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First Sentier Investors

First Sentier Investors (formerly Colonial First State Global Asset Management) operates as a standalone global asset management business following its acquisition by Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in August 2019.

Since our inception in 1988, we have evolved into a global fund manager with a client base that extends across Asia, Australasia, Europe and North America. We work together across multiple global markets, with more than 800 employees collaborating to achieve our vision to be a world-leading provider of active, specialist investment capabilities.

In addition to First Sentier Investors, our brands include FSSA Investment Managers, Stewart Investors and Realindex. The rebrand to First Sentier Investors will extend to regions outside of Australia, where the business is known as First State Investments, in 2020.

We are known for the independent and focused nature of our investment teams. Each team is comprised of experienced specialists and analysts who set their own investment philosophy and are not constrained by one overarching style or process. We are stewards of our clients’ assets and our long-term investment horizons align with the timeframes of our clients. Our investment teams cover equities, debt, multi-sector and unlisted infrastructure. Many of these teams are market leaders in their sectors with exceptional portfolio management and technical experience.

www.firstsentierinvestors.com.au.

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