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Nikko Asset Management and ARK Investment Management launch disruptive innovation UCITS fund

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Nikko Asset Management (Nikko AM) and US-based ARK Investment Management (ARK) have launched a Luxembourg-domiciled UCITS, the Nikko AM ARK Disruptive Innovation Fund, a global equity fund solely focussed on disruptive innovation.

The fund enables investors to access ARK’s disruptive innovation strategy; investing in the leaders, enablers and beneficiaries of innovations centred on robotics, automation, energy storage, genomic sequencing and next generation internet technologies.
 
ARK defines disruptive innovation as the introduction of a technologically enabled new product or service that permanently changes an industry landscape by creating simplicity and accessibility while driving down costs.
 
Catherine Wood, Founder and Chief Executive Officer/Chief Investment Officer of ARK, says: “The Fund enables investors to access early-stage and emerging companies through listed global equity markets. We believe this offers long-term growth without the high costs and illiquidity typically associated with similar investments accessed through venture capital funds.”
 
The fund’s investment team utilises an open research approach that is designed to identify innovation and its convergence across sectors, economies and geographies.
 
ARK is an affiliate of Nikko AM via an equity stake, which Nikko AM acquired in August 2017 to enhance its disruptive innovation focused investment solutions. Nikko AM Europe Chief Executive Officer John Howland-Jackson (pictured), explained that the ongoing partnership is highly valuable, ensuring that Nikko AM continues to create progressive solutions for clients.
 
“We are excited to partner with ARK in launching this new UCITS fund for our European clients,’’ says Howland-Jackson. ‘’By working closely with ARK and leveraging their unique investment model, we give clients exposure to the growth that accompanies disruptive innovation, which is continuing to transform our world at an accelerated rate.”
 

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