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Henderson appointed as Investment Manager by AustralianSuper

​Henderson Global Investors, the listed Australian and UK fund manager with £68.9 billion in assets under management has been appointed as Investment Manager to AustralianSuper, the $AUS60 billion Australian superannuation fund, for its emerging UK retail property strategy.

​Henderson Global Investors, the listed Australian and UK fund manager with £68.9 billion in assets under management has been appointed as Investment Manager to AustralianSuper, the $AUS60 billion Australian superannuation fund, for its emerging UK retail property strategy.

The mandate is part of a wider global strategy for AustralianSuper who has recently announced a direct international programme which aims to significantly grow its global property investment portfolio over the next 5 years.

AustralianSuper, one of Australia’s largest industry superannuation funds, currently owns a c. $4.6 billionreal estate portfolio. It’s appetite for UK retail property is focused on the prime and super prime sector.

Having specialised in retail property for over 30 years, Henderson has a strong reputation for the establishment and management of specialist retail funds and mandates. It has been involved in some of the best-known and largest retail schemes across the UK and Europe. Many of these schemes have been ground breaking in terms of scale, design and innovation. Of its c.£12.7 billion AUM in property, c.£7.4 billion, c. 60%, sits within the retail sector. This includes over 170 retail assets across Austria, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden& the UK.

Individual Fund Managers are supported by Henderson’s wider retail team of expert individuals in all areas of retail operations including research, analytics, development, leasing, debt funding and asset management.

Henderson opened its Australian office in 2012, following Board approval of the strategic plan for the development of an Australian Investment Management business for Henderson.

Nick Evans, Executive Director, Australia, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this mandate by AustralianSuper, which is testament to our expertise in the sector and aligned to our growth aspirations in Australia where we are committed to building a significant business with sophisticated investors.”

Myles White, Director of Property, Retail, added: “Our experience investing into prime malls across UK and Europe, on behalf of a variety of clients and funds gives Henderson the ability to identify and source the best stock to meet the requirements of AustralianSuper. We look forward to leveraging off this experience in order to deliver value for AustralianSuper as they enter the UK retail market.”

Jack McGougan, Head of Property at AustralianSuper said: “Following an extensive search for an investment manager to advise on our retail focused strategy, we are confident that Henderson is the right choice. We look forward to a collaborative relationship with the Henderson team where the experience of the UK retail team will prove invaluable.”

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