Dominicus Freiherr von Mentzingen has joined Swedish-based quantitative manager Informed Portfolio Management in an advisory role to lead the firm's expansion into German-speaking Europe.

'We are seeing an increase in demand for our investment strategies all over Europe and we need to be close to our customers,' says IPM founder and chief executive Jonas Rinné. 'Establishing a presence on the ground in Germany is an important part of IPM's pan-European ambition.'

Between 1994 and 2005 Von Mentzingen was a managing director and head of investments for UBS Global Asset Management in Germany. 'Germany is a large and increasingly sophisticated market,' he says. 'There is a great potential for IPM's capabilities, especially now that investors are looking for the services of successful leading global investment managers.'

Gavin Mailer-Howat, who joined IPM in London last year, will concentrate on rolling out the Fundamental Index methodology developed by US-based firm Research Affiliates and widely used by exchange-traded funds for the firm's clients in the Middle East.

IPM offers quantitative investment management solutions to institutional investors as well as providing global tactical asset allocation, currency management and fundamental indexing strategies strategic alliances with quantitative specialists First Quadrant and Research Affiliates.

The firm runs asset management mandates totalling some USD10bn for clients including Sweden's Environment Agency, the Second Swedish National Pension Fund and the Swedish National Debt Office.

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