With a staggering $7.43 trillion (as of February 16, 2020) in assets under management BlackRock is the largest investment management company in the world. Boasting a market capitalization of over $88.8 billion (as of Feb 13, 2019), the firm sells mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and closed-end funds – in addition to other vehicles that focus on objectives ranging from retirement income to college saving plans.
Blackrock was founded in 1988. Ever since then they have been working to predict and adapt to their client’s needs in order to help them manage their risks better and let them achieve their investment goals. As these needs have evolved over the years, so too has their approach to fulfill them.
Over the last decade a great volume of their client base’s focus has shifted towards the impact of sustainability on their portfolios. This shift has been driven by an increased understanding of how sustainability-related factors can affect economic growth, asset values, and financial markets as a whole. The most significant of these factors today relates to climate change, not only in terms of the physical risk associated with rising global temperatures, but also transition risk – namely, how the global transition to a low-carbon economy could affect a company’s long-term profitability.
The company’s principal goal is to help more and more people experience financial well-being. In pursuit of their purpose, they focus on embedding long-term sustainability across their business. This dedication to helping their clients, shareholders, employees and the community as a whole manifest in numerous ways, ranging from integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices into their investment processes to creating positive social impact by serving the communities in which they operate.
BlackRock’s investment approach is based on their conviction that they can combine their market insights, their global reach and wide scale, their proprietary technology, and their unwavering focus on risk management into an ability to deliver performance in all market environments. The firm is striving to providing a broad set of investment solutions for their clients.
BlackRock employs approximately 13000 talented professionals and maintains 70 offices in 30 countries around the world. Although the company is based in New York City they have an office in Budapest as well.
Source: The company’s webpage: www.blackrock.com
Speakers for the presentation are:
James Sellick, Vice President, is head of the BPAS EMEA Technology Team. The BPAS team conducts customised, outcome-orientated client engagements with a focus on portfolio construction and risk management to assist with asset allocation, portfolio structure and implementation decisions. This is executed across multiple asset classes and includes active and index products.
Mr. Sellick joined BlackRock in 2012, as part of the analyst graduate program. As the graduate analyst within iShares, Mr Sellick spent 2 years rotating around 4 teams within the iShares business – UK & ME Sales, Product Development, Investment Strategy & Insights and Capital Markets. Prior to this, he is the first summer intern within iShares EMEA.
Mr. Sellick earned a BSc degree in Management from Warwick University (WBS) in 2012.
Gabor Taroczy is a Director in the EMEA Distribution COO platform, focused on building a cross-channel sales excellence team from Blackrock’s Budapest Technology and Innovation Hub. Gabor is also the Client Business Lead on the Budapest Executive Committee, representing the BII, BSI, EII, EMEA Retail, FMA, ICB and Marketing teams on the ExCo.
Before joining Blackrock, Gabor was Managing Director, Sales & Marketing at Duet Group, a London-based alternatives asset manager. Prior to this, he was Head of Sales at E.I. Sturdza Investments, where he set up the London office, lead the sales team, and built out a product specialist function. Throughout his 6 years with the Sturdza Group, he was also responsible for wholesale and institutional distribution in the UK, German speaking Switzerland, Monaco and the Middle East.
Gabor also gained experience in the Equity Capital Markets division of Credit Suisse’ London Investment Bank, and at the Economist Group, where he won a Marjorie Deane Foundation prize. Gabor holds a BSc from King’s College London and gained an Endeavour Europe scholarship from the Australian government to complete his Master of Commerce degree, with distinction, at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.
Gabor Koppanyi, Associate, is a member of BlackRock’s EMEA Portfolio Analysis & Solutions team (BPAS). The team conducts customised, outcome-orientated client engagements with a focus on portfolio construction and risk management to assist with asset allocation, portfolio structure, and implementation decisions. This is executed across multiple asset classes and includes active and index products.
Mr. Koppanyi joined BlackRock in 2018 as a member of the BPAS Technology Team.
Prior to joining BlackRock he worked at MSCI as an Equity Index Specialist. He earned his BSc degree in International Economics at the University of Debrecen and a MSc degree in Business Development at Corvinus University.
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