Natixis Investment Managers has launched Dynamic Solutions, which will combine the firm's asset allocation and portfolio construction abilities into a single service.
Dynamic Solutions will utilise the firm's range of affiliates to deliver investment solutions for clients as well as providing advisory, structuring and fiduciary management services.
The arm has been formed through the consolidation of the firm's European investment solutions capabilities into a centralised arm that leverages the capabilities from the former Portfolio Research & Consulting Group and the former Investment and Client Solutions unit of Ostrum Asset Management.
The business will incorporate three main areas of solutions. Consulting and advisory will be led by James Beaumont, former head of the firm's Portfolio Research & Consulting Group while investment solutions and services will be headed up by Oumar Diawara, former head of the Structured Investment Services Platform at Seeyond. Finally, and multi-asset, multi-affiliate investments will be led by Franck Nicolas, former head of investment and client solutions at Ostrum.
The unit will be headed up by James Hughes (pictured), former global head of strategic client solutions at Aberdeen Standard Investments, who will be supported by Claire Martinetto, former project leader of the solutions initiative at Natixis IM.
Hughes joined Aberdeen Standard Investments in 2015 from Gottex Fund Management, where he was managed multi-asset solutions.
Prior to that, he spent eight years at HSBC Insurance, most recently as the firm's chief investment officer.
Hughes will report to Jean Raby, CEO of Natixis IM.
Raby commented: "Natixis Dynamic Solutions brings together the existing asset allocation and portfolio construction expertise of our group into a single entity to address complex investment challenges utilising the diverse expertise of our global multi-affiliate organisation.
"James has the breadth and depth of global experience to lead the rapid development of this business and the expertise to reach across our affiliate investment managers to create investment solutions that are unique within our industry and directly responsive to the needs of our clients."
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