Mirabaud strengthens its asset management business in Switzerland
Geneva, 14 November 2013 - Mirabaud is continuing to align its legal structures with its business lines and is grouping its Swiss asset management activities into a single entity. Also, the Group's subsidiary Mirabaud Asset Management (Europe) SA is about to receive AIFM approval from Luxembourg's financial regulator, the CSSF.
Mirabaud is strengthening its asset management business in Switzerland with the creation of a new entity - Mirabaud Asset Management (Suisse) SA - in January 2014. This company will have independent directors but will be wholly-owned by the Group's future holding company, Mirabaud SCA, which in turn will be supervised by the Mirabaud Group's six current partners. It will provide asset management and collective investment services as well as serving institutional clients.
The creation of a separate structure to oversee the bank's asset management activities in Switzerland is an important part of Mirabaud's growth plans and marks a major step forward in its strategy of organising its activity into business lines. The governance structure will bring the Swiss entity into line with the rest of the Group, enabling it to better meet the increasingly complex demands of its private and institutional clients.
The new entity will house all of Mirabaud's asset management and fund distribution activities in Switzerland. It will be run by Lionel Aeschlimann, a managing partner, who will head a team of 45 top professionals in Switzerland. Along with its entities in London, Paris, Madrid, Luxembourg and Montreal, the asset management business line boasts nearly 90 staff members.
"This new structure reflects our commitment to pursuing the asset management growth strategy we have been implementing for the past three years. It is an important step forward, designed to ensure we can meet our clients' increasingly high standards, in particular in terms of governance. Ultimately, by strengthening this business line, which is key to our Group's growth, we will be able to consolidate the Mirabaud Asset Management brand and continue to attract talent to our bank," explained Lionel Aeschlimann.
Mirabaud is also pleased to announce that its subsidiary Mirabaud Asset Management (Europe) SA is about to be awarded an AIFM licence by Luxembourg's financial regulator, the CSSF. The AIFM authorisation was introduced under new European regulations drawn up in the wake of the recent financial crisis. It will facilitate the distribution of non-UCITS funds - mainly hedge funds - to professional investors in Europe. Mirabaud Asset Management (Europe) SA, which inherited the Mirabaud Group's pioneering capabilities in alternative investment management, will be able to use its AIFM authorisation to offer its alternative investment products throughout the European Union.
After being the first asset management firm in Europe to be awarded UCITS IV approval in April 2011, Mirabaud Asset Management is once again among the first European investment houses to receive AIFM status, confirming its proactive approach and its ability to adapt to constant regulatory changes.