GAM Holding AG Profile
GAM Holding AG is a public asset management holding company that acts as the holding company for GAM, an independent pure asset management group. The group holding company is currently based in Zurich and is headed by group CEO Alexander S. Friedman, operating through its various business subsidiaries. The company can trace its history back to 1983 when GAM was founded by Gilbert de Botton. The company would grow and act as an independent firm until it was acquired by UBS in 1999. GAM would subsequently be acquired by Julius Baer from USB, who would also acquire three private banks from the UBS in 2005. The company would then fuel its own growth by acquiring Augustus Asset Managers Ltd. in 2009 and be able to separate from Julius to become an independent pure play asset management group in the same year. GAM would continue to grow and acquire Arkos Capital SA in 2012 and Singleterry Mansley Asset Management in 2014. GAM currently has over 1,000 employees located around the world in 11 countries. The company manages over $130 billion in total assets and is publicly listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. The company focuses on fostering independent thinking and swift decision making, being “built on a solid capital position, deep resources and without reliance on financial leverage to provide confidence and reassurance to our clients, shareholders, staff and counterparties.” GAM has developed a wide range of strategies with core capabilities in Absolute Return, Alternatives, Fixed Income, Equities, and Multi Asset, providing services to a variety of clients including institutions, wholesale intermediaries, financial advisers and private investors. The company provides a variety of funds through the Julius Baer Funds and GAM family of funds including its Global Diversified, Absolute Return Bond, Star Alpha Spectra, Global Quality, and Growth funds, among many others.