Antipodes Partners has taken out the honour of Fund Manager of the Year at the Professional Planner | Zenith Fund Awards.

Antipodes also won the two international equities categories (global and long short). The other finalists for Fund Manager of the Year were Macquarie Investment Management and Perpetual Investment Management.

The Zenith judges praised Antipodes’ ability to attract funds under management since its 2015 launch and said its strong returns in both its long-only and long-short strategies made it a worthy recipient.

The winners in 19 categories were revealed to a record 350 attendees today at a luncheon at the Ivy Ballroom in Sydney.

The other top award, Distributor of the Year, was awarded to Pinnacle Investment Partners.

The annual awards recognise excellence in funds management, as judged by Zenith’s robust methodology, which examines each manager’s investment philosophy, the expertise of the investment team and the performance over 12 months, Zenith Investment Partners managing partner David Wright explained.

Wright said it was particularly difficult for active managers to outperform this year, due to historically low volatility, and the winners had done exceptionally well.

Professional Planner congratulates all winners and finalists.

Full coverage of the awards, including interviews with the winners about their strategies, will be included in Professional Planner online and the November magazine. A photo gallery from the day will be online this week.

Category Finalists Winner
1 AREIT Cromwell Funds Management

UBS Asset Management

Zurich Investments

Zurich Investments
2 Global REIT Colonial First State Investments

Principal Global Investors

Resolution Capital Limited

Resolution Capital Limited
3 Direct Property Australian Unity Investments

Charter Hall Group

Cromwell Funds Management

Charter Hall Group
4 Infrastructure Lazard Asset Management Pacific Co.

Magellan Asset Management

Maple-Brown Abbott

Maple-Brown Abbott
5 Global and Diversified Fixed Interest JP Morgan Asset Management Australia Ltd

Legg Mason Ltd/Brandywine Global Investment Management

PIMCO Australia

PIMCO Australia
6 Australian Fixed Interest Legg Mason Ltd / Western Asset Management

PIMCO Australia

UBS Asset Management

Legg Mason Ltd/Western Asset Management Company
7 Exchange Traded Funds Betashares Capital

Magellan Asset Management

Vanguard Investments Australia

BetaShares Capital
8 Listed Investment Companies Investors Mutual Limited

Watermark Funds Management

Wilson Asset Management

Wilson Asset Management
9 Alternative Strategies Invesco Australia

Ironbark Asset Management/Lighthouse Investment Partners

Perpetual Investment Management Limited

Perpetual Investment Management Limited
10 Multi-Asset – Diversified BlackRock Investment Management (Australia) Limited

MLC

Russell Investments

BlackRock Investment Management (Australia) Limited
11 Multi-Asset – Real Return MLC

Morningstar Investment Management Australia Ltd

Schroder Investment Management Australia Limited.

MLC
12 International Equities – Alternative Strategies Antipodes Global Investment Partners

Platinum Asset Management

PM Capital

Antipodes Global Investment Partners
13 International Equities – Global Macquarie Professional Series/Arrowstreet Capital

MFS Investment Management

Pinnacle Investment Management/Antipodes Global Investment Partners

Pinnacle Investment Management/Antipodes Global Investment Partners
14 International Equities – Emerging Markets & Regional Aberdeen Asset Management

Fidelity Worldwide Investment

Schroder Investment Management Australia Limited

Schroder Investment Management Australia Limited
15 Australian Equities – Alternatives Ausbil International Management

L1 Capital

Macquarie Investment Management

L1 Capital 
16 Australian Equities – Small Cap Celeste Funds Management

Fidante Partners/Novaport Capital

Perpetual Investment Management Limited

Perpetual Investment Management Limited
17 Australian Equities – Large Cap Bennelong Australian Equity Partners

Lazard Asset Management Pacific Co.

Macquarie Investment Management

Macquarie Investment Management
18 Distributor of the Year Fidante Partners

Macquarie Investment Management

Pinnacle Investment Management

Pinnacle Investment Management
19 Fund Manager of the Year Antipodes Partners

Macquarie Investment Management

Perpetual Investment Management Ltd

Antipodes Partners 
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