Nick Train co-founded Lindsell Train Limited in 2000. He is the portfolio manager for UK equity portfolios and jointly manages Global portfolios. Nick has over 30 years’ experience in investment management. Before founding Lindsell Train he was head of Global Equities at M&G Investment Management, having joined there in 1998 as a director. Previously he spent 17 years (1981 – 1998) at GT Management which he left soon after its acquisition by Invesco. At his resignation he was a director of GT Management (London), Investment Director of GT Unit Managers and Chief Investment Officer for Pan-Europe. Nick has a BA honours degree in Modern History from Queen’s College, Oxford.
Mr. Romick is a Managing Partner of FPA LLC, a Los Angeles-based investment manager with approximately $29 billion under management in equity, fixed income, and alternative strategies. Mr. Romick is a value investor with a proven ability to build strategies with an absolute return focus that have generated superior risk-adjusted returns over full market cycles. As part of the Contrarian Value Strategy that he spearheads, Mr. Romick has managed the $16 billion FPA Crescent Fund since its 1993 inception. FPA Crescent has provided the best risk-adjusted returns of all domestic mutual funds (with assets over $1 billion) that invest in equities and have been managed by the same party since its inception according to Morningstar. As of July 31, 2016, the FPA Crescent Fund carries a Morningstar 4-star rating. Mr. Romick was awarded Morningstar’s U.S. Allocation Fund Manager of the Year (2013) and was a nominee for Morningstar’s Domestic Manager of the Decade Award (2009).
Francisco García Paramés – Cobas Asset Management
Francisco was born in Spain in 1963. After obtaining his MBA at IESE (in 1989), he joined Bestinver, and following 2 years as an analyst of Spanish stocks, he began to manage portfolios and funds. His career as an investment manager can be readily summarized by examining the yield obtained by his Spanish equity funds: 15.7% per annum in the period January 1993 – September 2014, equivalent to an accumulated increase of 2,279.2%, compared to 410% obtained by the reference index (IGBM, Madrid Stock Market General Index). In 1997, he also began to manage an International portfolio, achieving leading positions in the market of foreign funds sold in Spain, with an accumulated yield from January 1998 to September 2014 of 437.5% (10.58% Annual Average Return) versus 2.9% obtained by the reference index, the MSCI World Index. Mr. Paramés has set up his own firm, Cobas Asset Management, where as founder and CIO is managing different funds and mandates under his unique value investment process. He leads an investment team of 7 analysts and 2 portfolio managers.
Gary Channon co-founded Phoenix Asset Management Partners in 1998 and has managed the Phoenix UK Fund since its launch in May the same year. Since inception, the Fund has returned gross performance of 727% (versus the benchmark’s total return of 142%), an annualised return of 12% (versus the benchmark annualising at 4.9%)*. The investment philosophy at Phoenix is strongly inspired by Warren Buffett and Phil Fisher: long-term, value-based and focused. In terms of investment research, Phoenix considers its own primary fieldwork to be a major contributor to the effectiveness of the research effort. Typically, this includes assessing product quality via mystery shopping and undertaking competitor analysis in order to understand the purchasing decision of the marginal customer. Prior to Phoenix, Gary was co-Head of Equity and Equity Derivatives Trading at Nomura International, and before that he was at Goldman Sachs within Global Equity Derivative Products Training.
Ronald W. Chan is the founder and Chief Investment Officer of Chartwell Capital Limited. With office locations in Hong Kong and Thailand, Ronald and his investment team strongly believe that they have been sound stewards of their clients’ capital since the company’s inception in 2007. To generate business insights and provide sustainable investment returns to clients, the Chartwell team looks for mispriced investment opportunities that are overlooked by investors in the Asia-Pacific region. Keeping in close contact with various industry leaders over the years, Ronald shared his experience by publishing Behind the Berkshire Hathaway Curtain: Lessons from Warren Buffett’s Top Business Leaders in 2010 and The Value Investors: Lessons from the World’s Top Fund Managers in 2012. Ronald graduated from the Stern School of Business at New York University with Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Accounting. In 2016, he was appointed by The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong to serve as a member of the Listing Committee Panel.
