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 This year, Barings celebrates its 250th anniversary. The business has played a prominent role throughout history as a leading provider of finance to support the globalisation of trade and commerce and has grown to become a leading investment manager with more than £29.5 billion invested worldwide.

 Marino Valensise, Chief Investment Officer at Barings said, "Barings is an institution with a rich heritage and we are proud to be celebrating our 250th anniversary. Such a milestone is reached by few institutions in any sphere of activity. That our firm has done so well is testament to the work of those who have contributed to Barings over many generations. International activity, emerging and specialist market expertise has been at the centre of our business since the earliest days and will continue to be integral as we enter 2012 and beyond."

 Founded in 1762 by John and Francis Baring as Baring Brothers, the firm was one of the first financial institutions to be actively involved in all aspects of trade at the dawn of globalisation. Over the centuries, it has been involved in financing such historic transactions as the purchase of Louisiana from France, the Chinese tea clipper trade, the building of the railroads in North and South America, bringing ATT to market and investing in the extension of the London underground to Essex. Barings has advised princes and presidents, sovereigns and states, institutions and individuals. Today, Barings has a client list encompassing more than 300 institutions and 350 distribution partners in 30 jurisdictions.

 Barings has witnessed great change in the industry throughout its 250 years. Back in 1762, the global financial situation was just as unclear as it is today. China was the most developed economy and the US was a promised frontier market. Throughout its history, however, Barings has maintained its focus on looking beyond the common perspective to find new and exciting investment opportunities.

 Today, Barings maintains its commitment to emerging markets with specialist funds covering every continent and has also become known as a leading player within the multi-asset and specialist fixed income markets. Its investment teams combine an informed perspective with local knowledge and presence to seek out investment opportunities with the potential to outperform and deliver the returns investors demand.

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