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Dowgate poaches fifth member of Giles Hargreave’s team

Jeremy Harris-St John has joined Dowgate Capital as an investment director and is the seventh person to leave the Hargreave Hale team this year.

Dowgate poaches fifth member of Giles Hargreave’s team

Dowgate Capital has appointed Jeremy Harris-St John as an investment director in its latest raid of Giles Hargreave’s team at Canaccord Genuity, Wealth Manager can reveal.

The UK small and mid-cap specialist joins the group having worked at Hargreave Hale for almost a decade before it was acquired by Canaccord in 2017, most recently as a senior investment director.

It is the fifth hire that Dowgate has made from Canaccord in as many months, following his colleague and former assistant to Giles Hargreave, Mark Chadwick, to the broker, who left to lead a UK small- and mid-cap special situations fund expected to launch in Q1 2021 with £100m in assets.

Ben McKeown and Shane De Bhrun-Smith also made the switch to Dowgate in August, swiftly followed by account executive Lewis Pether.

McKeown will join Chadwick’s team as an investment director and De Bhrun-Smith as a fund consultant. Historically a private client broker, the firm is looking to expand into wealth management.

It means the number of people who have left the Hargreave Hale team this year is now at seven, following the departure of investment manager Josh Sanford and veteran Josh Ross-Field, who spent 14 and 17 years at the firm respectively.

Dowgate Capital’s chief executive David Poutney said: ‘Jeremy is another welcome addition to the firm and underlines our commitment to recruiting experienced and talented individuals, as we continue to expand our business.’

The departures come as Hargreave – one of the most consistently AAA-rated managers in Citywire’s database – continues to run down his responsibilities ahead of retirement.

In May, he announced that he would step down from formal co-management of the Marlborough Special Situations, UK Micro-Cap Growth and Nano-Cap Growth funds, handing over to co-managers Eustace Santa Barbara and Guy Feld.

Dowgate currently runs around £500m of assets under administration. The firm has been on a growth drive since appointing several new board members at the start of 2019.

The business was officially renamed from Dowgate Capital Stockbrokers at the end of 2018, as it began a push into discretionary investment management.

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