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La Banque Postale AM unveils research division amid MiFID II changes

La Banque Postale AM unveils research division amid MiFID II changes

La Banque Postale Asset Management has created a dedicated research department, which is to be headed by its former head of fixed income Iain Bremner.

Details of the restructuring have come to light after Bremner being assigned to the project was exclusively revealed by Citywire Selector earlier this month.

Under the new structure, Bremner will work alongside deputy head Hervé Goulletquer to organise the new division into three sections.

These are:

  • a strategy arm, which will capture macroeconomic and market analysis;
  • a quantitative arm, which is charge with elaborating model types that improve optimisation, allocation and management of risk in portfolios;
  • a specific analysis arm, which will gather credit and equity analysis with the aim of identifying investment opportunities and risks.

This last branch will also oversee the promotion of SRI, which LBPAM plans to further develop.

This strategic move has been made to place more value on internal research and lower the costs of external research, following the implementation of the MiFID II directive.

Under the new division, Bremner will also work with head of management, Vincent Cornet.

Fixed income change

Taking over from Bremner as head of fixed income is Alexandre Caminade, who joined as CIO for credit in the summer of 2017 from Allianz Global Investors’ French unit.

Bremner, who has been with the Paris-based group since February 2002, was handed responsibility for the credit and bonds unit in May 2016.

He will now oversee the research teams covering macro, credit, equity, SRI and quantitative investing, which were regrouped on January 1.

‘More than ever, quality of information and of analysis is at the heart of the success of our different management.

‘This is decision to reunite research experts is excellent news for our management teams and the clients will benefit from the support and tools which help form decisions closer to their needs.’

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