Activist Shareholder Edward Bramson Steps Down as F&C Chairman

Activist investor Edward Bramson stepped down as chairman of British money manager F&C Asset Management Plc, two-and-a-half years after ousting his predecessor.

Bramson, F&C’s largest shareholder through his fund Sherborne Investors LLC, will be replaced by Kieran Poynter, a non-executive director since June 2009 and chairman of Nomura Holdings Inc.’s international unit, London-based F&C said in a statement today.

Bramson, 62, replaced Nick MacAndrew as chairman in February 2011 after criticizing the company’s costs, levels of debt and acquisitions. He then sought to boost the fund manager’s performance by cutting costs and focusing on the firm’s traditional business areas such as investment trusts and managing fixed-income assets for insurers.

The stock has risen about 23 percent in London trading since Bramson took over. F&C last month posted a first-half profit, compared with a loss in the year-earlier period. He started building a stake in 3i Group Plc, Britain’s oldest private-equity firm, in January.

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