Sebastian Lyon & Francis Brooke
Troy Asset Management
Number of years in industry: 23&25
Francis Brooke (pictured right) and Sebastian Lyon (left) have quietly built a formidable partnership over the last few years.
The publicity-shy Citywire AAA-rated Lyon is known for his cautious nature and colourful investment commentaries.
He established Troy Asset Management in 2000 after a period at Stanhope Investment Management, where he jointly managed a £2 billion equity portfolio and was also responsible for asset allocation.
Brooke, meanwhile, served as a director at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, where he was responsible for £1 billion of UK equities and was a member of the firm’s asset allocation and sector strategy committee before Lyon convinced him to join him.
Lyon graduated in politics and international relations from Southampton, while Brooke is a politics graduate from Edinburgh University.
Lyon runs £2.8 billion in assets, including the Citywire Selection Trojan fund, which returned 52% in the five years to the end of July, making it the fifth best performer in its peer group.
Brooke’s Trojan Income fund has delivered an outstanding 39.1% in the five years to the end of August versus a relatively meagre rise of 7% by the FTSE All Share.