07 November 2017
Reporter: Theo Andrew

AXA IM - Real Assets strengthens global management team

AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets has made two senior appointments in a bid to strengthen its global management team.

The firm has named John O’Driscoll as its new European head of transactions, replacing Laurent Jacquemin (pictured), who has been promoted to head of Asia Pacific. Both appointments are effective 1 January 2018.

Reporting to Isabelle Scemama, CEO of AXA IM - Real Assets, O’Driscoll will be responsible for finding and purchasing the firm’s European acquisitions and will be based in AXA’s London office.

O’Driscoll will manage a transaction team of 30, which has delivered around €15 billion of transactions over the past three years. He will also join the investment committee.

Before joining AXA IM - Real Assets, O’Driscoll was head of mergers and acquisitions for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at JLL. Prior to this he spent eight years at Deutsche Bank, most recently as EMEA head of real estate.

In his new role, Jacquemin will relocate to AXA’s new Asia hub in Tokyo and will report to Laurent Lavergne, head of separate accounts.

Jacquemin will be responsible for the firm’s asset management and capital raising activities, hoping to diversify the strategy to enhance its expansion in the region.

The promotion means Jacquemin will join the AXA IM - Real Assets management board alongside Steve McCarthy, head of North America.

Scemama said: “These two new appointments further strengthen our global platform and advance our ambitions to expand internationally by providing us with a new senior deal maker in Europe, our largest territory and where we are the market leader, and a new head of Asia, one of our key growth markets.”

“John O’Driscoll brings with him great deal of experience in complex transactions in Europe and Laurent Jacquemin’s proven experience and capabilities within AXA IM - Real Assets over the past 16 years, will support our ambition to extend our presence in Asia Pacific.”

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