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The Fund Solutions team within Sanlam FOUR has been established for over 15 years, and has experience across a range of asset classes.

This includes equities, fixed income, property (listed and non-listed), alternatives, cash and multi-asset. Within the multi-asset arena the team manages a range of risk-targeted portfolios. The Fund Solutions team manages assets for a variety of client types. It works closely with Sanlam Asset Management (Ireland) Limited to manage a number of the Sanlam Group’s Irish based vehicles. The team also provides a range of asset management services in the UK for parts of Sanlam UK. The Fund Solutions team manage products consisting of segregated accounts or underlying funds or combinations of the two.



Fund Solutions Team

For solutions consisting or requiring one or more investment managers (or underlying funds), the Fund Solutions team then considers the portfolio construction of the solution itself. This looks at the characteristics of the underlying investment managers in the context of the overall solution, and seeks to ensure that the solution is robust, time consistent and not subject to any unintended risks.

Finally, Fund Solutions conduct ongoing investment manager monitoring, in terms of both investment risk and adherence to the required parameters. This includes both formal and informal aspects through dialogue with the investment managers. The team also conducts formal periodic reviews of the solutions to make sure that the specific solution overall remains robust and is on course to achieve the agreed objectives. Where performance or other objectives are not achieved then the team will seek to replace appointed investment managers with superior offerings.

Justin Greeley

Justin Greeley

Director
Head: Fund Solutions

Within Sanlam FOUR and its subsidiary Sanlam International Investments (SIIL) Justin is Head of Fund Solutions.

He joined the Sanlam Group in January 2001. Since 2009 Justin has worked for SIIL on a number of Sanlam Asset Management (Ireland) (SAMI) funds to which SIIL has been appointed. Justin's role involves the day-to-day management and monitoring of certain of SAMI’s funds, and the successful execution of SIIL’s investment strategy. Justin’s role includes making investment decisions relating to asset allocation, investment manager allocation and managing day-to-day cash flows. Justin is also heavily involved in decisions related to investment manager appointments and terminations, and the subsequent implementation of restructurings of the relevant SAMI fund(s). Justin is a senior member of the SIIL investment team.

Prior to the end of 2008 Justin worked for Sanlam Multi-Manager International (SMMI) in London and was responsible for a range of both global and regional equity and fixed income funds. His principal area of expertise within the investment team centered on the fundamental investment manager research and fund construction processes. His primary responsibilities were monitoring and managing SAMI’s Global Equity, UK Equity and historically SAMI's Global Bond Fund.

Prior to working at SMMI, Justin studied at Durham University where he completed a B.A. (Hons.) in Economics and a M.Sc. in Finance. Justin is a CFA charterholder, a member of CFA Institute and a member of the CFA Society of the UK. He also holds the Investment Management Certificate qualification.

Barry Cowen

Barry Cowen

Senior Fund Manager

Barry has been working in investment management since 1997, and in the finance industry since 1991.

He was initially Eurobond broking with Financial and General Securities and then with the highly respected Société Générale as a Portfolio Manager, specialising in fixed income, money markets and foreign exchange, before moving on to George Petch International. There he assumed the role of Investment Director. In September 2008 Barry helped to set up Titan Fund Management (Mauritius) and took the position of Managing Director shortly afterwards. In 2011 Barry joined Sanlam as a Senior Investment Manager.

The position has since evolved into that of Senior Fund Manager at Sanlam FOUR. His role is to generate strong investment returns via the Risk Targeted Portfolios and the Income Fund that he and his colleagues construct and manage.

Kevin Ewer

Kevin Ewer

Senior Fund Manager

Kevin obtained his B.Com Honours (Finance) cum laude in 1997 from the University of Natal (Durban). Kevin is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). Kevin started his career at Sanlam Asset Management (then Gensec Asset Management) in January 1999 as financial programmer and risk analyst. He joined Mercury Risk Managers (which became RisCura) in January 2000, and was appointed as Director of RisCura in 2001. He was responsible for building their hedge fund risk capabilities. In April 2006 Kevin joined Blue Ink as Director and was responsible for running their range of fund of hedge fund portfolios.

