Vietcombank Fund Management

Vietcombank Fund Management ("VCBF") is a joint venture between Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (“Vietcombank”) and Franklin Templeton Investments. Vietcombank is Vietnam’s leading financial institution and Franklin Templeton Investments is an internationally recognized investment firm and a pioneer in emerging market investments.

VCBF offers access to a range of investment opportunities in Vietnam. The institutional private equity business intends to launch a new fund shortly. VCBF’s asset management services are currently focused on separately managed accounts for institutions and high net worth clients and managed two open-ended funds including VCBF Tactical Balanced Fund and VCBF Blue Chip Fund. Total assets under management as at 30 September 2020 amounted to over US$128.7 million.

VCBF has assembled a management and investment team with many years of experience in local and international finance. Our strong relationships with local companies provide value to investors through in-depth knowledge of our targeted investee businesses and are of significant importance in the assessment and sourcing of attractive investments.

VCBF was established under the license No 06/UBCK-GPHÐQLQ issued on 2nd December 2005 by the State Securities Commission of Vietnam. Franklin Templeton became VCBF’s foreign partner in February 2008.

VCBF’s private equity funds and discretionary mandates are amongst the best performing in Vietnam.
 
VCBF was awarded Decade of Excellence Asset Management Vietnam 2020 (Global Banking and Finance Review); Best Fund Management Company in Vietnam 2020 (International Finance magazine & Finance Derivative magazine, UK); Best Fund Management Company 2018 (Global Business Outlook and Global Brands magazine, UK); the Best Fund Management Company in Vietnam in 2017 (International Finance Magazine, UK); and the Best Investment Management Company in Vietnam in 2013 (World Finance Magazine, UK).

Partners

Joint-Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam ("Vietcombank”)

Vietcombank holds a 51% stake in VCBF and is widely regarded as Vietnam’s premier banking institution due to its broad capabilities and the central role it plays in Vietnam’s banking sector. It is the fourth-largest banking group in terms of total assets of nearly 50 billion USD as of 30/09/2020.

Vietcombank is a market leader in corporate banking, trade finance, international payments and card services. Vietcombank is highly regarded as one of the best managed and most transparent banks in Vietnam, and hence is well-positioned, especially during difficult market environment.

One of Vietcombank’s key strengths is its nationwide network of 552 branches and transaction offices and over 19,000 employees, which provide the bank with extensive coverage and reach throughout Vietnam. The bank listed on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange in June 2009 (Ticker: VCB).

 
Website: vietcombank.com.vn
 

Franklin Templeton Investments ("FTI")

Franklin Resources, Inc. [NYSE: BEN] is a global investment management organization operating as Franklin Templeton. FTI holds a 49% stake in VCBF.
 
FTI’s goal is to deliver better outcomes by providing global and domestic investment management to retail, institutional and sovereign wealth clients in 170 countries. Through specialized teams, the company has expertise across all asset classes, including equity, fixed income, alternatives and custom multi-asset solutions. The company’s more than 600 investment professionals are supported by its integrated, worldwide team of risk management professionals and global trading desk network. With employees in over 30 countries, the California-based company has more than 70 years of investment experience and US$1,418.9 billion in assets under management, as of 30 September 2020.
 
FTI has over 80 offshore funds, of which 17 funds received a 4-Star Overall Morningstar RatingTM, and 5 funds received a 5-Star Overall Morningstar RatingTM, as of 30 September 2020.
 
The multi-manager structure allows FTI to offer specialized expertise across key asset classes and investment styles, supported by a single global platform. As a result, FTI offers investors the opportunity for true diversification and “the expertise of many with the strength of one”.
 
FTI has a strong presence in Asia and was one of the earliest foreign fund investors in Vietnam. FTI launched its Templeton Vietnam Opportunities Fund, Inc., a closed end fund listed on the New York Stock Exchange in the mid-1990s. FTI became the joint-venture partner with VCB in VCBF in 2008.
 
 
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