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ALLIANZ GLOBAL INVESTORS
Multi-lingual Michel Vannier has been with Allianz Global Investors
for around eight years, joining from Axa
Investment Managers in 2007.
He was originally based in the
Paris office, where he spent five years
as a multi-asset dealer, handling
equities, bonds, forex and derivatives
During his time in Paris he spent
four months working in Germany
to assist with the migration of
the equities dealing desk before
permanently making the switch to
Frankfurt in March 2013.
Having left Université Paris
Dauphine in 1998, he joined BNP
Paribas as an accounts manager
reporting on daily settlements of French
equities and bonds.
After two and half years he
joined the trading team, trading
equities and derivatives before leaving
to joining Axa Investment Managers
Vannier speaks French, German and
Partner and senior dealer
As Liontrust’s assets under management have grown, so too
have the responsibilities of the investment
group’s dealing team.
Engineering and Commerce graduate
Tonge is now a relatively long-standing
member of the firm, having joined the
business back in 2003.
Prior to that, he worked at Barclays
Capital as a transaction manager
responsible for a variety of complex
settlement calculations and legal
Today, he looks after the Liontrust
dealing desk, which serves six of the
group’s seven fund management teams
and some £ 4. 5 billion in assets.
Tonge’s role has become increasingly
important during the past year after
company founder and long-standing
colleague Richard Farquar announced
plans for a sabbatical to complete a
substantial charity project.
As a result, Tonge has become
responsible for major projects such as the
company’s Order Management System
(OMS) review and has also bolstered his
team with two new recruits.
Next on his radar is a project analysing
how best the company should respond
to the demands of MIFID II, looking
particularly at the impact the regulation
will have on commissions.
Tonge is a previous winner of The
TRADE’s main Leaders In Trading Awards,
having collected the Midcap Trader of The
Year gong at last year’s event. n
BLUEBAY ASSET MANAGEMENT
Bluebay’s Ben Thompson joined the team back in January 2014
and handles emerging markets
local currency rates and FX trades.
He joined from Ashmore,
where his focus was on emerging
markets credit, both sovereign and
Thompson started his career
at Northern Rock, which he joined
back in 2003. He worked at the
ill-fated lender for four years
working across wholesale funding,
liquidity management and risk
He left Northern Rock in August
2007 to join the Leeds Building
Society as a treasury dealer where
he stayed until June 2010.
Thompson is a graduate of
the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, with a Master of Arts in
Finance and financial Management
Services. He also holds a
Bachelor’s degree in Business and
Managerial Economics. n