The Investment advisory committee provides general advice to Ucap HK on market outlook, investment strategies and special investment opportunities. Clement and Pierre, Co-Founders of Union Capital Group SA, bring their extensive expertise in financial markets, to the team.
Andrew Freis – Chief Strategist
Andrew joins us from Ecognosis Advisory Ltd , where he was the Founder and CEO. Prior to starting his own consultancy he has had 24 years of Investment Banking experience last being with BNP Paribas in Hong Kong as Chief Economist , Asia, Head of Asia Credit Research and Chief Investment Advisor for Asia. His Investment Banking experience spreads across major global Institutions like Bank of America, Salomon Brothers and GT Capital. Andrew is also an accomplished Academician with 22 years of experience across institutions like Metropolitan City University, London. City University, Hong Kong where he was Head of the Finance and Economics Department from 1985-1990. He holds a degree from the London School of Economics.
Apart from his experience across Investment Banking and Academics, Andrew has wide experience as speaker and has been invited to various countries. He has excellent media links and exposure in CNBC, Bloomberg, Reuters, CNA, RTHK and other Asian stations. He and his wife, Anabella run the non-profit Chopin Society of Hong Kong which organises classical music and educational events. They also run in Young, Uruguay a non-profit cultural centre, The Parnaso, which has a library for books and one for music and presents literary and musical events.
Johnny Ngan – Vice President, Investment
Johnny has been working in financial industry for over 17 years with a well-rounded skill set in financial analysis and research. Before joining UCAP, he was working with Gain Premium Holding Limited where he worked on the due diligence and research side. Prior to this, he has worked in DBS Private Bank (HK) , Bank of Singapore and HSBC Broking Services (Asia) Ltd as an Investment Specialist to collaborate with Relationship Managers to identify and achieve the clients unique investment goals.
He has graduated from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology majoring in Economics and Finance.
Prior to founding Capital Union Bank in 2013, Clément co-founded Union Capital Group SA in 2006 which has become a highly successful boutique financial advisor specializing in Capital Markets via derivatives & structured solutions dedicated to the private banking sector in Switzerland, Europe & Latin America. Furthermore, Clément is administrator of Lake Geneva Investments Partners, a Finma regulated asset manager focusing on niche investment strategies currently overseeing AUM’s in excess of USD 500 million. Clément formerly developed his expertise by working at HSBC Corporate & Investment bank as a derivatives and structured products specialist dedicated to family offices and independent asset managers in Europe. Clement earned a bachelor’s in Business Administration from ESSEC Business School in Paris.
Mr. Mangaraj has been involved in the financial market for over 20 years, providing securities dealing, wealth management and client advisory services, including the distribution and marketing of investment products to institutional and high net worth clients.
He has previously worked in a number of leading regional and global financial institutions, including Darashaw and Company Pvt. Ltd, an Investment Banking and Broking company in India as Senior Associate for a period from June 2000 to April 2003, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company Limited (in India) as Group Solutions Manager for a period from May 2003 to June 2005, ICICI Bank Limited (in Hong Kong) from July 2005 to June 2007, EFG Bank, AG (in Hong Kong) resigning as Managing Director in March 2013. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management in Goa Institute Management in India.
At a corporate management level, Mr. Mangaraj will be responsible for business strategic planning and development, investment strategies, risk management and marketing.