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Natixis IM joins quant arms race with asset expansion

Natixis IM joins quant arms race with asset expansion

Natixis Investment Managers has stepped up its quantitative ambitions by spinning out its active quant investment division into its own independent structure, the group has announced.

This move sees former subsidiary Seeyond become an affiliate of Natixis IM amid plans to double its current €7 billion assets under management by 2021 and expand its global reach.

Under the new organisational structure, Seeyond moves from being the active quant investment division of Natixis AM, which itself is an affiliate of Natixis IM.

Natixis is the latest asset management giant to boost its quant capabilities as many of France’s largest groups have accelerated the growth of assets managed through quant and passive strategies.

Both Amundi and BNP Paribas AM announced plans to increase their presence in the index and ETF market in September 2017. This is while BNP Paribas AM also rolled its quant and mixed asset efforts together to increase its focus here.

Commenting on the advancement, Matthieu Duncan, CEO of Natixis AM and chairman of the board of directors at Seeyond said: ‘The spin-off of our quantitative investment division Seeyond is an integral part of Natixis Asset Management’s strategic plan.’

‘This simplified organizational structure enables us to offer a more streamlined range of active fundamental bond, equity and multi-asset investment management solutions to meet investors’ changing needs.’

Under the multi-affiliate structure, Seeyond keeps its autonomy, investment philosophy and culture.

Speaking about the development, Jean Raby CEO of Natixis IM said: ‘Seeyond has exhibited strong growth over the past five years, and with the continued demand for alternative investment strategies and new sources of alpha generation, we expect that to accelerate.’

Seeyond generated asset growth of around €1.5 billion in 2017.  It combines an active human-based investment approach with quantitative investment processes across three areas of expertise: equities, multi-asset and volatility and overlay.

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