Investment Vets Set Up New Absolute Return Shop

Jan 21 2010 | 9:43am ET

A pair of investment management veterans has founded a boutique investment management firm, which is gearing up to launch a series of bespoke hedge funds, private equity vehicles and mutual funds.

The new firm, Galileo Capital Management, was recently founded by Anders Jacobsen and Paul Thompson, who have over 40 years combined experience in the investment management sector.

According to the two, Galileo Capital Management will launch, manage and raise capital for a range of alternative asset funds. These planned funds target under-invested business sectors and highly innovative improvements of existing investment strategies.

“We have identified a number of investment strategies in niche areas offering a low correlation to markets that are still significantly untapped,” said Thompson. “Our expertise in structuring and launching investment funds will enable us to bring these strategies to market quickly and effectively.”

The principals at Galileo Capital Management will also provide advice on set-up, structuring and capital raising for third-party mutual, venture capital, private equity and hedge funds.

The firm, which has offices in London and Hong Kong, will also provide advice on business entry strategies into China, including sourcing suitable business partners and execution. Jacobsen and Thompson have worked in China and on Chinese investment and business development mandates across a range of industries since 1999.

“The recent financial crisis has underlined the importance of China and more broadly of Asia as a source of growth and key determinant in the global economy,” said Thompson. “Our deep experience and high-level network in China gives clients access to this region in a high-quality manner through our business entry and advisory services.”

Jacobsen added, “Limited competition remains at the truly boutique level in the investment management advisory sector, especially as regards China-related opportunities. Galileo Capital Management offers the personal access to senior executives and hands-on attention that our clients have indicated is one of their highest priorities”. 


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