Eastspring Investments expands presence in China: Opens office in Shanghai

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Shanghai, 5 December 2018 - Eastspring Investments (Eastspring), the USD 195[1] billion Asian investment management arm of Prudential plc, announced today at a ceremony in Shanghai that it has officially opened its Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE) in China.

Eastspring’s new Shanghai office will be a full-service investment and distribution office, with the aim of serving the investment needs of high-net-worth individuals and institutional investors in China, offering Chinese investors the opportunity to invest in Eastspring’s global offshore funds and also providing global investors with the opportunity to invest directly in China via Eastspring’s onshore investment team.

The new office complements Eastspring’s existing joint venture partnership, CITIC-Prudential Fund Management Company, which focuses on the retail market and was established in 2005.

At the launch ceremony, Nic Nicandrou, Chief Executive Officer, Prudential Corporation Asia, said, “We see China as a central part of Prudential’s success, now and into the future. Prudential has come a long way since our establishment in London in 1848. We have provided financial security for generations of families from industrial workers in Victorian Britain to over 24 million financial services customers around the world today.

“Prudential is committed to serving the long-term protection needs of the Chinese people and helping safeguard their financial future. We remain steadfast to this commitment as we accelerate our growth in China with the opening of Eastspring’s Shanghai office,” said Mr Nicandrou.

Prudential was the first UK life insurer to enter the China market in 2000 with a joint venture with CITIC Group. Today, Prudential has a presence in 85 cities, with access to 78% of China’s GDP and 1.06 billion of China’s total population.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, John Edwards, British Consul-General Shanghai, said, “The UK is the largest exporter of financial services globally with London as the world’s number one international financial centre. UK banks, insurers, managers and FinTech firms are at the heart of both the global financial services sector and global trade. Firms like Prudential are at the centre of this and we’re really pleased to have Eastspring Investments, the Asian asset management business of Prudential, opening up here in Shanghai.”

According to Guy Strapp, Chief Executive, Eastspring, “This is a major milestone in the long-term development of our asset management business in China and follows on from establishing our IM WFOE in March and receiving our PFM licence in October”.

Eastspring currently employs 11 people in its Shanghai office, including five investment professionals, and is looking to have 20 staff by the end of 2019. Earlier this year, Eastspring announced the appointment of Michael Lu, General Manager, China, who joined from Robeco, where he led their China business for more than 10 years. In June, industry veteran Michelle Qi joined Eastspring as Chief Investment Officer, Equities, China.

“As a leading Asia-based asset manager, China represents a significant growth opportunity for us. By 2021, it is estimated that around 50% of the USD 4.8 trillion of assets managed in Asia will be from China[2], and that these assets, at USD 2.3 trillion, will be almost double those managed in 2016.

“This impressive growth in the investment industry is being propelled by China’s powerful economic expansion, and the increasing participation by both retail and institutional investors. Early next year we will be launching a growth equity China A-share strategy that will be distributed by domestic securities firms and third-party wealth managers,” Mr Strapp said.

 

[1] Assets Under Management as at 30 September 2018

[2] Cerulli. Includes Japan but not Australia. Refers to retail mutual funds only.

 

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About Eastspring Investments

Eastspring Investments is a leading Asia-based asset manager that manages over USD 195 billion (as at 30 September 2018) of assets on behalf of institutional and retail clients. Operating in Asia since 1994, Eastspring Investments is the Asian asset management business of Prudential plc, an international financial services group, and has one of the widest footprints across the region*. We provide investment solutions across a broad range of asset classes including equities, fixed income, multi asset solution and alternatives and are committed to delivering high quality investment outcomes for our clients over the long term. Eastspring Investments is a signatory to the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), a voluntary program which encourages best practice in environmental, social and corporate governance issues.

Eastspring established Eastspring Investment Management (Shanghai) Company Limited, an investment management wholly-foreign owned enterprise (IM WFOE) in March 2018. 

For more information on Eastspring Investments, please visit: www.eastspring.com

*Eastspring Investments (excluding JV companies) companies are ultimately wholly-owned / indirect subsidiaries / associate of Prudential plc of the United Kingdom. Eastspring Investments companies (including JV's) and Prudential plc are not affiliated in any manner with Prudential Financial, Inc., a company whose principal place of business is in the United States of America.  

 

 

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