Philip Best co-founded QUAERO CAPITAL SA in 2005 and is a Partner, Fund Manager and Shareholder.
Philip started his career as a fund manager at Warburg Investment Management in 1983, managing the Mercury European Income Fund. In 1987, he joined Enskilda Securities as a broker specialising in European small cap companies. In 1994 he established and ran the Paris office of The Europe Company Limited, a specialist research-driven European small cap brokerage (purchased by Jefferies & Co in 2000).
Philip launched The Argonaut Fund in 2003 and in the 14 years since then the fund has achieved an annualized return over 14%. He is also a non-Executive Director of UK publicly listed investment fund Jupiter European Opportunities Trust, an investment company with assets of over GBP 630m.
Born in 1960, Philip graduated from Oxford University in 1982 and worked in London for six years before moving to Paris in 1988 and then to Geneva in 2003. He is bilingual in English and French.
Cristofer Gelli co-founded QUAERO CAPITAL SA in 2005 as Chairman, Partner and Fund Manager
Cristofer launched Argos Investment Fund in 2002 and QUAERO CAPITAL SA (formerly Argos Investment Managers) in 2005 and has been Chairman of the company since its inception. He is also Chairman and co-founder of the Geneva-based wealth management company Gadd & Cie S.A.
Cristofer joined the Banque Scandinave Switzerland, in Geneva, in 1980, progressing to Vice President before leaving them in 1989 to found Gadd & Cie.
He is or has been a member of several boards of directors including the Groupement Suisse des Conseils en Gestion Indépendants (Swiss Association of Independent Financial Advisors), COPRE, an independent pension fund, and various other financial services companies and investment funds.
Cristofer graduated in 1980 from the University of Lausanne (HEC) with a degree in Economics.
Marc Saint John Webb joined QUAERO CAPITAL SA in 2006 as a Fund Manager.
Marc Saint John Webb is co-manager of The Argonaut Fund. He launched the European Smaller Companies Fund (formerly Family Enterprise) in 2007 and is a significant shareholder of the firm.
He has over 25 years’ experience of investing in European equities, starting out as a stockbroker for Warburg Securities in Paris in 1987. He subsequently worked as a research analyst for Schelcher Prince before moving on to small cap stock picking at Oddo.
In 1997, he joined CCF Elysées Bourse as Head of the Small Caps Division, where he developed a new research product dedicated to smaller companies. He oversaw a number of IPO’s and raised further capital for listed smaller companies.
In 2001, he co-founded IXIS-Rothschild Midcaps, a Paris-based joint venture specialising in corporate brokerage and research on French mid-sized companies.
Born in 1965, Marc studied at Aston Business School in England, the Complutense University of Madrid in Spain and INSEAD in France. He holds the diploma of the SFAF (the French Society of Financial Analysts).
Michaël Malquarti joined Quaero Capital in 2017 as Senior Portfolio Manager, with a focus on two distinct strategies: quantitative equities and asset allocation.
Prior to joining Quaero Capital, Michaël Malquarti was heading the manager research and alternative investments team at SYZ Asset Management. He started at SYZ in 2005, initially developing quantitative and qualitative tools to support the alternative investment process and subsequently as head of risk, designing and institutionalizing its risk management process. In 2010, he joined the alternative investments team as senior analyst and senior portfolio manager with a focus on quantitative issues, complex strategies and portfolio construction. He subsequently co-headed the alternative investment team from the end of 2012 to the end of 2015.
Prior to working in the financial sector, Michaël carried out research in the field of theoretical cosmology.
He is the author of several publications in professional journals. Since 2015 he has also been actively promoting a reform of the monetary system.
Michaël Malquarti holds a Masters in Mathematical Physics from the University of Geneva and a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Sussex (UK).
Sebastien Hoyez joined QUAERO CAPITAL SA in 2014 in the role of fund manager support and research analyst.
In 2008, he began his career at the investment bank Natixis, before joining AXA IM as a Portfolio Controller. In 2011, Sebastien moved to Carmignac Gestion to reinforce the Middle Office team, subsequently joining Tikehau IM in 2013 also to assist in the development of new support tools and systems. In addition to his responsibilities at this time, Sebastien decided to widen his competence to investment analysis and undertook the CFA (Chartered Financial Analysts) exams. Sebastien joined QUAERO CAPITAL SA in September 2014 to work with Philip Best and Marc Saint John Webb on fund management support and research analysis.
Sebastien holds a Master Degree of Portfolio Management (Paris XII), Master Degree of Corporate Finance (ESM-A), and since September 2015, is a CFA® charterholder.
Henry Hillgarth joined Quaero Capital in April 2016 in the role of fund manager support and research analyst.
Henry began his career as a research analyst at Baillie Gifford in Edinburgh in 2011, where he underwent the Trainee Investment Manager program, working on fundamental analysis of companies across different geographical areas including the UK and Continental Europe. After nearly three years at Baillie Gifford he moved on to the Geneva-based equity long/short fund, Pascal Advisors, where he continued to build his experience on European equities until he joined Quaero Capital.
