Fidante Partners has united with former long-time Platinum Asia Fund portfolio manager Dr. Joseph Lai and other former Platinum Asset Management alumni to launch a new emerging market fund manager, Ox Capital Management (OxCap).
The new boutique expects to launch a long-only and a long-short emerging market equity fund later this year. Dr. Lai, OxCap Principal and Lead Portfolio Manager, is joined by Douglas Huey and Alan Zhang, OxCap Principals and Portfolio Managers.
The team will use their expertise and long experience of investing in Asia and other dynamic emerging markets to find compelling investment opportunities, taking a long-term, contrarian approach.
Dr. Lai worked at Platinum Asset Management for 17 years, beginning as an analyst specialising in Asian stock picks. He became a fund manager in 2007 focusing on stock selection and was the lead portfolio manager for the Platinum Asia Fund from the end of 2014 until the end of 2020.
Mr. Huey joins OxCap from PM Capital where he was an analyst and portfolio manager for the last three years. Prior to this he was an analyst at Platinum Asset Management for more than 21 years. He covered Asia from 1996-2000, the technology sector globally from 2000-2014, and South East Asia, Korea and Taiwan from 2014 to 2018.
Mr. Zhang, who is currently based in China, joins OxCap from Platinum Asset Management where he was an analyst for the Platinum Asia Fund for more than three years.
Sydney-based Sid Mehta rounds out the team in an Analyst role with over 10 years experience working in corporate finance, strategy and start-ups across India, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia.
Dr. Lai said he and fellow Principals Mr. Huey and Mr. Zhang are strong believers in the boutique approach because of their desire to build something significant that they could co-own and be totally aligned with investors in.
“We’ve assembled a team of the top talent in the emerging markets space and we look forward to bringing our unique and differentiated approach to investors. From a career and market standpoint we see this as the perfect time to launch what we envisage as an enduring relationship with a very capable partner.
“Fidante has a proven track record of success with specialist investment management businesses. OxCap is delighted to join the Fidante family,” Dr. Lai said.
Global Head of Fidante Partners, John Burke said Fidante was constantly looking to increase its global footprint and expand asset classes offered.
“OxCap is a great fit for Fidante in terms of shared values and providing our investors with access to world class emerging market managers. As a new boutique in the Fidante stable, OxCap presents an exciting investment opportunity over the short and medium term.
“Active investing is at the heart of what we do. For the highly skilled OxCap team, our strategic, operational and distribution expertise gives them access to a large investor base while enabling them to focus on what they do best – managing money,” Mr. Burke said.