Press release
04 Oct 2018

Merian Global Investors announces partnership with Shakespeare’s Globe

On Monday 1 October, Old Mutual Global Investors was officially renamed Merian Global Investors. The name is inspired by the life of the scientist, artist and adventurer Maria Sibylla Merian.

 

On Monday 1 October, Old Mutual Global Investors was officially renamed Merian Global Investors. The name is inspired by the life of the scientist, artist and adventurer Maria Sibylla Merian.

The business, which had assets under management of £34.6 billion, as at 31 August 2018, continues to offer expertise in equities, fixed income and a range of alternative strategies. With no house view or CIO, its fund managers are given the freedom to follow their own proven strategies.

With a continued commitment to running genuinely active funds, that target a high active share, Merian Global Investors seeks to attract and retain talented professionals, who are experts in their particular fields. Central to the firm’s belief is an understanding of the value clients place on their investments delivering in line with their expectations. All permanent employees¹ are directly or indirectly invested in the firm, in a move the business believes enhances alignment of client and investor interests.

As a polymath, Maria Sibylla Merian embodied the multi-faceted approach Merian Global Investors takes to investment, giving its specialist investment teams the freedom and support they need to succeed. While some fund managers invest in a definitively scientific manner, others believe investment is first and foremost an art. Merian Global Investors calls it “The art and science of investing.”

Merian’s achievements and willingness to challenge received wisdom are reflective of the approach Merian Global Investors takes both to running the business and managing funds. The firm values an entrepreneurial, creative environment, believing that over the long term this culture will contribute to superior outcomes for clients.

Richard Buxton, CEO, Merian Global Investors, comments:

“Our rebrand to Merian Global Investors represents the culmination of a year-long journey to build an independent and unique asset management business. I’m immensely proud that we’re named after such an extraordinary woman, whose ground-breaking approach to work and life we aim to reflect across the organisation. We maintain our philosophy that the most effective investment businesses are large enough to inspire confidence – with big-firm governance and risk management – yet small enough to foster entrepreneurial spirit. We continue to be agile enough to adapt to a rapidly changing world, while maintaining our strong commitment to the pursuit of building a profitable and responsible business with differentiated funds, recognising the important relationship between good long-term stewardship and customer satisfaction.”

Partnership with Shakespeare’s Globe

Further, the business has today revealed it will collaborate with Shakespeare’s Globe as the sole principal partner of its summer season, 2019.

Shakespeare’s Globe celebrates Shakespeare’s transformative impact on the world with a diverse programme of work across two iconic theatres: the Globe Theatre and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Performances, tours and an extensive education and research programme take place all year round to make Shakespeare accessible for all. From February 2019, the Globe will begin a year-long cycle of history plays which will continue throughout the summer season, exploring what it means to be British as the UK edges closer to its exit from the EU.

This exciting sponsorship will raise the profile of Merian Global Investors, while allowing it to support the work of a truly ground-breaking, international cultural and educational company, with a significant global reach and complementary vision and values. The partnership will provide Merian Global Investors with a major platform for the launch of its brand as well as allowing it to engage with a global audience that reflects its core customer demographic.

Richard Buxton, CEO, Merian Global Investors, adds:

“We’re thrilled to be working with Shakespeare’s Globe as the sole principal partner of its summer season. Shakespeare’s Globe is one of the world’s most iconic theatres and its programme of international cultural and educational work is truly inspiring. As a theatre company, Shakespeare’s Globe is the embodiment of inclusivity, recognising the vital role all teams play in achieving success, an ethos we celebrate and practice at Merian Global Investors, where there is no primacy between investment, distribution and infrastructure. We’re delighted to help support this organisation’s important work, while also benefiting from the opportunity to utilise its unique platform to raise awareness of our brand among its global audience.”

Neil Constable, CEO, Shakespeare’s Globe, comments

“I am delighted to welcome Merian Global Investors as the principal sponsor of our 2019 summer season. Maria Merian, like our own founder, Sam Wanamaker, was a pioneering force of her day, so it feels an especially timely moment for us to come together as their new identity is unveiled. The Merian Global Investors team’s excellent understanding of the breadth of our work across our two theatres proves them the ideal organisation to provide vital support as we bring our next season to life. We greatly look forward to working with them over the coming months.”

Notes to editors

 

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