The Independent Investment Management Initiative (IIMI) is a member-led industry think tank representing specialist, entrepreneurial investment boutiques that are entirely focused on and aligned with the interests of their investors.
Founded in 20101 , the IIMI counts amongst its 40 members some of the world’s leading specialist asset management firms, overseeing c. $500bn in client assets and representing c. 2,000 members of staff.
Over the past two decades, as the financial services industry has been dominated by global giants, an increasing appreciation of a traditional ‘client-centric’ approach has enabled entrepreneurial firms in the UK and beyond to emerge as a growing competitive force. The IIMI offers these firms an expert voice in the debate over best practice and the future of financial regulation, with the aim of building a better future for smaller and independent asset managers that prioritise specialism over scale in delivering the best results to clients.
Now, more so than ever, entrepreneurial boutiques play a key role in the growth of innovative and competitive investment solutions, to the benefit of consumers and society at large.
1 Originally incorporated as the New City Initiative, the IIMI rebranded in 2021.
Comprised of over 40 leading independent asset management firms from the UK and the continent, managing over $500 billion and employing several thousand people.
Our Core Aims
- To shape a regulatory environment that supports boutiques and promotes competition
- Engagement with the FCA, Treasury, Government, FRC and other industry bodies
- Input into consultations
- To promote the strengths of boutiques and facilitate commercial opportunities for members
- Research, thought leadership and publications on relevant issues
- Marketing events for clients and investors
- Collaborative initiatives with the City of London Corporation, the Department for International Trade and other government and industry-linked organisations
- To drive best practice across our membership
- Networking events to share institutional knowledge
- Educational seminars exploring key organizational issues, including:
- Ownership, remuneration and alignment
- Governance, leadership and succession planning
- Operational efficiency and resilience
- ESG & Sustainability
- Recruitment, diversity and inclusion