Identifying, appraising and principally, building successful E-Commerce & Technology businesses is the central aspect of our business.
We base our investment decisions on fundamental analysis, proprietary research and the operational experience of our team and our unique Advisory Network.
We proactively utilize this experience day to day, sharing best practice between operators and companies in our network to their mutual benefit.
The customer is shifting online as the proposition offered by online businesses is superior in breadth of offering, transparency of pricing and convenience of delivery.
The pace, scale and importance of this shift is not fully appreciated by the overwhelming majority of traditional investors, commentators or businesses.
The scalable nature of online businesses underpins a ‘winner takes most’ endgame in which the best and most efficient operators will command the greatest market share.
Prior to Belerion Charles was Chief Executive Officer of Market Tech Holdings, a main list property and digital technology group with over £1.3bn of assets and £100m of digital revenue. Having led it from a successful IPO he went on to raise over £1bn in equity and debt and completed a successful sale to LabTech Investments Limited towards the end of 2017.
Prior to joining Market Tech, Charles was, from 2010, Group Chief Executive of Netplay TV, the AIM listed UK interactive TV gaming company, where he led a significant turnaround of the business.
Charles is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Chude Chidi-Ofong was most recently Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Engadine Partners LLP, where he had responsibility for all aspects on the non-investment side of the firm.
He has worked in the hedge fund space since 2001 in various business side roles. Prior to joining Engadine, he had senior roles at Ledbury Capital Partners LLP, Eton Park International LLP and Caxton Europe Asset Management Limited.
He is a current member of the Alternative Investment Management Association’s (AIMA) CFO and COO committee which represents Hedge Fund’s and Asset Manager’s Interests; and a member of AIMA’s Research committee which publishes papers on topics affecting the wider alternative investment management environment Chude was previously a member of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) Buyside Committee on CDS Clearing.
He holds an LLB from the London School of Economics and an LLM from Manchester University.
Chris Thear is an experienced Chief Operating Officer and brings with him over 19 years of capital markets and alternative asset management experience.
Chris began his career in operations at Marble Bar Asset Management LLP in 2001, before moving to Credit-Suisse where he worked in Prime Brokerage covering several Hedge Fund clients, including high-profile multi-strategy accounts. In 2008, Chris acquired Fintech experience when he joined Bloomberg to lead a team selling portfolio management systems into European Hedge Funds.
Since 2010, Chris has developed extensive experience as an asset management Chief Operating Officer, which includes being part of the founding team of two Hedge Fund launches and running a third.
Chris currently serves as an advisor to two financial technology firms and holds a BA in Industrial Economics from Nottingham University Business School.
Iain has been working in the investment industry for over 25 years.
Prior to Belerion, Iain worked as CIO of the William Currie Group; the private family fund of Bill Currie and before that with the investment banks Numis and Charterhouse. At Numis, Iain joined what was a very small, niche stockbroker focussed on the Lloyds insurance market and helped to grow the business over the next seven years into one of the UK’s pre-eminent mid-sized investment bank. Iain established Numis’ research team (which became number one ranked within two years) and at the same time consolidated his own position as the leading retail and e-commerce analyst.
Jose has over 15 years’ investment experience. He started his investment career at Numis working alongside Iain McDonald in the n.1 ranked research retail team. He then moved to the buy side as a portfolio manager at Horizon Asset ltd and later to J Safra Sarasin.
He holds an MSc in Finance from Imperial College London and a BSc degree in Economics from UCL.
Nick Co-founded asos.com Limited in 2000, and served as its Chief Executive Officer until September 2015, when he became a Non-Executive Director.
Nick’s career began in 1987 at the advertising agency, Young & Rubicam. In 1991, he moved to Carat, the UK’s largest media planning and buying agency and then in 1995 he went on to co-found Entertainment Marketing Ltd, a marketing services business.
He’s chairman of the ASOS Foundation, a registered charity funded by ASOS which works to improve the lives of young people in the UK and overseas through long-term partnerships with established local charities. Nick was awarded an OBE in 2011 for his achievements in the world of fashion retailing.
Chris is a commercial visionary and pioneer of ground-breaking e-commerce solutions with a career pedigree that spans two decades of launching high profile brands into global markets. As an acknowledged subject matter expert in ecommerce and an ambassador for online retail, Chris is an industry disruptor and early adopter of emerging technology that has delivered hundreds of millions in revenues to retail partners all over the world.
Most recently, as founder and CEO of pioneering technology company, Anatwine, Chris and his teams have revolutionised the fashion retail market, globally. His trailblazing software has been adopted industry-wide as the ‘platform of choice’ for 65 of the top 100 fashion brands and retailers worldwide, and Anatwine is recognised as one of the fastest growing technology companies in Europe. Chris exited the Anatwine business upon sale to global fashion brand, Zalando, in October 2017.
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