Neil Bathon, founder of Fuse Research Network, has big plans for the research shop.

In an interview with Money Management Executive, Bathon, who described FUSE as a "business concierge" that combines ongoing market intelligence with custom consulting support, said his master plan is to be the AMG or Natixis of the service side of the investment business in terms of bringing together firms that have synergy-either through partnership or equity participation.

“I believe there is a significant opportunity to link vendors in a way that more fully leverages the experience, relationships and insights of each firm for the greater benefit of clients,” said Bathon. “Some of the capabilities I would like to bring together over the next few years include management consulting, public relations, executive search, marketplace surveys, offshore market intelligence, staff assessment and development and sub-advisory data.”

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