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AQR and London Business School Announce Creation of AQR Institute of Asset Management
[January 14, 2015]

AQR and London Business School Announce Creation of AQR Institute of Asset Management

London Business School and AQR, a global investment management firm, will today launch the AQR Institute of Asset Management, a new partnership aimed at advancing research and best practices in the global asset management community. AQR's 10-year commitment makes the firm one of the School's most significant corporate partners.

The aim of the AQR Institute is to fund and generate research in asset management, equipping individuals and organisations with the insights and tools they need to preserve and generate long-term wealth. Through its research, teaching, and outreach activities, the AQR Institute will recognize exemplary scholars in the field with annual grants and awards, will sponsor events which bring together academics, policy makers, and practitioners at the highest level and will strengthen ties with the global investment community for the benefit of industry participants, academics and students.

The leadership of the AQR Institute brings together four London Business School academic members at the core - Francisco Gomes, Professor of Finance; Ralph Koijen, Professor of Finance; Narayan Naik, Professor of Finance; and Hélène Rey, Professor of Economics. The faculty will be supported by Robert Jenkins (News - Alert), Adjunct Professor of Finance and Non-Executive Institute Chair. In addition, the AQR Institute will be championed by an Advisory Council made up of leaders in academia and the asset management industry.

The AQR Institute's research agenda will reflect the current and future issues pertinent to the sector, from the challenges faced by chief investment officers in portfolio construction to the global financial importance of new regulatory and economic policies.

"This is an exciting development bearing in mind London's prominence in the field and the expertise of our own faculty. It will be the focus for research over the long term and be a source of authoritative and independent thought and advice," Sir Andrew Likierman, Dean, London Business School, said.

AQR is arguably the foremost pioneer in research-driveninvestment management. Established in 1998, the firm is led by Founding Principals Clifford S. Asness, Ph.D.; David G. Kabiller, CFA; and John M. Liew, Ph.D., and today manages approximately $122.2 billion in assets across a breadth of strategies. AQR was the natural choice for London Business School, the leading global business school with an unparalleled combination of asset management related curriculum, research, and alumni network.

David Kabiller, Founding Principal, AQR commented: "We were drawn to creating a premier academic venue that would foster thought leadership and promote excellence in asset management. The AQR Institute will bring together scholars and industry-leading practitioners to produce original research and identify best practices from a global perspective. We are proud to partner with London Business School, which is renowned for its academic rigor, top faculty and diverse student body."

For further information about the Institute, please visit our website at

Notes to editors

About London Business School

London Business School's vision is to have a profound impact on the way the world does business. The School is consistently ranked in the global top 10 for its programmes and research and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

As well as its top-ranked full-time MBA*, the School offers degree and executive education programmes serving early and later career managers from around the world. There are seven subject areas: accounting; economics; finance; management science and operations; marketing; organisational behaviour; and strategy and entrepreneurship.

The main campus is in London's Regent's Park and the School has a presence in Dubai, Hong Kong University and Columbia, New York. Teaching and research Faculty come from more than 30 countries and students come from more than 100 countries, making London Business School exceptionally international. There are more than 39,000 alumni, many of whom contribute to current student networks and conferences.

* 2013 Forbes international MBA ranking, 2012 Bloomberg BusinessWeek international MBA ranking and Financial Times (News - Alert) MBA 2009, 2010 and 2011 rankings

About AQR

AQR is a global investment management firm built at the intersection of financial theory and practical application. We strive to deliver superior, long-term results for our clients by looking past market noise to identify and isolate what matters most, and by developing ideas that stand up to rigorous testing. Our focus on practical insights and analysis has made us leaders in alternative and traditional strategies since 1998.

As of December 31, 2014, AQR managed $122.2 billion*. The firm is based in Greenwich, Connecticut, with offices in Chicago, London, Sydney and Bermuda.

* Includes assets of CNH Partners, LLC, an AQR affiliate

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