Standard Life Investments means business in Europe

03 June 2013

Standard Life Investments, the global asset manager, today announced three new appointments to its European Business team, including a new director for Germany.

Dirk Tiemann has been appointed as Investment Director for semi-institutional (wholesale) sales in Germany and Austria. He will be based in Frankfurt.

Dirk (44), who has worked in the German and Austrian investment markets since 1994, has considerable knowledge and experience of financial institutions. He previously ran Tinion Capital, a company which distributed selected investment funds to German institutional and wholesale clients. Before that, he was Head of Banks and Sales Director at Fidelity; and ran the European Marketing and Sales team at MainFirst Bank. He has capabilities across a wide range of asset classes and will help introduce these to sophisticated investors in Germany including banks and asset managers.

He joins Frank Richter (also based in Frankfurt) who was appointed in January this year as Investment Director for institutional sales in Germany and Austria. Together they will ensure that clients have the right investment solutions for their needs, whilst developing and expanding new business opportunities across both countries.

Standard Life Investments has been active in the German market for over ten years, building a successful franchise advising a number of large pension funds and providing asset management solutions through fund of fund platforms and private banks. A strong fixed income product range together with an innovative absolute return solution and multi asset capabilities, has proved to be an optimal suite of strategies for the German market place.

Standard life Investments has also appointed two new Business Development Managers, based at its Edinburgh HQ - Alan Simpson for Germany and the Nordics, and Abilio da Rocha for Switzerland and Southern Europe – bringing the team to a total of 13 people. Alan (32) previously worked in sales roles at Scottish Widows and Standard Life Group, and has been at Standard Life Investments for three years.

Abilio da Rocha (33) has an international asset management background. He was a product specialist at Union Bancaire Privée in London and Switzerland, following an internship as a portfolio manager at Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch in Geneva, and speaks six languages.

Asa Norrie, Co-Head of European Business for Standard Life Investments, said:

Asa Norrie

"It’s great to welcome Dirk on board, to drive our German global financial institutions and semi-institutional work. In recent years we have seen investor demand escalate in Germany for our fixed income product range along with our innovative absolute return solutions, so we intend to build on this solid base and develop opportunities for growth.

"Dirk, Frank, Alan and Abilio all bring a range of experience and skills which will help to propel Standard life Investments further into Europe, as part of our commitment to expand our global franchise."

Standard Life Investments SICAV funds have public distribution status in 14 European countries (Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, the UK, Switzerland and Spain), with an AUM across Europe of €24.3bn Euros, over 11% of the total AUM of €211.8bn (31 March 2013).