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Senior vice president and head
of EMEA equity trading
Franklin Templeton Investments
Paul Collins says he joined Franklin Templeton Investments back in 2004 because he wanted to work for one of the biggest, most diverse global
asset managers in the world.
With more than €727 billion in assets under management, the Franklin
Templeton Investment group is in the top 15 fund managers globally.
With a combined AUM larger than Invesco, Axa IM and T Rowe Price,
the group has made considerable investment in developing a substantial
For the EMEA region, Paul Collins is the man tasked with overall
management of trading. He overseas the EMEA equity trading desk in
Edinburgh which is comprised of nine people and a further two in Dubai
who look after the Middle East and African markets. Between both desks,
they monitor trades in 40 counties and run six days a week.
Most recently, the company has completed two projects analysing the
efficiency, consistency and value it receives from its preferred trading ven-
ues and brokers.
The Order Audit Trail (Oat) and Execution Audit Trail (Eat) projects con-
cluded at the end of 2015 in preparation for the work that will continue
within the business in preparation for implementation of measures from
the Markets In Financial Instruments Directive II (Mifid II).
He started his trading career at Baillie Gifford & Co in 1991 before mov-
ing to Aegon Asset Management in 1997.
Collins, now 46, joined at the opening of the European Trading Desk in
Edinburgh in September 2003 as a senior trader, and subsequently took
over the role of regional head in 2007. n