Allianz Global Investors, one of the world’s leading active asset managers, announced today the appointment of Matt Christensen as Global Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing. In this role, he will accelerate the growth of Impact Investing as part of the company’s growing private markets platform; lead the continued integration of ESG factors across AllianzGI’s existing range of public markets products, including stewardship activities; and support the development of new SRI products.
More than 125 years after it was founded, Allianz SE, the parent company of Allianz Global Investors, remains
one of the world’s strongest financial communities, supporting over 82 million clients in 70 countries.
Furthermore, it continues to be a global leader in asset management services and solutions.
Allianz Global Investors, or AllianzGI, is one of the world’s leading active investment managers.
Employing more than 2,700 people across 25 locations, AllianzGI manages over EUR 538* billion in assets for individuals, families and institutions around the world.
AllianzGI offers its clients a wide range of actively managed strategies and solutions across the risk / return spectrum. With 760* investment professionals, we have established expertise in equities, fixed-income, multi-asset and alternative investments.
As part of the Allianz Group, AllianzGI has a strong parent with a track record of strategic investment for the long term. AllianzGI is a key contributor to the Group’s asset management offering.
Since 2012, AllianzGI has operated as a globally integrated investment manager. Its global investment platform brings together professionals from across asset classes and investment styles, enabling them to collaborate on unique insights for clients while maintaining distinct investment processes.
Over this period, AllianzGI has invested in its global active investment offering in line with the needs of its clients, adding Asian fixed income (2012), infrastructure debt (2012), renewables infrastructure equity (2012), emerging market debt (2013), European private debt (2015), global fixed income (2016) and global private debt (2016) solutions. In 2018, Allianz Capital Partners joined the firm.
AllianzGI has established strong, fast-growing alternatives capabilities alongside its equity, fixed income and multi-asset capabilities.
1999 – 2011 Family of boutiques
The foundations for AllianzGI today were laid through a series of acquisitions of well-established investment management companies, supported by organic growth.
2000-2001: In the US, the purchase of PIMCO Group (2000), including NFJ Investment Group and Oppenheimer Capital, as well as Nicholas-Applegate (2001). In Europe, Dresdner Asset Management Group, including Dresdner RCM Global Investors, was purchased in 2001.
2009: Integration of Cominvest into Allianz’s German asset management arm.
2011: The integration of Allianz’s asset management businesses (ex PIMCO), following a decade of growth, paved the way for AllianzGI to become a globally integrated investment manager.
1890 – 1998 The early years
1890: Allianz Insurance starts business in Berlin.
1920-1970: By the beginning of the 1920s, it already offered all the property insurance policies typical of the times. Allianz Life was founded in 1922 and soon became one of Germany’s largest life insurers. After reconstruction and the economic miracle in Germany following the end of World War II, Allianz became Europe’s largest insurance company in the early 1970s.
1985: To ensure Allianz’s ability to act internationally, the holding company Allianz AG was created in 1985 (today Allianz SE).
1998: Driven by the globalisation of financial markets, Allianz defined asset management as a core business activity. It started to build a global asset management business called Allianz Asset Management, which would serve external clients as well as Allianz’s own investment needs.