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Thames moots fettered fund for Potter and Burdett

Thames River is looking at launching a fettered multi-asset fund of funds involving Gary Potter and Robert Burdett when they join in August.

The fund would blend a range of in-house funds including long-only, hedge fund, property and fixed-interest portfolios.

Investment director Michael Warren says the fund would also raise the profile of the group’s existing product range among IFAs.

He says: “We feel that the launch of a fund that combines the best ideas of Thames River has scope to be successful. The idea of putting together a fund with Gary and Rob’s long-only expertise and Ken Kinsey Quick – the alternative strategies head – is a big enough draw on its own. But if you combine that with the property team and two fixed-income offerings, then you have a lot of interesting portfolios working to the same end.”

He says the fund is still in the early stages of development and the group has not yet determined the split in exposure to different asset classes. He adds that Thames River cannot discuss it with Potter and Burdett until their gardening leave from Credit Suisse ends.

Hargreaves Lansdown senior adviser Ben Yearsley says: “It is a very interesting idea. Their whole range is doing particularly well at the moment and this is a good way of the adviser community accessing that.”

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