FITZGERALD - European Equities Fund Manager

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Jérôme PAGANINI

Head of Sales Switzerland & Wholesale Central Europe (FraBeNeLux – DACH)

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Alexis DINSFRIEND

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Louis William WAGNER LEY

Wholesale Manager

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Hugo BARBIER

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Benjamin CARTER

Head of UK Wholesale

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Elliot FOWLES

UK Wholesale Sales

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Deji IJAIYA-HARVEY

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David BASOLA

Head of Southern Europe

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Ilaria MALACCO

Senior Sales Executive, Italy

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Isabelle RICHARD

Head of Sales France

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Jérôme SPOHN VILLEROY

Wholesale Director

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Elena VILLALBA

Director Iberia & Latam

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Pablo SAN JOSÉ PEÑA

Sales Iberia & Latam

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