1. Overview

    The European Fund aims to outperform (after deduction of costs) the MSCI Europe ex UK Index, as stated in Sterling, by at least 1.5% per annum over rolling five-year periods. There is no guarantee that this objective will be achieved over any time period and actual investment returns may differ from this objective, particularly over shorter time periods.

    The manager believes this is an appropriate benchmark given the investment policy of the Fund and the approach taken by the manager when investing. In addition, the manager believes an appropriate performance comparison for this Fund is the Investment Association Europe excluding UK Sector.

    We invest in companies not countries. The view is different from the bottom up than it is from the top down.

    Performance & Portfolio

    Periodic Performance

    All figures to 31/03/2021

    6 Months

    1 Year

    3 Years

    5 Years

    Class B-Acc 7.5%36.2%19.6%20.7%
    Index* 11.2%26.4%9.5%12.5%
    Target Benchmark** 12.1%28.3%11.2%14.2%
    Sector Average*** 11.4%27.6%8.3%11.5%
    Sector Ranking 125/14518/1432/1303/120

    Annual Discrete Performance to 31 March each year

    Annual percentage return (Updated Quarterly)






    Class B-Acc 29.5%9.9%-2.7%7.7%59.9%
    Index* 28.4%3.7%3.1%-7.5%34.4%
    Target Benchmark** 30.3%5.3%4.6%-6.1%36.4%
    Sector Average*** 23.7%5.6%-1.2%-9.4%39.6%

    Please bear in mind that past performance is not a guide to future performance.
    The value of your investment may go down as well as up, and you may not get back the amount you invested.
    Performance source: FE and relevant underlying index provider, single pricing basis, total return.
    Returns reflect the annual charges but exclude any initial charge paid.
    *MSCI Europe ex UK Index.
    **MSCI Europe ex UK Index +1.5%.
    ***IA Europe ex UK Sector.

    Performance - 31/05/2021

    The value of your investment may go down as well as up, and you may not get back the amount you invested.
    Source: FE and relevant underlying index provider, single pricing basis, total return.
    Please bear in mind that past performance is not a guide to future performance.
    The graph is rebased to 100.

    Top Ten Holdings - 31/05/2021

    Fund %
    1 IMCD 5.1%
    2 Prosus 4.3%
    3 Ryanair 3.9%
    4 Avanza Bank 3.8%
    5 Zalando 3.7%
    6 adidas 3.5%
    7 Kinnevik 3.5%
    8 Atlas Copco 3.4%
    9 ASML 3.3%
    10 Adyen 3.3%
    Total 37.8%
    Geographic analysis of total assets - 31/05/2021

    Fund %

    • 1 Sweden 23.10
    • 2 Germany 18.82
    • 3 Netherlands 17.20
    • 4 France 13.76
    • 5 Switzerland 8.35
    • 6 Ireland 6.08
    • 7 Norway 4.71
    • 8 Italy 3.24
    • 9 Denmark 2.53
    • 10 Others 1.39
    • 11 Cash 0.81
    • Total 100.0

    As the Fund invests in overseas securities, changes in the rates of exchange may cause the value of your investment (and any income it may pay) to go down or up.
    The information contained on this page is intended as a guide only and should not be relied upon when making investment decisions. All holdings information is unaudited. Source Baillie Gifford & Co.
    Please note that totals may not add due to rounding.

    Meet the Managers

    Stephen Paice

    Stephen is Head of the European Equity Team. He joined Baillie Gifford in 2005 and spent time in the US, UK Smaller Companies and Japanese Equities Teams. Stephen graduated BSc in Financial Mathematics in 2005.

    Moritz Sitte

    Moritz joined Baillie Gifford in September 2010 and is an Investment Manager in the European Equity Team. He graduated BSc in Business Administration from the University of Regensburg, Germany in 2009 where he took part in the Honours Elite Degree Programme. Moritz then went on to complete an MSc in Finance and Investment from the University of Edinburgh in 2010.

    Chris Davies

    Chris joined Baillie Gifford in 2012 and is an Investment Manager in the Europe Team. He graduated BA (Hons) in Music from the University of Oxford in 2009 and went on to gain an MMus in Music Performance from the Royal Welsh School of Music and Drama in 2010 and an MSc in Music, Mind and Brain from Goldsmiths College in 2011.

    Josie Bentley

    Josie is an Investment Manager in the European Equity Team and became a member of the Global Stewardship Portfolio Construction Group in 2020. She joined Baillie Gifford in 2016 and spent time in the International Growth, UK Equity and High Yield Bond Teams. Josie started her career in London, working as a global board analyst at Russell Reynolds Associates. Josie graduated MA (Oxon) in Music from the University of Oxford in 2014.

    How to Buy

    You can invest in a range of our funds via a number of fund platforms and supermarkets, please see the links opposite. Further information on the funds can be found in the relevant Key Investor Information and Prospectus Documents, which are available in English and will be sent to you free of charge on request. Information on the range of funds available through platforms can be found in our Platform Matrix.

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    How to Buy

    OEIC Terms of Business

    To buy and sell our funds, you must complete and return a copy of the document below, if you don't already have an agreement with us. In order for us to accept your business for our range of OEICs, please complete and return the Terms of Business Acceptance Form.


    You can access any literature about the Fund here, either by downloading or requesting a copy by post (where available). Please note that, due to current government restrictions, we have a limited number of staff in our office. As a result, if posting instructions to us, there may be a delay in processing these due to these current restrictions.

    To download any document you will need Adobe Reader. Please note that we can now provide you with Braille and audio transcriptions of our literature on request. It may take up to 10 days for the transcription to be completed dependent on the size of the document.

    Philosophy and Process Documents

    Quarterly Investor Reports


    General Investment Risk

    Investment markets can go down as well as up and market conditions can change rapidly. The value of an investment in the Fund, and any income from it, can fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the amount invested.


    Custody of assets involves a risk of loss if a custodian becomes insolvent or breaches duties of care.


    The Fund’s concentrated portfolio relative to similar funds may result in large movements in the share price in the short term.

    Foreign Currency

    The Fund has exposure to foreign currencies and changes in the rates of exchange will cause the value of any investment, and income from it, to fall as well as rise and you may not get back the amount invested.


    The Fund’s share price can be volatile due to movements in the prices of the underlying holdings and the basis on which the Fund is priced.


    A dilution adjustment may apply when you buy or sell shares in the Fund. This is applied to the share price and may reduce the return on your investment.

    Fees from Revenue

    Where possible, charges are taken from the Fund's revenue. Where there is insufficient revenue, the remainder will be taken from capital. This will reduce the capital value of your investment.

    Tax Rates

    Tax rates and the tax treatment of OEICs can change at any time.