F&C Asset Management plc Profile
F&C Asset Management plc is a private investment management company based out of London. The company was founded in in 1972 as F&C Management Limited, although it can trace its history back to as early as 1868. The company would begin managing third party funds in 1985, becoming acquired by HypoVereinsbank in the 1990s. In 2000, Eureko would purchase HypoVereinsbank’s holding in the company and fully acquire the company’s ownership. The current company would be formed in 2004 when the ISIS Asset Management company would merge with F&C Management Limited to form F&C Asset Management. The company most recently was acquired by the Bank of Montreal through its business subsidiary BMO Global Asset Management (Europe) Limited. F&C Asset Management conducts its research internally, utilizing qualitative, pragmatic, and quantitative approaches with bottom top down and bottom up investment approaches. The company invests in a variety of public equity, real estate, and fixed income markets on a global scale. As of 2015, the company has been completely consolidated with BMO Global Asset Management (Europe) Limited and has become unlisted from the London Stock Exchange. BMO Global Asset Management currently has over $31 billion in total assets under management spread across 226 accounts, all of which are discretionary accounts except for 9. The company has over 650 employees and caters mainly to pension and profit sharing plans, which alone makes up over half of its entire client base. Before the merger, F&C Asset Management had three main principal investment centers located in Amsterdam, Edinburgh, and London with an extensive international office network in Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Mumbai, Dublin, Lisbon, Sweden, and Switzerland. BMO Global Asset Management currently offers a variety of mutual funds including its Alternative Strategies, Dividend Income, Global Low Volatility Equity, and others funds and ETFs including its Hong Kong Banks ETF and Asia High Dividend ETF.