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mallowstreet University Digital Roundtable: Finding Alpha in Emerging Markets - A Framework for Active Management Across the Fastest Growing Economies

“Think Globally, Invest Locally”. The majority of EM listed equities have no coverage internationally, creating information asymmetries which provide locally-based EM country teams with a significant informational edge and the ability to deliver strong alpha. 

Join the team from Milltrust, as they explain why they are challenging the all-too-common investor approach of only selecting one or two large global EM managers to fill an EM allocation quickly and “safely”, and instead are proposing an alternative investment solution that adapts to the changing EM landscape and captures the local alpha generated by locally-based specialist investment teams. It is one thing to keep an eye on 25 countries and quite another to analyse 1000+ companies in a world of increasing dispersion between countries, sectors and securities.

This morning session is accredited for CPD points by the Pensions Management Institute (PMI) and is exclusively for pension fund decision makers and their advisers.

Program

Time Description
08:45

Login and Access Meeting

The University Roundtable will take place online via a 'Zoom' meeting (a widely used webcast meeting provider). We will provide further information, including an access link and password to all attendees in advance of the event.
08:55

Welcome and Introductions

00:00

Presentation Eric Anderson, Managing Partner & Head of Emerging Market Investments & Simon Hopkins, CEO

Join the team from Milltrust, as they explain why they are challenging the all-to-common investor approach of only selecting one or two large global EM managers to fill an EM allocation quickly and “safely”, and instead are proposing an alternative investment solution that adapts to the changing EM landscape and captures the local alpha generated by locally-based specialist investment teams. It is one thing to keep an eye on 25 countries and quite another to analyse 1000+ companies in a world of increasing dispersion between countries, sectors and securities.
10:00

Questions and Close

10:15

End

Speakers

  • Eric Anderson

    Mr Eric Anderson is the Managing Partner of Milltrust International LLP in the United Kingdom. He brings over two decades of international investment industry experience in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has a successful track record in building an award-winning asset management business and an industry-recognised investment research and consultancy firm.

    Mr. Anderson is the Head of Emerging Markets Investments and Global Asset Allocation at Milltrust, as well as the Portfolio Manager of the flagship Milltrust Global Emerging Markets Fund and the architect behind the Milltrust Emerging Markets Platform. The award-winning Milltrust Global Emerging Markets Fund is in the top decile of its peer group since inception, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

    Mr. Anderson has spent over a decade focused exclusively on the Emerging Markets where he has extensive experience setting strategic investment allocations for institutional investors, developing quantitative asset allocation models, providing investment research capabilities, researching local investment managers and structuring and seeding a number of fund strategies in these regions. Mr. Anderson has established a highly credible reputation within the Emerging Markets industry and is a frequent commentator at industry conferences and in the financial media.

    In December 2010, he co-founded Milltrust International Group, an investment organisation focusing exclusively on investment management expertise in the Frontier and Emerging Markets, and offering specialist real asset solutions. Mr. Anderson was most recently Managing Partner at Think Alternative Advisors LLP, an independent FCA-authorised Emerging Markets research and advisory firm he co-founded in 2009 which was formally acquired by Milltrust International Group in 2011. Prior to this, he was a senior figure at Hong Kong-based Ortus Capital, a global macro hedge fund, which grew from USD 200 million to USD 1.5 billion during his tenure and was one of the best performing macro funds in the industry.

    Mr. Anderson began his career as an auditor and performance analyst for fixed income, equity, and derivative products at State Street Global Advisors. Mr. Anderson is a candidate for CFA Level 3 and has a degree in International Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He speaks fluent English and French and is conversational in Spanish.

  • Simon Hopkins

    Simon Hopkins is CEO of Milltrust International Group, Chairman of Milltrust Agricultural Investments, Chairman of British Innovation Fund and Executive Committee Member of Kickstart Initiative launched by National University’s Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. He has been a senior figure in the international investment management industry for more than three decades. He was an early advocate of hedge fund investing for institutional investors, and has been a prolific capital raiser for single manager funds, funds of funds and listed closed-end funds.

    After a successful investment banking career spanning more than a decade at S.G. Warburg, UBS, HSBC James Capel and Nomura, in 1996 Mr Hopkins created one of the industry’s first dedicated research and investment consulting businesses, Global Fund Analysis, to provide truly objective analysis for investors. At its peak, GFA had over 27,000 registered users around the globe.

    Concurrently, Mr Hopkins played a pioneering role in seeding many successful hedge funds through the Fortune Group, an award-winning alternatives investment banking and advisory business, raising over 10 billion USD. Fortune merged with Global Fund Analysis in 2000 and the group went on to become one of the UK’s pre-eminent hedge fund advisory firms with clients in 24 countries and a focus on pension funds, charities and endowments, as well as a number of the world’s leading families. The firm was successfully sold to UK-listed, financial services group, Close Brothers Group PLC, in 2006, culminating in its full integration in January 2010.

    Mr Hopkins is a regular commentator on fund industry topics in the financial media and has addressed numerous conferences on both agriculture and alternative investments, as well as the OECD and the London School of Economics. He was profiled in a significant interview with the Financial Times in December 2008.

    In addition to the group companies, I serve as an investment advisor to the British Innovation Fund, a U.K. University Venture Fund. I also serve as director of Swallowcourt, a healthcare business, Xoomtrip, a GCC-based online travel agent, and Roslin Technologies (University of Edinburgh). I serve as a member of NUS Medicine International Council (NIC) and chair Singapore-based investment firm, Milltrust Ventures.

    On 13 April 2020, Simon was also appointed as one of three members on the Executive Committee of the Kickstart Initiative launched by National University of Singapore’s Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine for his expertise on commercialising medical innovation and breakthroughs in the MedTech and HealthTech space.

    He was until recently a director of CITIC Securities’ One Belt One Road Fund (CSOBOR) and of Novare Fund Manager, an Africa- focused fund manager.

    Mr Hopkins graduated from the University of Bristol Faculty of Law (LLB Hons) in 1986 and now resides with his family in Singapore.