Asset management boutiques Quaero Capital and Tiburon Partners have closed a deal to merge, in a move which combines their specialised range of expertise.

This sees the Swiss small-cap and real assets specialist unite with the UK-based Asian investment company to form a single business.

As a result of the merger, the company will operate under the Quaero Capital brand and will have a combined total of $2.3 billion under management.

The agreement is conditional on FCA and Finma approval.

Under the new structure, the boutique will remain employee-owned and continue to focus on actively managed value strategies.

Based in Geneva, Quaero Capital was founded in 2005 as Argos Investment Managers, before changing its name in 2015.

The Finma regulated firm has 53 employees and manages $1.4 billion across a range of 14 funds in two Luxembourg SICAVs.

Under the new partnership the companies expand investment expertise but also are set to benefit from their geographical locations.

Commenting on the move, Quaero Capital's CEO Jean Keller said: ‘We are excited to have a substantial presence in London – one of the key centres for investment talent in the world.’

Tiburon Partners' senior partner Rupert Kimber said: ‘We are keen to partner with a firm which shares our philosophy, and can take our offering more widely around Europe.’

Launched in 2003, the firm manages $900 million across two Tiburon branded Uctis funds and is authorised by the FCA.

The company also manages other funds in partnership with Atlantis Investment Research Corporation and Dejima Asset Management, all invested in Japanese markets.