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European equities: top Euro Stars managers revealed

Find out who tops the board and who has moved into the top ten among European equities' elite managers in our fresh and updated Citywire Euro Stars rankings.

10. Alberto Chiandetti - Fidelity

Fund: Fidelity funds – Italy A-EUR

Manager ratio: 1.045

Despite investing in one of Europe’s most volatile markets, Euro Stars AAA-rated Chiandetti starts off this list of top European equity Euro Stars managers with Italian equities.

The fund invests primarily in Italian growth companies with top stocks including the Italian oil company Eni SpA, Italian banking group Intesa Sanpaolo SpA and the Italian cable company Prysmian.

Chiandetti has been at Fidelity since 2006 and has been managing the fund since 2008.

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10. Alberto Chiandetti - Fidelity

Fund: Fidelity funds – Italy A-EUR

Manager ratio: 1.045

Despite investing in one of Europe’s most volatile markets, Euro Stars AAA-rated Chiandetti starts off this list of top European equity Euro Stars managers with Italian equities.

The fund invests primarily in Italian growth companies with top stocks including the Italian oil company Eni SpA, Italian banking group Intesa Sanpaolo SpA and the Italian cable company Prysmian.

Chiandetti has been at Fidelity since 2006 and has been managing the fund since 2008.

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9. Luigi Degrada - Fideuram

Fund: Ailis Equity Italy fund - Fideuram fund equity Italy - Fideuram Italia - Fonditalia Equity Italy - Interfund Equity Italy

Manager ratio: 1.064

Eurostars AAA-rated Degrada took over the biggest of the funds he manages, the Fonditalia Equity Italy, in 2007 having joined the company in 1999.

The fund invests primarily in Italian equity.

According to the asset management firm, Fonditalia, a traditional multi-fund established in 1967, was the first Luxembourg fund to be sold in Italy.

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8. Alister Hibbert - BlackRock

Fund: BGF Continental European Flexible fund - BlackRock European Dynamic fund

Manager ratio: 1.096

Eurostars AAA-rated Hibbert started managing the BlackRock Continental European Flexible fund three years after its launch in 2005.

As early as November 2010, Hibbert had warned that the Irish crisis was overstated and Portugal’s would be much worse.

As of the end of April this year, the fund was mostly overweight consumer staples and consumer discretionary sectors. Top stocks included the Swiss multinational Nestlé, the Danish healthcare provider Novo Nordisk and the Swiss luxury goods company Compagnie Financière Richemont S.A .

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7. Michael Constantis - BlackRock

Fund: BGF European Growth Fund

Manager ratio: 1.143

Constantis took over the European growth fund in 2008 which had previously been run by top managers including Nigel Bolton and Niall Gallagher.

At the end of May this year, the fund was mostly invested in the UK and Germany with two of its biggest overweights in Sweden and Switzerland.

Its biggest sector underweights were towards consumer staples and financials with its top stocks including the Danish healthcare company Novo Nordisk, the British beverage company Diageo and the German multinational software corporation SAP AG.

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6. Olgerd Eichler - Torsten Graf - MainFirst

Fund: MainFirst Top European Ideas C - MainFirst Classic Stock fund

Manager ratio: 1.163

The Euro Stars AAA-rated duo have run the MainFirst Top European ideas fund since its launch in 2007.

Among the Top European Ideas fund's top stock picks are the German chemicals company Bayer, the British oil company BP and the German electricity company E.ON.

Eichler, who has since become a well-known name in the German fund market, had moved to MainFirst in 2007 after a seven year spell at Unicredit.

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5. Roger Morley - MFS International

Fund: MFS Meridian Funds European Core Equity

Manager ratio: 1.204

Morley has held a position in the Euro Stars top ten list for three out of the four editions of Citywire's Euro Stars.

A co-manager of the MFS $30 billion global equity strategy last August, Morley warned that equity markets were still feeling knock-on effects from the 2009 de-stocking by companies.

His country allocation leans towards overweights in Germany, France and the Netherlands, while Morley’s biggest sector overweights were towards consumer staples, financials and basic materials with names such as the German industrials company Linde AG and the French luxury goods group LVMH.

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4. Thorsten Winkelmann - Allianz Global Investors

Fund: Allianz RCM Europe Equity Growth fund - Allianz Wachstum Europa - Allianz RCM Continental European fund

Manager ratio: 1.313

Citywire Euro Stars AAA-rated Winkelmann has jumped into the top ten Euro Stars managers this edition with his European equity growth funds.

Speaking to Citywire Global at the beginning of this year, Winkelmann warned that the ECB lending programme to banks at the end of 2011 made it even harder to separate the good banks from the bad.

The Allianz Europe Equity Growth fund's biggest overweights are towards industrials and consumer staples followed by an overweight in healthcare, consumer discretionary and IT, as of the end of May this year.

The fund’s biggest sector underweight was towards financials whilst the fund’s biggest country overweight was towards France.

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3. Robrecht Wouters - J O Hambro Capital Management

Fund: JOHCM European Select Values

Manager ratio: 1.447

Having received his first rating last year, Wouters recently told Citywire Global he was maintaining a defensive stance in his portfolio.

The manager of the all-cap values fund has his biggest sector overweights in the consumer services sector and technology.

His biggest bets against benchmark include the Dutch publishing company Wolters Kluwer, the Belgian company and car distributor D’leteren and the British engineering company Oracle.

Keeping to northern European countries, the fund’s biggest exposures are to Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and Switzerland.

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2. Erik Esselink - Invesco Asset Management Ltd

Fund: Invesco Continental European Small Cap Eq - Invesco Pan European Focus Equity E ACC

Manager ratio: 1.517

Another newcomer in Euro Stars’ top ten managers, Esselink shares the trend of outperformance through small cap companies.

With his biggest country weighting towards Italy at 25%, Esselink has previously told Citywire there is opportunity in Italian companies where there is a better business environment in a post-Silvio Berlusconi era.

The fund’s other biggest country weightings are towards France and the Netherlands with his largest sector weightings being in industrials and consumer discretionary firms.

His heaviest stock weightings include the French energy company Total, the Dutch financial firm Hal Trust and the British industrials company DKSH.

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1. Ollie Beckett - Henderson Global Investors

Fund: Henderson Gartmore Pan Eupn Sm Cos EUR A1 - Henderson HF Pan European Smaller Companies

Manager ratio: 1.622

Topping the series with a Euro Stars AAA rating is Ollie Beckett making his debut in the Eurostars top ten list with his smaller companies fund.

Steering towards the countries with less presence in Eurozone debt headlines, the fund has a quarter of its investments focused on the UK, followed by Germany, Switzerland and France.

The biggest overweights in the Henderson Gartmore Pan European Small Companies fund were towards the industrial goods and technology sectors through names like the Swiss technology firm OC Oerlikon, Dutch tech company ASM International and the Swiss company AZ Electronic Materials.

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