Swiss boutique institutional asset manager Unigestion will open an office in Toronto, signaling the firm’s ambition to further expand its footprint across the country.

The firm, which manages $16 billion globally, already has close to $500 million under management in Canada in two mandates, one with Regimes de Rentes du Mouvement Desjardins and the other with a second prestigious institutional client.

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Unigestion focuses on investment solutions and services for institutional investors across four core investment strategies: risk managed equities, private assets and alternative investments and cross asset solutions.

Heather Cooke has been appointed as director, institutional clients, for the firm’s Canadian office. Cooke has over 20 years of experience in investment management, sales and research, and joins Unigestion from Mercer.

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Unigestion’s clients include pension funds, public companies, insurance companies, corporations and family offices.

Unigestion Canada is in the process of applying to register in Canada as a portfolio manager, investment fund manager and exempt market dealer. Until it becomes appropriately registered, Unigestion Canada is not authorized to offer services or products in Canada.

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