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Blackfriars appoints MD to head up EMEA and frontier proposition

Blackfriars Asset Management has appointed Dr Anastasia Levashova as managing director for EMEA and frontier markets.

Levashova’s appointment follows the recent announcement that Blackfriars will take over the management of the Establishment Investment Trust Plc, BDT Invest Asian Focus Fund and BDT Invest Oriental Focus Fund with Asian equities investors Henry Thornton and Simon Dobson joining Blackfriars from BDT.
In the past five years Levashova has been head of Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East & African sales at BNP Paribas and prior to that worked at Citibank Global Markets. With over 15 years’ experience in GEM and frontier markets she has held senior positions in fund management, research and sales roles.
Blackfriars’ chief executive Tom Waring says: “As well as extensive experience both as an analyst and head of sales on the sell-side, Anastasia has strong buy-side experience and has most recently managed a successful long-short fund. She brings a great deal of specialist knowledge to our GEM and frontier team and is already settling in well. In addition to her role within our GEM team, we have a number of Eastern European and Russian equity mandates from institutional clients and these portfolios are also managed by Anastasia.”
Levashova says: “Emerging and frontier markets present some very interesting opportunities at the moment, and I look forward to helping develop Blackfriars’ offering in this area. With the BDT take-on and new products in the pipeline, the Blackfriars business is moving forward and has exciting plans for the future.”

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