IMS has been rebranded FundQuest UK, the multi-management business of BNP Paribas Investment Partners, the group that acquired it in April.
FundQuest activities in Europe now comprise FundQuest Paris, FundQuest UK and Primonial FundQuest, its subsidiary dedicated to French independent financial advisers.
Antony John, formerly chief executive officer at IMS, has become chief executive officer of FundQuest UK and head of marketing and communication of the FundQuest Group. He will also co-ordinate FundQuest’s global product strategy.
Giles Gilbertson, previously chief investment officer at IMS, will have overall responsibility for manager and fund research at the FundQuest Group, as well as the management of all single strategy portfolios.
Christophe Belhomme, previously chief investment officer at FundQuest Paris, will be in charge of asset allocation and management of all multi-asset portfolios. He and Gilbertson will both keep the title chief investment officer.
FundQuest is supported by research teams with analysts in Paris, London and Boston. The global equity, European equity and fixed income and alternative assets teams will be led respec- tively by Hans Hamre and Guy Davies in London and Peter Norton in Paris.
FundQuest UK will spearhead business development in Britain, South Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Scandinavia. FundQuest Paris will cover Continental Europe, excluding Scandinavia. The combined global FundQuest business has assets under management and advice of €40 billion (£32 billion) globally and has 210 employees.
Antony John, chief executive officer of FundQuest UK, says there was a “strong cultural fit” between IMS and FundQuest.