Lyxor announces today that it has completed the integration of Commerzbank’s asset management activities and of its EUR 16bn in assets under management, following the purchase of Commerzbank’s Equity Markets & Commodities business by its parent company Societe Generale Group in November 2018. ..
Lionel Paquin, CEO of Lyxor Asset Management
As part of this integration, Lyxor has opened an asset management branch in Germany, Lyxor International Asset Management SAS Deutschland (Lyxor Deutschland), based in Frankfurt am Main.
Lyxor Deutschland brings all of Lyxor’s own active and passive investment activities in Germany and Commerzbank’s EMC asset management business under one roof – including notably the ComStage range, one of the leading ETF providers in German retail banking.
Lyxor has been present in Germany since 2010* and will now lean on Commerzbank’s robust set-up and the expertise of its local asset management professionals to expand its range of active and passive investment solutions and deliver seamless client service in Germany and Austria.
The branch will be jointly managed by Guillaume de Martel and Thomas Timmermann, who are appointed co-heads of Lyxor Deutschland.
Guillaume will be responsible for portfolio management and product development and Thomas will be responsible for sales and marketing1.
They will be backed by an expanded team of experts in Frankfurt.
Institutional and private investors alike will benefit from a wider product and service range, including low-cost ETFs, innovative solutions in ESG and pioneering smart beta and fixed income products.
They will have access to one of Europe’s largest ETF product ranges, with over 300 choices, leveraging on Lyxor’s heritage as an innovator and leader in Europe’s ETF market, as well as on Commerzbank’s know-how in German securities and its competitive edge in the country’s fastexpanding retail ETF market.
The merger of some Lyxor and ComStage ETFs will create larger and more liquid investment opportunities. It aims to mitigate any negative impact for existing ComStage investors, avoiding fund re-domiciliation and closures. It should be completed by mid-2020.
German and Austrian institutional clients will take advantage from proven quantitative active investment strategies for overlay management, multi-asset, European bonds and global equities. They will also be able to exploit the team’s expertise in devising solutions addressing balance sheet and regulatory issues, as well as access its fast-growing alternative UCITS platform for diversification purposes.
“Thanks to our combined strengths, our shared client-oriented culture and our common vision of asset management, we are building an even stronger asset manager, right at the heart of Europe. With a platform founded on ETF expertise and innovation, active asset management and a deep understanding of the German retail market, I am convinced that together we will be even better placed and better equipped to support our clients as their needs evolve”, commented Lionel Paquin, CEO of Lyxor Asset Management.
“The launch of the new Lyxor Asset Management branch in Germany marks an important step in the on-going integration of EMC activities acquired by Societe Generale from Commerzbank. This new platform will allow Lyxor to further strengthen its development in Europe, especially in the German market, while complementing Societe Generale’s offering in Germany for the benefit of our clients”, commented Guido Zoeller, Group Country Head Germany & Austria for Societe Generale.
* Via Societe Generale
1 Guillaume de Martel was previously CEO of Lyxor Intermediation, Lyxor’s Execution Desk. Thomas Timmermann established Commerzbank’s EMC product platform as one of the most important providers of financial instruments in Germany, and initiated its active and passive asset management activities including those of ComStage