Baillie Gifford opens Shanghai office

UK investment manager Baillie Gifford has moved into the Chinese funds market after opening an office in Shanghai and registering as a private securities fund manager in China. The move will enable Baillie Gifford to invest in a wider range of Chinese companies and also market private funds to Chinese investors. The firm launched its first China fund back in 2008 and has so far invested around £45 billion in more than 100 companies based on the mainland. According to Baillie Gifford’s partners, a local presence in China will deepen its existing relationships with Chinese companies and also improve its understanding of cultural developments in the country. It will also help the firm to find the next generation of investment targets, stated the company. “We are building a team based in Shanghai to provide devoted, local expertise to boost our research into these rising Chinese companies,” said John MacDougall, partner and chairman in China. “We hope that combining knowledge from the team on-the-ground with broader perspective from investment teams in Edinburgh will allow us to assess the opportunities with greater insight, in the search to find China’s future winners.” In 2019 the company hired Amy Wang as head of China in order to build the Shanghai team and develop local relationships. She will be joined by head of investment research Linda Lin who is returning to China after six years at Baillie Gifford’s Edinburgh office. © 2020 funds global Asia

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