Insight Investment

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Insight Investment
Industry Investment management
Founded 2002
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Abdallah Nauphal
CEO
Products Investment management
AUM GBP 552 billion (2017)
Parent BNY Mellon
Website www.insightinvestment.com

Insight Investment (Insight) is one of the largest and most prestigious global asset management companies,[1] responsible for £552.3 billion of assets under management on 30 June 2017 represented by the value of cash securities and other economic exposure managed for clients.[2] It manages strategies covering liability-driven investment (LDI), fixed income, cash, absolute return, multi-asset, specialist equities and real assets, such as farmland. Insight is headquartered in London and has offices in New York and Sydney.[2] It is a subsidiary of The Bank of New York Mellon, a multinational financial services corporation.

The UK banking group HBOS formed Insight Investment in 2002 by merging its asset management arms, which included Clerical Medical Investment Management.[3] In 2003, Insight Investment acquired Rothschild Asset Management, which specialised in fixed income investments.[4] In 2009, BNY Mellon acquired Insight from Lloyds Banking Group, which formally acquired HBOS earlier that year.[5][6] In 2013, Insight merged with Pareto Investment Management, a currency risk manager.[7] In early 2015, BNY Mellon acquired US-based fixed income and solutions specialist Cutwater Asset Management. It is operated by Insight Investment.[8][9] Insight is headquartered in London and has offices in New York, Sydney and Tokyo.[2]

Insight Investment was a founding signatory of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI),[10] and is also a signatory to the UK Stewardship Code[11] administered by the Financial Reporting Council. The PRI assigned Insight an A+ rating in 2017 for strategy and governance and an A rating for the integration of responsible investment-related issues across fixed income corporate bond portfolios.[12] The Financial Reporting Council gave Tier 1 status to Insight in 2016, signifying that the company provides "a good quality and transparent description of [its] approach to stewardship and explanations of an alternative approach where necessary".[11][13]

History[edit]

Insight Investment was launched in 2002. It was formed from the merger of the asset management arms of UK banking group HBOS: Clerical Medical Investment Management, Halifax Fund Management and the investment division of Equitable Life. Douglas Ferrans was Insight's first CEO and played a significant role in its formation and launch.[3]

In 2003, Insight acquired Rothschild Asset Management, which was well known for its fixed income solutions and multimanager funds, and property investment manager Gatehouse Investment Management.[4][14][15]

In 2006, Insight demerged its property investment unit and floated it on the Aim market at the London Stock Exchange as Invista Real Estate Investment Management.[16][17][18]

In 2007, Abdallah Nauphal became CEO of Insight.[19] He already held a dual role as deputy CEO (from June 2006) and chief investment officer (from September 2003) of the company.[20] He joined Insight as head of fixed income in April 2003 after the acquisition of Rothschild Asset Management, where he was chief investment officer for fixed income. He was previously head of fixed income at Schroder Investment Management.[21]

In 2009, Insight's parent company HBOS was acquired by Lloyds Banking Group (Lloyds).[6] Later that year, BNY Mellon acquired Insight Investment from Lloyds.[5][22][23][24][25][26] Lloyds retained most of the equity assets managed by Insight and transferred them to Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, the group's primary in-house asset manager after the sale of Insight. This left Insight as an asset manager primarily focused on fixed income and LDI strategies.[27] It transferred its headquarters in early 2011 to share a building with BNY Mellon in Blackfriars, London.[28]

In 2012, Insight announced that it would merge with Pareto Investment Management, a currency risk manager with £27 billion of assets under management. The merger was complete at the beginning of 2013. Pareto was also owned by BNY Mellon.[7][29]

In early 2015, BNY Mellon acquired US-based fixed income and solutions specialist Cutwater Asset Management. It is operated by Insight.[8][9][30]

Insight has reported an increase in its assets under management for external clients in every year since its launch.[2]

Awards[edit]

Insight Investment has won over 25 industry awards since the beginning of 2015.[31] In October 2017, Insight Investment was awarded the "Liability-Driven Investment Manager of the Year" award.[32]

Sponsorships[edit]

Insight Investment sponsors the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition,[33] the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition[34] and the Royal Society's Science Book Prize.[35]

Key people[edit]

Abdallah Nauphal - CEO[36][37][30]

Andrew Giles – Chief Investment Officer (Solutions)[38]

Atul Manek – Chief Operating Officer/Chief Finance Officer[39]

Adrian Grey - Chief Investment Officer (Active Management)[2][40][30]

Angus Woolhouse - Global Head of Distribution[41][42]

Jonathan Eliot - Chief Risk Officer[43]

Cliff Corso - CEO, North America[44]

Lynne Dalgarno - Head of Human Resources[45]

Jane Ivinson, General Counsel[46][47]

