Martin Currie Australia

Martin Currie Australia (formerly Legg Mason Australian Equities) is an Australian equities fund manager offering a focused range of specialist investment strategies to institutional, intermediated and private investors.

Following the announcement to the New York Stock Exchange in July 2014 regarding the acquisition of Martin Currie by Legg Mason, Martin Currie Australia is now delighted to be part of a global active equity specialist firm. This is an exciting and positive development as we combine our resources and know-how to deliver better outcomes for our clients.

Latest news

  Legg Mason acquires Martin Currie   
The Legg Mason Australian Equities team will become part of Martin Currie.


The business now known as Martin Currie Australia has a history that dates back to 1954, when the merchant bank, Australia United Corporation, launched its balanced fund to Australian investors. Since then, the business has developed under various world-class brands, including JP Morgan, Citigroup and Legg Mason. The multiple-brand history is a positive and differentiating part of the firm’s fabric; Martin Currie Australia has been exposed, like few other fund managers, to a wide range of insights from different cultures and business models.

What are the key principles of our investment approach?

Martin Currie Australia seeks to:

  • Generate unique and differentiated sources of outperformance (alpha).
  • Exploit stockmarket anomalies more swiftly than our competitors.
  • Create repeatable processes that help us to avoid behavioural finance pitfalls.
  • Create the right motivational environment for the investment team.
  • Consider environmental, social and governance factors in investment decision making.

Competitive advantages can make the difference

In an asset class with a comprehensive choice of fund managers, Martin Currie Australia distinguishes itself with a range of competitive advantages that benefit clients, including:

  • Many investment team members have enriched industry-sector experience and can provide the ‘on-the-ground’ insights that would otherwise be difficult to obtain.
  • Our investment team has a diverse range of quantitative and qualitative skill sets that balance our investment decision-making, as well as technical backgrounds that add value.
  • We have a boutique investment approach, backed by a global parent company that knows fund management. Our structure avoids the challenges of operating a business that can hinder other stand-alone firms.
  • Investment team compensation and personal wealth is invested in the same funds as our clients, so we feel the impact of negative performance but also share in the upside.

Our clients

We have a proud history of investing on behalf of Australian and international clients. Our client list includes government agencies; domestic and international institutions; dealer groups; family offices; charities; and retail platforms. Client loyalty, which is not often highlighted in the investment industry, is not easily acquired; it's typically earned through hard work and consistent investment performance over many years.

Martin Currie Australia is a division of Legg Mason Asset Management Australia Limited, whose ultimate company is Legg Mason, Inc.

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For further information relating to 
Martin Currie Australia 
please contact:

Kimon Kouryialas
Director, head of Pan-Asia sales and client service (Martin Currie)

T: 61 (0) 417 377 431

Will Baylis
Client portfolio manager

T: +613 9017 8671

Business development team

T: +613 9017 8600