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HANetf appoints Yann Hericotte to head ETF sales in France


HANetf has appointed Yann Hericotte to the newly created role of Head of ETF Sales for France. 

The firm writes that it currently lists on the London Stock Exchange, Borsa Italiana, Six and Deutsche Boerse and passports into Benelux, Nordics, Poland and Spain and this will be the first entry point into the French market for HANetf.

Hericotte will be responsible for growing the firm’s ETF platform and driving sales across the French region. Yann has over eight years’ experience in ETF sales and banking. He joins from Avalon Capital Markets, where he was leading the ETF Equity Sales trading. He was also responsible for managing ongoing relationships with over 50 institutional clients globally. Prior to this, he was a Wealth Manager for LCL Private Banking.  

The firm writes that his appointment is another step in HANetf’s efforts to expand its ETF distribution capabilities and grow its ETF business. France is a large market and important ETF market. It is a highly competitive market dominated by long standing domestic players. However HANetf has had significant interest coming from French investors interested in the differentiated ETFs and ETPs that the firm offers and believe the time is now right to enter. HANetf is also in discussions with a significant number of French asset managers interested in using the firms white label services.

Commenting on the appointment, Simon Dale, Head of Sales for HANetf says: “Yann’s appointment is an important step towards expanding our ETF business across Europe. With his deep knowledge of the French market and understanding of investor needs, Yann will play a key role in growing our platform in the region.

“French market coverage was conspicuous by its absence and Yann’s appointment will address that. We are excited to bring the highly value add and differentiated offering that the HANetf platform has developed in the last three years. We expect the French market to be as impactful to our growth as the rest of the major markets in Europe have been to date.”

HANetf has launched over 15 exchange traded products so far in 2021, including Europe’s first space ETF, airlines ETF, software ETF and a host of clean energy ETFs as well as the world’s first physical EU carbon allowances ETC.  

HANetf’s assets under management have this month surpassed USD3billion, having grown 167 per cent since the start of the year. The firm writes that this makes HANetf one of the fastest growing ETF providers in Europe.

This new milestone has coincided with the third year anniversary of HANetf launching its first ETF, the EMQQ Emerging Markets Internet and Ecommerce UCITS ETF, closely followed by Europe’s first cloud focused ETF, the HAN-GINS Cloud Technology Equal Weight UCITS ETF (SKYY).

Co-CEO of HANetf, Hector McNeil, says: “Hitting USD3 billion in three years is incredibly rewarding.  We have high ambitions and are excited about expanding into France and beyond.  We have a superb team have built a highly effective way for asset managers to enter the European ETF market from idea to asset gathering. Prior to HANetf entering the market asset managers only had two choices to enter the market, either organically or through acquisition. Both options are extremely time consuming and costly whereas HANetf can issue a new ETF within 10 weeks. This completely removes the significant barriers of entry to the European ETF market. The USD3 billion milestone also proves HANetf’s distribution capabilities are highly effective.

“The team we have put together is probably better than any team we have put together in our previous three businesses. The product suite we have created is unique, diverse and value added. We have the most extensive range of thematic ETFs in Europe, the most liquid and fastest growing crypto platform, the start of a market leading active ETF range and value added and unique sustainable physical commodity range.”

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