Asset Management

Despite the stable institutional business, the environment for asset managers is still difficult. Institutional mandates are increasingly low-margin. Investors tend to manage “plain vanilla” assets themselves or switch to alternative investments. Mutual fund inflows are volatile. New, often specialised, providers have emerged. Complex regulatory requirements are costly to implement. In this situation, asset managers have started to search for professionals of a higher quality with strategic foresight for new business models, products and processes. Without them, asset managers will not be able to survive in a market that is changing radically.

The Heads! Asset Management team cultivates stable contacts to the very best candidates thanks to its exceptionally high degree of specialization built up over many years. With our industry and functional knowledge, we are able to present our clients a choice of ideally suited candidates. We recruit both, executives and high-quality professionals. Our clients are:

  • Asset / fund managers / "KVGs" / wealth managers
  • "Master-KVGs" , asset servicing providers, custodians, depositaries
  • Institutional investors (insurance companies, pension funds, foundations, banks)
  • Investment and pension consultants
  • Management consultancies: financial services and asset management practices
Our clients include major international and German providers as well as boutique businesses.

We offer these clients services that cover the entire value chain:

  • General management
  • Sales (institutional and wholesale/retail), marketing
  • Product development and management
  • Asset liability management and asset allocation/multi asset strategies/fund of funds
  • Portfolio management (all asset classes and investment styles), buy side research
  • Middle and back office functions, risk management, legal & compliance, etc.
We conduct searches for international candidates in all European countries – primarily for executive positions but increasingly also for middle management positions. To this end, we have access to networks and databases with candidates from European financial clusters, which are constantly being updated. Furthermore, we can count on the support of our offices in London and Zurich.

We fill 30 to 40 positions every year, around one third at executive and board level as well as at senior management level with Germany or Europe-wide responsibility.

Reference projects:

General Management
  • CEO – major asset manager /”KVG” and German subsidiary of a global asset manager
  • Country Head Germany – global asset manager
  • CEO – leading German fund administration provider
  • CEO and Country Head German Speaking Europe & CEE – global asset servicing provider
  • CSO and Head of Institutional Sales Germany – asset manager/"KVG" / subsidiary of a global investment manager
  • CSO, Head of Sales – leading German asset manager
  • Global Head of Sales, German asset manager
  • Head of Institutional Sales Germany – global asset manager
  • Head of 3rd Party Sales Mutual Funds German speaking Europe – global asset manager
  • European Head of Sales – custodian in Luxembourg
Product development/marketing
  • Head of Products Germany – global asset manager
  • Head of Product Development & Marketing – global asset manager in Germany
  • Head of Product Development Funds – leading German asset manager
  • Head of Marketing Continental Europe – global asset manager
  • Head of Marketing German speaking Europe – leading global asset manager
Portfolio management, asset allocation
  • CIO and Head of Portfolio Management – leading European insurance asset manager
  • CIO, Head of Asset Allocation & Portfolio Strategy – asset manager
  • Board Member Investments – major pension fund
  • Head of ALM and Head of AA & Portfolio Management – major insurance company
  • Head of Asset Allocation and Multi Asset – asset manager and private bank
  • Co-Head Corporates and Team – leading German asset manager
  • Head of Portfolio Management Equities – major pension fund
Middle and back office, legal, risk, compliance etc.
  • COO / CRO / CFO – very large German asset manager
  • COO German Speaking Europe & CEE – globally leading securities servicing provider
  • European Head of Vendor Management – global asset manager
  • Head of Compliance Germany – major German/global asset manager
  • Head of Investment Accounting – major asset manager and “KVG”
  • Head of Middle Office Capital Markets – investment bank and asset manager
  • Head of Risk Management – major asset manager/"KVG"
  • Head of Supervisory and Investment Law – major asset manager/”KVG”