CEO of the Year Awards 2024

APAC Insider- CEO of the Year Awards 2024 Apr24141 In today’s funds management industry, there is a growing demand for specialized funds that deliver consistent returns across diverse market conditions. White Elk Partners is positioned to fill this gap with the upcoming launch of its innovative White Elk Alpha Fund, employing diverse trading strategies with a primary focus on Asian liquid markets. Setting the tone for excellence, Anthony Bathurst, the company’s CEO, has played an instrumental role in laying the foundations to drive the growth of White Elk and achieve target outcomes for investors. The White Elk Alpha Fund is the realisation of a long-term vision of White Elk co-founders, Carl Radford and Michael Rothlin, both industry veterans who, besides deep passion for financial markets, share an understanding of the importance of having a high calibre dedicated management team sitting outside the function of money management. While attracting senior managerial talent presents a significant challenge for many emerging businesses, Radford and Rothlin assembled a remarkable team to help them realize their ambition. CEO Anthony Bathurst joined White Elk alongside Chief Technology Officer Peter Welsh and Head of Investment Management Services Mark Croft, together bringing invaluable experience from diverse global leadership roles across funds management, risk management, operations, investment banking and technology. Bathurst took on the challenge of leading the strategic direction for the company and, together with Welsh and Croft, designing and implementing White Elk’s Target Operating Model. Leveraging over 25 years of experience in establishing and transforming investment operating models in multinational organizations across the UK and Asia Pacific, including AMP, JP Morgan, Credit Suisse, and the Royal Bank of Canada, Bathurst led the team to define key principles to ensure the model is robust, scalable, and positioned to leverage continuous improvement opportunities and new capabilities. Paramount to the design of a growth-focused and scalable model was the establishment of strategic partnerships with key providers. Beyond identifying market-leading solutions, this strategic approach not only supports the investment team and enhances operational efficiency, but also aims to translate into high-quality outcomes for investors, contributing to the fund’s overall performance and growth. The White Elk Alpha Fund will launch on the Wolver Hill Asset Management platform, along with impressive partnerships including Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan as prime brokers, BNP Paribas for fund administration and middle office, PwC as fund auditor and tax advisor, and Ogier and Mayer Brown providing legal counsel. The fund’s Board of Directors includes highly respected independent directors Yolanda Banks McCoy from Highwater Group and Neil Mackie from Dalhousie Governance, adding further credibility and expertise to the leadership team. “In an ever-changing financial landscape, we are entrusted by investors to manage one of the most important assets - their financial wealth. With financial stability and strength being paramount to their success, we have the privilege to deliver financial outcomes that support our investors in achieving their objectives.” While Bathurst has positioned the team to go above and beyond in establishing an unconstrained institutional-grade business platform and invaluable strategic partnerships within a mere nine months, he understands this is just the springboard to industry leadership. With extensive experience in leading high-performing teams across the end-to-end investment management operating model and delivering complex large-scale business transformation programs, Bathurst knows that true partnerships and relationships are not formed overnight. They require a longterm investment of time and attention to grow and evolve, and he is committed to driving continuous improvements, ensuring sustained success and value for all stakeholders. The seasoned professionals managing the operating model enables the co-founders to concentrate on investment management. Managed by Rothlin and Radford, the fund distinguishes itself through its unique blend of relative value and macro directional trading strategies, particularly focussed on Asian liquid markets. The fund offers a dual non-correlated portfolio construct that enhances operational alpha efficiencies. This specialized approach not only broadens the opportunity set for generating returns but also aims to deliver a stable and consistent return profile across diverse market conditions. The fund’s ability to generate alpha in varying interest and volatility cycles seeks to make it a standout option for multi-asset allocators seeking bespoke global macro investment strategies. Bathurst reflects on the foundation laid for White Elk’s future success: “By establishing an unconstrained institutional-grade business platform that seamlessly integrates a cutting-edge investment strategy, a blue-chip pedigree team, and strategic partnerships with tier 1 global providers, we’ve laid a robust foundation to achieve target outcomes for investors and drive the growth of the White Elk business.” As White Elk moves forward, their primary objectives include launching the White Elk Alpha Fund this quarter, growing their investor base, and building out a fully-fledged asset management business. All three objectives are currently in motion, promising an exciting future for the company. The recognition of Anthony Bathurst as CEO of the Year underscores his significant contributions on their journey so far and is a testament to the collective efforts of the entire team at White Elk and their commitment to excellence in the financial services industry. Contact: Anthony Bathurst Company: White Elk Partners Web Address: Most Dedicated Financial Services CEO 2024 (Australia & Hong Kong): Anthony Bathurst