23 June 2017
Akina, part of Unigestion group and a leading specialist advisor to private equity vehicles, won "Private Equity Manager of the Year" at the European Pensions Awards in London last night.
Now in their tenth year, the European Pensions Awards recognise outstanding achievements in European pension provision, honouring investment firms, consultancies and pension providers across Europe.
Fiona Frick, CEO of Unigestion commented:
“We are excited about the Akina team winning this important award and we look forward to more success for the combined private equity business in the future. We take this as a signal that stakeholders at large are appreciating and seeing the strategic rationale of Akina and Unigestion having joined forces in private equity.”
The merger of Unigestion and Akina private equity teams was announced in February with a view to creating a global small and mid-market specialist with a team of 52 and USD 5.5 billion assets under management. This merger allows spreading the investment strategy to a wider geographical area, backed by Unigestion’s successful track record, particularly in North America and Asia, and offers investors access to attractive private equity specialty opportunities on a global scale.
Thomas Frei, Head of Investment Solutions, said:
“The award is a great appreciation of our hard work and active approach to uncovering outstanding investment opportunities. It is a highlight in a line of achievements over the last 12 months. In December, we won the Private Equity Exchange award for ‘Best Regional Strategy’ and in March we were awarded ‘Best SME European Private Equity Firm – Central Europe’ at the International Fund Awards.”
Mark Zünd, Head of the Investment Team, commented:
“Our performance is driven by strong macro convictions, resulting in a clear investment strategy which is then implemented locally and supported by a rigorous and disciplined investment process.
“After more than 20 years of networking and analysis, we have access to the most attractive investment opportunities. This results in consistent upper quartile rankings with Preqin’s European fund of funds manager’s universe.”
In January this year, Akina closed its sixth generation of the Euro Choice flagship investment programme at EUR 410 million, substantially exceeding the target size of EUR 300 million. It will also final close the second generation of its secondary investment programme Euro Choice Secondary II at the end of this year. The first global small and mid-market focused offering will be launched in the second half of 2017, with the Euro Choice VII programme as a building block to implement the European strategy directly accessible for clients.