Henry is a native of Geneva and speaks fluent English, French, Italian and Spanish. He holds a degree from Oxford University, and has passed level 2 of the CFA Program.
Guillaume Launay joined QUAERO CAPITAL (FRANCE) sas in 2013 as Co-General Manager.
Guillaume started at Credit Lyonnais USA on Forex and options prior to joining the Credit Lyonnais Paris headquarters Forex desk, where he spent 8 years responsible for the EMS desk. For the next five years he was in charge of Repurchase Agreements and bills desks for the Credit Lyonnais Paris, London and Tokyo operations. Guillaume has worked three years in Credit Lyonnais London, two in Credit Lyonnais NY and one year in Japan. He left Credit Lyonnais in 2001 to launch Quantic Asset Management with a strong focus on credit products. He eventually sold the company to the OFI Group in 2003 to launch and manage credit funds as well as structured credit products. While at OFI, Guillaume started OFI Investment Solutions and was its CEO. He was a senior partner at OFI and a member of the advisory board of OFI Infravia.
After 10 years at OFI, Guillaume left to start a new company called Blue Alpha with a view to investing in newly created asset management companies and to helping develop their brand and AUM.
In 1986, Guillaume graduated from Paris Dauphine University with a Master 203.
Guillaume d’Halluin joined QUAERO CAPITAL (FRANCE) sas in 2014 as a Fund Manager.
Guillaume d’Halluin has 30 years experience in European equities and fund management. He spent 20 years as an equity analyst working with Wood Mackenzie (London), Delahaye Ripault (SG group) and KBC Securities in Paris.
In 1992 he was the co-founder of The Europe Company Ltd (Paris branch) where he worked with Philip Best, firmly establishing it as a research-driven small-cap focused European brokerage and stayed with the company until it was purchased by Jefferies & Co. in 2000.
In 2005 he joined Cholet Dupont as a fund manager running 3 different FCP funds in European Equity and listed real estate companies.
In 2011 he co-founded a small multi -family office in Paris specialized in auditing investment belonging to high net wealth individuals and also offering a selection of multi-manager funds.
He is a graduate from The European Business School (1984) and holds a Master’s degree in Wealth Management (“Gestion de Patrimoine”). He has been a member of the SFAF (the French Financial Analysts’ Association) since 2001.
Franck Berlamont joined QUAERO CAPITAL SA in 2014 as a Fund Manager.
Franck is also the founding partner, President and CEO of Geneva Partners, an independent asset management firm based in Geneva, Switzerland.
After receiving his MBA from Columbia Business School in 1987, Franck Berlamont spent 13 years at Citibank, serving as Managing Director in France (90-93) and then as Citibank Private Bank Marketing Director for Europe, the Middle-East and Africa.
He joined Banque Marcuard Cook & Company in Geneva in 1999 as Partner and CEO. Mr. Berlamont founded Geneva Partners in 2002, following the sale of Banque Marcuard Cook.
Sébastien Waefler joined QUAERO CAPITAL SA in 2014 as a Fund Manager.
Besides his role at QUAERO CAPITAL SA, Sébastien is also a Managing Partner at Compagnie Financière Aval SA.
He has more than 15 years of asset management experience and is a member of the Swiss Financial Analyst Association (SFAA).
Previously, Sébastien was a board member of various companies, including Compagnie Aramayo SA in the mining and chemical sector, and worked as COO of amLeague SA, a company that measure asset managers’ performance.
Sébastien co-manages a dynamic yield portfolio in the Argos fund range.
Edouard de l’Espée joined QUAERO CAPITAL SA in 2014 as a Fund Manager.
Edouard started his career in 1972 as a financial analyst and embarked on an extensive institutional asset management and research career. He began managing a bond fund in 1981 for a subsidiary bank of UBS Group. In 1986 he joined Cursitor Ltd in London, an independent money manager, where he developed and managed investment funds based on in-house macro research. Building expertise in macro-economic analysis, he has been managing bond funds for over 25 years, earning Standard & Poor’s distinctions for outstanding performance over 3, 5 and 10 years.
Edouard is on the Board and Audit Committee of the Wendel Group (France) since 2005, a public investment company with gross assets over 10 billion Euros which takes major participations as an active shareholder with a long-term perspective. To this function he brings his strong macro-economic analytical skills and experience of financial markets.
Edouard co-manages a dynamic yield portfolio in the Argos fund range.
Born in 1948, Edouard graduated in 1972 from ESCP, Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris.
Laurent Bachmann joined QUAERO CAPITAL SA in 2013 as a Fund Manager.
For the seven years immediately before this, he was Managing Director at Credit Suisse Private Banking in charge of UHNWI Clients in Geneva. With Lombard Odier from 1994 to 2004, he was in charge if the Institutional Client unit in French- speaking Switzerland before heading a Private Client sector.
Laurent is a CFA Charterholder, he holds an MSc from Swiss Polytechnic Institute (EPFL) in Lausanne and an MBA from IMD.
He was on the Board of the Swiss CFA Society for nine years and currently serves on the Board of several non-profit organisations, one of them as Chairman.