Octopus appoints Co-Heads of Institutional Funds

Octopus Group has appointed Deniz Sevincer and Mark Williams as Co-Heads of Institutional Funds.

Sevincer and Williams will be jointly responsible for managing Octopus’ institutional strategy to help assist institutions with their allocations to alternatives worldwide. 

As investors increasingly turn their attention to the long-term benefits of real assets, Octopus has successfully created attractive solutions for institutions across several of its key investment sectors. This includes renewables, healthcare infrastructure, commercial and residential real estate debt, and venture capital.

Octopus’ institutional strategy currently manages GBP2 billion on behalf of institutional investors, representing a core and growing business within the Group.

Sevincer joined Octopus in May 2014, working on institutional fundraising and strategic acquisitions in the renewables team, before becoming Director of Project Management in the Institutional Funds team in January 2018. In his new role, he will oversee the execution of fundraises, from product development to investor onboarding.

Williams joined Octopus in 2011 and has held various roles including Head of Strategic Partnerships. He will oversee Octopus’ fundraising strategy, identifying new investors and developing relationships for new fundraises.

Sevincer says: “It is a privilege to be heading up Octopus’ institutional strategy alongside Mark. Since we launched our institutional strategy, the programme has gone from strength to strength, now reaching over GBP2 billion under management. The appetite for impactful investment opportunities amongst institutional investors is growing, shown by our recent GBP185 million mandate with the National Grid UK Pension Scheme to invest into renewable energy assets. I’m looking forward to finding new solutions across all of our businesses that will help institutions drive change.”

Williams says: “I’m hugely excited to be joining Deniz in leading Octopus’ institutional fundraising strategy, which is a dynamic and growing part of our business. I look forward to working with the talented investment specialists we have across the group to give institutions access to tailored investment opportunities that have a positive impact, while targeting attractive risk-adjusted returns.”

Chris Hulatt, co-founder of Octopus Group, says: “We are pleased to announce Deniz and Mark as co-heads of our institutional strategy. At Octopus, we invest in sectors that benefit society and believe institutional investors have a major role to play in tackling today’s critical issues such as climate change. Our institutional offer is an important and growing component of the group, and we want to work with institutions to help them achieve their return and impact objectives.”