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Old Mutual Global Investors expands Hong Kong presence

Rob Weatherston joins Asian equities team

Old Mutual Global Investors (OMGI), part of Old Mutual Wealth, has today announced that Rob Weatherston has joined its Hong Kong-based Asian equities team as Japanese equity manager.

Rob, who started at OMGI in April 2016, will report into Josh Crabb, head of Asian equities. Rob gained significant experience in managing Japanese and Asia Pacific equity funds while working at BlackRock from 1996-2014, including running the top-performing BGF Japan Flexible Equity Fund.  During his time at BlackRock he moved to Tokyo in 2006, prior to relocating to Hong Kong in 2010.

Rob will manage the Dublin-domiciled Old Mutual Japanese Equity Fund, with effect from 17 June 2016. The objective of the fund is to achieve capital growth through investment in a well-diversified portfolio of securities of Japanese issuers, or of issuers established outside Japan which have a predominant proportion of their assets or business operations in Japan. With a focus on generating a total return, Rob has a flexible and pragmatic investment approach, with the ability to adapt his investment style to suit a particular stage of the market cycle.

Rob will use three methods to generate alpha for the fund:  qualitative stock selection, a quantitative screening process and a thematic overlay approach. The fund is currently managed by OMGI’s global equities team.

Josh Crabb, head of Asian equities, comments:

“Old Mutual Global Investors has been steadily building its presence in the Asia Pacific region over the last two years and the addition of Rob to the team means that we now invest across all major Asian equity markets.

“Throughout his career managing Japanese equities, Rob has had extensive experience of running total return, value and growth investments and, having lived in Japan for four years, his considerable knowledge of the region’s social and cultural history will be invaluable to investors.”

Rob Weatherston comments:

“Old Mutual Global Investors is an exciting business, with an experienced Asian equities team and I look forward to working on the development of the Japanese equity strategy.

“While the overall Japanese market is currently out of favour, there are many stocks that are performing very well.  We see significant opportunities to generate returns within the market.   I believe that our unique three-pronged approach, which aims to deliver a high-return fund, is likely to be highly rewarding for long term investors.”

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Notes to editors

Old Mutual Global Investors:

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