Jean Keller joined Quaero Capital SA in 2011 as CEO and Partner.
Prior to joining Quaero Capital SA in February 2011, Jean Keller was CEO of 3A (Alternative Asset Advisors), the alternative investment division of banking group SYZ in Geneva. From when he joined 3A in 2005, the group grew significantly from around USD 1bn to over USD 4bn at its peak. Jean Keller was also responsible for the development of the group in Asia, with the purchase of Oria Capital in Hong Kong.
Before joining the SYZ group, Jean Keller spent 11 years assuming various responsibilities within the Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch (LODH) Group in Geneva, New York and London. From 2002 to 2004, he was CEO of LODH Asset Management Ltd in London and a member of the group’s Management Committee. He also co-headed LODH’s institutional asset management division and sat on the Asset Management Board.
From 1988 to 1992, he was Investment Manager and Investment Analyst with Baring Asset Management in London and Hong Kong, where he was involved in the management of various mutual and institutional funds. Jean Keller holds a Degree in International Relations from the University of Geneva and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania, with a major in Finance.
Rupert Kimber is a partner of Quaero Capital LLP. He joined the firm (formerly Tiburon Partners LLP) in 2009 and is lead manager of Tiburon Taiko Fund and other Japanese mandates.
He is a significant shareholder in the fund and in Quaero Capital LLP. Rupert commenced his career at Cazenove in 1984 and has been involved in Japanese equities since 1986.
In 1989 Rupert relocated to Cazenove’s Tokyo office where he worked as an analyst and salesman.
In 1997 he became a partner of Cazenove based in Tokyo with the responsibility for developing the Japanese cash equities business as well as remaining active in sales. Following a decision to close the business in 2003, he took the bulk of the team to KBC Financial in Tokyo where he became a managing director with responsibility for developing the Japanese cash equity business.
In 2005 he joined Polar Capital to work alongside the Japanese fund managers and was responsible for building out the Tokyo based research team. In 2007, he joined Belvedere Investment Partners where he launched and managed the Belvedere Japan Fund.
Rupert graduated from York University with a degree in politics.
Richard Pell-Ilderton is a founding partner and CEO of Quaero Capital LLP.
He qualified as a solicitor in 1985 and became a partner with City law firm Wilde Sapte in 1989.
He was responsible for establishing the Tokyo and Hong Kong offices of Wilde Sapte and went on to be a director at SocGen-Crosby in Singapore before setting up Tiburon Partners.
Francesco Samson joined Quaero Capital SA on April 1st, 2017, as Group COO.
Francesco Samson started his career in 1990 with DuPont de Nemours in Geneva where he became head of sales of three products in Europe. He subsequently joined McKinsey in Geneva in 1996 where he focused on business development and restructuring related projects. From 1998 to 2004 he led the strategy for the EMEA region, building and leading two front office teams for the Citigroup Private Bank in Geneva. Francesco Samson then spent 10 years at EIM in Nyon, where he was Partner, Group COO and member of the Executive Committee, also overseeing business development and investment services. He joined Brevan Howard in 2014 as Head and COO of the Geneva office and a member of the Executive Committee of Brevan Howard Investment Products Limited in Jersey.
Fluent in French, Italian, English and German, Francesco Samson has an MSc from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (“EPFL”) in Lausanne, Switzerland, and an MBA from INSEAD in Paris with a major in Finance.