03 May 2022
Specialist asset management boutique, Amati Global Investors, is pleased to announce the appointment of Graeme Bencke as Fund Manager. Bencke, who boasts more than 25 years’ experience in asset management, will work alongside Mikhail Zverev and Dr Gareth Blades on a new global equity strategy.
Bencke began his investment career as an Equity Portfolio Manager with F&C Asset Management (now BMO Asset Management) in 1997, investing in UK and European smaller companies. He moved to PineBridge Investments (previously AIG Investments) in 2005 to head the European Equity team, and after a successful period managing its European funds suite, assumed responsibility for the Global Equity team and funds, including the Group's flagship high conviction Global Focus Equity Fund; he delivered top quartile performance over multiple time periods with the Fund. Since 2017 his career has seen him investing in innovative, high growth small and mid-sized companies, with Gresham House, and subsequently, Columbus Investments. Bencke has been working most recently with Torvius Capital, an advisory and consulting firm, advising early stage, start-up businesses in emerging technology sectors on strategy, development, and investor relations.
Commenting on the appointment, Mikhail Zverev, who joined in January this year to establish the Global Equity team at Amati, said: “Gareth and I are very much looking forward to working with Graeme on the new strategy. His top quartile performance in global equities, allied to his strategic advisory work with innovative companies at the leading edge of their industries, means he is a fantastic addition. He brings tremendous insight into the ways in which the incredible rate of innovation in today's industrial landscape creates opportunities for investors, is a great fit for the team, and a real asset to have on board as we build the global equity project.”
Amati Founder and CEO, Dr Paul Jourdan added that the appointment of a manager of Bencke’s calibre, with the proven track record and experience he brings, “underscores our commitment to building a first-class investment capability in the global equity arena. He will add considerable weight to our investment management resource, and we look forward to working with him as we extend our capabilities into this hugely important asset class.”
Commenting on his appointment, Bencke said, “I have followed Amati’s impressive growth since my earliest days with Gresham House and am truly excited to be joining such a thoughtful and experienced group of professionals. I firmly believe that my own experience complements that of the wider team and I look forward to making a significant contribution to the future success of the firm and to developing the new strategy.
“I find it hugely rewarding to interact with entrepreneurs and with growing businesses at the cutting edge of developing technology. Innovation can be a significant differentiator to the success of any business, and it has been frequently under-valued by investors in my view. I believe that Amati Global Investors’ equity approach will enable us to capture this opportunity for our clients in the global equity asset class, and I am delighted to be a part of making this happen”.
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