SYNCICAP Asset Management Ltd HK
SYNCICAP Asset Management Limited is a Hong Kong-based joint venture that brings together two industry leaders from Europe, Degroof Petercam Asset Management (DPAM) and OFI Asset Management (OFI AM), which have a combined history of over 200 years and more than 45 years in responsible and sustainable investing. SYNCICAP supports professional investors from the heart of Asia.
OFI Asset Management (OFI AM) has been committed to responsible finance for 25 years and is one of France’s leading SRI asset managers. OFI AM has expertise in both collective management and discretionary management across listed and unlisted assets, offering solutions and services adapted to the needs of institutional and private wealth clients.
Degroof Petercam Asset Management (DPAM) has been a sustainable investor for over 20 years. DPAM is both an active owner and an innovative pioneer in responsible and sustainable investing that integrates ESG across asset classes and themes.
SYNCICAP Asset Management in Hong Kong serves as a center of expertise for both partners in three key areas:
A portfolio management hub, including SRI strategies on emerging equities and bonds, for European institutional investors;
A research and analysis hub, integrating extra-financial analysis based on ESG criteria, with a dedicated team covering the Asian markets, and working according to the methods developed within the two parent companies;
Distribution of sustainable DPAM and OFI funds, targeting a qualified Asian client base.
SYNCICAP's mission is to serve professional clients in Hong Kong and Asia with active research-driven and sustainable collective investment funds that invest in listed securities and unlisted assets, managed by OFI Asset Management (OFI AM) and Degroof Petercam Asset Management (DPAM).
Both OFI AM and DPAM are leading asset managers with established track records and heritage. They are among Europe's leading sustainable and Responsible investment managers. With a combined expertise in ESG investing of over 45 years, SYNCICAP brings a unique, holistic and comprehensive responsible investing approach to the industry in Asia.
SYNCICAP has a trained analyst team undertaking sustainable research in Hong Kong that plays an indispensable role for both OFI AM and DPAM as it helps uncover investment themes, provides differentiated insights and supports conviction calls. Striking a balance between manageable ESG risks and potential returns is crucial to delivering sustainable, long-term performance.
OFI Asset Management (OFI AM) and Degroof Petercam Asset Management (DPAM) signed a strategic partnership to create SYNCICAP Asset Management Limited, a joint venture based in Hong Kong. Under the terms of the agreement, OFI AM holds 66% and DPAM 34%.
Francis Heymans is the Head of Institutional Sales at SYNCICAP Asset Management. Based in Hong Kong, he has over 30 years of experience in the asset management industry.
Francis is a former Managing Partner at the Petercam Group in Belgium where he was the head of international business development for Petercam Institutional Asset Management until 2015. Over his career, Francis have developed a full range of investment strategies, a pan-European fund distribution network and offered solutions in the areas of pension funds, insurance companies and other institutional investors.
He has been mandated as executive and non-executive board member in Management Companies, UCITS and Asset Services companies in Belgium, The Netherlands, France and Luxemburg.
Francis started his career in 1990 in New York as a sell-side broker for Petercam.
He holds a master’s degree in Applied Economics (KU Leuven) and post-master’s degree in Finance (ABAF) and in Marketing (Vlerick School for Management). He speaks Dutch, French and English.
Xinghang Li is Head of Portfolio Management at SYNCICAP Asset Management, based in Hong Kong.
He has 19 years of experience in the financial industry in Europe. He started his career at Rothschild & Co as an investment banker in Paris working on Private Equity and debt restructuring transactions for European and Asian clients. Prior to joining OFI AM, he was an analyst and fund manager at two top-tier French hedge funds focusing on the Asian equity and convertible bond markets. He joined OFI AM in 2011 as emerging markets fund manager and became Head of Emerging Markets in 2016.
He holds a master’s degree in finance from ESCP Business School and bachelor’s degrees in Economics and French Literature in Wuhan University (China). He is a CFA Charter holder since 2008.
He is fluent in French, English and Chinese.
Jean-Marie Mercadal is Chief Executive Officer of SYNCICAP Asset Management, based in Hong Kong. He is also Head of Investment Strategies of OFI Holdings. He has 34 years of experience in asset management.
Jean-Marie joined OFI AM in 2003 as deputy CEO and Chief Investment Officer. In his previous roles, Jean-Marie was a portfolio manager of balanced and asset allocation funds for more than 25 years and he has been a strategist and supervisor of portfolio managers and analysts.
He began his career at BFT in 1987 in fixed-income and equity arbitrage before joining Banque du Louvre in 1989 as CEO of Louvre Gestion.
He is a graduate of Toulouse Business School and speaks French and English.
Eric MIMOUN, acts as Chief Operating Officer at SYNCICAP Asset Management, based in Hong Kong.
He has nine years of experience in the financial industry and was previously Corporate Development Manager at OFI Asset Management.
He started his career at EY as a Consultant, serving top-tier French banks, including BNP Paribas, BPCE and Natixis.
He holds degrees in Finance from EDHEC Business School (FR) and in Law from University of Essex (UK) and Université Paris Nanterre (FR).
He speaks English, French and Greek.
Founded in 1971 in France, OFI AM has been servicing professional clients’ needs for 50 years and is one of France’s leading SRI asset managers with a commitment and track record in responsible finance for 25 years. Its principal shareholders are Macif and Matmut.
The Group has developed expertise in both collective management and discretionary management, across listed and unlisted assets. It offers solutions and services adapted to the needs of institutional and private wealth clients in France and internationally. OFI AM has 374 professionals and partners across Europe and a growing team.
Degroof Petercam Asset Management (DPAM) is a leading independent institutional asset management firm headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. The firms’ asset management capabilities cater to institutional asset owners as well as financial intermediaries and distributors, covering a wide range of investment solutions and products. With expertise in equity, fixed income, balanced and sustainable funds, DPAM offers actively managed, bottom-up as well as quantitative and asymmetric strategies.
As at end December 2021, DPAM managed over USD 58 billion for corporations, public and corporate pension funds, insurance companies, governmental, non-profit organisations and distribution partners. It is a family-owned business and has been managing sustainable investment funds since 2002.
The history of the parent company, Bank Degroof Petercam, dates back to 1871. The group employs 1,400 professionals through offices in Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Spain, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy and a growing team at Syncicap Asset Management in Hong Kong.
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