Press release

Press release

Helsinki / Frankfurt am Main, November 20 2017

Aktia Asset Management and Universal-Investment announce strategic partnership

Finnish fund manager Aktia Asset Management and fund platform Universal-Investment have announced a strategic partnership to bring Aktia AM funds to Germany and other European countries. With a longstanding track record in the Nordic markets, Aktia AM is well-known for their expertise in managing emerging markets sovereign risk.

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Finnish fund manager brings proven investment strategies to European markets

Longstanding track record in emerging market bonds

Start with a Frontier Market Local Currency Fund

The first product available in Germany will be a frontier markets local currency fund, launched on Universal-Investments Luxembourg SICAV platform. This launch will be the starting point for a whole range of emerging markets funds for the European market.

Jetro Siekkinen, Deputy Managing Director and Head of Portfolio Management at Aktia AM, commented: “Our emerging markets investment strategies have proven highly successful in the Nordics, and we are delighted to make them available to a broader European audience. In Universal-Investment we have found the ideal partner for this ambitious project. Their independent model, high-performance platform and sales support for the German-speaking markets make the difference for us.”

Katja Müller, Member of the Board of Directors and Head of Sales and Relationship Management at Universal-Investment, added: “We are delighted to welcome Aktia AM as a new funds initiator. They enjoy an excellent reputation in their home markets and make a great addition to our expanding private label platform. We are seeing an increasing demand from international players to join our platform, which is an exciting prospect for us.” As the market leader Universal-Investment has launched more about 600 mutual funds with a combined volume of EUR 27bn.

ABOUT AKTIA ASSET MANAGEMENT

Aktia Asset Management is a Finnish fund manager within the Aktia Bank Group. Aktia has a total of EUR 12bn in assets under management. Majority stakeholder is Aktia Bank, with a history dating back to 1825. Aktia Bank has a customer base of around 300,000 and has been listed on the Nasdaq OMX Helsinki since 2009. Aktia Bank holds majority of the Aktia AM stock. The rest of the shares are held by key staff. Aktia AM has 30 staff, among which a highly successful emerging markets fixed income team that focuses on EM sovereign risk (Government bonds, AAA supranationals, FX strategies) and is headed by Jetro Siekkinen. The company has won several acknowledgements for its investment performance, among which Morningstar, TNS Prospera, Scandinavian Financial Research SFR and Tell Media. Aktia AM is regulated by the Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority.

Please visit www.aktia.com for more information

Bernd Obergfell

Spokesman

Phone
+49 69 71043-575

e-mail
bernd.obergfell@universal-investment.com

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