01 June 2021
GAM expands distribution team with new hire for its institutional business in Australia
GAM Investments today announced the appointment of Sophie McFadyen as Senior Manager – Institutional Business. Sophie is based in Sydney and will report to Alex Zaika, Head of Australia.
In this new role, Sophie will be responsible for growing and servicing the institutional market in Australia. Her appointment will further expand GAM’s local presence and deepen GAM’s relationships with institutions in Australia and New Zealand.
Sophie’s appointment coincides with GAM winning an insurance-linked securities mandate from a prestigious Australian institution and the expansion of GAM’s local product offering to include a flexible emerging market bond strategy that seeks to actively reduce FX volatility. This differentiated strategy will complement GAM’s existing local offerings in alternative risk premia, systematic core macro and insurance-linked securities strategies.
Sophie joins GAM from BlackRock, where she spent six years as Vice President in the client business team, with a focus on institutional and wealth clients in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to that, Sophie spent five years at Credit Suisse in prime services, where she was focused on prime brokerage sales in the hedge fund space. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Sydney.
Alex Zaika, Head of Australia, said: “We are delighted to welcome Sophie, who will further support GAM’s growth in Australia and New Zealand with our differentiated investment solutions. She is highly regarded in the industry and I’m excited to be working with her again.”
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GAM is a leading independent, pure-play asset manager. The company provides active investment solutions and products for institutions, financial intermediaries and private investors. The core investment business is complemented by private labelling services, which include management company and other support services to third-party asset managers. GAM employed 701 FTEs in 14 countries with investment centres in London, Cambridge, Zurich, Hong Kong, New York, Milan and Lugano as at 31 December 2020. The investment managers are supported by an extensive global distribution network. Headquartered in Zurich, GAM is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange with the symbol ‘GAM’. The Group has AuM of CHF 124.5 billion (USD 132.3 billion) as at 31 March 2021.
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