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Stenham strengthens asset management team

Stenham Group, a wealth management advisory firm specialising in alternative investments, has made three senior appointments to its asset management team in London and Guernsey.

Shyam Moorjani, who becomes chief operating officer based in London, will be primarily responsible for further developing institutional markets and ensuring the highest level of client servicing. Moorjani, who was previously head of client services at Key Asset Management, previously was head of institutional client reporting at JP Morgan Fleming Asset Management.

Francis Kidd, who becomes chief operating officer in Guernsey, is in charge of enhancing Stenham's back office capabilities to meet the increasingly sophisticated requirements of its institutional client base. Before joining Stenham, Francis worked for a number of leading funds of hedge funds, most recently as a director at Gottex Fund Management in Switzerland and previously as a vice-president at FRM in London.

Sameer Saifan, who has been appointed head of quantitative research and risk, was a quantitative research analyst at NewFinance Capital, a London fund of hedge funds group that later became part of Schroders, where he was responsible for analysing hedge funds and portfolio construction. Saifan previously worked at FRM.

'The appointments of Shyam, Francis and Sameer reaffirm our commitment to our client-driven business and demonstrates our intention to continue growing Stenham's institutional and private client asset base,' says Stenham Advisors chief investment officer Kevin Arenson. 'The fund of hedge funds industry is becoming increasingly competitive and it is essential to have a team of the highest calibre.'

Group chief executive Michael Fienberg says: 'We have been managing multi-manager hedge fund portfolios and funds of hedge funds since the 1980s and commercial property investments since the 1990s on behalf of our family office clients.

'Investments in these asset classes are now finding increasing appeal with sophisticated private banks, trust companies, asset managers and institutions, resulting in strong growth of our assets under management. To support this growth we are constantly building our investment and operational teams and investing in improved systems. After more than 30 years in our current offices, we will be moving to larger premises in the West End in July.'

Stenham, whose history dates back to 1901, is today into a broadly-based wealth management business with nine offices in the UK, the Channel Islands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and other jurisdictions. The group provides financial services and creative financial solutions for high net worth clients, family offices and institutions, specialising in alternative investments including absolute return strategies and commercial property.

The group, which offers other services including trust and consulting, business finance and a family office portfolio advisory service, says its emphasis is on tailoring solutions to the client's precise requirements rather than simply marketing off-the-shelf products. The asset management division currently manages and advises on USD19bn of assets invested in various alternative strategies.

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