Mercer Boosts Alternatives Consulting Team

Feb 16 2010 | 3:34am ET

Mercer is boosting its alternative investments team around the world. The consulting firm has hired four for its alternatives group, and reassigned four others, in three cities.

In Chicago, the alts. team features three new faces. Laura Milligan joins the firm fresh from business school to head North American private equity strategy research. She is a former associate at private equity firm Adams Street Partners. In the Windy City, she is joined by hedge fund researches Christopher Schelling and Michelle Elson. The former was a director of alternative strategies at Thompson Reuters, and the latter was an analyst at Glenwood Capital Investments.

On the other side of the world, Jennifer Cowen has joined Mercer’s Sydney office as a senior associate focusing on unlisted assets, including private equity. Cowen comes to Mercer from Mariner Financial, where she was a senior analyst.

In London, Mercer is building from within. The firm moved four investment consulting team members into the alternatives unit. Three are principals and one, Amarik Ubhi, is an associate.

Simon Fox will focus on hedge funds, commodities, timber and agriculture. Robert Howie is responsible for hedge funds, infrastructure and insurance-linked securities. Sanjay Mistry’s portfolio includes private equity and illiquid investments. Ubhi’s specialty will be infrastructure and Asia-Pacific equities.

“We are investing for the future by building a talented and experienced team in alternatives today,” Jeff Schultes, who heads the boutiques business in Mercer’s investment consulting unit, said. “We believe that we will see strong and growing demand for expertise in these asset classes.”

All eight positions are new.

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