June 30, 2006
Sampo Fund Management focuses on Eastern European investment expertise
Sampo Fund Management, a subsidiary of Sampo Bank, is continuing its strong focus on Eastern European investment markets. The buoyant interest shown in eastern markets especially Russia has not been diminished by recent share price fluctuations. On the contrary, the at-times volatile market and
the steep increase in numbers of those investing in Eastern Europe have fed demand for topical, incisive market information on Eastern Europe. Sampo is responding to this demand through its new web pages devoted to the Eastern European investment markets.
"The Eastern European investment markets are not yet fully transparent and obtaining the right information is often a hard job. To ensure that we always have the latest information at our disposal, our portfolio managers have focused on monitoring only the Eastern European markets and making hundreds of company visits in the target countries every year. Now, we have established our own special web service to help fund investors follow the Eastern European markets and to offer our expertise for the broad benefit of customers," says Ari Metso, Investment Director of the Eastern Europe Investment Team in Mandatum Asset Management, a subsidiary of Sampo Bank.
Sampo already has Finland's widest range of funds investing in Eastern Europe and intends to increase this number in the future. Facilitating the launch of new funds is Finland strongest team of investment professionals focusing on Eastern Europe. Seven of its eight members are portfolio managers in Helsinki and Tallinn.
"Our goal is to build the markets' best portfolio management team focusing on Eastern Europe. Already now, our resources are extremely competitive even internationally. But we intend to strengthen them further when the cross-border sale of funds becomes possible. The experience of our portfolio managers, our special knowledge of the Russian markets and our strong emphasis on analysis of the target companies are key strengths on the international markets," says Metso.
The new web pages monitoring the investment activities of the Eastern European team and the Eastern European markets can be found at the address: www. easterneurope.fi.
Sampo Fund Management Ltd., a subsidiary of Sampo Bank, is Finland's leading provider of Eastern European and other emerging market funds in terms of assets and the number of both unit-holders and fund alternatives.
Mandatum Asset Management Ltd., a subsidiary of Sampo Bank, is responsible for the portfolio management of all the funds administered by Sampo Fund Management and investing in Eastern Europe and Russia. Mandatum Asset Management's Eastern Team manages funds totalling approximately EUR 700 million.
For further information
Ari Metso, Investment Director
Mandatum Asset Management Ltd, tel.
+358 (0)10 236 5441
Hannu Vuola, Head of Group Communications
Sampo plc, tel. +358 (0)10516 0040
Kimmo Laaksonen, Managing Director
Sampo Fund Management Ltd, tel.+
358 (0)10 236 5001
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