Global Equity

The strategy seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation through investment in high-quality global companies bought at what the team considers the right price. Their long-term approach is designed to deliver strong risk-adjusted performance with downside market protection.


The team’s process is relatively simple: They seek to buy high-quality companies at attractive valuations. The value add is in the execution—combining a detailed research process and scenario modeling with the steadfast application of the team’s disciplined investment process. To that end, the team focuses on three key pillars in their investment process: seeking to build a portfolio of quality companies that have strong franchises, management teams, balance sheets, and cash flows; using in-depth research, meeting senior management teams, and performing scenario modeling to understand the quality of businesses; and prioritizing downside risk management.

Managed by

Paul G. Boyne

Senior Portfolio Manager, Global Equity

Paul is a senior managing director and senior portfolio manager for Manulife Investment Management, as well as lead portfolio manager of the global equity strategy and team. Previously, he was a senior fund manager within the global equities team at Invesco Perpetual and, prior to that, worked at the Bank of Ireland as deputy CIO and head of global equities, providing portfolio oversight across all regional product areas. Paul began his investment career with Morgan Stanley, serving as managing director and senior portfolio manager of their global value equity product. Earlier in his career, he spent six years with the chartered accountants and management consultants Grant Thornton International. Paul is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Accountants. 

Education: M.B.S., Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College, Dublin

Joined the company: 2013

Began career: 1987

Paul G. Boyne

Stephen Hermsdorf

Portfolio Manager, Global Equity

Stephen is a managing director and portfolio manager at Manulife Investment Management, working on the global equity strategy. Previously, he was a portfolio manager at Hermes Global Equities, where he provided fundamental research and portfolio management with a focus on the global financial services sector. Before that, he worked at Fidelity Management & Research as an equity analyst, covering the insurance and food and beverage industries; as a private equity analyst at HabourVest Partners; and as a technology investment banking analyst at Robertson Stephens.

  • Education: B.A. in Economics, Harvard University; M.B.A. in Accounting, Strategy, and Finance, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Joined the company: 2015
  • Began career: 1996
Stephen Hermsdorf


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