Our Team

Bronte's people are drawn from a diverse range of backgrounds by design.  The aim being to bring originality back into the investment process, and avoid the group-think that has plagued the industry.

 

 
 
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John Hempton - Founder & CIO

John has been a financial markets professional since 1999 and is Chief Investment Officer, Founder and co-owner at Bronte. 

John was Head of Financials at Platinum Asset Management and it's youngest partner.  After Platinum listed in 2007, John started Bronte Capital in 2009.

John believes that sitting in Australia, out of time-zone with most of Bronte's larger Long/Short competitors, and avoiding broker research, enables Bronte to have a fresh and unique view of companies.

 

Simon Maher - Founder & CEO

Simon has over 20 years diverse commercial experience, primarily as the former CEO and Managing Director of Southern Hydro but also as an investment banker for Alternate Energy at Babcock & Brown. Simon developed Southern Hydro into Australia’s leading asset backed energy trader, delivering 32% IRR for investors over an 8-year period.

Simon has been CEO of Bronte since inception, but is also COO and CCO for the firm with the assistance of Georgina Taylor.

As COO / CCO, Simon monitors and services Bronte's Fund flows and risk / concentration limits and ensures compliance in all jurisdictions.

 

Andrew Reeves - Analyst & Distribution

Andrew has been in investment banking and financial markets since 2004 and recently joined Bronte to assist with fund distribution.  Andrew also sits on the investment team.

Prior to Bronte, Andrew worked in Hong Kong within Deutsche Bank advising hedge funds on market neutral strategies within AxJ.  During his 10 years in Asia with DB, Andrew's responsibilities included Head of Asia Relative Value Sales & Trading and Research, where he helped new funds generate uncorrelated returns.

More recently, Andrew ran Hedge Fund Sales for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Australia.

 

Luke Ryves - Analyst

Luke sits on the investment committee of Bronte and brings almost a decade of experience as a scientist/engineer to our analysis.

Luke has a PhD in physics and University Medal from the University of Sydney, working on materials science and plasma deposition systems. Prior to Bronte, Luke was applying his technical ability at venture capital-backed technology companies in the medical device and solar photovoltaic industries.

Luke primarily focuses on our Long Investments.

 

David Sachs - Analyst

David sits on the investment committee of Bronte and focuses primarily on the short portfolio and the construction of Bronte’s unique person database.

David has over 15 years experience in tech-focused buy side firms as an investor at Trident Capital, Redpoint Ventures and hedge fund Connective Capital. David has an AB Harvard, an MBA from Wharton (Palmer Scholar), and is a CFA charterholder.

David leads Bronte’s effort to systematically identify companies that have a predisposition to over-state, mis-state or simply over-promise in their results that yields a rich source of potential companies to short.

 

Georgie Taylor - Operations

Georgie is a former trader with over 15 years experience in a number of boutique and global fund managers and currently runs Operations for Bronte.

Georgie ensures our compliance with the AFSL and other relevant jurisdictions. Further, Georgie maintains and implements all staff and Company registers and training and reviews and monitors all interactions with the Administrator, Auditor and Legal. Georgie has an extensive knowledge of equities, settlements and corporate action and risk systems, Georgie ensures the smooth operation and risk management reporting of Bronte.