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Sym promoted to head of equities at River & Mercantile

Sym promoted to head of equities at River & Mercantile

River & Mercantile has appointed James Sym as head of equities.

Sym joined R&M in 2020 to establish the group's European equities franchise, and currently manages the ES River and Mercantile European fund.

He previously spent seven years at Schroders as a European equity fund manager, and prior to that was a UK and European analyst and co-fund manager at Cazenove Capital.

The promotion is effective immediately and Sym will continue to report to chief executive Alex Hoctor-Duncan.

Sym said: “As a society we are grappling with key questions around the cost of living, inflation and the sustainable transition. 

“The world is self-evidently changing and our approach is well suited to this new environment.”

Hoctor-Duncan said: “We want what we do to make a difference and James’s enthusiasm and passion, alongside that of the whole Equities team, will be key drivers to this.”

In January it was confirmed that AssetCo would be taking over R&M, paying £98.8mn for the comapny.

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