Verrazzano Capital is an independent, boutique asset management firm investing in mid and large cap European equities. Founded in late 2011 by Guillaume Rambourg and partners, the European equity specialist manages long short and long only strategies in both offshore and UCITS structures. The firm has a strong legacy with its genesis in the European Large cap team at Gartmore Investment Management (“Gartmore”) where Guillaume worked from 1995-2010, co-managing long only and long short portfolios. The current investment process was honed over a fifteen year period and further enhanced and augmented here at Verrazzano. The strategies managed by Verrazzano are akin to those that Guillaume Rambourg successfully co-managed during his time at Gartmore.
In March 2012 Verrazzano launched two equity hedged strategies, Verrazzano European Opportunities Fund (“ Opportunities”) and Verrazzano European Focus Fund (“Focus”). In December 2013, a long only fund Verrazzano Advantage European Fund (“Advantage”) was launched in UCITS format and in April 2014, a UCITS compliant version of the Opportunities strategy, Verrazzano European Long Short Fund (“VELS”) was added to the Luxembourg domiciled platform.
More recently, we welcomed portfolio managers Vincent Rennella and Youssef Benhaddouch who respectively manage the Verrazzano Renaissance Fund and the Verrazzano Concentrated Equity Europe Fund, two funds that were launched on our Luxembourg UCITS platform in 2016.
The FIRM takes its name from the bridge in New York that connects Staten Island to Brooklyn and that itself was named after the explorer, Giovanni da Verrazzano, the first European to enter the New York Harbour in the early 1500s. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge has been the starting point of the New York City Marathon since 1976. It marks an important spot for Guillaume – the starting point of his favourite marathon in the city where he grew up. Whilst Guillaume has run several marathons worldwide, the New York City Marathon remains by far his favourite.