Pacific Investments makes senior hires at new multi-asset unit

Will Bartleet Pacific InvestmentsPacific Investments has appointed a chief investment officer and a head of diversifying assets to its newly-launched multi-asset management unit.

Former HSBC multi-asset portfolio manager Will Bartleet and Deutsche Bank’s former global head of risk factors Louis Cucciniello will joins as CIO and portfolio manager of of multi-asset funds and as head of diversifying assets and alternative factor investing respectively.

In November, Pacific Investments launched its multi-asset business, Pacific Asset Management, with its first range of funds aimed at the retirement market.

The new company will be led by Matthew Lamb, who moved from GAM to join the company.

Commenting on the new hires, Lamb says the pair are at the top of their game.

Lamb says the team is looking to establish PAM as a recognised provider of liquid multi-asset vehicles to retail and institutional markets.

Bartleet used to manage a $5bn (£4bn) multi-asset portfolio at HSBC, where he spent 16 years.

Most recently, Cucciniello, who spent 10 years at Deutsche Bank, was managing director and global head of risk factors. He also set up and managed over $5bn of risk premia strategies during his time at the firm.

Cucciniello sats: “Risk premia should be an integral part of any multi-asset strategy and I look forward to drawing on my experience in this area to ensure that we are able to provide our clients with a fully diversified offering comprising individual non-correlated positive return factors.”