1 October 2020

New York, New York. Artisan Partners announced today that the Artisan Partners Thematic Team has been renamed the Antero Peak Group. The name of the fund managed by the team, Artisan Focus Fund, will not change. The Antero Peak Group is led by portfolio manager Chris Smith, who joined Artisan Partners to found the team in 2016.

The team has marked many milestones in the last year, including the celebration of its three-year anniversary, the addition of exceptional talent and the expansion of its footprint with the opening of its new Denver office. In honor of these landmark events, the team has changed its name to better express its strategic vision. There will be no changes to the investment objectives, strategies or philosophy and process the team applies to the portfolio it manages.

Mr. Smith explained, “The constant pursuit of excellence is a core value of the team as we seek to grow as individuals, investors and partners to our clients. The spirit of this tenet demands that we continually iterate and evolve, and our proactive name change to the Antero Peak Group is a reflection of this core value.”

Artisan Partners CEO Eric Colson added, “Artisan is proud to operate a flexible business model that allows its autonomous investment teams to express their philosophical beliefs while supporting them with a high-quality, centralized infrastructure. We empower our teams to create brands that best embody their investment culture and capabilities, and the Antero Peak Group’s decision to rename itself is a testament to that.”

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