Frequently asked questions about our approach:
- Why long-term investing?
- What is a quality company?
- What kind of growth do we target?
- Why is a low debt burden important?
- How do we look at management teams?
- How do we engage with management?
- How are ESG factors integrated?
- What is important when looking at valuation?
- How do we construct our portfolios?
- How do we think about risk?
- Why do we invest across the entire market cap range?
- How do we work?
Matthias Born is the head of Berenberg's equity fund management since 2017 and is also Head of Investments at Germany's oldest private bank since 2019. He is responsible for the investment platform in the Wealth & Asset Management division and in his Equities role he built up a team of specialists for European and Global Equities, with strong expertise in the Small Caps segment. The growth-oriented equity funds Berenberg European Focus Fund and Berenberg Eurozone Focus Fund are under his leadership and have clearly outperformed the benchmark since their launch. He started his career in 2001 at Allianz Global Investors (AGI), where he managed portfolios for European small caps, European growth stocks and German equities from 2002 to 2017. He has grown two very successful equity franchises over the 16 years at AGI. Matthias Born has an excellent track record over almost two decades in these segments and has received several awards for his outstanding and consistent performance. He studied at the University of Wuerzburg and holds a degree in Business Administration.
Justus Schirmacher has been portfolio manager at Berenberg since January 2019. He began his career in 2014 with Goldman Sachs as an equity analyst in the European Autos Team. Before joining Berenberg, Justus Schirmacher worked in the GS SUSTAIN team. The focus here was identifying cross-sector companies with successful and sustainable business models that have strong competitive advantages and benefit from structural growth. Justus Schirmacher studied history at the University of Cambridge.
Kay Eichhorn-Schott has been a portfolio manager at Berenberg since October 2017. Kay started his professional career in October 2015 when he joined Berenberg’s international graduate programme and worked in the Wealth and Asset Management division in London. Kay holds a BSc in Business Administration and a MSc in Finance and studied at EBS Business School, Germany, University of Bath, UK, and Texas A&M University, USA. In addition, he is a CFA charterholder.
Suitable investment solutions
We offer funds with convincing track records and top ratings. All of our equity investments are based on comprehensive analyses and close interaction with members of these companies’ top management. In doing so, we consider ESG issues to be an essential part of our approach.