Global asset manager
First State Investments is a global asset management business covering a range of asset classes and investment sectors.
The business first started in Australia in 1988. It has since grown into a large-scale asset manager, with an 800-strong team across 11 offices including Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. Since 2000, it has been part of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
As of 31 December 2017, First State Investments has $171bn in AUM. Today, it has 17 teams operating across Equities, Fixed Income, Alternatives and Multi-Asset, including Stewart Investors, a pioneer in emerging market equities and sustainable investing, and First State Stewart Asia, our leading Asian equities investor.
Joanna Woods joins as portfolio manager
To be named First Sentier Investors from 22 September
Looking back at previous winners
New structure prompts many promotions
55 managers joined the list this year
Wider access for European investors
Over 1,300 nominations received
Slight recovery in investor confidence
Financial services look to set up offices away from the UK
Firms 'ill-equipped' to meet young demand
First State's Oulton to chair
Clients seeking more specialist exposure
Volatility is a healthy development
Clampdown has prompted stock market bounce
Currently owned by the Bank
Total assets on list decline by £1bn
Succeeded by Todd Warren
When investments deliver double-digit returns within a year, it is normal for investors to pause for breath and reassess the original investment thesis.
Expansion of fixed income capabilities
Will be paid by firm directly
Announced retirement from fund management