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Legg Mason

Legg Mason has over a century of experience in identifying opportunities and delivering astute investment solutions. As of 30 October 2019, we manage over A$1.1 trillion across a broad mix of equities, fixed income, alternatives and multi-asset strategies. Listed on the New York Stock Exchange, our company is headquartered in Baltimore USA and employs more than 3300 employees in 39 offices around the world including both Melbourne and Sydney.

Legg Mason provides investment solutions through its nine wholly-owned asset management affiliates, each of which is a specialist in their respective field. These include world-renowned businesses such as Brandywine Global, Martin Currie, QS Investors and Western Asset. At Legg Mason, we believe in client choice – we offer a wide range of actively managed strategies across asset classes, investment styles and vehicles. We have recently launched some of our most popular strategies as Active ETF’s.

Our Australian business was established in 1954 and has grown from strength to strength. In recent years, Legg Mason Australia has been awarded the Money Management/Lonsec ‘Fund Manager of the Year’ in 2018, 2017 and 2015.

More than ever before, investors require thoughtful solutions to engage and capitalise on complex global markets. Guided by our mission of Investing To Improve Lives™, our objective is to help our clients expand beyond traditional strategies to generate attractive returns, mitigate volatility and better diversify.

Visit www.leggmason.com.au to learn more.

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