Global investment manager Schroders has rebranded its private assets group of investment strategies under the Schroders Capital name, which will include its investing activities in the insurance-linked securities (ILS) and catastrophe bond space.
The new Schroders Capital brand counts some US $65 billion of assets under its management, as of Dec 31st 2020 and provides its clients with access to returns from private asset categories, including alternatives such as insurance and reinsurance linked investments.
The Schroders Capital brand will encompass the existing classes of private equity, securitised products and asset-based finance, private debt, real estate, infrastructure, insurance-linked securities (ILS) and the impact investing focused BlueOrchard, although BlueOrchard will retain an independent brand identity, the company said.
These private asset classes are areas of specific focus for Schroders, with growth targeted as investors around the world increasingly look beyond traditional equities and fixed income classes.
Insurance-linked securities (ILS) has been a growing area of focus for Schroders ever since the investment manager acquired full-ownership of specialist ILS, cat bond and reinsurance investment manager Secquaero Advisors AG back in 2019.
Since then, Schroders has built-out an enlarged team in its ILS operations and grown the size of its funds under management, including having one of the larger UCITS catastrophe bond funds in the segment and also one of the larger life ILS fund strategies as well.
These private asset classes continue to be a key strategic focus for Schroders and the company hopes that by bringing them under one brand it can leverage synergies and broaden investor access to some of the niches within the new Schroders Capital.
Peter Harrison, Schroders Group Chief Executive, commented on the news, “Schroders is further delivering on its growth strategy with the launch of Schroders Capital, a new brand for all our private assets businesses. It will continue to provide clients with a local approach to investing across a diversified range of private asset strategies, supported by a global perspective and the long-established Schroders business.”
Georg Wunderlin, Global Head of Schroders Capital, also said, “This unification will promote knowledge sharing and innovation across Schroders private assets businesses and showcase our diversified range of investment strategies for our investors.
“The launch of Schroders Capital will increase the visibility and strengthen the position of our private assets offering while also underscoring our ambitions as a leading player in private markets.”
The company said that each asset class within Schroders Capital will, “Continue to maintain a high level of autonomy, while also benefiting from enhanced knowledge-sharing and collaboration with the other asset classes within the new brand and across the Schroders Group.”