Melville Douglas expands core investment team with the appointment of Paolo Senatore as Global Strategist

24 April 2018 Michael Laws, Melville Douglas
Paolo Senatore.

Paolo Senatore.

Boutique investment management company, Melville Douglas, continues to grow its core investment team with the appointment of industry expert Paolo Senatore as Global Strategist.

Owned by Standard Bank since 2001, Melville Douglas has a proud reputation built over 35 years of delivering superior investment returns across a number of asset classes.

The next phase of the firm’s growth journey comes in tandem with Standard Bank’s vision to be the leading financial services organisation in, for and across Africa, delivering exceptional client experiences and superior value.

Melville Douglas MD Michael Laws says while the business is growing strongly, “nothing changes” as far as its investment philosophy goes. The firm will continue to focus on preserving and growing the capital entrusted to it by harnessing the experience and knowledge built up over many decades.

“What truly sets Melville Douglas apart is our approach to investing – driven by balance, a long-term outlook and a commitment to fundamental research. Over the years we have delivered consistent results for our investors thanks to our experienced team and comprehensive domestic and offshore investment options. We welcome Paolo on board as global strategist and look forward to the additional value he will no doubt add,” says Laws.

Senatore, a leading industry expert known for his ability to succinctly explain how the investment and market chess pieces are moving, joins from Ashburton – which is part of the FirstRand Group – where he was Chief Investment Officer. He will work together with the investment leadership team of Jerome O’Regan, the Chief Investment Officer, and Bernard Drotschie, the Deputy Chief Investment Officer, who have successfully guided the investment strategy and approach since [2004)

“Paolo is an exciting addition to our core team as we continue to provide exceptional, personalised service that gives our clients peace of mind that their assets are constantly monitored by focused professionals,” says Laws.

Melville Douglas provides high net worth and institutional investors with the opportunity to establish bespoke portfolios, while it's a range of funds allow investors to access domestic and offshore markets. Through its close collaboration with Standard Bank, it also offers a global investment management service to investors from and into the African continent.

“We have grown strongly as a business over the years, with our reputation built on the strength of the people who work for us. This reputation in the market continues to see us attract quality people and Paolo’s appointment is no exception,” says Laws.

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