Kevin joined Sanlam International Investments Limited in October 2010. His responsibilities include the analysis of hedge fund managers, and the structuring and managing of portfolios in both the long only and fund of hedge fund space.

Ali Bajwa

Ali Bajwa

Fund Manager

Ali Bajwa joined the Sanlam Group in June 2006 and has worked for them in New York, Luxembourg and since 2010 in their London office. He is a Fund Manager at SanlamFour with responsibility for alternative and long only portfolios. Prior to Sanlam he worked at Ivy Asset Management, JPMorgan and Pentegra all in New York. Ali holds a BSc from Baruch College and an MBA from Fordham University.

Nellis Kromhout

Nellis Kromhout

Fund Manager

After graduating from the University of Stellenbosch with a Bachelors degree in Financial Analysis, Nellis entered the investment management industry in 2006. He started his career at HSBC Global Asset Management, where he focused on private client, trust and charity portfolios. In 2010, Nellis joined Sanlam Private Investments as Investment Manager, initially overseeing client portfolio management and investment research.

His role has since evolved into that of Fund Manager for Sanlam FOUR, where he has responsibility for managing a large number of risk graded model portfolios on various fund platforms, with the objective of generating above average risk adjusted returns. In addition, Nellis overseas investment strategy and management of the Sanlam Accel Income Fund, a Dublin domiciled OEIC.

Allister Langridge

Allister Langridge

Analyst

Allister is an analyst at Sanlam FOUR in the Fund Solutions team. His primary responsibilities are fund research and analysis, and the daily management of the Fund Solutions’ Sanlam FOUR’s Dublin fund range and South African based unit trust range. Prior to joining Sanlam FOUR, Allister worked for Sanlam International Investments where he was part of the investment team that invested in both traditional as well as hedge funds that cover the asset class spectrum. He joined Sanlam Investment Management as a research analyst with the acquisition of Octane which later became Blue Ink hedge funds.

Allister started his career working as a performance analyst in a hedge fund environment at Octane Financial Services in 2009. He completed his CFA program exams in June 2011, and became a CFA charterholder in June 2013. Allister graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with a Bcom degree in investment management in 2008.

Sam Duncombe

Sam Duncombe

Analyst

Sam is an Analyst at Sanlam FOUR, where he has research responsibility for collective investment vehicles across sectors and asset classes. Prior to this he was a fund analyst at Sanlam Private Wealth (UK), where he was part of the team looking after fund selection for model portfolios and the company’s buy list.

Sam joined the group in 2012 after completing his M.Sc. in Financial Economics and Econometrics at the University of Essex. He holds a BA (Hons.) in Economics with Spanish from the same institution.
Sam is a CFA level three candidate. He also holds the Investment Management Certificate qualification.

Please see the links below for further information related to the solutions that the Fund Solutions team are involved in the management of:

Sanlam Asset Management (Ireland) Ltd
Sanlam UK
Sanlam Private Investments UK Ltd

Investment Process

The Fund Solutions team’s investment process combines both quantitative and qualitative elements and seeks to deliver on clients’ objectives over the long-run. The investment process starts by establishing and understanding the clients’ needs and goals. From this the Fund Solutions team works to develop a solution that will meet the client’s requirements. Using its experience, the team in collaboration with the client decide on the strategy to adopt. Having established the investment objectives and medium through which the solution will be delivered, the team then progresses to the next part of its investment process.

The investment objectives will provide the direction required for the asset classes to be utilised, and working from that the team will then be able to move to one of the major components of its process, the investment manager research and selection stage. This initially starts with the identification of a universe of investment managers that the team gradually reduce through a disciplined and repeatable approach. The process researches a number of parts of the investment manager’s proposition, including but not limited to: the investment managers’ organisational history and structure; the investment team and people; the investment process; the portfolio characteristics; investment performance; and compliance and risk management.

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