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Liontrust unveils European smaller companies fund

Liontrust unveils European smaller companies fund

Liontrust has launched a new fund to invest primarily in pan-European smaller companies, the firm has announced.

The Liontrust GF European Smaller Companies fund, will be managed by Citywire + rated duo James Inglis-Jones and Samantha Gleave.

The fund expects to have the majority of assets invested in companies with a market capitalisation of less than €5 billion at inception, and is set to be benchmarked against the MSCI Europe Small Cap Index.

The duo have been running the European small cap mandates at the firm for more than seven years, with the new Irish-domiciled fund being launched to make the strategy widely available for the first time.

The launch comes as Absolute Return Consulting’s Florian Groschl championed the GF European Strategic Equity fund, which is also run by the pair. Groschl said that the managers had an interesting take on the European market.

Inglis-Jones and Gleave invest in companies that generate strong cash returns from their capital, appear cheap on those cash flows, and are run by managers committed to an intelligent use of capital.

All stocks in the portfolio will be equally weighted as the duo believe it is absolute, and not relative returns and risk that investors should focus on.

Commenting on the launch Liontrust’s co-head of international sales James Beddall said: ‘We are launching the Liontrust GF European Smaller Companies fund in response to client demand. This has been prompted by the track record that James and Samantha have built up investing in European smaller companies through the institutional mandates they have been running.’

‘The investment process is differentiated from other funds in the sector and we believe it is particularly effective when investing in mid and small caps.’

The fund will be registered for sale in Ireland, the UK, Germany, Austria, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Guernsey and Finland.

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