Lazard Asset Management Hires Portfolio Managers

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Lazard Asset Management (LAM) has announced that Tycho van Wijk and Tjeert Keijzer will join the firm as Portfolio Managers/Analysts based in LAM’s Frankfurt office, effective May 1.

They join LAM from ING Investment Management where they were the Lead Investment Manager and Investment Manager, respectively, of the ING Global Opportunities Fund (Bloomberg Code: INGGLGA:NA, INGGOPC:LX).

At LAM, van Wijk and Keijzer will launch and manage an unconstrained global equity strategy, which will be available in separately managed accounts as well as commingled funds. The addition of this strategy will broaden the firm’s global equity platform. As of December 31, 2010, LAM managed more than $33 billion in global equity portfolios.

Van Wijk and Keijzer will also assume portfolio management responsibilities for LAM’s Global Trend portfolios and will work with existing LAM team members, Ulrich Schweiger and Beatrix Eisenblaetter. The team will have the support of over 200 investment professionals around the world.

'Clients are increasingly seeking global, unconstrained strategies with the flexibility to invest across geographies and sectors', said John Reinsberg, Deputy Chairman of LAM, International and Global Strategies. 'Tycho and Tjeert are seasoned global investors with a unique investment approach'.

Tycho van Wijk joined ING Investment Management in 1998, and was the lead investment manager of the ING Global Opportunities Fund since 2005.

Tjeert Keijzer joined ING Investment Management in 2007, and was the investment manager on the ING Global Opportunities Fund since 2009. Prior to ING, he was a Portfolio Manager at ABN Amro Asset Management.

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