Alex Wright has honed his distinctive contrarian value investment approach over a career spanning more than 15 years with Fidelity International. He joined the company in 2001 as a research analyst, covering a number of UK and European equity sectors across the market capitalisation spectrum in the years to follow. He has managed the Fidelity Special Situations Fund since January 2014 and has been portfolio manager of the Fidelity UK Smaller Companies Fund since its launch in February 2008. He has also been responsible for managing Fidelity Special Values PLC since September 2012. Alex has a BSc in Economics from Warwick University, where he graduated with First Class Honours, and he is also a CFA Charterholder.
Joe is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of AVI. He began his career working for a real estate investment firm for 6 years, before completing a Masters of Finance at the London Business School. Joe joined AVI in 2002 as an analyst, with a specific focus on European holding companies. In 2013 he became co-portfolio manager on AVI’s global equity accounts, including the British Empire Trust (“the Trust”). In October 2015, he was named sole portfolio manager of the Trust. In October 2016, he became Chief Executive Officer of AVI.
Django Davidson is a Portfolio Manager and a Founding Partner of Hosking Partners. After leaving the University of Oxford, where he studied Geography, Django joined Deutsche Bank, becoming a Director aged 27. At Deutsche, one of his clients instructed him to read the entire back catalogue of Berkshire Hathaway and Buffett Partnership letters, crystallising his value investing mind-set and instigating a move to the buy side. Initially a Partner at TCI-backed financials-fund Algebris, he moved to help Jeremy Hosking set up Hosking Partners in 2013. Hosking Partners is a behavioural global equity manager, which now has assets under management in excess of $7bn.
Charles co-manages the Kennox Strategic Value Fund with Geoff Legg. He has 25 years’ experience in global stock markets. Charles began his career with Brockhouse & Cooper in Montreal, Canada, becoming a CFA charter holder in 1995. In 1997, Charles joined the Emerging Markets and Asia Pac Ex Japan team at First State Investments (called Stewart Ivory at the time) and worked as a key member of this team before leaving to start a focused, independent, global value investment management company – Kennox.
Kevin Murphy is co-head of the Global Value team at Schroders, who manage over £9bn of clients’ assets. He is a specialist value investor in UK equities, and along with Nick Kirrage, manages the Schroder UK Income, Schroder UK Recovery and Schroder ISF Global Recovery Funds.Kevin started his investment career with Schroders in 2000, joining the UK Equity fund management team, having previously been a sector analyst for Pan European Construction and Building Materials. He holds a degree in Economics from Manchester University and is a CFA Charterholder. Both Nick and Kevin are commentators on ‘The Value Perspective’ – a specialist resource dedicated to value investing in UK equities www.thevalueperspective.co.uk
Filip Weintraub is the Lead Portfolio Manager for the global equity fund SKAGEN Focus. He achieved tremendous success at SKAGEN as the Lead Portfolio Manager for the SKAGEN Global fund from 2001 to 2010. In 2010 he co-funded Labrusca Family Office before returning to SKAGEN in 2014. He has a BA in Economics & Global Studies and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Geoff Legg – Kennox
Geoff co-manages the Kennox Strategic Value Fund with Charles Heenan and has been running the portfolio since it was launched in 2007. He has over 15 years’ experience in financial markets having previously worked as a management consultant before qualifying as an actuary with Towers Perrin. Geoff holds a first class joint honours Maths and Physics degree from Edinburgh University and a postgraduate MSc in Financial Mathematics.
Rhys Summerton has 17 years of investment industry experience and was previously the Global Head of Emerging Markets research at Citi. In this role, Rhys provided ideas to some of the world’s most well-known value investors and he also began to build up and compound what would become a substantial personal seed investment for his eventual own fund. Rhys created the Milkwood Fund in 2013 as an independent, contrarian asset manager. The Milkwood Fund is global, long-biased and highly concentrated, with some activism and advisory taking place in smaller names. Around 30% of Milkwood’s capital is Rhys’ own money, with the remainder coming mainly from other fund managers (including some well-known ones), analysts, and family offices with a proven patient and counter–cyclical mindset.
