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Alan Mudie joins Woodman Asset Management AG as Chief Investment Officer (CIO)

Woodman Asset Management AG (Woodman) announced today that it has appointed Alan Mudie as Chief Investment Officer (CIO), effective 1 June 2021.


Alan Mudie will join Woodman as a member of the Executive Committee, subject to FINMA approval.


Woodman Asset Management AG CEO Patrick Ferrari said:

"We are delighted to welcome Alan as a key member our leadership team. Alan will help lead our company in the next phase of its development and will focus on creating lasting value for our clients and stakeholders. His long experience at major international financial institutions and in leading multicultural teams represents a key advantage in an industry that is undergoing deep transformation.

Alan’s experience spans macro research, asset allocation, financial analysis, portfolio management, investment advisory, and fund and manager selection in both long-only strategies and hedge funds. He has designed investment processes and built ranges of industry-leading investment funds and so is the perfect person to build on Woodman’s existing franchises and to drive our future development and growth.”


Alan Mudie joins Woodman from Société Générale Private Banking in Geneva where he served for seven years as Global Head of Investment Strategy. Previously, he led teams at BNP Paribas International Private Banking as Chief Investment Officer, SYZ Group as Chief Executive Officer of its OYSTER Funds division and Union Bancaire Privée as Chief Investment Officer Private Banking. He has worked in Switzerland since 1993 and before that held senior investment positions at Barclays Bank in Paris and the Crédit Agricole group in London. He studied financial analysis and portfolio management with the Société Française des Analystes Financiers and holds degrees from St Andrews University and Teesside Polytechnic.


Alan Mudie said:

“I’m honoured by the opportunity to join such an exciting company and one whose values closely align with my vision for our industry’s future. I’m looking forward to working with everyone at Woodman to further strengthen the franchise and to ensure that our clients achieve their goals.”

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Founding of Enabling Qapital AG: Enabling Microfinance Fund (EMF), a USD 100 Mio Fund appoints new Fund Manager and new Investment Advisor

Enabling Qapital AG (EQ) was founded by Remo Oswald, Roger Müller, Chuck Olson, Xavier Pierluca and Woodman Asset Management AG, bringing together a team with significant experience in Impact Investing and especially Microfinance, for a combined 100+ year successful track record.


The EQ Investment Team presents a unique combination of expertise in several subsectors of Impact Investing – Microfinance, Inclusive Finance, Clean Energy, Healthcare and Education to name a few – through a wide range of financial instruments. This allows EQ to maximize the impact for every dollar invested. Enabling Qapital has a global footprint with teams based in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Africa, Central Asia, East Asia and Latin America.


From May 1st, 2020 the Enabling Microfinance Fund (EMF) has appointed Woodman Asset Management AG as the Fund Manager and Enabling Qapital AG as the Investment Advisor. EMF has a 12-year track record with assets under management of approximately USD 100m.


The objective of the fund is to combine an uncorrelated asset class with historically low volatility and a return of 3–4% above USD LIBOR. Empowering the poor in emerging markets is at the core of the fund. The ultimate goal is to create a positive social and environmental impact alongside a reasonable financial return.


As Chief Investment Officer of Bamboo Finance and Managing Partner at SIMA, Xavier has structured several equity and debt funds for several impact sectors and recently expanded his efforts to impact investing in access to clean energy with the launch of a pioneering fund for the off-grid solar sector.


As a senior bank examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, a senior member of Deutsche Banks Impact Investment Team, Head of the Investment Team at BlueOrchard and Chief Operating Officer at a boutique frontier investment firm, Chuck developed a track record of more than 12 years in impact investing for emerging markets and more than 25 years working in financial markets.


Together Xavier and Chuck have invested more than USD 3 billion in social ventures via 21 debt and equity impact funds in microfinance, clean energy, insurance and health.


Remo Oswald and Roger Müller were both heavily involved in bringing impact investing, and specifically microfinance, as an asset class onto the radar of professional, as well as private investors in the Swiss market. Together they have raised more than 2 billion in assets in the microfinance and impact investment universe.


Enabling Qapital AG, Moving Money to Meaning.


Remo Oswald, co-founder & managing partner of Enabling Qapital AG:

“Our aim is to be transparent and honest to our investor and together with our Clients we trust in building solid crisis-resistant Microfinance Portfolios over many cycles.”


