GAM Investments has appointed Matt Williams as Head of Equity Investment Specialists. Williams, who joined GAM on 1 December, is based in London and will report to Greg Clerkson, Head of Discretionary Investment.In this newly created role, Williams will be responsible for leading GAM’s team of equity investment specialists. He will work closely with the firm’s investment teams across equities to help further articulate their investment strategies and to further enhance client understanding of GAM’s equity offering.
This follows the appointment of Paras Bakrania and Davide Petrachi as Head of GAM Systematic Product Specialists and Head of Product Specialists for GAM Investment Solutions, respectively, earlier this year.
Williams was formerly at BlackRock, where he was a Director and European Equities Product Strategist. Prior to that, he held roles in equity research, with a focus on capital goods, at MF Global, HSBC and Capital Group. Concurrently, Williams was also a visiting lecturer in applied corporate finance at City University Business School for six years. He began his career in 1997 as a trader at Deutsche Bank and later held roles in debt capital markets at Commerzbank and Bank of America.
Williams holds a BA in European Studies with German from the London School of Economics and an MBA from City University Business School.
Greg Clerkson, Head of Discretionary Investment at GAM, says: “A number of our equity strategies have strongly outperformed their benchmarks and are amongst the top performers in their peer groups over five years, demonstrating the benefits of an active investment approach in dealing with unprecedented market conditions. There is potential for us to build on this and Matt will be instrumental in helping us harness and maximise our equity capabilities to provide the investment leadership, innovation and sustainable thinking required to meet our clients’ needs.”