In a career spanning more than 15-years, John Chatfeild-Roberts uses his understanding of global market trends to actively select funds that are likely to benefit from changing market conditions. Born in London in 1962, Chatfeild-Roberts graduated in Economics from Durham University before starting out in 1989 with Henderson Administration. He was appointed director in 1995, shortly afterwards he moved to Lazard Asset Management, where he was a director and head of the multimanager team. He joined Jupiter in 2001 and fronts the group's independent funds team, which is probably the most active in the sector. His role carries responsibility for a range of funds, including the Jupiter Global Opportunities fund and the Jupiter Merlin Multi-Manager fund range.
Peter Lawery started out in investment management with Hill Samuel in 1990. He made the switch to Lazard Asset Management in 1992, initially working on the Far East desk before joining John Chatfeild-Roberts on the independent funds team in 1997. In 2001 Lawery, Chatfeild-Roberts and Algy Smith Maxwell moved across to Jupiter where they take responsibility for the Jupiter Merlin multi-manager range of funds as well as the Jupiter Astral Hedge fund. The trio concentrate on stockpicking fund managers who run top performing funds for their range of unit truts. Strong believers that investment is more of an art than a science, the Jupiter Independent Funds Team spend a large amount of their time interviewing fund managers in order to gain a full understanding of how a fund is likely to perform in different market conditions.
Algy Smith-Maxwell works alongside Peter Lawery and head of team John Chatfeild-Roberts on Jupiter’s multi-manager funds. The trio share over 30 years of investment experience and apply this to the unit trusts they co-manage, aiming to invest in a selection of the best performing funds. Smith-Maxwell joined Henderson Global Investors in 1995 as assistant manager for the group’s multi-manager retail funds. He began working with Chatfeild-Roberts and Lawery at Lazard Asset Management in 1999, subsequently moving to Jupiter with them in 2001. Focusing on the belief that the manager is the greatest factor in how a fund will perform, a lot of the team’s time is spent interviewing managers face to face.
The fund aims to achieve long-term capital growth. The investment policy is to invest predominantly in SICAVs, unit trusts, OEICs, Exchange Traded Funds and other collective investment schemes across several management groups. The underlying funds invest predominantly in international equities, the Fund may also invest in Underlying Funds investing in or seeking exposure to commodities and property.