WHO WE ARE

ARCHITECTS OF ACTIVE CURRENCY MANAGEMENT FOR INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS


Adrian Lee & Partners is an independent, employee-owned asset manager that specializes in research-led currency and international fixed income management.
  • Founding partners pioneered active currency management in 1989 at J. P. Morgan Investment Management
  • Adrian Lee & Partners was founded in 1999 to focus exclusively on active currency management
  • Team of 27 with an average of 14 years of experience in currency management
  • Manage over $15 billion at an average 2.5% active risk, with offices in London and Dublin for clients in the US, Europe and Australia
  • All clients have separate accounts with a range of guidelines and risk management objectives. One process, one team
  • Over 27 years of positive performance

 

OUR DEFINING CHARACTERISTICS


 

Dedicated active currency and international fixed income specialist for institutional investors, free from conflict issues

Long-term institutional global client relationships (on average 7 years+)

Quantitative fundamental research with a disciplined methodology

 

LEADERSHIP TEAM


Adrian F. Lee
President & CIO
Adrian F. Lee
President & CIO

Adrian is a founding partner of Adrian Lee & Partners.  Before founding this firm in 1999, Adrian was Managing Director of JP Morgan Investment Management’s Currency Overlay group in London. Prior to developing and managing currency overlay at Morgan, Adrian was responsible for developing JP Morgan’s tactical currency models in the Capital Markets Research Group in New York.  Prior to joining JP Morgan, Adrian worked for Winklevoss and Associates (Consulting Actuaries) in Philadelphia and at the University of Pennsylvania as a lecturer in Statistics. Adrian is the author of several publications on global asset allocation and currency hedging; he was awarded the International Quantitative Group prize for outstanding research in 1990 for his work on currency. He was responsible for much of JP Morgan’s and the industry’s original research and development work in the area of currency overlay management and is recognized globally as one of the founders of currency overlay. Adrian holds an MA in Mathematical Economics & Statistics from Trinity College, Dublin and an MBA in Finance & Actuarial Science from the Wharton School.

Philip Lawson
Head of Portfolio Management
Philip Lawson
Head of Portfolio Management

Philip joined Adrian Lee & Partners in 2000 as a Trader before moving into the portfolio team in 2005. Philip was promoted to head of portfolio management in 2011 and is responsible for overseeing all client portfolios and client servicing.  Philip spent a brief period at Barclay’s Global Investors as a senior asset allocation portfolio manager working in the client solutions group between 2007-2010. Prior to joining the buy side Philip worked in New York and London for Republic National Bank of NY and Credit Suisse focusing on FX options and sales. He has also worked in Tokyo for RNB managing the hedge fund sales desk. Philip studied law at Trinity College in Dublin.

Nigel Rogers
Head of Trading
Nigel Rogers
Head of Trading

Nigel is a founding partner of Adrian Lee & Partners. Previously Nigel worked for JP Morgan Investment Management from 1995 to 1999 as Vice President and Global Head of Foreign Exchange Trading. Prior to JPMIM, Nigel gained extensive market experience in the employment of Barclays de Zoete Wedd, which he joined in 1985. During his tenure he was a trader in the foreign exchange spot market, interest rate market, and held the position of an executive in corporate sales, involving foreign exchange, interest rate and derivative products.

Daire McNally
Head of Research
Daire McNally
Head of Research

Daire joined Adrian Lee & Partners in 2009, as a capital markets research analyst. He was promoted to Co-Head of Capital Market Research in 2010 and to Director of Research in 2012. Daire holds a BA in Theoretical physics from Trinity College Dublin, and an MSc in High Performance Computing also from Trinity. Previously Daire worked at International Investment and Underwriting, where he built the models behind their quantitative European market neutral equity hedge fund.


PHILOSOPHY AND APPROACH

OUR INVESTMENT PHILOSOPHY RELIES ON 3 PREMISES


 

Fundamental economic factors determine currency equilibrium over time

Research-driven valuation analysis identifies departures from this equilibrium

Experienced investment management can exploit these deviations to add return over time

 

OUR APPROACH


 
THE OPPORTUNITY
Currency markets are different from asset markets in many important ways.They exist for different reasons, have a heterogeneous set of players with different information sets and objectives.This lack of homogeneity, coupled with a natural tendency towards globalisation, creates an opportunity for active management seen in no other asset class.

RESEARCH-DRIVEN PROCESS
Quantitative research with a disciplined methodology is the key to capturing opportunities in the currency market:
  • Our process uses only proven, repeatable signals
  • Our investment research has been ongoing and successfully applied in practice since 1989
  • The research has identified specific fundamental factors that add value in a similar way across the major currencies
  • Each factor is theoretically logical and separate and when applied in a linear framework generates a high and stable information ratio
  • Significantly, each factor works in a similar way across developed and emerging market currencies

OUR DIFFERENTIATOR
While a quantitative research driven model defines our approach and captures alpha in a disciplined and unemotional way, what differentiates us from other approaches is our 3rd Alpha Centre. We look forward into the future by actively forecasting fundamentals daily. This forecasting activity is NOT an override of the model or a supervisor of the model; it is a truly separate and independent source of return.

 


 

OUR PROCESS


Our active investment process is implemented through the three separate and diversified “Alpha Centres”.

 

ALPHA CENTRE 1

Observed differences in today’s fundamentals (e.g. favour higher yielding currencies)

ALPHA CENTRE 2

Observed recent trends in currency (e.g. favour a currency that has appreciated)

ALPHA CENTRE 3

Active future forecasting of fundamentals

 


WHAT WE DO

CURRENCY PRODUCTS


We offer a range of currency management solutions that reduce currency risk and enhance portfolio returns.

INTERNATIONAL FIXED INCOME PRODUCTS



  • Foreign exchange rate fluctuations account for 60-70% of the volatility in a global fixed income portfolio.
  • We offer global and emerging fixed income products that explicitly separate the asset and currency investments, using our current active currency process in parallel with our own research-proven quantitative international fixed income process.
  • Our investment process focuses separately on the two asset classes in order to maximize the expected hedged return and currency surprise to give investors the best combination of overall return from both sources of alpha.

CAREERS


Join our team

– Quantitative Research
– Portfolio Management
– Economics
– Trading
– Software Development
– Compliance and Risk
– Corporate



WHY ADRIAN LEE & PARTNERS?
As a leading active currency management firm with a growing institutional client base, Adrian Lee & Partners is always seeking remarkable people to join our team.

We attract the best talent in the investment management industry by offering an opportunity to join a:
– 100% employee-owned specialized active currency management firm
– Investment specialist culture
– Career growth opportunity
– Collegial environment

CONTACT


LONDON, UK

The Economist Building
25 St James’s Street
London SW1A 1HA
UK
+44 207 427 6960
enquiries@aleepartners.com


DUBLIN, IRELAND

West Pier Business Campus
Dun Laoghaire
Co. Dublin
Ireland
+353 1 6318 500
enquiries@aleepartners.com