River and Mercantile Asset Management is a UK-based, long-only investment management firm, established in 2006. It specialises in managing UK and global equity portfolios, primarily on behalf of institutional clients. It also has a presence in the private investor/wealth market due to its long-standing relationships with private client stockbrokers, discretionary wealth managers and other segments of the wholesale market. As at 30 September 2015, assets under management were in excess of $A4bn. It forms part of the broader River and Mercantile Group PLC, which is an investment solutions, advisory and asset management business.
James Barham – Chief Executive Officer
James completed his education at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, which was followed by service with The Royal Welch Fusiliers. He joined James Capel in 1990 and subsequently left in 1995 as part of the team that founded and successfully floated Liontrust Asset Management PLC where he established and managed the institutional business. Following a period at Intermediate Capital Group Plc, James founded River and Mercantile in September 2005, with the backing of Sir John Beckwith and his Pacific Investments team led by Mark Johnson. James sits on the board of River and Mercantile and is Chief Executive of River and Mercantile Asset Management.
Hugh Sergeant – Chief Investment Officer
Hugh graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in Economics. He joined Gartmore in 1987 as a UK Equities graduate trainee and moved to Phillips & Drew in 1990, managing UK equities throughout his 12 years there. He became Head of Smaller Companies in 1997, establishing a new team and launching the UBS Smaller Companies Fund. In March 2000, Hugh was promoted to Head of UK Equities at UBS Global Asset Management and Chairman of the UK Equities Committee. He joined Societe Generale Asset Management in 2002 where he was Head of UK Equities, manager of the Growth strategy and co-manager of the Special Opportunities Fund. Hugh joined River and Mercantile Asset Management in August 2006 as Chief Investment Officer. He is responsible for the management of the UK High Alpha, UK Long Term Recovery, World Recovery and Global High Alpha strategies.
River and Mercantile has been appointed to manage international shares in the portfolios due to the strength and experience of its investment team and disciplined investment process in terms of bottom-up security analysis, sell discipline and risk management. Its bottom-up security value biased approach complements the other managers in the Fund, along with the breadth of its portfolio, which includes a focus on exploiting smaller market cap companies. These will assist in diversifying the return streams used in the portfolios and in turn, assist with the consistency of returns.