Crux Asset Management has hired Martin Currie’s Damian Taylor as deputy manager on two soon-to-be-launched Asia equity funds.
Taylor will work alongside Ewan Markson-Brown, who joined Crux in June from Baillie Gifford to build the boutique’s Asian equities offering.
He will be deputy manager on two long-term growth strategies expected to be launched on 1 October focused on Asia ex-Japan and China.
Taylor joined Martin Currie in 2013 where he was portfolio manager for the firm’s flagship Asia Long-Term Unconstrained strategy. He has 20 years’ investment experience having also worked at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs.
The hire completes Crux’s Asia team which also includes analysts Ishaan Bhatia and Ryan Soh, hired in July, who specialise in India and Greater China, and Southeast Asia, respectively.
Crux chief executive Karen Zachary said: “Damian’s intimate knowledge of Asian equities combined with his ability to identify long-term capital growth opportunities through proven valuation methodologies makes him an excellent addition to Crux’s Asia team.
“Built on flexibility and diverse thinking, the Crux Asia team we have assembled has world-class expertise and experience that will enable the firm to capture Asian growth. Through long-term, bottom-up, high-conviction stock selection and alignment of investment objectives with our global investors, we look forward to further broadening our investor base.”