Former Solus European growth and UK special situations funds manager James Buckley is now solely responsible for the Premier European growth fund.
The Standard & Poor’s rating for the Solus European fund improved from one star to four stars under Buckley’s management and he is aiming to replicate this performance at Premier.
The fund now has 40 stocks, the maximum individual stock weighting is 5 per cent and all holdings under 1 per cent have been removed or increased.
Buckley says he takes a common-sense approach to investing and has struck a chord with IFAs by focusing on bottom-up stockpicking.
His chosen stocks include the Copenhagen Airports group, Portugal Telecom and Norwegian oil services group TGS Nopec.
Buckley undertakes his own research, targeting funds which he believes are undervalued and looking for comp-anies that offer exposure outside of Europe with lower risk, such as Copenhagen Airports which has a presence in China.
He is also focusing on other sectors such as the pharmaceuticals and oil.
Buckley says: ” The oil sector is going through a costcutting process and restructuring at the moment it will be interesting to see how the companies can improve their margins in such a volatile environment.”