Lawrence (Lonnie) D. Howell – Co-Founder & Member of the Board
“Lonnie” brings over 35 years of experience in Financial Services and Private Banking. He is the co-founder of EFG International and served as its Chief Executive Officer until June 28, 2011. Prior to EFGI, he served as Head of Americas at Coutts & Co. International Private Banking from 1989 to 1995 and was responsible for all clients domiciled in the Americas as well as all Coutts &Co’s offices in the US, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman and Latin America. Before this, he also served as Head of Americas and Asia in Zurich of Coutts & Co. From 1986 to 1989, he served as Vice President in charge of Swiss Super High Net Worth Clients at Citibank Switzerland. From 1985 to 1986 he was with McKinsey & Co. LH served as Chief of Staff for the Head of Private Banking for Europe, Middle East and Africa of Citibank from 1981 to 1984. He started his career as internal legal counsel with Citibank from 1978 to 1981. Mr. Howell holds a BA and JD from the University of Virginia.
Y N. Nagendra – Chairman of Ucap Asset Management (Asia and the Middle East)
Mr Y N Nagendra joined Ucap Hong Kong Asset Management Ltd after six years at Bank J Safra Sarasin as Vice Chairman and Deputy CEO Asia. Before stepping down recently, he also held the post of Global Head of Strategic Resourcing – a role in which he was responsible for hiring senior bankers across the globe.
Prior to Bank J Safra Sarasin, he was with Bank of Singapore (BoS) as Managing Director and global head of India subcontinent, Middle East and Africa overseeing a team based in Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and London. He has also been Head for South Asia , Middle East & Africa and the UK at ING Private Banking, which later became Bank of Singapore. He started his career in private banking with BNP and then moved to Rabobank.
Mr. Nagendra is highly experienced, successful and well-regarded business leader and banker. The combination of his experience, knowledge of private banking and culture would prove invaluable for UCap Asset Management’s next stages of growth.
Sambit Mangaraj – Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
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.
Roger Simon Pyrke – Senior Adviser (Responsible Officer)
Mr. Pyrke has been involved in the asset management business for over 27 years, providing wealth management and client advisory services, to institutional and high net worth clients.
Mr. Pyrke has previously worked in various leading regional and global financial institutions, including as a director of Asia Alternative Asset Partners, as a Responsible Officer of Noble Investments Asia Ltd, as Managing Director of Harcourt Advisory Services Limited and as a Director with Barclays International Funds Asia, where he was responsible for sales, marketing and administration of open-ended investment fund products in Asia.
Christine Ma – Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Ma has been involved in the financial market for over 18 years, executing securities transaction, opening accounts and managing accounts activities, including conduct a performance reports and coordinating with various custodial banks.
She has previously worked as a Customer Relationship Manager for a period from Nov 1997 to Apr 2007 at Hang Seng Bank Limited. Prior to join the company, she served as Customer Services Officer from May 2007 at EFG Bank AG, Hong Kong. She is a CFP Certificant under The Institute of Financial Planners of Hong Kong.
Ivy Cheung – Senior Vice President – Compliance
Ms. Cheung has over 14 years of experience in financial services, carrying out compliance functions for private bank, asset management and insurance company.
Prior to joining the company, Ivy was a Director of Edmond de Rothschild (Suisse) S.A., Hong Kong Branch, a boutique Swiss-based private bank. In this role, she acted as the MLRO for the bank to meet the AML requirements of the relevant regulatory bodies. Before this, Ivy hold different positions in a MNC insurance company and a Chinese-based asset management company. Prior to that, she served as a Manager in the SFC for more than 4 years. She started her career with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu as an auditor. She is a CPA registered under the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and received her BBA degree from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She also holds a Bachelor of Laws degree.