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Friday, March 12, 2010

Strategic Insight Goes to London

Reported by InvestmentWires Staff, 

Strategic Insight has set up shop in London. The New York-based fund research and consulting firm opened its London office March 1, with Andreas Pfunder, an alum of Fidelity International and AllianceBernstein, serving as managing director for Europe. This is the first overseas office for Strategic Insight, which also plans to open a Hong Kong office by September.

The overseas foray comes seven months after Strategic Insight was acquired by Asset International. Strategic Insight's London office shares the same office location as Global Custodian, a London-based publication that's part of the Asset International family.

Joining Pfunder in Strategic Insight's London location is Jamie Maak, global business development manager. Maak is relocating from New York.

Jag Alexeyev, senior managing director responsible for Strategic Insight's overseas efforts, told The MFWire that the firm plans to hire two analysts "in the immediate future."

As for Hong Kong, Strategic Insight plans to have an office there up and running by September, Alexeyev said.

No additional overseas offices are planned for this year.
Company Press Release

LONDON – 12th March 2010 – Strategic Insight, a New York-based global provider of data, research and consulting to investment management and distribution companies, has opened an office in London and appointed Andreas Pfunder as Managing Director Europe. Pfunder is responsible for expanding SI’s business among mutual fund companies, wealth managers and distribution networks in the UK and Europe.

"Andreas' expert knowledge of the European asset management arena and his business acumen will be of significant value to our clients, who can now benefit from Strategic Insight’s permanent regional presence," said Jag Alexeyev and Daniel Enskat, the Senior Managing Directors responsible for Strategic Insight’s success outside the US.

Previously, Pfunder worked as an independent consultant after years in senior business development roles with Fidelity International and AllianceBernstein. He has an Executive MBA from London Business School.

Pfunder will be joined by Jamie Maak, Strategic Insight’s Global Business Development Manager, who is moving from New York to London to coordinate the Group’s worldwide presence and support of clients. The company plans to open a Hong Kong office later this year.

According to Pfunder, "As a professional within the fund management industry, I had admired Strategic Insight’s work for many years and was especially impressed by the company’s unique use of holistic and real-time data and its in-depth understanding of our industry’s drivers."

Alexeyev added, "Andreas has a passion for helping fund managers grow their business in today’s rapidly evolving financial environment, and he will enable us to deepen and enhance our relationships in the UK and the Continent." 

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