Value Invest

Speakers – Tuesday 14th May 2019

Rajiv Jain

Rajiv Jain – GQG Partners
Is There Really Anything Like a Value / Growth Cycle?

Rajiv is the Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of GQG Partners and also serves as the portfolio manager for all GQG Partners strategies. He commenced investment operations at GQG Partners in June 2016 with over 24 years of investment experience. Previously, Rajiv served as a Co-Chief Executive Officer (from July 2014) and Chief Investment Officer and Head of Equities (from February 2002) at Vontobel Asset Management. He was the sole portfolio manager of the International Equities strategy (since 2002) and Emerging Markets Equities strategy (since 1997), and the lead portfolio manager for the Global Equities strategy (since 2002). Rajiv built the business from less than US$400 million under management to just under US$50 billion in 2016. He joined Vontobel Asset Management as a co-portfolio manager of Emerging Markets Equities and International Equities in November 1994. Prior to that, he was an International Equity Analyst at Swiss Bank Corporation. Rajiv earned an MBA in Finance and International Business from the University of Miami. He also has a master’s degree from the University of Ajmer and undergraduate degree in accounting with honors.

Jonathan Ruffer

Jonathan Ruffer – Ruffer LLP and Auckland Castle Trust
Is Value a Trap-Door?

Jonathan Ruffer trained as a stockbroker and barrister before moving into private client investment management in 1980. He established Ruffer Investment Management Limited in 1994, which transferred its investment business to Ruffer LLP in 2004. He has written a social history, ‘The Big Shots’ on Edwardian shooting parties, and on the banking crisis of 2008, ‘Babel’. He established the Auckland Castle Trust in 2012, overseeing a project for the revitalisation of the palace home of the Bishops of Durham for 800 years, and the set of thirteen Zurbaran paintings of Jacob and his children. The charity, now known as The Auckland Project, is working to create an arts, faith and heritage destination of international significance which will draw visitors from across the UK and abroad.

Sir Martin Sorrell

Sir Martin Sorrell – S⁴Capital
Fireside Chat and Audience Q&A with Robert Hagstrom

Sir Martin Sorrell is Executive Chairman of S4Capital, which is building a new age, new era, digital advertising and marketing services platform for clients. Sir Martin was CEO of WPP for 33 years, building it from a £1 million “shell” company in 1985 into the world’s largest advertising and marketing services company, with a market capitalisation of over £16 billion, revenues of over £15 billion, profits of approximately £2 billion and over 200,000 people in 113 countries. Prior to that, Sir Martin was Group Financial Director of Saatchi & Saatchi Company PLC for 9 years and worked for James Gulliver, Mark McCormack and Glendinning Associates before that. S4Capital PLC recently merged with MediaMonks and MightyHive, and is listed at the London Stock Exchange under SFOR.L.
Sir Martin supports a number of leading business schools and universities, including his alma mater, Harvard Business School and Cambridge University and a number of charities, including his family foundation. He is married to Lady Cristiana Falcone-Sorrell and has four children and seven grandchildren.

Alex Roepers

Alex Roepers – Atlantic Investment Management
Atlantic’s Approach to Value Investing

Alex Roepers is the Chief Investment Officer of Atlantic Investment Management, a global equity value-investing firm he founded in 1988. Mr. Roepers applies a differentiated constructive shareholder activist (CSA) investment approach to unlock incremental value in high-quality, undervalued companies in the consumer, industrials and businesses services sectors. Atlantic’s highly experienced investment team has successfully influenced change at many leading companies over the past 30 years in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Mr. Roepers began his investing career in the operations and corporate development departments at multi-billion-dollar conglomerates Thyssen-Bornemisza Group (1984-88) and Dover Corporation (1980-82). He has served on the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School since 2010; The Hotchkiss Investment Committee since 2014; as U.S. Chair for the Compagnie Fonds, Dutch Maritime Museum, since 2007; on Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Special Projects Committee since 1997; and as founder and board member for his charitable foundation, The Alexander J. Roepers Foundation, since 2002. Mr. Roepers has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Nijenrode University, which is the Netherlands School of Business (1980), and an MBA from Harvard Business School (1984).

