Martin Currie hires Ex-BlackRock Fund Manager

Martin Currie has hired former BlackRock Fund Manager, Zehrid Osmani, to co-manage its Global Portfolio trust.

He will work alongside long-standing manager Tom Walker, who has been responsible for single-handedly managing the trust since 2000.

Osmani joined Martin Currie in May to lead its Global Long-Term Unconstrained (GLTU) team.

From 30 June his role will be expanded to include co-portfolio management duties of the £225m trust.

During his 10 years at BlackRock, Osmani played a significant role in building the firm’s European equity franchise, notably serving as Head of European Research.

He was also responsible for managing numerous equity funds at BlackRock. His area of expertise lies in managing unconstrained, high conviction, long-term portfolios, driven by fundamental research.

Chairman of Global Portfolio trust Neil Gaskell said Osmani’s “experience in high conviction portfolio construction and track record of managing concentrated equity portfolios” makes him “a perfect fit” for the role.

Osmani said: “I am excited to join Tom as Joint Portfolio Manager of Martin Currie Global Portfolio trust and look forward to working together to identify the world’s best growth opportunities.

“The trust has earned a strong reputation for delivering consistent long-term performance combined with a number of characteristics that help to reduce volatility and I am committed to enhancing these attributes.”

Walker added: “I look forward to working in partnership with Zehrid as Joint Portfolio Manager and introducing him to our shareholders over the coming months.

“Martin Currie Global Portfolio trust has developed a niche in the Global sector and I look forward to shareholders benefiting from his insight and expertise.”



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All figures correct as at 30.09.2019.