Ben is one of six key stock pickers for the Global Equity Fund at Orbis Investments, which he joined in the summer of 2000 just as the TMT bubble of the late 1990s was beginning to unwind. Orbis is a contrarian manager, using a disciplined research process to identify shares trading well below their long term intrinsic value, usually because of some temporary setback. Ben initially began researching stocks in the consumer sector but has gradually expanded his coverage and now leads the Global Sector team, in which industry specialists research stock market opportunities globally. Ben graduated with a First Class degree in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Oxford in 1998 and had a brief stint as an analyst at an M&A boutique before joining Orbis. He is a CFA charterholder.
Jonathan is currently a principal at Boyar Asset Management, a New York value-based money management firm that was established in 1983 and currently manages approximately $200 million dollars. In addition, Mr. Boyar is President of Boyar’s Intrinsic Value Research, a research boutique established in 1975 that specializes in uncovering intrinsically undervalued U.S. based equities. Jonathan has been interviewed or quoted in such publications as Barron’s, Forbes, The New York Times, Value Investor Insight, Gurufocus.com, and Welling on Wall Street. Jonathan graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Applied Economics and Business Management and started his investment career at GAMCO Investors. In 2004 Jonathan received a Dean’s Merit Scholarship from Cardozo School of Law and after graduating from law school worked as a litigator at the nationally recognized medical malpractice defense law firm of Martin Clearwater & Bell.
Michael Keller has been a co-manager of BBH Core Select since June 2008 and also serves as an analyst covering technology and business services. Michael joined BBH in 2005 and became a Partner of the firm in 2015. Prior to joining BBH, he was a senior equity analyst for KeyBanc Capital Markets covering technology and business services. Michael earned a BSE from Princeton University and is a CFA charterholder.
Anthony Bolton – Fidelity (Moderator)
From December 1979 until end of 2007, Anthony Bolton ran the Fidelity Special Situations Fund. Over this 28 year period the fund achieved a remarkable annualised return of 19.5%, outperforming the market by 6% per annum while the funds under management grew from c.£2m to £6.5bn before the fund was split. He also ran European funds and two investment trusts. He gave up active fund management at the end of 2007, returning in 2010 to launch the Fidelity China Special Situations Investment Trust which he ran for 4 years while being based in Hong Kong. Anthony retired in 2014 but remains a director and senior adviser at Fidelity International. He is the author of “Investing Against the Tide: Lessons from a Life Running Money”.
David is the Portfolio Manager for the Global Equity Focus Fund at Willis Towers Watson and Director of the Equity Research team. Alongside his portfolio management responsibilities David provides regular research input to a number of clients, including a large UK based investment trust. David joined from Stamford Associates where he was Deputy CIO responsible for devising and implementing investment strategies for a range of its largest investment clients. Prior to Stamford Associates, David established Greentrees Partners LLP as a joint venture with Collins Stewart before which he gained broad investment experience as a UK equity portfolio manager with UBS Global Asset Management (formerly Phillips and Drew) from 1998 and then as a UK equity portfolio manager with Morley Fund Management from 2003. In total David has 20 years of portfolio management and investment analyst experience. David is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).
Richard Oldfield is Executive Chairman of Oldfield Partners, which he founded in 2005, after 9 years as Chief Executive of a family investment office. Prior to this, he was director of Mercury Asset Management plc, which he joined in 1977. He became Chairman of the Oxford University investment committee and Oxford University Endowment Management Ltd in January 2007, was Chairman of Keystone Investment Trust plc from 2001 to 2010 and is a director of Witan Investment Trust plc. He is the author of “Simple But Not Easy”, a “slightly autobiographical and heavily biased” book about investing
Final Speaker – To Be Announced