Fairtree Capital partners with Jean Pierre Verster

By Janice Roberts

Fairtree Capital is delighted to announce that it is partnering with Jean Pierre Verster. Jean Pierre will be the lead equity portfolio manager of a new division, called Fairtree Protea, managing a South African directional long/short equity hedge strategy as well as select global equity strategies.

Fairtree Protea forms part of Fairtree Capital’s expansion of its award-winning Wild Fig and Woodland multi-strategy hedge fund solutions. The Fairtree Assegai Long Short Equity Fund, managed by Stephen Brown, has an exceptional long-term performance track record and is moving closer to capacity.

The partnership with Jean Pierre will enable Fairtree Capital to significantly increase its directional long/short equity hedge capacity within its multi-strategy hedge fund solutions and also offer clients a new standalone hedge fund product. Furthermore, Jean Pierre will manage a global equity hedge strategy alongside Danie Pretorius’s current relative value-oriented Global Consumer Equity Hedge Fund.

This forms part of Fairtree Capital’s intent to expand its global equity investment capability, with a long-only product likely to be launched in the near future. This new partnership follows on the back of the recent development that Will Ridge, the highly rated sell-side investment professional, previously of BofA Merrill Lynch, will be joining Fairtree Capital in June as an equity portfolio manager of a new market neutral equity hedge strategy.

Kobus Nel, CEO of Fairtree Capital comments: “We are very excited and honoured to have an exceptional individual in Jean Pierre partnering with Fairtree Capital. Not only does Jean Pierre have an outstanding track record, he is also an excellent cultural fit with our existing Fairtree Capital team sharing our pursuance of excellence and growth whilst ensuring utmost integrity in every decision we make. We believe that Fairtree Protea will significantly expand the capacity and quality within our suite of multi-strategy and equity investment offerings and enable us to provide a range of world class investment solutions to our clients.”

Bradley Anthony, CIO of Fairtree Capital comments: “We are delighted to welcome Jean Pierre to our investment team and have no doubt that he will make a significant contribution to the team based on his global experience, excellent track record and industryleading expertise. The partnership with Jean Pierre further underlines our commitment to partner with the very best investment talent to ensure we continue delivering superior risk adjusted returns to our clients. We are planning to launch a number of exciting new investment solutions together, with detailed announcements to be made in due course. “

Jean Pierre Verster comments: “Fairtree Capital has a history of empowering ambitious investment professionals, and I am excited to be partnering with them. Fairtree Protea fits perfectly alongside Fairtree Capital’s other investment solutions and allows me to focus on passionately pursuing investment excellence in a conducive environment, collaborating with the rest of the investment team. I couldn’t have asked for better partners on the longterm journey of growing clients’ wealth.”



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