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In 1964, Beat Notz, a truly independent and visionary mind, imagined a new wealth management concept.
During the decades that followed, we discovered and invested with some of the most talented fund managers of the modern era.
On 28 April 1967, we established our first Luxembourg-based long only collective investment vehicle, DGC SICAV (later rebranded Diversified Growth Company), which became the first UCITS fund in Luxembourg.
Able to deliver consistent absolute returns, but secretive and often difficult to understand, hedge funds can be a challenging investment for private investors.
In 1975, Beat Notz partnered with his friend Christian Stucki to create Notz Stucki & Cie.
Thanks to its long tradition of colonial trade and its liberal regulation of financial exchanges, London established itself in the 1970s as the global hub for international investing and the European centre of expertise in asset management.
In the years following the 1973 oil crisis, most developed economies were undergoing a long-lasting recession. At the same time, the emerging Asian Tigers were exporting their manufactured goods worldwide and enjoying exceptionally high growth rates.
As the less efficient markets of Europe provided good investment opportunities, in 1987 we decided to look for European hedge funds. At the time, the only place where you could find talented managers was London. But the British traders trying to set up their own hedge funds had a hard time finding investors in Switzerland.
In the 1980s, Europe became a huge market for asset management, thanks to the first UCITS Directive, adopted in 1985. This allowed the creation of euro-compatible investment funds and thus the advent of a single European market for investment.
In the 90s, India initiated a deep economic liberalisation program, opening the doors of the world’s sixth largest economy to foreign investment.
After having relied for 30 years on combining outside talent to build multi-manager portfolios, we decided to complement this unique expertise by launching our own single-manager strategies, in particular with funds based on promising investment themes.
In 2000, the dot-com bubble burst and the world’s stock markets fell sharply.
Alas, unlike in 2000, hedge funds suffered heavily during the 2008 financial crisis. Indeed, driven to complacency by the influx of capital and rising markets, many alternative managers massively increased their risk and leverage.
In December 2013, our Luxembourg entity became the 1st Super ManCo in Luxembourg to be granted the AIFM License, the Management Company under Chapter 15 of the UCITS Law license and the Wealth Management Activity extended services.
In 2021, with a new generation on board and in order to reflect the evolution of our activities, we have changed our brand name to NS Partners.
Cédric Dingens joined NS Partners (formerly Notz Stucki) in 2002 and heads the Investment Solutions & Institutional Clients department. He also oversees the Alternative Investments activity and is a member of the Portfolio Management & Hedge Fund Selection team and of the Asset Allocation Committee.
Cédric started his career in Banque du Luxembourg (BIL) in 2001. In 2002, he joined NS Partners in Luxembourg as a portfolio manager. He has developed the internal quantitative risk management framework before being appointed Head of risk management in Geneva in 2010, and then being promoted to his current position in 2016.
He holds a degree in quantitative finance from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines in Nancy (France) and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).
Angel Sanz joined NS Partners in 2012. He is Chief Investment Officer and heads the Asset Management division. As such, he leads the Group’s Asset Allocation department and oversees the Long Only Investments and Alternative Investments teams. He is also a member of the Asset Allocation Committee.
Angel has over 25 years of investment experience. Prior to joining the firm, he held three CIO positions at Bankia, BBVA Asset Management and M&B Capital. Before starting his financial career in 1991, he worked for 4 years as a software engineer at AT&T Bell Labs (USA).
Angel holds an MBA from Lehigh University (USA) and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Valladolid (Spain), for which he received a national academic-achievement award.
Frédéric de Poix joined NS Partners in 2013. He now heads the wealth management business line.
After starting his career in 1985 as a coffee trader at Sucres et Denrées and as a regional manager at Finagrain, a subsidiary of the Continental Grain Company, he worked in private wealth management at Morgan Stanley and Hyposwiss for 15 years.
Frédéric is a graduate of the Bachelor of Business Administration program of EPSCI/ESSEC GROUP (France).
Antonio Mira joined NS Partners in 2006 as Group Chief Financial Officer. He heads the corporate functions and is involved in coordinating and implementing the decisions of the Executive Committee.
An experienced bank auditor, Antonio started his career in 1995 with Arthur Andersen, where he worked for some 7 years before joining Ernst & Young in 2002 as a Senior Manager.
Antonio is a Swiss chartered accountant and a Business graduate of Lausanne University (HEC).
Grégoire Notz joined NS Partners in 1997, the Board of the NS Partners Group in 2008, the Executive Committe in 2017 and now also heads the Strategy and Development department.
Before joining the company, he held various positions at Permal Asset Management in New York, SBC Warburg in Zurich and Banco Santander in New York. He also founded Arowana Asset Management, Pterois SA, and sits on the Board of Notz (Metall) Holding.
Grégoire holds a BS with a double Major in Finance and in MIS from Northeastern University in Boston (USA) and is a graduate of Harvard Business School OPM in Boston (USA).
Christophe Verbaere joined NS Partners in 2021 as Group Chief Operating Officer, in charge of technology and operations.
He started his career in 1994 with the French Space Agency as a rocket scientist for European Ariane space launchers family and moved to Switzerland in 1998 to start an IT career applied to finance going through different roles for major Geneva based Private Banks and Asset Managers. With a passion for data and digital, he added Portfolio Management, Risk management, Quantitative analysis and Data science education to his background in order to better help organizations in their Front to Back digitalization strategy.
He is graduate of an Aeronautics and Astronautics engineer diploma from ESTACA (Paris), a Risk Management and Quantitative analysis diploma from HEC (Geneva), a Financial Market and Portfolio Management certificate from ISFB (Geneva) and followed a Data Science certificate from ENSAI (Paris).