Q&A with Andrew Dreaneen from Schroders on alternatives
I asked Andrew Dreaneen who works for the GAIA hedge fund platform for Schroders a few questions about how he got into investing and what their outlook is on alternatives for the future:
How did you start working for Schroders?
I left my home country of New Zealand in 2000 seeking international work experience within the financial/ investment sector. I was approached by a recruitment agency to work for Schroders in Luxembourg. Rather embarrassingly at the time I didn’t actually know where Luxembourg was but I spent a few days there meeting people from Schroders and I really liked the culture within the firm and Luxembourg is a very charming country right in the centre of Continental Europe so I decided to take the role. I have worked for Schroders for 13 years. I am currently based in Schroders London headquarters responsible for identifying leading hedge fund managers for Schroders liquid alternatives platform GAIA (Global Alternative Investor Access) and representing these managers in front of clients such as family offices and private banks on a global basis.
How did you get into investing?
My first job after graduating from university in New Zealand was in an agricultural investment boutique. I didn’t know a lot about investing at the time but was thrown in the deep end from day one working on a number of successful real asset investment products linked to farmland, timber, vineyards and property syndicates.
What is Schroder’s outlook on alternative investments?
Schroders is very active in the alternatives space:
- we were pioneers of the first commodity mutual fund
- we have a leading UCITS hedge fund platform
- we have a strong line up of property funds
- our multi asset team have been investing in alternatives for over a decade, and
- we recently formed a partnership with a Swiss based asset management firm to offer Catastrophe Bond funds.
On a selective basis we are looking to broaden the range of alternative investment products we have on offer as we expect to see growing demand from a wide range of investors.
What is an interesting fact about you?
I lived in Fiji for four years.
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