Ian Warmerdam joined impact-driven ESG firm Trillium Asset Management as lead portfolio manager, as part its launch into the U.K.
The firm also hired Jamie Martini as portfolio manager and named Graham Kitchen as chairman of the U.K. board, a spokeswoman confirmed. All three roles are new.
Messrs. Warmerdam and Martini are based in Edinburgh and are supported by distribution and compliance staff in London and Edinburgh. They are responsible for leading the launch of new global ESG equity strategies. The firm will look to increase its headcount in the U.K. and Europe over the coming months, the spokeswoman added.
Trillium launched its U.K. business now as sustainable investment takes center stage in Europe, in particular given the recent implementation of new ESG requirements under the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation in Europe, the spokeswoman said. "Trillium is now well-placed and has the right team and the right infrastructure in place to enter the U.K. market to meet investor demand," she said. The firm does not provide regional breakdowns, but has $5.1 billion in assets under advisement.
"While Trillium has worked with European-based distribution partners for nearly a decade, we are thrilled to be establishing a physical presence and have a team on the ground in the U.K.," Matt Patsky, CEO and portfolio manager, said in a news release.
Trillium is a subsidiary of financial services firm Perpetual.
Mr. Warmerdam was head of global equities at Janus Henderson Investors, the release said. Details of any replacement could not be learned. Mr. Mariani was most recently a freelance consultant.