The winners of the 2019 Fund Manager of the Year Awards have been revealed by Professional Adviser's sister title Investment Week.
Announced at Grosvenor House in London on 27 June, the awards recognise the outstanding achievements of fund managers who are shaping the future of the investment industry.
The shortlist was created by filtering funds through a rigorous quantitative process using Morningstar fund data over three years to the end of December 2018.
Finalists were then invited to respond to an online questionnaire that asks further questions about the fund, its performance and contributing factors, before a panel of top fund selectors took part in a two-day judging session to deliberate the winners.
This year's Global Group of the Year was Schroders, which the panel of judges said should be recognised for the "strength of its products across a wide range of sectors".
Specialist Group of the Year went to TwentyFour Asset Management for the second year running for being "everything an investor wants in a specialist group".
The judges also chose to celebrate the achievements of Ian Spreadbury and Lawrence Gosling, who picked up accolades for Outstanding Achievement and Outstanding Contribution to the Industry respectively.
After a 23-year career, Spreadbury retired from his fund management career at the end of 2018. He joined Fidelity in 1995 and went on to manage a suite of fixed income funds.
The judges said: "He has done a fantastic job over his career, training a generation of investors - and fund selectors - about the world of fixed income. He is a well-known figure but has remained humble - he always puts his investors and their outcomes first."
Meanwhile, founding editor of Investment Week Gosling was selected for his work on the Fund Manager of the Year Awards itself.
"Without this individual, we wouldn't have the Fund Manager of the Year Awards," said the judging panel
This year, Investment Week chose to partner with City to Sea, the not-for-profit organisation raising awareness of plastic pollution.
The organisation runs behaviour change campaigns geared towards the safeguarding of marine life against plastic pollution, working with individuals and industries to reverse the trend of disposable items.
The winners in full
Absolute Return - Equity
MAN GLG Alpha Select Alternative
Absolute Return - Bond
Pictet - Absolute Return Fixed Income
Absolute Return - Multi-Asset
L&G Multi-Asset Target Return
Asia Pacific ex Japan
PineBridge Asia ex Japan Small Cap Equity
Invesco Japanese Equity Advantage
Baillie Gifford American
Waverton European Dividend Growth
UK Smaller Companies
TB Amati UK Smaller Companies
MAN GLG UK Income
LF Lindsell Train UK Equity
Emerging Market Debt
Barings Emerging Markets Sovereign Debt
Global Emerging Markets (Generalist, Equity)
BSF BlackRock Emerging Markets Equity Strategies
Global High Yield
Barings Global High Yield Bond
Global Growth & Income
Lindsell Train Global Equity
PIMCO GIS Global Advantage
£ Strategic Bond
Morgan Stanley Investment Funds Global Fixed Income Opportunities
£ Corporate Bond
BlackRock Corporate Bond
Judges' Fixed Income
TwentyFour Absolute Return Credit
Premier Diversified Growth
Jupiter Merlin Conservative Portfolio
Royal London Sustainable Diversified Trust
JP Morgan Multi-Manager Growth
Premier Multi-Asset Distribution & Premier Multi-Asset Monthly Income
Specialist Group of the Year
TwentyFour Asset Management
Global Group of the Year
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