Kempen nabs family office man to head UK operation

Andre Keijsers is one of three hires to boost Dutch group’s UK presence

Kempen Capital Management has nabbed Andre Keijsers from multi-family office Vedra Partners to become managing director of its UK office.

Keijsers (pictured) will start his new role in August with a focus on growing Kempen’s specialist actively managed investment strategies, alongside growing the firm’s position in the UK fiduciary management market.

He joins Kempen having most recently been a senior partner at Vedra Partners, which was founded by the German hedge fund family, the Gottschalks. It is currently run by chairman Joachim Gottschalk and CEO Max Gottschalk.

Prior to this, he worked as a director at Kings Rock Global Investment Partners and Gottex Fund Management. Gottex is a global alternative investment management group where Joachim Gottschalk was the CEO until 2015.

Keijsers said: “This is an exciting time to take up this role and I look forward to working with all of my new colleagues to maximise the opportunities that we see in the UK.

“Fiduciary management also provides a huge opportunity for Kempen in the UK, as the pensions market undergoes a long-term and now accelerating wave of change. The drive towards greater cost transparency and value means that trustees need detailed support from real experts.”

Further hires

Kempen also announced the appointment of Vicky Casebourne as business development director specialising in fiduciary management and Cathy Lewis as director of fiduciary management.

Casebourne joins from Charles Stanley where she has worked since February 2013, focusing on specialist sales for the fiduciary management team selling defined benefit pension scheme asset liability matching investment solutions.

Lewis joins Kempen from Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) where she worked as client director since March 2016.

Johan Cras, head of institutional relations and member of the management team at Kempen, said: “Alongside the continued success of our own investment products among UK investors, this is a critical time for fiduciary management.

“After recent positive legislative changes, 600 pension funds with fiduciary arrangements in place now need to re-tender in the near future. The combined experience of Andre Keijsers, Vicky Casebourne and Cathy Lewis will be a great asset.”

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