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Absolute Return Partners adds to research team with hire of Railpen’s Alison Lépine


Alternative asset manager and investment adviser, Absolute Return Partners (ARP) has strengthened its research team with the appointment of Alison Major Lépine as investment manager. 

Reporting to Nick Rees, managing partner, she will start at ARP’s Richmond offices on 9 March.
Lépine joins ARP after spending almost 10 years as an investment manager at Railpen Investments, the GBP18bn industry-wide Railways Pension Scheme. During this time she was responsible for the Scheme's hedge fund investments, as well as managing and researching other strategies. Before Railpen, she was a portfolio manager on the multi-manager products at IKEA family office, IKANO Advisory Management. Prior to this she was an associate at Russell Investments and also a senior consultant at FactSet Research. 

Commenting on her appointment Nick Rees, ARP’s managing partner, says: “For some time now we have been looking to identify the right candidate to join our research team which specialises in identifying low beta investment strategies. Alison brings with her a wealth of experience from our core target client base having spent a significant part of her career to date at Railpen and IKANO.” 

Lépine adds: “With its clear focus on a specific subset of alternative strategies, ARP has built an enviable reputation as a provider of discretionary investment services and adviser to pension funds and family offices. This is an exciting challenge and opportunity for me to work with a formidable team. I look forward to joining them in March.” 

Lépine has an MA (First Class Honours) in Economics and Accounting from the University of Edinburgh and a Master in Economics (PhD programme) from the European University Institute, Florence. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds the Investment Management Certificate. 

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