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UK boutique launches ESG-focused GEM equity fund

UK boutique launches ESG-focused GEM equity fund

London-based boutique Alquity Investments has launched a fund to capture socially responsible investment opportunities from across emerging and frontier markets.

The Alquity Future World fund will invest across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Indian Subcontinent.

It is based on a three pillar approach known as the ‘virtuous circle’, which targets companies which meet Alquity’s environment, social and governance standards, show high-growth potential and a commitment to reinvesting in local communities.

Alquity said the new fund will allow investors to access to major themes in the developing world, these being the growth in consumer demand and increased urbanisation.

The fund will be managed by Roberto Lampl, who is head of Latin America investments at the group. Lampl was formerly head of global emerging market equities at Barings Asset Management before joining Alquity in early 2014.

He currently runs the Alquity Latin America mixed asset fund, while former Nevsky Capital partner Mike Sell runs the Alquity Asia and the Alquity Indian Subcontinent funds.

These funds, which were launched over the course of 2014, built on Alquity’s existing Africa fund and were part of plans to help increase the boutique’s expertise beyond the African equity market.

Commenting on the latest launch, Paul Robinson, chief executive officer at Alquity Investments, said: ‘The launch of the Future World fund is the culmination of our four fund launches this year.'

'With over three years’ track record behind us of generating attractive returns for investors in our Africa fund, we are now in a position to offer a broad range of investors exposure to emerging and frontier markets in some of the most exciting and rapidly growing regions in the world.’

The Alquity Future World fund is domiciled in Luxembourg. It will include investments in small- and mid-cap companies, as well as large-cap companies where the manager identifies unrecognised investment opportunities.

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