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TOBAM continues rapid growth with new strategic senior hire

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Opalesque Industry Update - TOBAM, the $8.5 billion Anti-Benchmark asset manager, has appointed Frédéric Jamet as Head of Trading and co-Head of Research. A renowned academic in the field of factor and smart beta investment, Mr. Jamet will add to TOBAM's existing leading edge expertise in these areas, and will oversee the firm's trading and research departments while playing a key role in sharing TOBAM's expertise with clients and third parties.

As Head of Trading, Mr. Jamet will supervise all trading activities within TOBAM's equities, fixed income, forex and multi-asset strategies. As co-Head of Research, he will support TOBAM's sustained efforts to develop its Maximum Diversification® approach's theoretical foundations, and will oversee research development for the firm's operational and portfolio management divisions. Mr. Jamet is based in Paris, managing TOBAM's teams across Paris and Dublin.

Mr. Jamet's appointment comes as a response to the company's growth and international expansion in the past few years, and to the steady increase in demand for TOBAM's flagship Maximum Diversification® strategies globally. Over the past twelve months, the firm opened a Dublin office and bolstered its Anti-Benchmark® fixed income range with a Global High Yield strategy. TOBAM has also seen a rapid growth in the development of its Maximum Diversification® indices since the launch of ETFs in partnership with Canadian firm Mackenzie Investments last year.

Mr. Jamet brings 28 years of asset management industry experience to TOBAM. He joins from State Street Global Advisors France, where he had served as Head of Investments for eleven years. Previously, Mr. Jamet was Head of the Index Equity unit for State Street, creating and managing a range of index funds and ETFs. Prior to joining State Street, Mr. Jamet was overseeing derivative research at HSBC, and before, new quantitative products at Credit Lyonnais. Mr. Jamet holds a Master of Mathematics from Ecole Centrale de Lille and a Master of Finance from Université du Droit et de la Santé. He has acted as an expert in factor and smart beta subjects while being member of the Index Advisory Group of Euronext, and is a lecturer on indexing at Université Dauphine. Mr. Jamet is also the author of several articles and studies about volatility and indexing.

Yves Choueifaty, President of TOBAM, declared: "We are delighted to welcome Frédéric to TOBAM's team. He will be an invaluable addition to our research and trading capabilities - and has an impressive blend of experience on both the academic and investment management sides, which fits perfectly within TOBAM's philosophy and approach to investment. We are committed to always improve our product range as well pursue innovative thinking in every new product we create. Frédéric's personal involvement and extensive experience in the field of factor investing and smart beta innovation will no doubt make him a key contributor to this effort."

Frederic Jamet, Head of Trading and Co-Head of Research, added: "I've been following TOBAM for many years and have long admired their innovative thinking and differentiated approach to smart beta. I am very pleased to be joining such a talented team, which shares my commitment to the investment pillars that are research and innovation. With the current debate taking place around active management and passive management as well as the future of indexing, it is a very exciting time for me to join TOBAM, and I look forward to working with my new colleagues to maintain and bolster TOBAM's leading edge position in its expert field".

TOBAM's Maximum Diversification approach, supported by original, patented research and a mathematical definition of diversification, provides clients with diversified core exposure, in both the equity and fixed income markets.

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