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Boutique wealth manager joins VW law suit

Boutique wealth manager joins VW law suit

Boutique wealth management firm Cerno Capital is participating in the litigation seeking damages from Volkswagen, Wealth Manager can reveal.

James Spence (pictured), managing partner at the boutique, said that following the emissions scandal, Cerno sold out of its position in the automotive company and joined an investors’ group to join in the litigation in Germany.

Saying that it is the only litigation that the company has ever been involved in, Spence pointed out that he felt it was important to be a part of it following the scandal.

He said: ‘We were investors in VW and when the emissions scandal broke we sold the position entirely and we are participating in the litigation against VW to seek compensation on behalf of investors. That grinds on. But we hope and expect to be successful on behalf of investors.’

Last year, it was reported that fund management giant BlackRock had also joined a shareholder lawsuit, demanding €2 billion (£1.7 billion). The car manufacturer was slapped with damages claims totalling €8.2 billion by investors in September.

There are currently around 1,400 lawsuits against the company at a court in Braunschweig, Germany.

Elsewhere, Cerno Capital has appointed Jane Tufnell, who co-founded Ruffer Investments, to its advisory board.

She stepped down from Ruffer in 2014 and was appointed non-executive chair of GVQ Investment Management in 2015.

Spence added: ‘We are really excited about her joining us. Most of our non-executive partners have been with us for a long time. Jane is the most recent addition. She is a rigorous person, she has lots of well thought out ideas and is robust in her way of communicating them.’

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