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Kingswood appoints new Head of Alternatives and Distribution


Kingswood Holdings (Kingswood), a listed UK-based wealth and investment manager, has appointed Richard Klein as Head of Alternatives and Distribution.

Klein’s principal focus will be on providing existing and future clients with access to capital protected, yield-enhanced strategies managed by independent best in class asset managers with offerings in key asset classes including Private Equity, Real Estate, Infrastructure, Hedge Funds, Liquids & Credit.
These products are generally only available to institutional investors, but Kingswood is committed to providing investment opportunities to the mass affluent market. Richard joins on 1 March 2019 as a Partner and Managing Director, and will sit on Kingswood’s Executive and Investment Committees.
Almost all of Klein’s 30 plus year investment banking career was spent at Merrill Lynch, in a number of capital markets and international distribution roles. He left the sell-side to become Head of Business Development at Red Deer, a financial technology start-up spun out of a successful hedge fund. He joins Kingswood as departing CEO of Z Investment Management, the specialist advisory boutique in global financials and bank capital.
Kingswood is committed to becoming a leader in the UK wealth and investment management market by building a nationally recognised listed brand. It has more than 4,500 active clients and assets under management of GBP1.9 billion. Earlier this month the firm launched an enhanced Managed Portfolio Service for intermediaries, providing discretionary managed, risk-rated investments for adviser clients. At the end of 2018 the firm also launched a range of ethical portfolios that map against its five risk-rated categories.
Gary Wilder, Kingswood’s Group CEO, says: “We are thrilled to welcome Richard to Kingswood. His extensive knowledge of alternative investments and distribution channels will help us to identify and grow strategic relationships, seed partnerships and make further acquisitions. We are endeavouring to partner with best in class managers in these asset classes and provide our mass affluent client base with access to products typically only available to institutional and Ultra HNW investors.”
Commenting on his appointment, Richard Klein, says: “I’m absolutely delighted to be joining Kingswood at such an exciting time. The alternatives space is experiencing a boom in popularity, reaching an all-time high among fund buyers. My experience means I can help democratise the alternatives space for a much larger affluent market and ensure Kingswood further grows its existing and future offerings to a rapidly expanding client base.”

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