Exclusive: Meketa bolsters EU team

The Massachusetts-based pension advisory group has hired two people in Europe after opening a London office earlier this year

Meketa Investment Group has strengthened its European team with the appointment of two people in its London office, PEI has learnt.

The US pension advisory group has transferred Christy Gahr and Edmund Walsh from two of its North American offices, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Gahr, an assistant vice-president, will be responsible for due diligence on European private equity funds, as well as funds in other asset classes. Walsh, a vice-president, is an economic researcher for the firm, according to his LinkedIn page.

A Meketa spokesperson confirmed the appointments but declined to comment further.

The appointments come after Meketa opened its first office outside the US in June. The London office, which is led by managing principal Stephen McCourt, is currently in the process of becoming registered with the FCA.

The team will provide research support to Meketa US offices on public market, private market and risk management strategies across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Meketa has been running in the US since 1978 and advises more than 90 institutional clients on more than $270 billion in assets. In April, Meketa was selected by California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) to provide to general consulting services to the pension plan’s investment committee. The firm both advises on allocations to funds as well as managing some discretionary fund commitment programmes.