BNP Paribas Asset Management has launched an investment group, offering a combination of quantitative expertise and fundamental research capabilities within an active risk management framework.
The new group, called Multi-Asset, Quantitative and Solutions (MAQS), combines teams from BNP Paribas' THEAM, CamGestion and Multi-Asset Solutions investment partners. It is is BNP Paribas AM's fourth investment group, alongside Private Debt & Real Assets, Equities and Fixed Income.
BNP Paribas AM said the launch reflects the "growing needs of investors" seeking "solutions in an environment of uncertainty".
It added that the launch of MAQS is in response to "polarising demand between low-cost management such as indexed products, and high value-added products that encompass risk management, such as factor management and customised solutions".
Offering products across multi-asset, structured and quantitative management, MAQS will have more than €110bn in AUM and will serve both institutional and retail investors.
The group will also incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria in the development of its investment solutions, which will benefit from technology and a proprietary research methodology developed in close partnership with BNP AM's Quant Research Group.
Denis Panel will take up overall leadership for MAQS, while its multi-asset offering will be headed up by Christophe Moulin and its quantitative and index-based management will be led by Isabelle Bourcier.
Structured Investments will be led by Gilles David and solutions & client advisory, which offers tailored solutions for pension funds and insurance companies, will be headed by Anton Wouters.
Panel said: "In a changing world, investors are seeking investment solutions that better address their specific needs, whether greater protection against the risks of market volatility or strategies that meet regulatory constraints.
"Combining our capabilities into a single investment group will allow us to better meet investors' needs by generating alpha and revenue, protecting capital, controlling risk and providing beta exposure.
"Our ‘quantamental' approach combines the best of quantitative and fundamental techniques to offer our clients innovative investment solutions backed by robust risk management."
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