Hedge Fund Manager Video Interviews

Hedge Fund Manager Video Interviews

Expanding from our regular manager interviews, Eurekahedge's video interviews provide exclusive insights from notable managers in Asia - as told to Eurekahedge CEO Alexander Mearns. Aside from discussing the firm's investment principles, we also gain a glimpse into their outlook for the global markets.

Interview with Niklaus Hilti, CEO and CIO at Credit Suisse Insurance Linked Strategies

Niklaus Hilti is the Fund Manager of the IRIS Low Volatility, IRIS Balanced and IRIS Enhanced Funds. He is also the Head Portfolio Manager of Insurance Linked Strategies in Credit Suisse since 2006. Prior to that, from 2004 to 2006, he was the Head of Non-Life Actuary Reinsurance in Helvetia Insurance Group. From 2001 to 2002, he was the Head of Natural Catastrophe Pricing in Converium AG. From 2000 to 2001, he worked in the field of Pricing Actuary with Zurich Financial Services Group. View Fund Profile

Interview with Daniel Ryf, CEO and Dr. Heiko Bailer, Portfolio Manager at GL Asset Management

Daniel Ryf is the CEO of GL Asset Management AG, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. He joined GL AM in November 2015. His career spans over 25 years and he has held senior management roles within the Financial Services industry such as in International Wealth & Asset Management for (U)HNWIs, Life and Non-Life Insurance, Business Development, Distribution and Operational Excellence Six Sigma for financial institutions such as Credit Suisse Group, Julius Baer & Co., and Axa-Winterthur amongst others. Daniel has acquired an extensive experience and deep know-how in the investment side across asset classes, wealth & asset management, wealth planning and structuring as well as on operational excellence. Daniel holds an Executive MBA in Finance from the University of Rochester, USA and University of Berne as well as a Bachelor in Business Administration, Economics and Finance from University of Applied Sciences in Zurich, Switzerland. In addition, he is also a Certified Six Sigma expert and holds a CAS as insurance expert.

Heiko Bailer joined GL Asset Management in November 2016. Prior to that, he worked for various investment companies including Credit Suisse, Bank Vontobel (Harcourt), ABN AMRO, Deutsche Bank in Zurich, London, Tokyo, and New York. Heiko Bailer's approach is quantitative, systematic, and based on his Ph.D. research in robust statistics - parts of his Ph.D. were recently published in The Oxford Handbook of Quantitative Asset Management (2012). He has a Ph.D. in Statistics (applied Finance) as well as a degree in Computational Finance from the University of Washington, USA and a Master of Science in Mathematics and Physics from the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, Germany. View Fund Profile

Interview with Isaac Lieberman, CEO and Founder of Aston Capital Management

Isaac Lieberman founded Aston Capital Management as a quantitative hedge fund in November 2013. As a veteran trader of proprietary quantitative strategies, Isaac has more than 20 years of experience trading in global FX and fixed income markets. Prior to founding ACM, Isaac was Managing Director at J.P. Morgan where he was the Head of Algorithmic Trading and the Head of Electronic FX Options Trading. Before joining J.P Morgan in 2008, Isaac was Head of the FX and Fixed Income division in the Principal Strategies Group at Bear Stearns where he worked from 1996. View Fund Profile

Interview with Kevin Ellis, Managing Director at Horse Cove Partners

Kevin Ellis brings more than 30 years of financial, administrative and operations experience to the Firm. Previously, Mr. Ellis was the COO and principal of FISCO Appreciation Management LLC. He also served as a Founding Principal, Managing Director and COO at Labyrinth Group, LLC, an investment management firm utilising structured securities. Prior to that, he was Manager of Corporate Development at Arthur Anderson, LLP, where he focused on finance, mergers and acquisitions. Earlier in his career, he served as Vice President of Business Planning at SUPERVALU, Inc. Mr. Ellis is a graduate of Minnesota State University-Mankato BA Finance and earned a Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law and was admitted to the bar in Minnesota in 1983. View Fund Profile

Interview with Maciej Wisniewski, Founder and Portfolio Manager at Macromoney

Maciej Wisniewski is the Founder and Fund Manager of Macromoney and has full oversight of all company operations. Maciej has 20 years of experience in investments management and in successfully setting up investment funds.

