Westwood Holdings Group, Inc. (NYSE:WHG) today announced receipt of approximately $160 million as the final tranche of initial funding of Westwood Emerging Markets Fund (the “Fund”), the first sub-fund of Westwood Investment Funds plc, its Irish-domiciled UCITS umbrella fund. Patricia Perez-Coutts and her Toronto-based team at Westwood International Advisors Inc. (“Westwood International”) manage the Westwood Emerging Markets Fund. The UCITS fund provides access for non-U.S. investors to Westwood International’s experienced approach to uncovering investment opportunities in emerging markets throughout the world.
“We launched our UCITS fund to respond to demand for our Emerging Markets strategy from U.K. pension plans of three blue-chip companies,” said Brian Casey, Westwood’s President and CEO. “We are pleased to have launched this fund on a significant scale with initial funding from these three clients exceeding $500 million. Ireland has earned a reputation as a leading domicile for regulated investment funds and the UCITS structure provides an attractive pooled fund vehicle for non-U.S. investors. We look forward to launching additional UCITS funds in the future and expanding our client offerings beyond our traditional U.S. markets.”
Westwood Holdings Group, Inc. provides investment management services to institutional investors, private wealth clients and financial intermediaries. Westwood manages a range of investment strategies including U.S., Global and Emerging Markets equities as well as income-oriented portfolios. Access to these strategies is available through separate accounts, commingled funds, the Westwood Funds
family of mutual funds and UCITS funds. Westwood has significant, broad-based employee ownership and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “WHG.” Based in Dallas, Westwood also maintains offices in Omaha and Toronto.
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