Omnis Investments Limited (Omnis), the investment arm of The Openwork Partnership which has more than £9 billion of assets under management, has appointed Barings to manage its Omnis European Equity Opportunities Fund.
The appointment to run the £273 million fund from May 17th, 2021 follows extensive research of investment managers in the European equity space conducted by the Omnis Investment, Performance & Risk Committee supported by independent investment consultants Fundhouse.
Barings was selected following an assessment against key Omnis criteria and a stringent due diligence process.
Barings’ strong track record highlights the well-established robust and repeatable investment process, which is focused on extensive bottom-up research supported by a strong team of region and sector specialists. Barings has a long and deep history of investing in European equities and particularly in small and medium-sized companies which are a focus of the fund.
The team will be headed by Nick Williams, Head of the Small Cap Equities Team, and co-manager across Barings’ Small Cap strategies, alongside Investment Managers Colin Riddles, Rosemary Simmonds, and William Cuss. The team are further supported by the broader European equity team based in London, who provide invaluable proprietary fundamental analysis to support their disciplined stock selection strategy.
Robert Jeffree, Chief Investment Officer of Omnis, said: “Barings Asset Management impressed us with its strong track record of delivering outperformance through active management over the long-term.
“Barings’ investment process is a great fit for the mandate, and we have high conviction that the investment process will deliver value for advisers and their clients invested in the Omnis European Equity Opportunities Fund.”
“We are delighted to have been selected to manage the Omnis European Equity Opportunities Fund,” said Nick Williams. “We believe that Europe offers an exciting range of investment opportunities, particularly among faster-growing mid and small size companies, and we look forward to our partnership with Omnis and their investors over the coming years.”
Omnis Investment Limited is wholly owned by Openwork Holdings Limited. The Openwork Partnership has more than 4,300 financial advisers across the UK and operates as a directly authorised, multi-panel distribution network. Its new website includes an interactive map enabling more clients to access support from the network.