GAM Establishes Structured Products Group

January 9, 2008 ( - Specialist asset manager GAM has announced Julius Baer Bank's Alternative Risk Trading (ART) team has joined the firm.

The move expands GAM’s structured product capabilities and is designed to combine the alternatives expertise of the ART team and the hedge fund capabilities of GAM, according to the announcement. The team, renamed GAM Structured Investments (GSI), will continue to focus on delivering high-end structured solutions – from tailor-made private placements to full public offerings – to all types of clients, the announcement said.

The team of five professionals is headed by Yoshiki Ohmura and reports to Craig Wallis, Group Head of Institutional and Fund Distribution at GAM. Ohmura has also co-managed GAM’s Portable Alpha strategies since 2006.

Ohmura will lead GSI in furthering its expertise in the creation and distribution of GAM-branded structured products using an open architecture approach including both GAM and third party sources, according to the announcement. GAM funds of hedge funds already accounts for some $610 million of the structured product team’s underlying assets.  

The GSI team is based in GAM’s Zurich office. Bank Julius Baer will continue to act as issuer for the products.