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James Hambro taps Ruffer for Asia specialist

James Hambro taps Ruffer for Asia specialist

James Hambro & Partners (JH&P) has strengthened its Asia capabilities after hiring a fund manager from Ruffer.

Camilla Cecil, deputy fund manager on the Ruffer Pacific fund, spent six years at Ruffer with the last two working alongside the firm’s head of Asia in Hong Kong.

Her appointment follows JH&P’s hire last year of US and global equity specialist, William Francklin, as the firm looks to grow its direct equity expertise beyond the UK.

Cecil will work closely with Francklin, visiting China and Japan to conduct company meetings and recommending stocks for client portfolios.

She will also have responsibilities for international and UK-based clients investing in global mandates.

JH&P CEO Andy Steel (pictured) said that Cecil would be 'an important part' of its plans to build its expertise out beyond the UK.

Cecil highlighted JH&P’s recent authorisation to manage money for American clients as a key attraction for her in joining the firm.

She said: 'The SEC authorisation means that the firm is broadening out its client base and global direct equity capabilities, and it is exciting to be able to bring my Asia experience to that mix.'

'Corporate access and disclosure are still lagging behind in Asia and the quality, breadth and depth of research is not as strong as it is in the US and Europe, so I think that meeting managements on the ground and having a good understanding of the region gives an investment manager an edge.'

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