For Philippe Couvrecelle, performance comes first, even in the sustainable

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Philippe Couvrecelle only knows investment funds. After having chaired Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management from 2007 to 2012, and previously spent 20 years at Natixis, he founded in 2014 his own asset management company, iM Global Partner. The latter is defined as a “network of asset managers”.

The Paris-based company, which manages nearly CHF 18 billion in assets for 50 employees in 11 cities, including Geneva and Zurich, relies entirely on medium and long-term performance. “Even funds that meet environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria are only attractive if they perform very well,” he says. His company’s assets under management nearly doubled last year. Known in Switzerland in particular for its buyout in February 2020 of Oyster funds (then with 2 billion francs under management), which were losing money, from the Syz group, he expresses his convictions on asset management and takes stock of his new acquisitions.