Sustainable Equities Boutique

Vontobel appoints new Head of Sustainable Equities Boutique

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Vontobel has appointed Jean-Louis Nakamura as Head of its Sustainable Equities Boutique, replacing Hans Speich who is retiring.

Jean-Louis Nakamura will lead Vontobel’s CHF 15bn AuM Sustainable Equities boutique, which has 35 investment professionals based in Zurich, Milan and Hong Kong. The boutique offers solutions in sustainable emerging market equities, Swiss equities, as well as impact and thematic investing.

With 27 years’ experience in the public and the private sectors, Jean-Louis Nakamura joins Vontobel today from Lombard Odier, where he spent 14 years and was Chief Investing Officer Asia Pacific and Chief Executive Office of the firm in Hong Kong. Previously, he was Lombard Odier Investment Managers’ Head of Multi Assets and Deputy Global CIO in Geneva.

Nakamura started his carreer in the public sector, between 1995 and 2003 he was Senior Economist at the French Treasury and Deputy Financial Counselor at the European Union Council. From 2003 to 2008, he was CEO and CIO of the Civil Service Pension Fund and the French Pension Reserve Fund, where he was responsible for strategic and tactical asset allocation. Jean-Louis Nakamura will report into Christel Rendu de Lint, Deputy Head of Investments at Vontobel.

“Hans Speich was instrumental in developing our Sustainable Equity Boutique and helped shape our investment-led culture. We thank him for his dedication and leadership,” says Christel Rendu de Lint. “The appointment of Jean-Louis Nakamura reflects our commitment to our sustainable equities capabilities. I look forward to working with Jean-Louis. His strong investment background and experience in managing investment teams will help us to further develop the boutique at a time when sustainable investing is entering a new and exciting phase, in which investors look for innovative and transparent solutions.”

“I am thrilled to join Vontobel, whose strong investment culture and portfolio management discipline helps investors to achieve their long-term financial objectives,” adds Jean-Louis Nakamura.


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