Janus Henderson to lose whole emerging markets team

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Janus Henderson, the global fund manager, has lost its star head of emerging markets and is about to lose the other four members of his team.

Glen Finegan, the emerging markets equities team head, left Janus Henderson on April 18. He is now on ‘gardening leave’ before setting up a new shop. He will be joined, at his new boutique, by the other four team members in October. It sounds like a very amicable divorce. But it puts Janus Henderson in quite a quandary.

According to ‘Investment Week’, a UK newsletter: “Stephen Dean, Nicholas Cowley, Michael Cahoon and one more member of the team will continue to manage the Janus Henderson Emerging Markets Opportunities Fund, as well as other mandates they are responsible for, until November 30, over which time the investment philosophy and process will remain the same.

“In a letter to advisor clients, seen by ‘Investment Week’, co-head of equities EMEA and Asia Pacific, Alex Crooke, said the firm is “actively pursuing various options for maintaining the global emerging markets capability, including recruiting new talent to the team.”

An interesting thing is that a catalyst for Finegan leaving is understood to be because the senior management of the firm wanted to change his remuneration structure. The story goes that Finegan’s pay was tied to his strategy’s funds under management rather than investment performance. And the two sides couldn’t reach an agreement. Another interesting thing is that one of his biggest clients at Janus Henderson is backing him and the team in their move.

A Janus Henderson spokesperson said: “We remain fully committed to the emerging markets asset class…. We have over 350 investment professionals globally, a broad spectrum of active investment capabilities and a strong global client service team. We are optimistic about the opportunity to build a genuinely differentiated emerging markets investment capability.”

Janus Henderson is best known in Australia and New Zealand for its smart beta, fixed income and alternatives strategies. It has a strong link to Australia, given that AMP owned Henderson for a time. And Australian investors still make up a significant proportion of its shareholder base.

note: an earlier version of this report incorrectly stated that Stephen Dean was a director of the Australian Funds. All of the directors are based in Australia.

– G.B.

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