BlackRock ropes in Oisin Crawley as head of research for Asian Fundamental Equity team

BlackRock Inc, the world’s-largest asset management company, has roped in Oisin Crawley as head of research in the Asian Fundamental Equity team, with immediate effect, the company said in a release.

Crawley will be based in Hong Kong and will report to Andrew Swan, head of Asian Fundamental Equity. He is also expected to pick portfolio management responsibilities later in the year, subject to the necessary regulatory approvals.

Prior to joining BlackRock, Crawley was working with TT International as a portfolio manager where he was involved in alpha generation in Asia-Pacific investments. Before TT International, he worked as an equity research analyst at Morgan Stanley in London for six years and as an industry researcher for the Tokyo Electric Power Company.

Crawley studied Oriental Studies (Japanese) at Cambridge University.

“Oisin’s appointment further enhances our Asian Fundamental Equity team’s research capabilities. The new role builds on the developments in our investment process we have introduced to better deliver performance to our clients. We look forward to Oisin adding his investment insights and skills to our platform and Asian equity franchise,” said Andrew Swan, head of Asian Fundamental Equity at BlackRock.

“The success of our Alpha Strategies platform hinges on identifying and recruiting the best current and future investors to BlackRock and enabling them through the cutting edge tools, resources and risk management that our platform provides. Our Asian equity franchise continues to go from strength to strength and will be further advanced by Oisin’s expertise. His appointment adds to our senior investment strength and depth in Asia," commented Marc Desmidt, head of Alpha Strategies and Strategic Product Management for Asia Pacific.

BlackRock provides risk management and advisory services to corporate, public, and Taft-Hartley pension plans, insurance companies, mutual funds, endowments, foundations, nuclear decommissioning trusts, banks, charities, corporations, official institutions, and individuals globally. As on September 30, 2013, BlackRock’s AUM was around $4.1 trillion.

(Edited by Joby Puthuparampil Johnson)

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