BlackRock appoints Andrew Landman as Head of Alternatives in Australia
Mr Landman has more than 18 years of industry experience and joins BlackRock from Ascalon Capital (a subsidiary of BT Financial Group) where he is currently Chief Executive Officer. Under Mr Landman’s leadership, Ascalon has successfully built a portfolio of nine single strategy hedge and high conviction funds across Australia and Asia Pacific with $4.2 billion in assets under management. In addition to his role at Ascalon, Mr Landman is Head of Investment Strategy at BT Financial Group.
Michael McCorry, acting Country Head for BlackRock Australia, said: “Conventional asset classes alone will not be sufficient to fund the future liabilities of Australian investors. In today’s markets, which are characterised by low yields and increased volatility, alternative investment strategies have a greater role to play in investment portfolios. They offer the potential to enhance returns while reducing risk because of their low correlation to other asset classes.”
Rick Arney, Head of Hedge Funds for BlackRock Alternative Investors said: “BlackRock is one of the largest alternative asset managers globally. Andrew’s appointment reflects our desire to expand on our position in Australia, one of the most advanced and established markets in the region. Demand from our clients for alternative investments is increasing as they seek to capture opportunities that maximise returns.”
Joseph Pacini, Head of BlackRock’s Alternatives business in Asia excluding Japan, will lead the Australian Alternatives business until Mr Landman’s commencement with the firm.
As at March 31 BlackRock manages approximately US$110 billion in alternative assets globally, of which US$20 billion comes from the Asia Pacific region. Globally, BlackRock Alternative Investors offers hedge funds, fund of hedge funds, private equity, real estate, renewable power and other specialised products.
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