He is the Founder of Investors Investment Fund Company (IIFC), one of Poland's first privately owned investment fund management companies, which was established in 2005. Prior to founding IIFC, he was the Director of Trading at BZ WBK AIB Asset Management in Poznan, Poland, and was a highly successful Proprietary Trader for LG Bank in Warsaw, Poland. He began his career as a stock broker at Raiffeisen Capital, then later moved to Bank Millenium Securities, both in Warsaw. Maciej holds a Master's degree in Finance from the London Business School and a second Master's in Finance and Banking from the Warsaw School of Economics. View Fund Profile

Interview with Mitchell Presnick, Director and Partner at Marco Polo Pure Asset Management Ltd

Mitchell Presnick is Director and Partner with Marco Polo Pure China Fund. Mr. Presnick holds an MBA (1999) from the Rutgers Graduate School of Business in Newark, New Jersey, a graduate diploma in Chinese language (1990) from Peking University in Beijing, and a BBA (1988) from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He is fluent and literate in Mandarin Chinese. Mitch is a prominent American business commentator in Asia and a permanent resident of Hong Kong. He brings over 28 continuous years on-site China business experience.

Mitch is also Founder, former Chairman and CEO of Super 8 Hotels (China) Co., Ltd, a brand operated in Greater China under master license granted by Wyndham Hotel Group (NYSE: WYN). Mitch brought Super 8 to China in 2004 along with the concept of branded franchised economy hotels. Prior to Super 8, Mitch served as China country manager for Edelman, a ‘Top 5’ PR agency headquartered in Chicago, as well as founder and former China MD of APCO Associates, a D.C. based public affairs firm. In these roles, Mitch led market entry and brand development strategies for MNCs including Procter & Gamble, M&M. View Fund Profile

Interview with David Liebowitz, Managing Partner at Aroya Capital LP

David Liebowitz has been an investment professional for over 33 years.Prior to founding Aroya Capital LP, David served Bear Stearns in a number of capacities from 1983 to 2005. The common thread of his experience was his involvement in proprietary trading during his entire 22 years career at Bear – initially Risk Arbitrage and then Convertible Arbitrage for many years. Over the course of his career at Bear he managed as much as $4 billion of proprietary capital as well as $1.4 billion of client assets. In 1993 David was elected to the Board of Directors of The Bear Stearns Companies, Inc., serving as a director until 2001.

David left Bear Stearns in October of 2005. From 2006 to 2010 he exclusively managed family assets. From 2010 to 2012, he co-managed a $200+ million asset proprietary portfolio for Mariner Investment Group. It was in 2013 that David established Aroya Capital LP. David earned a BS degree (1980) and an MBA with a concentration in finance (1983) from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Overseers of New York University School of Arts & Science. View Fund Profile.

Interview with Charles Mautz, Managing Member & Chief Investment Officer at Chinus Asset Management

As founder and Managing Member, Charles leads CHAM’s strategy and activities. He also oversees all investment activities including research, allocation and manager selection. Charles developed the firm’s focus on investing with locally-based managers throughout Asia and travels there frequently to identify the next rising stars.

From 2005 to 2008, Charles was a Managing Partner at an emerging growth company accelerator and a Managing Director at Aequitas Capital Management, where he led the firm’s efforts to form new fund products and oversaw its fund management activities. Prior to 2004, he held various strategic, financial and M&A roles in Los Angeles and New York. From 1999 to 2004 he was in charge of strategy and M&A at CMS, a leader in financial research distribution. While at CMS, he played an integral role in their expansion into Europe (via acquisition) and Asia. Prior to CMS, Charles oversaw subsidiaries and identified new acquisition opportunities for a $1.8 billion division of Itochu, a leading Japanese trading company. Charles is a 1989 cum laude graduate of Harvard University. View Fund Profile.

