Manulife bumps up institutional capabilities

26 November 2013   Category: News, Asia, Global, Middle East, Europe   By Asia Asset Management

Manulife Asset Management has announced an expansion of its institutional sales network. This includes expanding James Chen’s role to head of institutional business and relationship management, international, from head of institutional business and relationship management, Asia, and hiring James Wheeler as head of institutional sales, Europe and Middle East. 

On the development, Mr. Chen commented: “I am thrilled to lead the expansion of Manulife Asset Management’s sales
network into the European institutional market and welcome James Wheeler to the team. Based in the company’s Hong Kong office, Mr. Wheeler will draw on his extensive institutional sales experience in the European market to
deliver our increasingly diverse range of public market and private asset investment opportunities to institutional 
investors in the region.” 

Manulife Asset Management’s European market entry builds on its success in Asia, where its extensive on-the-ground
footprint, broad investment capabilities and product offerings have helped it secure a string of institutional wins that include central bank, sovereign wealth fund and public pension fund mandates. 

Mr. Chen expressed excitement over the recent significant expansion of Manulife Asset Management’s equity, fixed income and asset allocation capabilities. This has included the 2012 expansion of the company’s portfolio solutions group, a global team of asset allocation experts, into Asia and the addition of new
investment teams to cover global equities, emerging markets debt and US small cap equities so far in 2013. 

Mr. Wheeler has more than 12 years of experience in the financial services industry. He spent the past nine years with Legal & General Investment Management in London, including the last six years as senior client sales and relationship manager focusing on European institutional clients. Prior to that
he worked with International Financial Data Services and the Royal Bank of Scotland.