CRUX completes Asia fund management team with Martin Currie hire

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CRUX Asset Management (CRUX), an active equity investment manager, has appointed Martin Currie’s Asia ex-Japan portfolio manager, Damian Taylor, as the deputy lead for the firm’s two new Asia equity strategies.

Taylor joins CRUX with over 20 years’ investment experience having worked at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs before joining Martin Currie in 2013, where he was portfolio manager for the firm’s flagship Asia Long-Term Unconstrained strategy.

Based at CRUX’s new Edinburgh office, Taylor will be deputy to Citywire AAA-rated manager Ewan Markson-Brown, who was responsible for managing the Baillie Gifford Pacific Fund prior to joining CRUX in September. The Fund ranked in the top decile for one-, three- and five-year performance in its sector. The Asia team also includes analysts Ishaan Bhatia and Ryan Soh, who specialise in evaluating public and private stage growth opportunities in India and Greater China & Southeast Asia respectively.

Karen Zachary, CEO at CRUX, says: “Damian’s intimate knowledge of Asian equities combined with his ability to identify long-term capital growth opportunities through proven valuation methodologies makes him an excellent addition to CRUX’s Asia team.

“Built on flexibility and diverse thinking, the CRUX Asia team we have assembled has world-class expertise and experience that will enable the firm to capture Asian growth. Through long-term, bottom-up, high-conviction stock selection and alignment of investment objectives with our global investors, we look forward to further broadening our investor base.”

CRUX is launching two actively managed, long-term growth focused regional equity strategies on 1 October, 2021 focused on Asia ex-Japan and China. The UCITS funds seek to identify and exploit pricing inefficiencies in growth companies and capitalise on applying CRUX’s regional active equity expertise to deliver strong investment returns from Asian equities.