Value Investor Conference London

Speakers – Thursday 24th May 2018

Will Thorndike

William N. Thorndike – Housatonic Partners

Mr. Thorndike is Founder and Managing Director of Housatonic Partners, a leading middle market private equity firm with offices in Boston and San Francisco. Mr. Thorndike is currently a Director of Carillon Assisted Living, LLC; Lincoln Peak Holdings, LLC; QMC International, LLC; and ZircoData, Ltd. He is Chairman of the Board of CNX Resources Corp. (CNX). Mr. Thorndike is also currently a Trustee of WGBH in Boston and College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, ME. He is a Senior Advisor to Brahman Capital, a public market investment fund based in Manhattan with ~$4 billion in assets under management. He is the author of The Outsiders, which has been translated into ten languages.

Stephen Mitchell

Stephen Mitchell – Foyston, Gordon & Payne

Stephen joined FGP in 2016 to manage the firm’s global and international equity mandates. He is a member of FGP’s Investment Committee. Prior to joining FGP, he spent 23 years at Burgundy Asset Management Ltd., where he managed a range of foreign equity strategies. Between 2008 and 2016, he managed the firm’s global and U.S. large cap equity portfolios. Under Stephen’s leadership, Burgundy was awarded Institutional Investor magazine’s 2016 U.S. Investment Management Award for Global Value Equity. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (Honours BA) and is a CFA charterholder. Stephen has been involved with the Oakville Hospital Foundation since 1994 and was a member of its Board of Directors between 2006 and 2011.

Alvaro Guzmán de Lázaro Mateos

Alvaro Guzmán de Lázaro – azValor Asset Management

Alvaro Guzmán de Lázaro is Chief Investment Officer and Partner of Spanish boutique azValor AM, which he joined from Spain’s Bestinver in 2014. Guzmán, 42, began his career in 1994 as an auditor for Arthur Andersen (Madrid), and spent some time in Paris with Bankers Trust,.In 1997 he moved to Frankfurt to join Value Management, a ground-breaking investment firm founded by a former associate of the legendary US investor Peter Lynch. As a stock analyst, Guzmán studied and applied the investing style of Lynch and other Value proponents such as Ben Graham, Philip Fisher and Warren Buffett. In 2001, Guzmán led his highly-regarded team to Banesto Bolsa, where he became the lead analyst and head of the research department. In March 2003, he joined Bestinver, leaving the firm in 2014 to help establish azValor, Guzmán speaks Spanish, French, English and German. He has been Professor of fundamental analysis at the Spanish Institute of Financial Analysts (IEAF) and at the IEB (Stock Exchange Study Institute) since 1999, and became a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA, AIMR) in 2001. He also has an MA in European Business Studies and a law degree from Spain’s National University of Distance Education (UNED).

Ben Preston

Ben Preston – Orbis Investments

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.


Nick Kirrage

Nick Kirrage – Schroders

Specialist value investor Nick Kirrage is co-head of the Global Value team at Schroders, who manage over £12bn of clients’ assets. Along with co-manager Kevin Murphy he runs the Schroder UK Income, Schroder UK Recovery and Schroder ISF Global Recovery Funds. Nick started his investment career in 2001 within Schroders’ Pan European research team, having previously been an analyst responsible for Transport, Metals, Mining, Aerospace and Defence sectors. He is a CFA Charterholder and holds a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Bristol University. Nick is a regular contributor on ‘The Value Perspective’ – a specialist resource dedicated to value investing in UK equities.

Brian Pilsworth

Brian Pilsworth – Foyston, Gordon & Payne

Bryan joined FGP in 2007 as a senior analyst covering the Telecom and Financial sectors and became FGP’s Small Cap Canadian Equity portfolio manager in 2012. In addition to his role as President, Bryan is co-manager of FGP’s Canadian equity mandates. He is also a member of FGP’s Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Investment Committee. Bryan graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario (MBA) and from Carleton University (BComm).  He was on the Dean’s Honour List at both universities.  Bryan is also a CFA charterholder.

Alex Wright

Alex Wright – Fidelity International

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.

Fernando Bernad Marrase

Fernando Bernad Marrase – azValor Asset Management

Fernando Bernad is a founding partner of azValor AM and is now also a portfolio manager for the Spanish investment boutique. His early career started with internships at Price Waterhouse (Madrid, 1994), BBVA (Madrid, 1996), and DG Bank (Frankfurt, 1997). The following year he joined Value Management in Frankfurt where he worked in the asset manager’s research unit alongside Álvaro Guzmán, gaining in-depth knowledge of the theory and strategy of Value nvesting, He developed his career in the Spanish private equity sector as an Associate at BNP Paribas Leveraged Finance and then joined the analysis team at Banesto as a cyclical analyst (steel and oil sectors). He went on to lead the Analysts team at Spanish broker Interdin. In 2005 he joined the private banking Vetusta Group as investment director, leading a team which achieved average annual returns of around 30% on equities. He joined Spain’s Bestinver in February 2007, only leaving the firm in 2014 at the same time as his colleague Alvaro Guzmán de Lázaro, to set up azValor Asset Management. Bernad has a Bachelor in Business Administration (Summa cum Laude), awarded jointly by ICADE, Madrid and Northeastern University, Boston, and is a CFA charter holder. He is fluent in English and reads French.

Adrian Warner

Adrian Warner – Avenir Capital

Adrian Warner is the Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Avenir Capital. Prior to founding Avenir Capital in 2011, Adrian worked in the private equity industry in the United States, Asia and Australia with an investment record spanning over 17 years. Adrian was previously part-owner and Managing Director of private equity firm Catalyst Investment Managers and worked as Managing Director at CVC Asia Pacific, one of the leading private equity groups in Asia. He has also worked at private equity firms Pacific Equity Partners, in Australia, AEA Investors, in New York, and management consulting firm Bain & Company. Adrian holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honours) from the University of New South Wales.

Mark Pearson

Mark Pearson – Arcus Investment

Mark Pearson, ACA, CFA, co-founded Arcus Investment in 1998. Prior to founding Arcus, Mark was a director and portfolio manager responsible for Japanese equities at Buchanan Partners Limited in London from 1992 to 1998. From 1990 to 1992 Mark was General Manager of Japanese equity fund management in Kleinwort Benson Investment Management in Tokyo. From 1986 to 1989, Mark was an investment analyst at Kleinwort Benson Securities in Tokyo, and from 1981 to 1986, at Coopers & Lybrand, London as a Chartered Accountant. Mark graduated from Emmanuel College (University of Cambridge) with MA in Economics in 1981. Mark lives in Hong Kong.

Tim Martin

Tim MartinJ D Wetherspoon

Tim Martin is the Chairman of JD Wetherspoon Plc. He was born in 1955 and after attending Nottingham University he founded the first Wetherspoon pub in 1979 at the age of 24. Wetherspoon floated on the London Stock Market in 1992 with 44 pubs and today it has a total of 888 pubs. Tim is married with four children plus four grandchildren.


David Shapiro

David Shapiro – Willis Towers Watson (Moderator)

David is the Portfolio Manager for the Global Equity Focus Fund at Willis Towers Watson and for Alliance Trust, a quoted Investment Trust listed on the London Stock Exchange. Alongside his portfolio management responsibilities David provides regular research input to a number of clients. 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 30 years of portfolio management and investment analyst experience. David is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI)

Richard Oldfield

Richard Oldfield – Oldfield Partners (Moderator)

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


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