CRUX appoints Baillie Gifford investment manager to lead Asian equities expansion

News Team, 11/06/2021

CRUX Asset Management (CRUX) has hired Baillie Gifford’s Asia investment manager, Ewan Markson-Brown, to lead the firm’s expansion into Asia.

Mr Markson-Brown joins the firm as it looks to launch two actively managed, long-term growth focused equity strategies in the region during Q4 this year.

Focused on Asia ex-Japan and China, the UCITS funds will seek to identify and exploit pricing inefficiencies in growth companies, capitalising on the firm’s regional active equity expertise to deliver strong investment returns from Asian equities.

The new hire will work with CRUX to establish a new office in Edinburgh. They will be appointing an investment team to support Ewan on the new strategies including two analysts covering Greater China/South East Asia and India.

Mr Markson-Brown has spent over 20 years managing emerging markets and Asia portfolios. At Baillie Gifford, he was responsible for the Baillie Gifford Pacific Fund, and co-managed the Baillie Gifford Emerging Markets All Cap Fund.

Since 2014, he was also lead manager of the Pacific Horizon Investment.

Karen Zachary, chief executive officer at CRUX, said: “Ewan brings great experience as well as an exemplary track record of value creation for investors in Asian equities. With the scalable platform CRUX has built over the last five years, his appointment will enable us to expand into Asia with complementary strategies that fit seamlessly into our core active equity management approach.

The news follows the appointment of Ashley Dale as director of International Sales in March 2021.

CRUX is focused exclusively on active equity investing. It has teams across Europe, UK and Asia and is responsible for £1.7bn in assets under management.

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