Aikya Investment Management (Aikya), a specialist emerging markets investment firm based in London, has launched the Aikya Global Emerging Markets UCITS Fund.
The UCITS ICAV pooled fund (the Fund) will provide investors with exposure to large and mid-capitalisation equities in emerging economies, aiming to achieve a total return in excess of the MSCI Emerging Markets Index (USD).
Aikya portfolio manager, Ashish Swarup, believes that the long-term investment case for emerging markets remains compelling. However, it is not without risks, and therefore requires a proven investment philosophy that can navigate various market conditions. “As a team we have been investing in emerging markets for several decades, and we continue to identify talented entrepreneurs and proven business groups who can grow their businesses through different market cycles,” says Swarup.
“By aligning ourselves with honest and conservative business owners and being valuation disciplined, we are able to mitigate many of the risks traditionally associated with emerging markets, which means strong downside protection for our clients.”
Aikya’s investment approach focuses on identifying businesses with the highest quality of stewardship in order to deliver long-term capital growth for investors. All investment decisions incorporate detailed ESG analysis, which takes key sustainability considerations into account. The Aikya Global Emerging Markets UCITS Fund has launched with initial capital of USD140 million.
Aikya is an affiliate of Pinnacle Investment Management Group Limited (Pinnacle). Pinnacle is a minority equity partner and provides global distribution services and other non-investment support functions.