Interview with Ivan Popovic, Managing Director and Nicolas Mirjolet, Chief Investment Officer at Tolomeo Capital AG

Ivan Popovic is a founding partner of Tolomeo Capital and serves as the company’s Managing Partner. In 2006, he co-founded aeris CAPITAL, a large family office where he was responsible for several investment funds and served as a member of the Executive Management and the Board. Ivan headed the Quant and Risk Management Group of aeris CAPITAL, which was spun off in 2011 to form Tolomeo Capital. At Tolomeo Capital, Ivan oversees the day-to-day running of the business.

Nicolas Mirjolet is a founding partner and the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of Tolomeo Capital. In this function, he is responsible for portfolio management and the daily trading operations of Tolomeo’s investment products. He co-heads the research process and the development of new trading strategies with a focus on integrating them into the real market environment. View Fund Profile.

Interview with Mason Chau, Chief Investment Officer of OIL Assets International Limited

Mason Chau, Chief investment officer, BBA, Msc (E-commerce), CPA., FCCA, is the founder of OIL Assets International Limited. Prior to this, he has held senior position in BZW Asia Limited and HSBC Securities Limited. Mason also has extensive experience in direct investment and private equity. View Fund Profile.

Interview with Hyung-Kyu Choi, CEO & CIO of QUAD Capital Management

Hyung-Kyu Choi is the Managing Partner of Korean-based asset management firm QUAD Investment Management since January 2014. With 16 years of experience in investments, FX trading and credit analysis, Hyung-Kyu shares with us the fund's investment objective, along with his thoughts about the impact of smart watches on the industry, and display technology. View Fund Profile.

Interview with Christopher Peck, Partner & Portfolio Manager at Maiora Asian Structured Finance Fund

Christopher Peck has been in the industry with 16 years of experience in Japan and Singapore and currently focuses on resources and mezzanine debt at Maiora Asset Management. View Fund Profile.

Interview with Tom Lin, Founder & Portfolio Manager at MMA Pan Asia Fund Management LLC

Founder and Portfolio Manager Tom Lin has extensive experience in the Asian equity markets as an analyst, investor, and an investment banker. Prior to founding the firm, Mr. Lin managed and launched technology equity sales units for Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, and Deutsche Bank, as well as held a sector analyst role at Anthion Capital. Mr. Lin lived and worked in both Taiwan and Hong Kong for a combined 20 years. View Fund Profile.

Interview with Alex Goh, CFA, Investment Manager of Oak Spring Alpha Fund

With 20 years of experience in wealth management, the CEO of Abacus Asia Management, Alex Goh discusses the fund's origins and strategy, as well as overcoming challenges faced in the Asian markets. View Fund Profile.

Interview With Dr. Leung Wing Cheong, CEO & CIO of InnoFusion Capital Management Ltd

Holding 25 years of experience in trading and equity derivatives business in Hong Kong and the United States, Dr. Leung Wing Cheong, CEO and CIO at InnoFusion Capital Management discusses China’s intention to internationalise the renminbi and factors behind the fund’s success in 2008. View Fund Profile.

Interview with Christian Stauffer, CEO at EuroFin Asia Group

Founded in 2003, EuroFin Asia Group (EFA Group) is an independent specialty finance house offering investment opportunities across the capital structure spectrum, with a focus on real economy businesses and is located in Singapore and Geneva.

With 25 years experience in trade finance, structured finance and commodities trading, get a flavour of commodity trade finance with Christian Stauffer, CEO at EFA Group on how the structural aspects of trade finance funds offer income generating opportunities despite the banking regulations most recently brought by Basel III. View Fund Profile.

Interview with Wong Kok Hoi, Founder & CIO at APS Asset Management

With 30 years of investment experience, 6 offices around Asia and approximately US$3.2 billion in total assets, Wong Kok Hoi, Founder & CIO at APS Asset Management, discusses the challenges and opportunities of investing in Asia.

Through this video interview, Wong Kok Hoi shares his investment philosophy, reasons attributed for strong performance during 2008 to 2009, the investment environment post-Madoff and the challenges hedge fund startups face in current times. View Fund Profile.