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European Active Ownership

We invest in a small number of European listed, high quality companies, that have a significant opportunity to create additional value by addressing a number of company-specific issues, and where we can act as a catalyst for change by constructively working together with the company and other shareholders.

 

Key Features

Multi-disciplinary team. The team, comprising fund management, fundamental equity analysis, strategy consulting and governance competencies, has accumulated experience through over 50 investments spanning a broad variety of industries and most European countries. The team can leverage an ever increasing network of executives, non-executives, industry experts and other investors, and has a reputation for value-adding and constructive dialogue with companies.

Active ownership. Meaningful ownership stakes and constructive engagement with management, corporate boards and other shareholders allow the team to act as a catalyst for a sequence of value-creating events. This makes the strategy less dependent on market inefficiencies or single events.

Deep understanding of portfolio companies. Concentrated portfolios and a long-term approach with an average holding period of 3-5 years allows the team to make in-depth assessments of company fundamentals and change opportunities.

Value-driven investment and engagement process. Systematic use of a value lever framework for investment analysis and engagement with companies.

Long-term capital.Underpinned by lock-ups, allowing for effective implementation of the strategy. 

TEAM

Maarten Wildschut, Co-Head of European Active Ownership Strategy (Investments)

Maarten joined RWC Partners as part of Hermes Focus Asset Management in September 2012. Maarten has been responsible for the strategy since February 2009 and oversees all aspects of the strategy's investment management. He has over 17 years of value-based investing and bottom-up company analysis and prior to Hermes, he worked at Robeco where he managed their European Small Cap funds and was responsible for institutional mandates.

Maarten holds an M.Sc. in Business Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and is a CFA holder. Maarten is a Dutch citizen and native speaker, fluent in English and speaks French and German.

Petteri Soininen, Co-Head of European Active Ownership Strategy (Engagements)

Petteri joined RWC Partners as part of Hermes Focus Asset Management in September 2012. Petteri has been responsible for the strategy since February 2009 and oversees and manages all engagement activities with companies in the European portfolio.

Petteri has over 16 years of experience working with top management and prior to Hermes, was a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in both Europe and the US. Petteri holds a M.Sc. (with distinction) in Industrial Engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology. Petteri is a Finnish citizen and native speaker and fluent in English, German and Swedish.

Antonio Salerno

Antonio joined the team in June 2005 and is responsible for managing select portfolio investments, designing and following through engagement programmes and identifying new investment opportunities. Furthermore, Antonio is the team's lead on corporate governance. Antonio has over 15 years of experience in activist investing and corporate governance. Antonio joined RWC Partners as part of Hermes Focus Asset Management in September 2012.

Prior to Hermes he worked at Deminor and was a founding member of their Italian office. Antonio holds a Laurea degree (cum laude) in Economics and Banking from the University of Siena and a Master's degree in International Finance (MIF) from the University of Amsterdam. Antonio is an Italian citizen and native speaker and he is fluent in English.

Jimmy Tillotson, CFA

Jimmy joined the team in January 2009, having previously worked for the Hermes UK Focus Large Cap Fund. He is responsible for managing select portfolio investments, designing and following through engagement programmes and identifying new investment opportunities. Furthermore, Jimmy is responsible for continuous improvement of the fund's analytical processes. Jimmy joined RWC Partners as part of Hermes Focus Asset Management in September 2012.

Jimmy has over 13 years of experience in investment management and brings extensive knowledge of UK companies. Prior to Hermes he worked as an investment manager at JM Finn & Co. Jimmy holds an MA in Economics from Edinburgh University and the CISI Diploma. He is a CFA charterholder and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.

David Stewart, CFA

David joined the team in September 2009. He is responsible for managing select portfolio investments, designing and following through engagement programmes and identifying new investment opportunities. David joined RWC Partners as part of Hermes Focus Asset Management in September 2012. David has 9 years of experience in investment management, and, prior to Hermes, worked on a number of finance related projects at Lloyds Bank, Barclays and Bank of New York.

He holds a MChem in Chemistry from the University of York and is a CFA charterholder and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. David is a British citizen, native English speaker and speaks French.

