Franklin Templeton Expands Multi Asset Solutions Team with Appointment of Brendan Walsh

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Brendan Walsh to lead the development of Franklin Templeton's multi-asset capabilities in the UK

London – 2 July 2018 – Franklin Templeton Investments today announced the appointment of Brendan Walsh as SVP/Portfolio Manager, Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions (FTMAS). Effective 8th October 2018, Walsh will lead the development of the firm’s multi-asset capabilities in the UK, as well as being a key contributor to the asset allocation strategy for investment solutions managed by the multi-asset solutions team. He will be based at Franklin Templeton’s London offices and will report to Thomas Nelson, SVP/Director of Portfolio Management, FTMAS.

With over a decade of experience in multi-asset investing, Walsh brings significant expertise and has an established track-record of developing and managing multi-asset strategies. He joins from Aviva Investors where he was a Multi-Asset Fund Manager. Prior to this, he worked at Standard Life Investments as a Quantitative Analyst in the Multi-Asset Investing Team and Edinburgh Research and Innovation as a Research Project Consultant.

Thomas Nelson, commented: “Brendan’s appointment underscores our commitment to building out our multi-asset capabilities in the UK, which remains a key focus area for the team. Brendan brings a wealth of experience in developing and managing multi-asset capabilities allowing us to successfully offer investment and product expertise with a strong client engagement framework.”

Martyn Gilbey, UK Country Head, commented: “Pension freedoms have given investors additional choice with their pension savings, presenting an opportunity for the industry to offer more flexible options for generating income to meet the needs of those approaching, or in retirement.

Brendan’s expertise will help us to expand our multi-asset capabilities in the UK and develop appropriate tools for investors in this important and growing area of the market.”

Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions translates a wide variety of investor goals into portfolios powered by Franklin Templeton’s best thinking around the globe. The hallmark of the team’s approach is a central forum—the Investment Strategy and Research Committee—which generates a top-down view across asset classes and regions and connects and synthesises the bottom-up sector and regional insights of the global investment teams at Franklin Templeton.

The team features more than 50 multi-asset investment professionals, specialising in strategic asset allocation and tactical positioning, fundamental and quantitative research, active integration and risk management. The platform had more than $120 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2018, and its global reach includes investment offices in Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, London, Milan, Mumbai, New York, San Mateo, Singapore and Toronto.

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Notes to Editors:

Franklin Resources, Inc. [NYSE:BEN] is a global investment management organization operating as Franklin Templeton Investments. Franklin Templeton Investments provides global and domestic investment management to retail, institutional and sovereign wealth clients in over 170 countries. Through specialized teams, the company has expertise across all asset classes—including equity, fixed income, alternative and custom solutions. The company’s more than 650 investment professionals are supported by its integrated, worldwide team of risk management professionals and global trading desk network. With offices in over 30 countries, the California-based company has 70 years of investment experience and over $732 billion in assets under management as of 31 May 2018.

In the UK, Franklin Templeton Investments offers a distinct and diversified investment line-up, comprising three major international equity houses (Franklin, Templeton and Mutual Series); a specialist UK equity house Franklin Templeton Fund Management Limited); several dedicated country-specific equity houses; complemented by a substantial global fixed income group. Franklin Templeton Investments promotes to UK intermediaries 100 funds, including:

  • 85 Luxembourg-registered SICAV funds including 70 GBP share classes
  • 14 UK-registered OEIC funds
  • 1 investment trust

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