We have a talent:
To pick the best talents
You deserve the best fund managers.
This is why our teams travel the world to find exceptional talents. Year after year, we establish long-lasting relationships with a wide network of the best money managers worldwide.
As seasoned experts in the most sophisticated asset management techniques, we understand the benefits and limits of each strategy.
So, after a careful and stringent selection process, we combine the best-of-breed to build multi-manager portfolios with specific risk/reward features.
No success is sustainable without
truly compelling strengths.
100% owned by our management, we are fiercely independent and free from any external pressure that would hinder our impartiality. We invest alongside our clients, thus ensuring that our interests are fully aligned.
Thanks to strong relationships built over the years, we have established an extensive worldwide contact network. This gives you a privileged access to off-the-limelight managers and to funds otherwise unavailable or closed to new investors.
Since 1964, we have established a proven track-record of delivering superior absolute returns, with a focus on limiting downside risk.
Client-centric by nature, we know that a “one size fits all” approach really fits no one. And our agile structure makes us very responsive.
We have developed a unique know-how in selecting the best fund managers and in combining them to build robust and top-performing portfolios.
Our results rely on rigorous investment processes based on fundamental research and stringent risk management.
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, as well as the extended Licenses covering both UCITS and AIFM Management Company non-core/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.
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).
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).