Alternative Investment Advisers

Spears 2019

GOLDMADESIMPLE

GOLDMADESIMPLE

Based in Mayfair, Goldmadesimple specialises in physical, fully allocated and segregated gold bars and coins, and can also guide clients to buy and store capital gains tax-free gold. Clients can choose to buy a plethora of coins, including British Gold… Read More

GOLDCORE

GOLDCORE

An award-winning precious metal bullion services provider, GoldCore guides more than 4,000 clients in the delivery and storage of gold, silver, platinum and palladium coins and bars. It caters to HNWs and UHNWs, as well as institutional investors including family… Read More

GOLDMONEY

GOLDMONEY

For those who want to buy gold, silver, platinum and palladium for investment and long-term wealth creation, Goldmoney offers clients an easy-to-use online account. A Goldmoney Holding account provides a client with the lowest possible prices for trading and storing… Read More

THE PERTH MINT

THE PERTH MINT

The Perth Mint is Australia’s largest precious metals enterprise. It belongs to a select group of gold refiners with accreditation from five of the world’s major gold exchanges. It exports more than $18 billion worth of bullion on a yearly… Read More

ROYAL MINT BULLION

ROYAL MINT BULLION

The Royal Mint Bullion is an online trading platform for clients to purchase and sell physical gold, silver or platinum bullion coins and bars directly from the prestigious Royal Mint. The bullion is tested to the most rigorous standards by… Read More

KIRSTY ACTON

KA ADVISERS

Working independently, Kirsty Acton has a variable and exciting workload. ‘My clients require private equity investment opportunities or are looking for financing, be it for funds or business,’ she says. A particular advantage is that ‘I can work for the… Read More

JOE ANDERSON

ARIX BIOSCIENCE

Joe Anderson is the CIO of Arix Bioscience, a leading life science venture capital player with significant commercial and operational expertise. Arix’s primary business objective is focused on the sourcing, financing, development and commercialisation of innovative technologies. Anderson tells us:… Read More

JAMES BADGETT

ANGEL INVESTMENT NETWORK

Angel Investment Network has grown from a light-bulb moment between two childhood friends in 2004 to a global network connecting investors and entrepreneurs from all over the world. Now with nearly a million members, the service is continually bridging the… Read More

XAVIER BALLESTER

ANGEL INVESTMENT NETWORK

Fourteen years into life at Angel Investment Network, Xavier Ballester says that the journey from approaching ‘grey-suited men’ in ‘oak-panelled rooms’ in the hope that they would ‘bestow you with some cash’ is finally over. The network’s database of nearly… Read More

GREG CARTER

GROWTH STREET

‘There’s a general perception that all fintech companies think the banks aren’t fit for purpose, and want to smash them up or replace them outright,’ says Greg Carter, CEO and co-founder at Growth Street. ‘We recognise that the banks will… Read More

PAOLO CATALFAMO

PALLADIUM

2018 has seen teams with genuine capital market pedigree arrive in the crypto space, and Paolo Catalfamo’s Palladium is one such. Although Spear’s would like to remind readers that currently no crypto offerings are FCA regulated, Palladium has launched the… Read More

SURANGA CHANDRATILLAKE

BALDERTON CAPITAL

Described by a London daily this July as a ‘unicorn-hunter’, Suranga Chandratillake hit the headlines in 2018 after Balderton Capital raised £9.1 million in funding for Healx, a Cambridge-based medtech start-up that uses artificial intelligence to find new and potentially… Read More

VICTOR CHRISTOU

CAMBRIDGE INNOVATION CAPITAL

Victor Christou has 20 years of experience as both a venture capital investor and as an entrepreneur, and in recent years has focused his attention on technology investing. Christou joined Cambridge Innovation Capital in 2013 as senior investment director, and… Read More

PETER COWLEY

MARTLET

‘I’m on a mission to improve the journeys of start-ups,’ Peter Cowley says, ‘by educating angels and entrepreneurs to make fewer mistakes, work better together and produce more successful exits’. In the six years since Martlet was launched by aerospace… Read More

Maria-Christina Perez de la Sala

MARIA-CHRISTINA PEREZ DE LA SALA

CRYPTALGO HOLDINGS AG

‘I enjoy adapting to change,’ says Cryptalgo’s senior marketing manager Maria-Christina Perez de la Sala. As more HNWs begin looking for a route into crypto, Perez de la Sala describes the Swiss-based Cryptalgo as a fintech company that offers a… Read More

LEX DEAK

QVENTURES, PIA

Industry commentators recognise Lex Deak as a leading investment expert. The 35-year-old serial entrepreneur founded ‘super-angel investment club’ QVentures with David Mickler and Quintessentially’s Aaron Simpson. It provides the market with ‘a single access point, a beautiful interface’ to encourage… Read More

ANGUS DENT

ARCHOVER

Angus Dent is CEO of ArchOver peer-to-peer business lending platform, which connects established UK businesses with investors seeking a secure and favourable return. It has to date facilitated lending of over £65 million while delivering returns of up to 10… Read More

