Omar Selim: Building a Values-Based Asset Management Firm (A)
At Barclays Capital, Omar Selim had spearheaded the development of Arabesque-a new socially responsible asset management firm designed to appeal to all investors wishing to invest according to broadly held environmental and social values, as well as to investors wishing to align their investments with their faith. Should Selim give up a very successful career to compete in a highly competitive business, in which it could be very hard to build a differentiated offering? Could Arabesque be something different in the world of asset management? And what role, if any, should values and religious faith play in shaping the firm's products and conduct?