LGIM expands presence in Asia with new Singapore office and key appointments

The firm has expanded its distribution team with the addition of a new head of wholesale Asia (ex-Japan) and a new sales director for South East Asia institutions.

Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) has expanded its footprint across Asia with the opening of its new Singapore office, the latest development in the firm’s growth strategy for the region.

LGIM has had a presence in Asia for over 10 years, having opened offices in Hong Kong in 2021 and Tokyo in 2017. The new Singapore office will help expand LGIM’s coverage for both existing and prospective clients with the region.

The business is led by Natasha Mora, managing director, Asia ex-Japan, who previously served in senior positions across L&G Group and LGIM since joining the firm in 2006.

In addition, LGIM has expanded its distribution team following increased demand for the firm’s investment solutions.

Gerald Koh has been appointed head of wholesale Asia (ex-Japan), reporting to Mora – a role he had held since 1 August.

As part of the role, Koh leads the development of LGIM’s wholesale business across Asia and holds responsibility for client acquisition and support across private banks, wealth managers and other intermediaries.

Elsewhere, Heston Goh joined the firm as sales director, South East Asia institutions, on 1 September – increasing the depth of the firm’s coverage of institutional asset owners in the region. He reports to Jack Loi, head of institutional sales for Asia ex-Japan.

The new Singapore office also houses LGIM’s newly established Asia ex-Japan investment stewardship team, which will cover the firm’s investment engagement activities and ESG priorities across the region. The team is led by Trist Chen, who previously served at global sustainability consultancy firm, ERM.

“While we have been servicing institutional clients in the Asia Pacific region for over a decade, our new office in Singapore will add depth, business capability, investment expertise and brand profile in Asia, complementing our existing presence in Hong Kong and Tokyo,” said Michelle Scrimgeour, chief executive of LGIM.

“Due to the city-state’s regional influence and connectivity worldwide, opening an office in Singapore is an important milestone in our international growth strategy. This new local office affirms our commitment to the region, allows us to pursue new business opportunities and will elevate our ESG advocacy across Asia.”