Simon Hopkins, Chief Executive Officer, has been a senior figure in the international investment management industry for more than a decade. 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. Mr. Hopkins has a strong record fighting for the rights of shareholders throughout his professional career, where he has been an outspoken critic of egregious practices in asset management and an ardent champion of investors’ interests. He was an early advocate and exponent of managed account investing.
After pursuing a successful investment banking career spanning more than a decade at S.G. Warburg, UBS, HSBC James Capel and Nomura where he participated in numerous Emerging Markets transactions, 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 investor. At its peak GFA had over 27,000 registered users around the globe.
Concurrently, Mr. Hopkins played a pioneering role in seeding many of the incipient European hedge funds through the Fortune Group, an award-winning alternatives investment banking and advisory business, which he also created in 1996, and which merged with Global Fund Analysis in 2000. Fortune 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, the OECD and the London School of Economics on hedge fund investing. He was profiled in a significant interview with FTfm in December 2008. He graduated with honours from the University of Bristol’s Faculty of Law in 1986 and speaks fluent French. He now resides with his family in Singapore.
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