C.T. Fitzpatrick

C.T. Fitzpatrick – Vulcan Value Partners
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C.T. Fitzpatrick serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Vulcan Value Partners. C.T. founded Vulcan Value Partners in 2007 to manage his personal capital. Since inception, all four strategies have peer rankings in the top 3% of value managers in their respective categories. Prior to founding Vulcan Value Partners, C.T. worked as a principal and portfolio manager at Southeastern Asset Management. During his 17 year tenure, the team at Southeastern Asset Management achieved double digit returns well ahead of inflation and was ranked in top 5% of money managers over five, ten, and twenty year periods according to Callan and Associates. C.T. earned his MBA in Finance from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. He also has a BS in Corporate Finance from the University of Alabama.

David Harding

David Harding – Winton
Presentation Title TBC

David Harding is Founder, CEO & Co-CIO of Winton and has been at the forefront of systematic investment management for 30 years. He has founded two successful investment management companies: the first, AHL, was sold to Man Group in 1994; he launched the second, Winton, in 1997. A graduate of Cambridge University, David received a First Class Honours degree in Natural Sciences, specialising in Theoretical Physics. David’s philanthropic interests focus on funding scientific research and the communication of scientific ideas. In February 2019, he gave a $130 million gift to Cambridge University, part of which will fund the Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholars Programme. Other notable gifts include donations to the Cavendish Laboratory, the Max Planck Institute in Berlin and the Science Museum in London. David sits on the Advisory Board of the Royal Society, the University of Cambridge Development Board, and is an honorary Fellow of the Science Museum, and of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge.

Robert Hagstrom

Robert Hagstrom – EquityCompass Strategies
How to Become a Self-Transforming Investor: Closing the Gap on an Increasingly Complex World

Robert Hagstrom is Chief Investment Officer of EquityCompass. He joined the company as a Senior Portfolio Manager  in April 2014. Prior to that, he was the Chief Investment Strategist of Legg Mason Investment Counsel, and before that, the Portfolio Manager of the Growth Equity Strategy at Legg Mason Capital Management for 14 years. He has also served as President and Chief Investment Officer of Legg Mason Focus Capital, General Partner of Focus Capital Advisory, and Principal at Lloyd, Leith & Sawin. Robert is the author of nine investment books, including The New York Times Best Seller, The Warren Buffett Way. He earned his Bachelor and Masters of Arts degrees from Villanova University and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Philadelphia.

Nick Purves

Nick Purves RWC Partners
Presentation Title TBC

Nick joined RWC in August 2010. He was previously senior portfolio manager at Schroders for over 16 years managing both Institutional Specialist Value Funds and the Schroder Income Fund and Income Maximiser Fund together with Ian Lance. During his time at Schroders, Nick was Citywire AAA rated, and Nick and Ian’s Income fund was Morningstar 5 star rated, AA rated by OBSR and won the Moneywise award in 2009 in the UK Equity Income and Equity Income and Growth sectors. Nick is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Ian Lance

Ian Lance RWC Partners
Presentation Title TBC

Ian joined RWC in August 2010. He was previously senior portfolio manager at Schroders managing the Institutional Specialist Value Funds, the Schroder Income Fund and Income Maximiser Fund together with Nick Purves. During his time at Schroders, Ian was Citywire AAA rated, and Nick and Ian’s Income fund was Morningstar 5 star rated, AA rated by OBSR and won the Moneywise award in 2009 in the UK Equity Income and Equity Income and Growth sectors. Previously Ian was the Head of European Equities and Director of Research at Citigroup Asset Management and Head of Global Research at Gartmore.

Ronald Chan

Ronald Chan – Chartwell Capital
Finding a Spark in Japan

Ronald W. Chan founded Chartwell Capital in 2007, and serves as Chief Investment Officer and joint Portfolio Manager. He has authored two books: 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. Both books have been translated into several languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Portuguese.

 

Ben Preston

Ben Preston – Orbis Investments
Presentation Title TBC

Ben is one of five 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.

 

Alex Wright

Alex Wright – Fidelity International
Don’t Wait for Good News to Buy UK Companies

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.

Mark Pearson

Mark Pearson – Arcus Investment
Presentation Title TBC

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.

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

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)

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