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JOHCM buys Asian boutique Silver Metis

JO Hambro Capital Management has bought Silver Metis Capital Management, an investment boutique specialising in Asian stocks.

JOHCM is also retaining two managers from the firm to launch two funds investing in Asian equities excluding Japan.

The first, Samir Mehta, set up Silver Metis after working at Lloyd George Management in Hong Kong for nine years until March 2007, including in the role of chief investment officer from 2003.

Cho-Yu Kooi was a portfolio manager at Lloyd George from 2001 to 2008, running the Asian Smaller Companies and Siam Recovery funds.

The managers will be based in Singapore and complement JOHCM’s existing emerging markets business.

The managers’ previous firm, Lloyd George Management, ran just £6m of British assets at the start of the year, less than any other UK fund group, according to the Investment Management Association.

However, it has been a notable home for emerging market investors over the past 10 years.

After the departure of Mehta and Kooi, the firm hired Kathryn Langridge as a manager from Invesco Perpetual, who left to take on her current role as the head of emerging markets at Jupiter last year.

Langridge had also joined to bolster the firm following the departure of a number of its employees to form Somerset Capital Management, the emerging markets investment firm, in 2007.

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