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Mesirow Financial expands London alternative investment team

Mesirow Financial International UK has hired two investment professionals to expand its London-based international research and investment capabilities, dedicated to the Chicago-based group's alternative asset subsidiary, Mesirow Advanced Strategies.

John Collins joins the firm as a senior analyst focused on European hedge fund manager research. He was previously a senior investment consultant focused on manager research at Watson Wyatt, where he headed research on multistrategy funds and was a member of the global long/short equity team. Collins has also held various positions with McKinsey and Citibank in London.

Also joining the firm as head of the UK and continental Europe client coverage team is Dermot Keegan, who was most recently head of the institutional marketing and client service group of Old Mutual Asset Managers (UK). He previously held various positions with ABN Amro Asset Management, including head of the UK business and global consultant relations.

'The UK and continental Europe region represents a significant and growing segment of Mesirow Financial's global client base and investment research activities,' says Martin B. Kaplan, chief executive of Mesirow Advanced Strategies.

'With John and Dermot joining the London office, we now have four full-time investment professionals in London to complement our team of more than 90 professionals in Chicago. These strategic additions not only allow us to serve our international client base more efficiently, but also give us a more effective means of finding and researching the best hedge fund managers globally.'

James C. Tyree, chairman and chief executive of Mesirow Financial, adds: 'Since the opening of the London office in 2007 and its recent move to larger premises at Sackville House in Piccadilly, we have focused on expanding our international presence. We have already seen a dramatic increase in the number of international mandates that we receive and we expect this trend to continue as our investment management business becomes increasingly global.'

Mesirow Advanced Strategies has more than USD16bn in assets under management. Its parent, Mesirow Financial, is an independent provider of investment management, investment services, insurance services, investment banking, consulting and real estate services. The firm has more than USD32bn in assets under management and 1,100 employees in the US and in London.

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