Chuck Olson, co-founder & managing partner of Enabling Qapital AG:

“I feel very privileged to work with such a dynamic and experienced team of professionals. Together we intend on expanding the universe of investible impact investments while maintaining the quality and transparency of the portfolio.”


Roger Müller, co-founder & managing partner of Enabling Qapital AG:

“With the Enabling Microfinance Fund we have the chance to go back Microfinance’s roots and really make a difference. Contributing to a positive impact for the Micro-Entrepreneur in the Emerging Market is at the core of the Enabling Qapital business model.”


Xavier Pierluca, co-founder & managing partner of Enabling Qapital AG:

“Enabling Qapital aims at building on a robust investment process built over the years with different sectors and instruments to continue to push the impact agenda and tackle the key issues of climate change and inequality of access to essential services and products.”


Patrick Ferrari, CEO of Woodman Group:

“We are delighted to partner with such a competent and experienced team. Being able to apply our financial skills and have a positive social impact not only reconciles our aspirations and personal values but is also responding to a clear client demand.”


Contact:
Enabling Qapital AG
Remo Oswald
remo.oswald@enabling.ch
www.enabling.ch
+41 81 515 04 35


About Woodman

Woodman Asset Management AG is an independent investment boutique, providing family offices and private qualified investors access to complete investment solutions and niche investment opportunities in the public and private markets. Our team consists investment professionals (Zug, Switzerland / London, UK) with profound experience, covering all major assets classes. Woodman was founded in 2010 as multi-family office in Zug, Switzerland and is authorised and regulated by FINMA (Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority). In 2019, Woodman transformed itself in an independent investment boutique.

Green Ash is strengthening its liquid investment team and offering

Green Ash Partners LLP (London), a Woodman Group company, is pleased to announce it has expanded its investment team and product offering by welcoming Pentalpha Capital, a London based multi asset & equity manager, into the partnership, creating a $1bn AuM asset manager.


Founded in 2009 by Miles Cohen and Nick Freeman, Green Ash LLP is an independent investment manager (Regulated by the FCA) focused on providing liquid credit portfolio solutions to its institutional & professional client base. In 2017, Green Ash became part of the Woodman Group, a Zug based asset management business in Switzerland, and successfully launched its Global High Yield UCITs fund.


Founded in 2014, Pentalpha is an independent investment manager that has an excellent track record in managing multi asset and equity UCITs funds.


After the transaction is completed, the combined team at Green Ash will manage c.$1bn AuM across fixed income, equity and multi asset investment strategies via managed accounts and UCITs funds. In conjunction with this transaction, Green Ash will be launching a new Sustainable Global Short Duration fund, focusing on providing stable income with limited drawdown, on the back of the firm’s newly developed ESG compliant investment process. The firm will work closely with Woodman, via its strategic partnership, to increase distribution and asset growth across Europe.


Miles Cohen, CEO and co-founder of Green Ash, commented:

“Green Ash are delighted to expand our partnership with a firm of Pentalpha’s calibre and track record. As we build our product offering across asset classes and enhance our team’s capabilities, we reinforce our commitment to deliver first class investment expertise and performance to our client base.”


Roberto Bissoli, CEO of Pentalpha Capital commented:

“Pentalpha Capital’s integration into Green Ash represents a fantastic opportunity to further improve the quality of our offering to investors, leveraging on a team of experienced professionals enjoying a strong reputation. We are very excited by the project and we look forward to a long term and fruitful collaboration.”


Patrick Ferrari, CEO of Woodman Group, commented:

“With Pentalpha’s integration into Green Ash, the Woodman Group is clearly pursuing its strategy which is aiming to strengthen our niche liquid offering for existing Clients and Prospects, leveraging our outstanding investment professionals, whilst enhancing our London presence.”


About Woodman

Woodman Asset Management AG is an independent investment boutique, providing family offices and private qualified investors access to complete investment solutions and niche investment opportunities in the public and private markets. Our team consists investment professionals (Zug, Switzerland / London, UK) with profound experience, covering all major assets classes. Woodman was founded in 2010 as multi-family office in Zug, Switzerland and is authorised and regulated by FINMA (Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority). In 2019, Woodman transformed itself in an independent investment boutique.