Natixis Investment Managers announces creation of Dynamic Solutions; James Hughes, former Global Head of Strategic Client Solutions for Aberdeen Standard Investments, to lead the new business

Natixis Investment Managers announced the creation of Natixis Dynamic Solutions which will bring together the firm’s diverse expertise in developing customised client investment solutions into a single offering of solutions capabilities within the firm’s multi-affiliate organization. James Hughes, former Global Head of Strategic Client Solutions for Aberdeen Standard Investments will lead the new business, based in London, and report directly to CEO Jean Raby. James will join Natixis in December 2018.

Jean Raby, CEO of Natixis Investment Managers, commented: “Natixis Dynamic Solutions brings together the existing asset allocation and portfolio construction expertise of our group into a single entity to address complex investment challenges utilising the diverse expertise of our global multi-affiliate organization. James has the breadth and depth of global experience to lead the rapid development of this business and the expertise to reach across our affiliate investment managers to create investment solutions that are unique within our industry and directly responsive to the needs of our clients.”

Natixis Dynamic Solutions has been formed through the consolidation of Natixis Investment Managers’ European investment solutions capabilities into a centralized group that leverages the expertise of its former Portfolio Research & Consulting Group (PRCG) and the former Investment and Client Solutions (ICS) unit of Ostrum (an affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers). Dynamic Solutions will selectively access expertise across the firm’s range of investment affiliates to deliver investment solutions that respond to the ever-changing needs of investors as well as provide advisory, structuring and fiduciary management services. Through its global distribution platform, Natixis Investment Managers offers investment solutions from 26 of the world’s leading high-conviction active investment managers, each of whom concentrates on the investment styles and disciplines in which they have proven expertise. This multi-affiliate structure is built on a belief in the power of independent and active thinking, the ultimate objective being to better serve investors and help them to build stronger and more diversified portfolios over the long term.

Prior to joining Aberdeen Standard Investments, Hughes was Managing Director, Multi-Asset Solutions, for Gottex Fund Management. Previously to that, Hughes served as Group Chief Investment Officer for HSBC Insurance based in London and Hong Kong where he managed US$120 billion of assets across 22 countries. His eight-year career with HSBC also included roles as Chief Investment Officer of HSBC Insurance Vietnam and Head of Multi-Manager/Multi-Asset in both the Asia Pacific and EMEA for HSBC Asset Management.

Claire Martinetto, former project leader of the solutions initiative for Natixis Investment Managers, will serve as Deputy Head of the group. Natixis Dynamic Solutions encompasses three main areas of investment solution expertise: “Consulting and Advisory,” led by James Beaumont, former head of Natixis Investment Managers’ Portfolio Research & Consulting Group; “Investment Solutions and Services,” led by Oumar Diawara, former Head of the Structured Investment Services Platform at Seeyond; and “Multi-Asset Multi-Affiliate Investments,” led by Franck Nicolas, former Head of Investment and Client Solutions at Ostrum. Seeyond and Ostrum are both affiliates of Natixis Investment Managers.

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