Artisan Partners to open Sydney office

Milwaukee-based global investment management firm Artisan Partners has announced it will open a new office in Sydney, Australia.

The company, which has $109.5 billion in assets under management, has principal offices in Milwaukee, San Francisco, Atlanta, New York, Kansas City and London. The Sydney office, Artisan’s first in Australia, will be operated by the firm’s Australian subsidiary, Artisan Partners Australia Pty Ltd.

Artisan entered the Australian market in late 2011 through a third-party distribution agreement with Grey Pine Advisory Pty Ltd. Whitney Drayton, the sole owner and operator of Grey Pine, will join Artisan in January as the managing partner for Artisan Partners Australia.

“Australia and New Zealand are markets with institutional clients and decision making processes that align well with our business model and distribution goals,” said Eric Colson, president and chief executive officer of Artisan. “Over the last several years we have worked with Whitney to introduce our firm to investors in the region and have been fortunate to begin relationships with multiple high quality clients. Having an office in Sydney will help us better serve our growing client base and more effectively distribute our investment offerings. We look forward to having Whitney on board to continue building on the momentum we have seen in the market.”

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