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Tim Bruenjes, Former Head of APAC Equity Trading at PIMCO joins Smartkarma

By September 2, 2016 December 10th, 2018 No Comments

Smartkarma responds to increasing global demand for collaborative investment research platform with key European hire

Singapore and Frankfurt, Germany, September 5, 2016 – Smartkarma, the premier collaborative marketplace for Asian investment research and analysis, announced today that Tim Bruenjes has joined its growing team in Europe. Following the completion of another successful funding round, which brings total investment to date to USD 7.5 million, this key European hire will help Smartkarma continue on its mission to deliver much needed change to the global investment research industry.

Tim joins Smartkarma in a newly created role based in Frankfurt, Germany, reporting to the Head of Business Development. He will focus on driving the company’s further expansion into European markets, utilising his experience running multi-asset trading desks across Asia. Tim’s background as Head of APAC Equity Trading at PIMCO and before that at Deutsche Asset Management Asia makes him uniquely qualified to recognise the strength of the Smartkarma business model and the opportunities it brings to investors and research analysts alike.

“The role of research in the investment model is changing. Not just because of regulatory pressure, but because the market is demanding change,” says Tim Bruenjes, Global Business Development, Smartkarma. “Smartkarma has a unique offering that brings together investors and insight providers to deliver a higher quality of research, to a wider market, at a transparent and realistic price point. I’m thrilled to be joining such a dynamic team that has acted on this need.”

“Europe is a natural market for Smartkarma as European asset managers grapple with the new MIFIDII requirements,” says Jon Foster, Chairman and Co-Founder, Smartkarma. “Currently, 35% of our clients are based in Europe, a number which is expected to grow significantly with the enhanced focus on regulation. Tim brings a deep understanding of the asset management industries in Asia and Europe and this unique vantage point makes him the perfect person to champion Smartkarma’s growth across the continent.”

Smartkarma is radically changing the way global institutional investors create, distribute and consume investment insights. Through a single subscription, clients gain unlimited access to a large, fast growing pool of Insight Providers, which together make up the widest range of analysis on the Asian markets available. The company came out of closed beta in April 2016 and is now used by over 140 global professional institutions, with over 70 Insight Providers delivering insight onto the platform.

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Smartkarma is an independent financial research platform that is radically changing the way market participants create, distribute and consume investment insights. As a trusted and unbiased information source, we provide differentiated research and transparency into the Asian markets that global institutional investors need to confidently drive their investment strategies. We combine intelligence from the world’s premier analysts, academics, data scientists and industry experts in one collaborative marketplace to help investors improve efficiencies, enhance returns, and optimize their research spend while accessing the widest range of global analysis of the Asian markets available.

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