PAAMCO says that to differentiate and add value is key to being the FoHF of the future
Wed Dec 5, 2012
California firm blazes institutional trail taking the fiduciary stance
By Claire Makin
Not many firms rate their culture as a most critical success
factor, but at Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company it
ranks high on the list. Jane Buchan, PAAMCO's chief executive,
admits she finds it tough to pin down the personality of the
firm. But among the ephemeral qualities that make a big
difference she cites intellectual rigour, openness to new
ideas, and eclectic investment beliefs.
"We make a big distinction in our firm between what we
invest in and how we invest. Our difference is how we invest,"
Buchan is one of the team of four that left Collins
Associates in 2000 after Budge Collins failed to sell his firm
to Arki Busson's EIM. All four - Buchan, Judith Posnikoff, Jim
Berens and Bill Knight - have PhDs in financial economics and
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