Cathy Boorer, Office Manager - European Active Ownership Strategy

Cathy Boorer joined the team in November 2010. She is primarily responsible for managing operational office matters for the team Furthermore, Cathy supports the team’s investment and engagement activities. Cathy joined RWC Partners as part of Hermes Focus Asset Management in September 2012.

Cathy has over 20 years of experience in office management. Prior to Hermes, she worked for Barclays, Baring Asset Management, and Rabobank. Cathy holds a HND in Business and Finance from University of Western England. Cathy is a British citizen and native English speaker.

Maarten Wildschut, Co-Head of European Active Ownership Strategy (Investments)

Maarten joined RWC Partners as part of Hermes Focus Asset Management in September 2012. Maarten has been responsible for the strategy since February 2009 and oversees all aspects of the strategy's investment management. He has over 17 years of value-based investing and bottom-up company analysis and prior to Hermes, he worked at Robeco where he managed their European Small Cap funds and was responsible for institutional mandates.

Maarten holds an M.Sc. in Business Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and is a CFA holder. Maarten is a Dutch citizen and native speaker, fluent in English and speaks French and German.

Petteri Soininen, Co-Head of European Active Ownership Strategy (Engagements)

Petteri joined RWC Partners as part of Hermes Focus Asset Management in September 2012. Petteri has been responsible for the strategy since February 2009 and oversees and manages all engagement activities with companies in the European portfolio.

Petteri has over 16 years of experience working with top management and prior to Hermes, was a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in both Europe and the US. Petteri holds a M.Sc. (with distinction) in Industrial Engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology. Petteri is a Finnish citizen and native speaker and fluent in English, German and Swedish.

Antonio Salerno

Antonio joined the team in June 2005 and is responsible for managing select portfolio investments, designing and following through engagement programmes and identifying new investment opportunities. Furthermore, Antonio is the team's lead on corporate governance. Antonio has over 15 years of experience in activist investing and corporate governance. Antonio joined RWC Partners as part of Hermes Focus Asset Management in September 2012.

Prior to Hermes he worked at Deminor and was a founding member of their Italian office. Antonio holds a Laurea degree (cum laude) in Economics and Banking from the University of Siena and a Master's degree in International Finance (MIF) from the University of Amsterdam. Antonio is an Italian citizen and native speaker and he is fluent in English.

Jimmy Tillotson, CFA

Jimmy joined the team in January 2009, having previously worked for the Hermes UK Focus Large Cap Fund. He is responsible for managing select portfolio investments, designing and following through engagement programmes and identifying new investment opportunities. Furthermore, Jimmy is responsible for continuous improvement of the fund's analytical processes. Jimmy joined RWC Partners as part of Hermes Focus Asset Management in September 2012.

Jimmy has over 13 years of experience in investment management and brings extensive knowledge of UK companies. Prior to Hermes he worked as an investment manager at JM Finn & Co. Jimmy holds an MA in Economics from Edinburgh University and the CISI Diploma. He is a CFA charterholder and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.

David Stewart, CFA

David joined the team in September 2009. He is responsible for managing select portfolio investments, designing and following through engagement programmes and identifying new investment opportunities. David joined RWC Partners as part of Hermes Focus Asset Management in September 2012. David has 9 years of experience in investment management, and, prior to Hermes, worked on a number of finance related projects at Lloyds Bank, Barclays and Bank of New York.

He holds a MChem in Chemistry from the University of York and is a CFA charterholder and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. David is a British citizen, native English speaker and speaks French.

Cathy Boorer, Office Manager - European Active Ownership Strategy

Cathy Boorer joined the team in November 2010. She is primarily responsible for managing operational office matters for the team Furthermore, Cathy supports the team’s investment and engagement activities. Cathy joined RWC Partners as part of Hermes Focus Asset Management in September 2012.

Cathy has over 20 years of experience in office management. Prior to Hermes, she worked for Barclays, Baring Asset Management, and Rabobank. Cathy holds a HND in Business and Finance from University of Western England. Cathy is a British citizen and native English speaker.

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