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Paul Derrien

Canaccord Genuity

Paul Derrien
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Canaccord Genuity investment director Paul Derrien cut his teeth at NatWest 25 years ago and has built up a considerable body of work managing both direct equity-based and multi-manager portfolios for private individuals, trusts, pensions, charities and institutional clients. ‘It’s been a fairly dramatic year in terms of severity of market movement,’ he tells Spear’s. ‘In terms of the business, it’s been growing.’

As well as a strong year performance-wise, Canaccord has been strengthening its grip on the market thanks to a string of acquisitions. They have lifted the firm’s assets under management to a cool £27 billion, but that hasn’t changed its grounded approach to clients, says Derrien. This is in part thanks to a collegiate feel that strives to encourage a friendly, collaborative and open environment. Risks are rigorously calculated and pursued aggressively on behalf of clients

‘The same person that is making the investment decisions for the client is very likely to be involved in the investment process,’ says Derrien. ‘You’re getting someone who is directly involved with the reasons why a decision has been made, how it’s been implemented and how the implementation goes directly to the client.’