BAILLIE GIFFORD & CO Profile
Baillie Gifford & Co. was originally created as Baillie & Gifford WS in 1907 as a partnership between Colonel Augustus Baillie and Carlyle Gifford. The company originally started out as a law firm, but its founders saw the financial situation of their environment and switched it to become an investment company just a year later. The company would spin off divisions in order to take care of its operations, creating the Scottish Mortgage and Trust Limited, originally known by another name, in 1909. The company would grow steadily, seizing the many opportunities that the roaring twenties allowed to expand the company’s business. In 1927, Baillie & Gifford WS would be transformed from a firm of solicitors in the investment business to become a partnership managing investment trusts, creating the company today known as Baillie Gifford & Co. Today Baillie Gifford & Co. focuses on long term investments, believing that “fundamental analysis and proprietary research are core to a successful, long-term, bottom-up investment approach.” The company has grown completely through organic means to today stand at a total of approximately $180 billion in total assets under management, specializing in equity, fixed income, and multi asset portfolios for a global client base despite having only one physical location in Edinburgh. Its investments are largely focused in the global and international sectors, with other investments including regional developed markets, multi assets, emerging markets, diversified growth, and fixed income, in order of decreasing fund allocation. Baillie Gifford & Co. currently has 844 staff members, 206 of which are investment professionals, taking care of its 306 diversified client accounts worldwide. The company is private and wholly owned by its 40 partners, all working full time at the firm, and has gone through no mergers or acquisitions of any kind, allowing it to keep an independent and focused investing firm that boasts organizational stability.