News Credit Suisse Asset Management launches Thematic Private Market Equity Group

Credit Suisse Asset Management launches Thematic Private Market Equity Group

Credit Suisse Asset Management is launching a Thematic Private Market Equity Group within the Asset Management Equity business. The new team, headed by Ralph Bloch and based in Zurich, Switzerland, will be an integral part of the Thematic Equity team.

Filippo Rima, Head of Equities at Credit Suisse Asset Management, commented:
“Developing a Thematic Private Market Equity business in response to the evolving needs of our clients is a core strategic focus for our business. Clients are increasingly seeking to invest in illiquid assets that deliver consistent returns not correlated with the public markets.”

The Thematic Equity business has grown into a highly successful enterprise, with over CHF 8 billion of AuM across four thematic strategies. This strategic expansion will complement our partnership with ETH Zurich and with the Thematic Equity Advisory Board launched in 2019.

Demand to step up exposure to companies in our thematic universe before they go public has been increasing significantly. Broadening our activities into the private equity space is therefore a logical extension of our operations. As companies stay private for longer and investors seek to generate returns in a low-rate, volatile environment, now more than ever investors may benefit by including private-market investments in a broader portfolio of assets.

Ralph Bloch will head the team effective as of March 1, 2020. He brings over 20 years of experience to the role and will lead a dedicated team of private equity market specialists, which will be built up over the next three to four months.

Ralph has been with Credit Suisse since 1999. He started his career in the Investment Bank’s Equity Capital Markets (ECM) department in Zurich, also spending time in ECM in London and New York, where he was involved in M&A, equity derivatives, convertibles and equity-related offerings. In 2007, he joined Solution Partners eventually becoming the group’s Regional Head Switzerland. He joined Premium Clients in 2017 as Head Solution Partners and was later appointed to head the Strategic Advisory Group.