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Greater China equity chief exits BNP Paribas IP

Greater China equity chief exits BNP Paribas IP

The head of Greater China equity at BNP Paribas Investment Partners has left the firm after three years in the role, Citywire Global can reveal.

Francois Perrin formally stepped down and left the company over the summer, with Caroline Yu Maurer assuming responsibility for Greater China equity in June.

Yu Maurer joined the group from Henderson Global Investors, where she spent nearly eight years in both its London and Singapore offices. The former Citywire AA-rated manager left the group in February.

During his tenure, Perrin, who was Citywire + rated, had run several Asia-focused equity funds at BNP Paribas IP. These included the Parvest Green Tigers and the BNP Paribas Flexi III Eq Greater China Environ funds.

Most recently, he was the lead manager on the $216 million Parvest China Equity fund. He had run this since September 2012 and it will now be overseen by Yu Maurer.

A spokesperson confirmed to Citywire Global that Perrin had left BNP Paribas IP but could not confirm whether he intended to stay within fund management.

Meanwhile, Yu Maurer has similar fund management experience, having been co-lead on the $144 million Henderson HF China Equity fund up until her departure from the group earlier this year.

She oversaw the launch of this Luxembourg-domiciled strategy with Andrew Mattock in January 2008. Mattock has since joined Matthews Asia, while the Henderson fund is now the sole responsibility of Charlie Awdry.

The Parvest China Equity fund returned 22.7% in US dollar terms over the three years to the end of July 2015. This compares to a rise of 34.4% by its Citywire assigned-benchmark, the MSCI China TR USD, over the same period.

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