Artisan Partners adds Developing World Fund

Milwaukee-based Artisan Partners has added another fund, the Artisan Developing World Fund.

The Developing World Fund is managed by Lewis Kaufman, who joined the firm in February to form the Artisan Partners Developing World Team. He has eight years of experience managing portfolios and 15 years of industry experience. He previously served as managing director and portfolio manager for Thornburg Investment Management, where he managed the Developing World Strategy since 2009.

Artisan Partners is a global investment management firm made up of autonomous investment teams that oversee a variety of investment strategies.

“We have been gradually evolving our investment strategies to reflect increasing degrees of investment freedom, which further allow our teams to manage investment risks and outcomes,” said Eric Colson, chief executive officer of Artisan Partners. “The Developing World Fund—a natural fit with this philosophy—is a high value-added strategy in an asset class that allows active managers to differentiate themselves. Lewis and his team have a unique approach to capitalizing on the tremendous growth opportunities in the developing world.”

“We believe compounded business value drives long-term capital appreciation, and seek to optimize our stock selection process for challenges unique to the developing world,” Kaufman said. “Our investment process emphasizes financially sound, free cash-flow generative companies with compelling business models, while seeking to mitigate the volatility of returns.”

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