Manulife Investment Management has opened an office in Dublin to mitigate uncertainties surrounding Brexit as well by centralising oversight of the group’s Ucits platform.
The Irish office is part of a strategic expansion of Manulife’s Wealth & Asset Management business and will support clients in the Americas, EMEA and Asia.
“Growing our European presence to meet the potential of the market continues to be a priority, and the establishment of our Dublin office will better serve the needs of our customers at a global scale,” said Andrew Arnott, Head of Manulife Investment Management in the US and Europe.
To lead Manulife Investment Management’s efforts in Ireland, the firm has appointed Angela Billick as chief operating officer and head of office.
Billick continues her role as head of European investment product for Manulife Wealth & Asset Management. She brings over 20 years of leadership experience in financial services and wealth management to the role, with a specialty in offshore and European funds, private funds and structured products. She dually reports to Andrew Arnott and Leo Zerilli, global head of investment product.
Billick will lead a local team in Dublin, including Mary Cahill, investment officer, manager oversight, and Fergal McIntyre, financial controller.
The Dublin office marks the latest in a series of European distribution expansion initiatives for Manulife Investment Management. In November 2018, the firm named Morten Simonsen as managing director and head of distribution for northern Europe and Christos Tsaravas was named managing director and head of distribution for Switzerland in May 2018.
Manulife Investment Management is the global wealth and asset management segment of Toronto-headquartered Manulife Financial Corporation.