H2O Asset Management (“H2O”) approaching €30 billion of assets under management, has grown significantly over the past 3 years and is now accelerating its development through new strategies and across geographies

"Our growth ambitions remain unchanged but with a greater emphasis on: equities (Long/Short and Long Only), benchmarked fixed income funds, thematic funds and our range of Barry funds, which are our expertise with lower capacity constraints ", explains its Chief Executive Officer, Bruno Crastes.

The affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers has also recently opened new offices in Monaco and Singapore, and now Paris.

The H2O Group* built on this momentum to reinforce its teams and strengthen its organization. Three Investor Relations Managers, under the leadership of Mehdi Rachedi, have joined the company, as well as Jean-Christophe Morandeau, member of the Executive Committee, in charge of legal and compliance functions. He will co-lead H2O AM Europe with Loïc Guilloux, who also sits on the Executive Committee and is responsible for the company's strategic development.

* H2O AM, Arctic Blue, Prometheus Wealth Management and Poincaré Capital

Biographies

Loïc Guilloux, Partner, H2O Asset Management Executive Committee member in charge of Development, Deputy CEO of H2O AM Europe. Loïc Guilloux graduated from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and holds a DEA de Stratégie from La Sorbonne and a Maîtrise d’Economie Appliquée from Paris-Dauphine. He joined H2O AM in 2016 after a 22 year career in the Global Markets industry (FICC and Equities), including the last 16 years at Merrill Lynch International. The 6 prior years he was at Crédit Agricole Indosuez and he previously served as forward observation officer at 35° Régiment Parachutiste and platoon commander at 6° Bataillon d’Infanterie de Marine (Gabon).

Jean-Christophe Morandeau is a member of the Executive Committee of H2O Asset Management in charge of legal and compliance functions, Deputy CEO of H2O AM Europe. Jean-Christophe graduated in economics from Lille University and holds a DESS - CAAE from the Institut d'administration des entreprises de Lille. He joined H2O AM in January 2019. He began his career in 1988 at Banque Paribas. In 1999, he joined Crédit Agricole Asset Management as Deputy Legal and Tax Director in 2004. In 2008, Jean-Christophe became Head of Legal at Natixis Asset Management (now Ostrum AM) and then member of the Executive Committee in charge of legal and risk functions at Natixis Investment Managers International in November 2014.

Mehdi Rachedi is Head of Investor Relations of H2O AM Europe. He joined H2O AM in January 2019. He holds a Master degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Tours and began his career in 1997 with AGF Assurances. In 2000, he became Head of Network Development and then Head of Network Marketing at AGF Asset Management. In 2005, Mehdi joined Natixis Investment Managers as Product Manager. In 2011, after having been a Wholesale and External Retail sales representative, he became Director of Partnerships in charge of IFAs, Retail Wholesale and External Networks.

For further reading

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About H2O Asset Management

Specialized in Global Macro management, H2O Asset Management is a London-based company founded in 2010 by Bruno Crastes and Vincent Chailley and is made of 24 funds managers, and an overall staff of 66 professionals. Part of the multi-affiliate model of Natixis Investment Managers, H2O Asset Management is able to leverage on the support of Natixis Investment Managers sales teams in Europe and elsewhere. H2O Asset Management offers a comprehensive range of UCITS funds in global bonds, currencies and equities, serving institutional and corporate clients as well as individual investors. H2O Asset Management has US$29.8bn of AuM as of 30/09/2018.

In July 2017, H2O AM acquired majority stake in commodities specialist Arctic Blue Capital. In November 2017, H2O AM acquired a majority stake in Poincaré Capital Management, a Hong Kong-based asset manager focusing on global equities driven by Asian growth.

H2O Asset Management LLP
An affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers
Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
FCA Register no. 529105
10 Old Burlington Street - London W1S 3AG - United Kingdom
www.h2o-am.com

Natixis Investment Managers
RCS Paris 453 952 681
Share Capital: €178 251 690
43 avenue Pierre Mendès France
75013 Paris
www.im.natixis.com

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