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Asset and Private Wealth Managers

Our approach

We combine in-depth capital markets expertise with strong research domain to present integrated solutions across asset classes and functions for asset managers, helping to improve investment performance, enhance client servicing, attract new client assets, and retain assets in the existing complex business environment, in addition to saving costs.

How we are different

Our strong institutional shareholding makes us extremely stable

Our services cover multiple asset classes

Our engagements span asset managers’ front- and middle-office functions

We offer multi-language support and near-shore capabilities, with access to the best talent pool

What we have done

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Portfolio Research and Operations for an Institutional Asset Manager
What we are proud of

$1.4M

in annualized savings

80%

faster turnaround time

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Fund Marketing Services for a Europe-based Asset Manager
What we are proud of

$2.4m

annualized cost savings

>30,000

reports generated per annum

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Centralization and Automation of Updates
What we are proud of

20%

gain in process efficiency

30%

reduction in CDB updating time

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Building an Integrated Global RFP Support Team for a Europe-based Asset Manager
What we are proud of

40%

RFP win rate

~96%

response acceptance rate

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Web Content Management for a US-based Asset Manager
What we are proud of

$1.6m

in annualized cost savings

60%

decrease in turnaround time

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Investment Management, Research and Operations for an Institutional Asset Manager
What we are proud of

$1.4m

in annualized savings

>$1m

in annual savings

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Equity Research Support for a Europe Based Asset Manager
What we are proud of

1,200

models standardized and 650 results updated every quarter

~75

industry reviews and 9 additional due diligence reports

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Meet our experts

Sailaja Devireddy

Director, Fund Marketing Services

Sailaja Devireddy has 16 years of work experience and heads the Fund Marketing Services (FMS) division at Acuity Knowledge Partners. She specializes in the capital markets domain, including equity markets, fund solutions, and fund marketing support for asset managers and ETFs. She has vast experience in transitioning and leading global teams. She is actively involved in account management, client engagement and project management of large teams that provide end-to-end support to global asset managers on a variety of FMS activities. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary

Sailaja Devireddy
Sailaja Devireddy

Director, Fund Marketing Services

Chamara Gunetileke, CFA

Director, Head – Quant Equity Strategy

Chamara Gunetileke leads the Quant Equity Strategy practice at Acuity Knowledge Partners. He has over 14 years of experience in capital market research outsourcing across the equity, fixed income, and quantitative services verticals. He currently mentors several teams on end-to-end equity strategy development, from ideation and quantitative analysis/interpretation to professional research writing. Prior to this, he handled the scoping and execution of new equity and credit businesses at the Colombo office. He has provided offshore analyst support to equity and credit teams covering North America for large sell-side firms. Chamara is a CFA Charterholder and also holds a bachelor’s degree in Science.

Chamara Gunetileke, CFA
Chamara Gunetileke, CFA

Director, Head – Quant Equity Strategy

Pedro Armstrong

Senior Director, Head – Commercial Banking and Asset Management Business Development

Pedro Armstrong is a Director at Acuity Knowledge Partners and leads business development efforts in the Americas for the Corporate and Commercial Banking, Buy-side, and Sell-side segments. He is responsible for managing key client engagements and works in partnership with capital market firms to provide customized solutions across research and analytics support, origination and lending support, and marketing and compliance support. He has been with the organization for 12 years, serving in various roles across Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, and now the US. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, he was a Central Bank Regulator at the Central Bank of Barbados. Pedro, who is a British Chevening Scholar, holds a Master’s degree (honors) in Banking and International Finance from Cass Business School, City University, London.

Pedro Armstrong
Pedro Armstrong

Senior Director, Head – Commercial Banking and Asset Management Business Development

Chanakya Dissanayake

Sr. Director/Country Head, Sri Lanka

Chanakya Dissanayake leads the investment research vertical at Acuity and counts over 16 years with the firm. In addition, Chanakya manages the Colombo delivery center that provides investment research, quant – data science , commercial lending and FMS services. Investment research vertical is responsible for the buy-side, sell-side and private wealth management clientele that obtains equity and fixed income research from Acuity. Chanakya is a CFA charterholder and a fellow member of ACCA (UK) and CIMA (UK).

Chanakya Dissanayake
Chanakya Dissanayake

Sr. Director/Country Head, Sri Lanka

Balaji Ramakrishnan

EMEA Head – Banking & Asset Management

Balaji Ramakrishnan leads Europe and Middle East business development for Acuity. Having spent his formative years in core banking technology operations, he brings a deep understanding of credit processes and the ability to make analytics-driven decisions. He works closely with senior client stakeholders as a trusted partner, shaping the business case for scaled efficiencies through centralisation, standardisation and intelligent automation within Commercial Lending and Asset Management verticals.

Balaji has established long-term partnerships with banks, asset managers and insurance firms across a number of front and middle office transformation initiatives over the past 20 years. Prior to Acuity, he worked at Accenture and Oracle, serving European financial services clients. He holds an MBA from the London Business School.

Balaji Ramakrishnan
Balaji Ramakrishnan

EMEA Head – Banking & Asset Management

Marie Filotti

Head, APAC Business Development

Marie Filotti heads APAC Business Development at Acuity Knowledge Partners and is based in Hong Kong. She joined the firm in 2018 after 13 years in Investment Banking and Capital Markets, mainly at Nomura (previously Lehman Brothers), and also worked on the corporate side, having run Investor Relations at a China-based ASX-listed gas company. She uses her experience in the industry to advise our clients on best practices in implementation of engagements across all sectors. Marie holds a BA from Yale University and a Masters in Finance from Sciences-Po Paris.

Marie Filotti
Marie Filotti

Head, APAC Business Development

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