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Investec Asset Management has appointed Matt Evans as portfolio manager of the Investec UK Smaller Companies Fund after the summer of 2017. He will form part of the Investec Quality Team, co-headed by Simon Brazier and Clyde Rossouw.

Evans joins from Threadneedle where he has co-managed the highly-rated Threadneedle UK Smaller Companies Fund and Threadneedle UK Mid 250 Fund, since December 2013. Alongside this, he was sole manager of the Threadneedle Ethical UK Fund as well as co-Portfolio Manager of a number of institutional mandates.  Prior to this Evans spent 14 years at Legal & General Investment Management as a UK equities fund manager specialising in the small cap sector.
 
On joining, and subject to regulatory approval, Evans will manage the GBP330 million Investec UK Smaller Companies Fund. This complements the well-established UK equity range managed by Investec’s Quality Team, which includes Brazier’s Investec UK Alpha Fund and the Investec UK Equity Income Fund managed by Blake Hutchins. The team is further supported by the significant research platform provided by Investec Asset Management’s extensive team of investment professionals.
 
David Aird (pictured), Managing Director, UK Client Group, says: ‘Matt has an excellent track record in UK small and mid-cap equities. Positioning his expertise within the Investec Quality Team alongside our UK Alpha and UK Equity Income Funds provides our clients with a compelling choice of UK equity-centric funds that further deepens our capability in this area. We are well positioned to meet the requirements of our adviser and wealth management clients, responding to increasing demand for unconstrained highly active UK equity funds, which aim to offer investors more consistency in today’s uncertain markets.’
 
Brazier says: ‘We are delighted that Matt, a high-calibre investment professional, will be joining the Investec Quality team. His investment philosophy is fully aligned with our approach while his expertise and experience in small- and mid-cap UK equities will be a great addition. We look forward to welcoming him in what is an exciting period of growth for the Quality Team.’
 

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