Mark Stancombe, Head of Corporate and Product Strategy[48]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Total global AUM table 2016", "Investment Pensions Europe", Retrieved on 27 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e Introducing Insight Investment document
  3. ^ a b "Insight finds success in total returns", "Investment Week", London, 11 June 2007. Retrieved on 25 April 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Insight buys Rothschild Asset Management", Money Marketing, London, 4 December 2002. Retrieved on 25 April 2012.
  5. ^ a b "The Bank of New York Mellon to Acquire Insight Investment Management Limited", Press release from The Bank of New York Mellon, New York and London, 12 August 2009. Retrieved on 25 April 2012.
  6. ^ a b "FSA approves Lloyds TSB's proposed acquisition of HBOS", Press release from Lloyds TSB, London, 10 December 2008. Retrieved on 25 April 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Insight Investment Management joins forces with Pareto", "Investment Europe", London, 2 January 2013. Retrieved on 3 January 2013.
  8. ^ a b "BNY Mellon Acquires Cutwater Asset Management", Press release from The Bank of New York Mellon, New York and London, 5 January 2015. Retrieved on 22 May 2015.
  9. ^ a b "BNY Mellon acquires fixed income specialist", "FT Adviser", London, 6 October 2014. Retrieved on 22 May 2015.
  10. ^ About the PRI
  11. ^ a b List of asset manager signatories to the UK Stewardship Code
  12. ^ PRI annual report - Assessment Report - 2017 - Insight Investment
  13. ^ Insight Investment statement of UK Stewardship Code compliance, September 2016
  14. ^ "Insight pays £61m for fund manager", "The Daily Telegraph", London, 5 December 2002. Retrieved on 25 April 2012.
  15. ^ "Insight buys the Gatehouse five", "Financial News", London, 30 September 2003. Retrieved on 25 April 2012.
  16. ^ "Insight floats real estate under Ross Goobey", "Investment Pensions Europe", London, 31 August 2006. Retrieved on 25 April 2012.
  17. ^ "HBOS to float property arm of Insight unit for £270m", "The Independent", 1 September 2006. Retrieved on 25 April 2012.
  18. ^ "Insight plans Aim listing for property manager Invista", "Money Marketing", 7 September 2006. Retrieved on 25 April 2012.
  19. ^ "Insight says Ferrans to be chairman", "Reuters", London, 28 March 2007. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
  20. ^ "Insight assigns Nauphal to deputy chief exec position", "Investment Week", London, 5 June 2006. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  21. ^ Insight Investment website, Our Team page. Archived by The Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 30 November 2012.
  22. ^ "Insight Investment acquired by Bank of New York Mellon", Press release from Insight Investment, London, 12 August 2009. Retrieved on 25 April 2012.
  23. ^ "Lloyds Banking Group announces asset management plans", Press release from Lloyds Banking Group, London, 12 August 2009. Retrieved on 25 April 2012.
  24. ^ "Lloyds sells Insight Investment to Bank of New York Mellon", "The Guardian", London, 12 August 2009. Retrieved on 25 April 2012.
  25. ^ "Lloyds disposals begin with £235m sale of Insight to BNY Mellon", "The Daily Telegraph", London, 12 August 2009. Retrieved on 25 April 2012.
  26. ^ "Lloyds sells Insight to Bank of New York Mellon", "The Daily Telegraph", London, 12m August 2009. Retrieved on 25 April 2012.
  27. ^ "News Analysis: Curtain falls on Insight's equities struggle", "Financial News", London, 12 August 2009. Retrieved on 25 April 2012.
  28. ^ Insight Investment website, Change of registered office address page (Google cache, retrieved on 12 September 2012)[dead link]
  29. ^ "Insight joins forces with Pareto to create £200bn powerhouse", "Citywire", London, 14 September 2012. Retrieved on 2 October 2012.
  30. ^ a b c "U.K.'s Insight Investment Is Taking on the U.S. Bond Giants", "Institutional Investor", 19 October 2016. Retrieved on 27 April 2017.
  31. ^ Insight Investment website, Our Awards page
  32. ^ Ricketts, David. "Amundi named asset manager of the year at FN awards". Retrieved 2017-10-09. 
  33. ^ Insight Investment sponsorship statement on Royal Academy web site.
  34. ^ Sponsorship statement on Royal Museums Greenwich web site.
  35. ^ Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2017 web site.
  36. ^ "Visionary with exact solutions in mind", "Financial Times", London, 14 May 2007. Retrieved on 25 April 2012.
  37. ^ "Abdallah Nauphal: boutique boss keen to tailor products", "Financial Times", London, 31 October 2010. Retrieved on 25 April 2012.
  38. ^ "Pension funds win time to tackle Emir problems", "Financial Times", London, 21 January 2012. Retrieved on 25 April 2012.
  39. ^ "Q&A: Insight Investment Management's chief finance officer Atul Manek", "Financial News", London, 13 September 2010. Retrieved on 25 April 2012.
  40. ^ "Insight names new head of fixed income", "Financial News", London, 20 April 2005. Retrieved on 8 July 2013.
  41. ^ "Former Barings distribution head joins Insight Investment", "Investment Week", London, 6 July 2017. Retrieved on 4 September 2017.
  42. ^ "Insight appoints global head of distribution", Press release from Insight Investment, London, 24 July 2017. Retrieved on 4 September 2017.
  43. ^ https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=23609602&privcapId=20474638&previousCapId=4003514&previousTitle=LONDON%20STOCK%20EXCHANGE%20GROUP Jonathan Eliot Bloomberg profile page
  44. ^ "BNY Mellon to Acquire U.S. Investment Manager Cutwater Asset Management", "PR Newswire", New York and London, 6 October 2014. Retrieved on 9 June 2016.
  45. ^ "City Moves for 27 October 2015 | Who's switching jobs", "City AM", London, 27 October 2015. Retrieved on 9 June 2016.
  46. ^ "In-house legal teams size up new rulebooks", "Financial News", London, 13 February 2013. Retrieved on 9 June 2016.
  47. ^ "Interview with Jane Ivinson, General Counsel at Insight Investment", "JSB Blog", London, 6 November 2014. Retrieved on 9 June 2016.
  48. ^ "Repo revolution needed for pension funds", "Financial News", London, 7 March 2016. Retrieved on 9 June 2016.

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