GREG DWYER

BITMEX

‘For those investors who want a little more peace of mind when investing in cryptocurrency, I believe the question will be “when” not “if” a bitcoin ETF will be approved,’ says Greg Dwyer of crypto derivatives marketplace BitMEX, the world’s… Read More

IQBAL GANDHAM

ETORO

‘I can talk from a personal and professional perspective,’ says eToro’s UK managing director Iqbal Gandham, ‘whether it’s HNW individuals, family offices, or institutional investors – the conversation right now is about a new asset class called crypto.’ Visible on… Read More

NIGEL GREEN

DEVERE GROUP

Nigel Green’s deVere Group offers specialist financial advice to clients all over the world, mainly expatriates and international investors, and was born from a single office in Hong Kong. Green, deVere’s CEO and founder, says it has grown to be… Read More

ROB HALLIDAY-STEIN

BULLIONBYPOST

Rob Halliday-Stein set up BullionByPost (bullionbypost.co. uk) with £10,000 of his inheritance money to plug a gap in the market which was obvious to him – BullionByPost delivers gold and silver bars and coins discreetly through the post. Nine years… Read More

OLIVER HARRIS

JP MORGAN

JP Morgan’s colourful history with all things crypto looks set to continue with the arrival of fintech upstart Oliver Harris, now tasked with developing a strategy for the bank. Though JP Morgan’s CEO initially labelled cryptocurrencies a ‘scam’ before backtracking,… Read More

ADRIAN HOWD

MALIN

Adrian Howd began his career in the biotechnology sector. After years in the City analysing and investing in biotech companies, he founded Malin, where his focus is ‘on finding and investing in private companies around the world developing tomorrow’s medicines’…. Read More

FRANCISCO PORTILLEJO HOYOS

CRYPTALGO HOLDINGS AG

Cryptalgo’s CEO Francisco Portillejo Hoyos is certain beyond all doubt that when it comes to HNWs, ‘cryptocurrencies are a new asset class [that will] find a place in the alternative investment field once regulation is in place’. For Cryptalgo –… Read More

JAMES INNES

CHRYSTAL CAPITAL

James Innes leads Chrystal Capital’s single family office and UHNW service. He describes the firm’s offering as an entrepreneurial corporate finance and investment house, with an established global network of single family offices, UHNW individuals and private equity co-investment partners…. Read More

VIVEK JESWANI AND RONAK RUPARELL

BRIDGE INVEST

‘We wouldn’t offer our clients a deal unless we were prepared to invest in it ourselves,’ says Bridge Invest co-founder Vivek Jeswani, who started the company in 2015 with business partner Ronak Ruparell. The firm established itself as a multi-family… Read More

HUSSEIN KANJI

HOXTON VENTURES

For Hoxton Ventures’ co-founder Hussein Kanji, there is a great deal of hype regarding tech ventures, especially ‘home-grown British success stories’. The firm, whose investments include food- delivery app Deliveroo and cyber-security player Darktrace, always approaches propositions with caution. ‘We… Read More

Hugh Karp

HUGH KARP

NEXUS MUTUAL

‘The cryptocurrency sector has an incredible opportunity to transform many industries,’ says Hugh Karp, founder of Nexus Mutual. ‘Opportunity exists’ for those he describes as having ‘true business expertise’, able to execute on ‘highly technical projects’. Nexus Mutual is a… Read More

JEFF KELISKY

SEEDRS

Having completed his first full year at Seedrs, new CEO Jeff Kelisky has taken the world’s first regulated crowdfunding platform to record levels of investment. Kelisky helped Seedrs raise another £10 million to support growth, including £4 million from top-backer… Read More

STUART LAW

ASSETZ CAPITAL

‘P2P is actually the oldest type of lending – people with excess capital lending to others,’ says Stuart Law, founder of Assetz Capital. In the first four years of business, his company turned over £250 million and this year alone… Read More

MIKE LEBUS

ANGEL INVESTMENT NETWORK

One of three members of Angel Investment Network list to feature in this year’s list is co-founder Mike Lebus, who has spent the year looking for the ‘next problem to solve’ after growing his 14-year-old network to nearly a million… Read More

RHYDIAN LEWIS

RATESETTER

Rhydian Lewis’ motivation when he founded RateSetter in 2010 was to make better returns accessible to ordinary investors and make interest rates more transparent. The firm operates as an exchange, with investors on one side and individuals and businesses borrowing… Read More

BRUCE MACFARLANE

MMC VENTURES

Bruce Macfarlane, former US M&A lawyer and Merrill Lynch investment banker, founded MMC Ventures in 2000. The business is now one of the most highly regarded VCs in the UK with significant loyalty from HNWs, who have provided £200 million… Read More

ALEX MACPHERSON

OCTOPUS INVESTMENTS

Angel investors play a valuable role in helping entrepreneurs to establish themselves as big global businesses, says Alex Macpherson. ‘Making an investment is getting to the start line,’ he says. Once invested, the angel’s business skills, experience and knowledge can… Read More

