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Duncan MacIntyre reports an outstanding year, having seen a more than 50 per cent increase in AUM, as well as strong growth in all four ‘principal pillars’ of Lombard Odier in the UK: new markets, Europe, UK and external asset managers, all operating on Lombard Odier’s proprietary technology platform: ‘It’s probably one of the most advanced private client platforms in the marketplace.’
The platform, running more than £200 billion-worth of assets, provides digital solutions to Lombard Odier’s private clients, boutique asset managers, private banks and family offices.
‘It does not replace the human interaction, it augments it – you cannot only rely on great relationships to get you through the next period,’ the UK CEO says.
MacIntyre foresees further change, as the bull market ‘tires out after nine years of running’. He’s noticed the rapid rise of the sustainability agenda, which, alongside challenges posed by the global demographic change, will cause ‘the fifth economic revolution’.
‘Sustainability is moving outside the classic areas of philanthropy into the mainstream -we believe it will drive returns in the next three to five years and beyond,’ he says. ‘It will actually help transform economies and the companies that drive success.’
MacIntyre derives part of his inspiration from the artist Frida Kahlo, whom he describes as his ‘other passion’. He is also a director of the charity UK Youth.