Global Asset Manager, Pioneer Investments, announced on Monday the appointment of an Asian Equity Mandate with Mexican pension fund manager, Afore XXI Banorte. The mandate, totaling close to USD 150 million, will be actively managed by the specialist Asian Equities investment team at Pioneer Investments’ London hub. Pioneer Investments, which currently has USD 246 billion of Assets Under Management globally, has been managing Asian Equity assets since April 2008 based on a consistently applied philosophy and process. This approach has provided a strong track record over the medium to long term through all market cycles.
Afore XXI Banorte, the pension fund manager in Mexico, awarded Pioneer Investments the mandate as it diversifies its investment strategy and seeks to provide its customers with access to investment opportunities across the international markets. To date, Afore XXI Banorte has funded one previous mandate on European Equity Markets with Schroders and BlackRock and this is the second project that they are awarding. The funding period is expected to be quicker than previous industry experiences on the back of regulation flexibility and experience acquired.
The Asian Equity mandate, a segregated account close to USD 150 million, follows an original pan Asiatic approach that includes Japan. This allows the investor to benefit from emerging Asia potential while investing in developed market companies based in Japan and Australia.
Gustavo Lozano, Country Head of Pioneer Investments Mexico, commented: ‘’We are delighted to be able to partner with Afore XXI Banorte. We have been working with them and other pension funds to develop of long-term institutional relationships in an integral relationship where knowledge transfer and investment capabilities are key. We believe that our fundamental, proprietary research-driven approach to investment in Asian Equities stood out through the selection process, and we look forward to building a rewarding relationship with the Afore going forward.’’
Jose Castellano, Head of Iberia, North America Offshore & Latin American Markets at Pioneer Investments, noted: ‘’ Pioneer Investments opened a Mexico Office in 2012 and being able to work with Afore XXI Banorte is the culmination of efforts from a variety of areas of our business. Afore XXI-Banorte is the largest pension fund in Mexico and key for our consolidation as a top international active manager in the country and the region. We believe that our best-in-class service proposition together with our investment expertise is key to developing long-term relationships. We are honored to be awarded this mandate by Afore XXI Banorte, and we will continue to work closely with them to secure both a high quality of service and strong long-term performance.’’
Sergio Mendez, CIO for Afore XXI Banorte noted: “We selected Pioneer Investments for the strength of their process, their performance record, original investment proposition and the stability of the investment team. We are excited to be moving forward with Pioneer Investments, giving the Mexican pension fund market access to international expertise. Afore XXI-Banorte continues its diversification in international markets building strong and beneficial partnerships with the global Asset management community that will benefit Mexican pensioners in the long run.”