On March 26, 2019 the Partners and our parent company Natixis Investment Managers announced the official creation of Thematics Asset Management, a new investment company based in Paris. Thematics joined a global line-up of investment affiliates and from Q2 2019, has been providing investors with access to a wide range of high conviction and active global thematic strategies, including, Safety, Water, Artificial Intelligence & Robotics.
Thematics is led by Karen Kharmandarian, Chairman & CIO, and Mohammed Amor, Managing Partner and Head of Development. The investment team includes Arnaud Bisschop, Frédéric Dupraz, Nolan Hoffmeyer and Simon Gottelier.
The management team consists of the above-named partners, specialized in global thematic investing, with a high-conviction, long-term approach and an emphasis on integrating Environmental, Social and Governance (‘ESG’) considerations throughout the investment decision-making process.
In over a decade leading up to the establishment of Thematics Asset Management, the team helped to develop and launch a range of thematic funds and were together involved in the management of more than $21 billion of assets. The investment managers have strong expertise in bottom-up stock picking and identifying companies exposed to long-term secular growth themes that should deliver risk-adjusted returns superior to those of broader global equity markets. The team’s robust investment process will rely on broad investable universes and the building of portfolios based solely on the merits of the individual stocks. The result is a range of portfolios that reflect high levels of conviction and are global, unconstrained, benchmark-agnostic and socially responsible.
“Thematics Asset Management’s partners share an entrepreneurial spirit combined with an active management approach. Our edge lies in our focus in identifying, developing and managing multi-decade investment themes fuelled by four global primary forces that are transforming our world: demographic changes, globalization, innovation and scarcity. We are long-term by design in our investment style and in close alignment with our clients’ interest,” explained Karen Kharmandarian, Chairman & CIO, Thematics Asset Management.
The team recently launched a range of thematic strategies – Safety, Water, AI& Robotics, Meta strategy – under the Luxembourg-domiciled Natixis International Funds (Lux) I SICAV and new strategies will launch, including one over the course of the year.