Press release 11 February, 2021

River and Mercantile announces further Infrastructure team hires

R&M confirms a series of further hires from Aviva to support the launch of its infrastructure business led by Ian Berry.

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River and Mercantile (R&M) has announced a series of further Infrastructure hires from Aviva to support the recent recruitment of Ian Berry, former Head of Infrastructure Equity at Aviva Investors. Ian joined R&M to establish an infrastructure investment business which over time will launch a range of infrastructure strategies.

The team joining R&M comprises Allan Vlah, Fergus Helliwell, Anne Sophie Eveno and Dan Wilcockson. It is expected that they will start over the coming months after they complete their contractual obligations with Aviva.

The first infrastructure investment initiative at R&M will be the launch of an Infrastructure Equity Income Fund which will focus on delivering long term, stable cash flows to institutional clients through investing in long-life infrastructure. The sustainability of returns to investors and the asset-level environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors have always played a key role in Ian’s investment philosophy and processes and will sit at the very heart of this investment strategy. This focus on the sustainability of income for clients is entirely aligned with the significant demands for new infrastructure to support the energy and digital transition required by the economy.  The investment strategy allows institutional investors the ability to combine attractive financial returns while positively contributing to the world we live in – now and in the future. Further details will follow in due course.

Ian Berry, R&M's Head of Infrastructure, commented:

“I am delighted that my former colleagues are joining me at River and Mercantile. We will all be working with the wider R&M team to ensure a timely launch of our first fund as we have a number of exciting projects underway and in development.”

James Barham, Group Chief Executive, commented:

“Ian and his team have a proven track record in this competitive market, and I am delighted that we are able to reunite them in the development of our infrastructure business. As a team they are highly regarded by clients and investment partners alike and I look forward to them all joining shortly.”

For further information, please contact:

River and Mercantile Group PLC: 

James Barham, Group Chief Executive
020 7601 6260

MRM Communications:

Chris Duncan, Director
020 3326 9907

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