Insparo Taps BlueBay Vet Walsh As PM

May 14 2012 | 9:37am ET

Emerging markets specialist Cian Walsh has joined UK-based Insparo Asset Management as a senior portfolio manager.

Walsh comes to Insparo from BlueBay Asset Management, where he served as a portfolio manager, focusing on emerging markets. He began his career as an emerging markets strategist at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in London, before spending two years as portfolio manager at Standard Asset Management where he was responsible for idea generation and risk management for Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa.

In his new role at Insparo, Walsh is expected to oversee the launch of a new local markets fund later this year. That fund will join the firm’s existing vehicles—the Insparo Africa Equity Fund and the firm’s flagship Insparo Africa and Middle East Fund, which has returned over 30% since launch.

Said Insparo CIO Mohammed Hanif:

“The investment team we have assembled has over 60 years’ emerging and frontier markets experience, gained at some of the biggest money managers in the world. It is an extremely high caliber team, and Cian is an excellent addition to it. I know him well from my own days at BlueBay’s EM team, and prior to that at Dresdner. I am very pleased to be able to welcome him to Insparo. He will be instrumental in our push into new investment markets and territories, and we look forward to him helping us bring our successful philosophy to a wider audience of investors.”


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