First Guardian works closely with investors and businesses alike, that are looking to achieve sustainable growth in the Asia Pacific region in order to enhance and maximise long-term value and wealth creation. We have consistently based our investment decisions on thorough research and sound risk management, assuming a long-term view, focusing on achieving responsible capital growth.
Our mission is to enable our clients to achieve their financial objectives through superior investment returns and solutions. We do this through offering a compact, client-oriented range of responsible, actively-managed investment strategies, all underpinned by our proprietary process. Our product range includes equity funds, real asset investments, private equity and structured products. As we are a pure play asset manager, we do not have the distractions of offering other financial services such as banking or insurance. Investing and advising is our sole focus.
We have a relationship-driven philosophy for working with our clients. By providing intelligent, relevant and ongoing support and advice we become their trusted advisor.
CEO, Managing Director
B.Com (Melb), Dip SIA, M.App.Fin
David is a co-founder of First Guardian Capital. He brings over 15 years of Investment Management and commercial experience to the firm. He is jointly responsible for the management of First Guardian’s investment portfolios, and is responsible for implementing the Firm’s business strategy across Australia and Asia. As a fluent speaker of Mandarin Chinese and Indonesian, David has established strong business links across the Asian region, covering corporate advisory, capital raising and managing equity and direct asset portfolios for global investors.
Prior to establishing First Guardian Group, David gained extensive experience within top tier global investment managers. David managed equities at UBS Global Asset Management, where he worked for 7 years, holding roles focused on research and investment management. David also spent 5 years at Goldman Sachs JBWere Asset Management, working primarily as a Senior Investment Analyst.
Executive Chairman, Chief Investment Officer
B.Bus, Dip SIA, Dip BA, ISFA
Simon is a co-founder and Director of First Guardian Capital, and is the Chief Investment Officer. Simon has over twenty years’ fund management experience as a portfolio manager and five years’ experience as an investment analyst. He has specialised skills in equities research, ethical and socially responsible investment, and macroeconomic analysis.
Simon has developed the First Guardian Capital’s Multi-Strategy Investment Matrix model which we apply across all our investment strategies. Simon’s ex-tensive experience as a portfolio manager was gained initially at Trust Company and Colonial Mutual. While at Colonial, Simon managed global equities portfolios for institutional clients. Simon was also an Investment Manager at one of Asia’s largest hedge funds, based in Tokyo, managing portfolios of over $7 billion across the Asia Pacific region.
B.Sc (Melb), PGDipFin (Melb), GradDip AppFin (SIA), Fellow FINSIA, MAICD
Craig has over 17 years of Investment Banking and Corporate Finance experience across Corporate Advisory, Project and Structured Finance, Principal Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Valuations and has worked on a geographically diverse range of transactions. He has had extensive experience in corporate finance origination and execution. Over the years, Craig’s experience has included working for ANZ Investment Bank, Société Générale Corporate and Investment Bank and KPMG Corporate Finance. He was appointed as Chairman of Imunexus in July 2016 and is a Non-Executive Director of LittleStay.
Craig’s successful mandates include arranging and underwriting of large infrastructure, power and utility, energy and natural resource and property projects. His experience extends across multiple industries and all Project Finance sectors globally, gained in both equity and debt (credit and origination) functions. Craig has had involvement in the B20 global Taskforces for Infrastructure and SMEs, and was invited to present as an expert panellist on the financing of major infrastructure projects at the B20 Summit in November 2015 (Turkey).
He has a Bachelor of Science and a Postgraduate Diploma in Finance from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investments from the Financial Services Institute of Australia. He is a Fellow of FINSIA, Authorised Representative of the AFSL and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.