At Unigestion, we believe in the efficiency of a team management approach using a consistently applied and
refined investment process rather than in individual star managers. In keeping with this ethos, the
investment teams have a flat structure, with members participating in the investment process in line with
their expertise and abilities.
A total of 71 investment professionals are responsible for portfolio management, trading,
and research and development across all our areas of expertise.
The 23-strong Equities team manages a range of risk-managed equity strategies across both pooled and
segregated products. They also run active factor allocation and volatility strategies. The team is
predominantly based in Geneva, with additional members in London.
that downside protection and positive return asymmetry are the drivers of long-term performance. This
conviction is supported by academic research, which shows that risk-efficient portfolios outperform their
benchmarks in the long run.
The team is structured around four distinct
Portfolio Managers construct portfolios, make investment decisions, monitor portfolios day-to-day
and enhance the management process through research projects. They also carry out qualitative stock
analysis on purchase candidates.
Client Portfolio Managers
Client Portfolio Managers are responsible for ensuring all clients understand the investment
process, portfolio positions and performance patterns of their funds. In addition, they work with
clients to customise existing strategies to fit their needs, and input into investment-oriented
The research team comprises both fundamental and quantitative analysts. Fundamental Analysts aim to
identify and monitor the critical fundamental risk factors which will influence purchase candidates
and the stocks held in portfolios. Quantitative Analysts conduct quantitative research and develop
the proprietary risk analysis tools used by the team.
Our trading team focuses on effectively implementing strategies as well as developing models to help
predict and reduce market impact while trading. They also monitor markets, informing Portfolio
Managers of any events that may impact their portfolios.
Multi-Asset and Wealth Management
The Multi-Asset and Wealth Management team manages a variety of multi-strategy portfolios using a unique,
macro risk-based approach. Investing in a diverse range of risk premia, they manage total and absolute
return strategies through both pooled funds and segregated mandates, as well as offering advisory and
specialised allocations to alternative investments.
The 15-strong team is based primarily in Geneva and London. It brings together a combination of
complementary skills and experience in managing sophisticated single and multi asset portfolios, across
both traditional and alternative investments. The team takes a collaborative approach to managing
portfolios to leverage these diverse skillsets and expertise.
The Multi-Asset and Wealth Management team’s
mission is to provide our investors with cost-effective and liquid access to sources of return that exhibit
a low correlation to traditional assets. We believe this is best achieved by allocating across an expanded
universe of risk premia using a macro risk-based investment framework
The investment management team is divided into three sub-teams,
each with their own distinct specialism
Systematic Strategies team
Designs and manages the portfolios’ core long-term strategic allocation and, more broadly, the purely systematic
portfolios using a rules-based investment approach.
Global Macro & Dynamic Asset Allocation team
Analyses macroeconomic and market conditions to define the appropriate allocation. Unigestion’s proprietary tools
designed for this purpose (Nowcasters), in combination with the team’s skills and expertise, are key to our
innovative risk-managed investment approach.
External Strategies team
Identifies and researches external sources of return for customised Multi-Asset solutions, from strategies that can
be long/short or long only, passive or active (alpha generating). This covers hedge funds, alternative risk premia,
long-only products provided by asset managers or investment banks. The team also manages funds of funds combining
Over the last 35 years, Unigestion’s Private Equity team has become one of Europe’s leading players in private equity,
covering all segments globally, with a particular focus on the small and mid-market. Today, this 50-strong team of
investment specialists and client service professionals manage USD 10.9 billion for more than 180 global institutional
clients. The team manages a range of primary, secondary and direct co-investment funds, as well as tailored investment
solutions and specialty offerings. The team operates from six offices globally, ensuring comprehensive coverage of
Europe, North America and Asia. The multi-lingual, multi-national team unifies a broad, complementary skill base and has
helped build up a solid global network of over 300 investment partners.
The sourcing and
development of new relationships is a core activity of the Private Equity team and we have built up one of the strongest
networks in the industry, helping us maintain a strong, high-quality deal flow
Diverse and knowledgeable team
Successful investing demands broad experience as well as local knowledge. The team members combine experience of global
investment and financial markets with knowledge of local politics, economic conditions, cultures and business practices.
All team members have lived or travelled extensively in the regions they are responsible for. Their local understanding
and networks help us to create a multicultural, open-minded, challenging environment. Each team member has specialised
knowledge of a region or sector and they are united by their drive, commitment and belief in our unique approach to
private equity investment.
In recent years, the team has won numerous industry awards for investment strategy and performance, innovation and
client service. These are testament to the quality of not only our investment portfolios, but also the expertise of our
The team was awarded ‘Private Equity Manager of the Year’ at the European Pensions Awards in 2017 and 2018. In addition,
the team received the Gold Award (2018) and Silver Award (2017) for ‘Best LP, Global Strategy with Private Equity
Allocation < $10bn’ as well as the Gold Award (2011, 2016) and the Silver Award (2012 – 2015) for ‘Best LP, Regional
Strategy’ by Private Equity Exchange & Awards.
Our collaborative investment platform
Our global investment platform is designed to foster close collaboration between our investment teams and allows us
to leverage specialist skillsets from across the firm in a more efficient and rewarding manner. Each investment line
benefits from access to the following:
- Macroeconomic research: the Macro Committee brings together specialists from
across all our investment teams. It focuses on measuring and tracking five key risk factors to financial
markets – cycles to growth, inflation and risk appetite, market momentum and market valuation. Combining
these five drivers makes it possible to build a macroeconomic scenario and to track its evolution through
time. This assessment is done by aggregating a large spectrum of data that is monitored in a real-time
manner, avoiding bias and fads that usually affect sell-side macro research. This global scenario is used to
dynamically allocate risk and capital for a number of Unigestion portfolios. Within our macro research, we
have developed three proprietary indicators to assess conditions in real time, known as Nowcasters. We use
their output to inform portfolio allocation decisions to varying degrees across all of our areas of
- Quantitative research: through our company-wide Research Committee, members
from all our investment teams meet regularly to share ideas, leverage best practices and collaborate on
research projects. We believe this cross-team approach to research makes our strategies more efficient and
competitive compared to companies which are 100% specialised in a given investment strategy.
- Trading: Our central trading desk focuses on optimised and cost-efficient
- Responsible Investment: Our Responsible Investment Committee is tasked with building,
enhancing and transparently sharing our ESG policies and practices. It is chaired by our Responsible
Investment Coordinator and includes the CEO, the Head of Multi-Asset and Wealth Management, the Co-Head of
Investment Management for Private Equity, our Corporate Engagement Coordinator, our Legal Officer, who is an
expert in ESG issues, and representatives from the Business Development team and each of our investment