STRUAN MCDOUGALL

CAMBRIDGE CAPITAL GROUP

Struan McDougall’s private members club-style investment firm provides ‘a qualified deal flow in a specialist market’, enabling investors to ‘collaborate as a group of angels’. Cambridge Capital Group’s networking hub, founded by McDougall 17 years ago, brings together HNWs who… Read More

HEMAL MEHTA

ATOMINVEST

CEO and founder of AtomInvest Hemal Mehta tells Spear’s, ‘Alternative investments should be a core and essential component of investors’ portfolios, and for the last 30 years, the top alternative investment funds have consistently outperformed conventional asset classes across all… Read More

Reinis Melbardis

REINIS MELBARDIS

NEXUS MUTUAL

Insurtech is a new type of technology that takes the current insurance industry model and gives it a fintech twist. Nexus Mutual business development director Rei Melbardis leads this drive, as the firm combines insurtech and blockchain to develop an… Read More

TIM MILLS

ANGEL COFUND

There are opportunities aplenty in the tech VC world, Tim Mills says, adding that the market for early investment has been ‘buoyant’ in the past year. This has resulted in new ventures as well as growth in existing portfolios of… Read More

MUBORIZ MUBORAKSHOEV

ASTEL VENTURES

Muboriz Muborakshoev has an impressive network of clients. ‘My focus is working with 180 wealth managers, institutional and private investors looking to deploy in blockchain,’ he says. It’s an idealistic business, which seeks to ‘work with entrepreneurs who are looking… Read More

MARTIN MURPHY

SYNCONA

Martin Murphy is chief executive officer of Syncona Ltd, which is focused on investing in and building global leaders in life science. The company takes a ‘long-term view’, explains Murphy, and this is demonstrated by a significant ownership stake in… Read More

KIRAN NAGARAJ

KPMG

‘I keep getting calls about crypto staying power. Bitcoin’s been around for nine years now. And it trades 24×7. Perhaps, Crypto has already stood the test of time!’ So tweeted Kiran Nagaraj, KPMG’s thought leader in the cryptocurrency space. Nagaraj… Read More

ROSS NORMAN

SHARPS PIXLEY

Sharps Pixley CEO Ross Norman has worked in bullion for 35 years and has amassed extraordinary knowledge of the sector. Starting at leading gold refiners Johnson Matthey, he joined NM Rothschild as a gold trader, and later Credit Suisse. He… Read More

Ryan Radloff

RYAN RADLOFF

COINSHARES

Ryan Radloff, CoinShares CEO, has been leading a charge toward the professionalisation of the cryptocurrency sector, with the goal of bringing access and ultimately choice to investors. Radloff had previously worked in financial technology, particularly corporate FX risk management. He… Read More

GAVIN RANKIN

CITI PRIVATE BANK

Gavin Rankin is Citi’s head of managed investments and a thought leader on private equity. Rankin tells Spear’s that HNWs are becoming ‘pretty sceptical’ about where more liquid markets are going to go from here. This scepticism, he suggests, has… Read More

SAM ROBINSON

CMS

Sam Robinson, a partner in CMS’s financial services regulatory practice has spent the year stalking the FCA as it moves towards clarity on cryptocurrency derivatives and their regulatory status under MiFID II. As much of the hype around crypto begins… Read More

GIANLUCA MASSINI ROSATI

XRIBA

‘I can finally say it now – we’ve made it!’ That’s what London-based fintech and crypto entrepreneur Gianluca Massini Rosati tells Spear’s. ‘Like many blockchain businesses,’ he adds, ‘we ran an ICO (Initial Coin Offering) and I can proudly say… Read More

JUSTIN SCHMIDT

GOLDMAN SACHS

Eyebrows were raised when Goldman Sachs hired former hedge fund quant trader Justin Schmidt to head up its new digital assets offering. Goldman is understandably reluctant to usher private wealth clients towards crypto at this time but, behind the scenes,… Read More

RODNEY SCHWARTZ

CLEARLYSO

The world is becoming more socially aware, and the public is increasingly interested in the values of organisations, says ClearlySo’s CEO Rodney Schwartz. His firm is all about creating a significant social impact via capital raised, an activity which has… Read More

NEIL SMITH

HAMPDEN CAPITAL PLC

Neil Smith is the CEO of Hampden Agencies and has run the premier Lloyd’s Members Agency for more than a decade. He has been instrumental in growing the business to become largest provider of private capital into the Lloyd’s market…. Read More

ANIL STOCKER

MARKETINVOICE

Anil Stocker co-founded the world’s largest P2P invoice finance platform in 2011. Fulfilling his ambition to combine technology and data to reinvent how businesses finance their growth, MarketInvoice provided a record £64.2 million of funding to UK businesses in June…. Read More

MONICA SUMMERVILLE

TABB GROUP

‘The interest is very strong. It’s only growing. I don’t see an abatement even with the price of crypto assets coming down this year,’ says Monica Summerville, senior analyst at TABB Group. After 20 years watching technology in the capital… Read More

SIR RICHARD SYKES

NETSCIENTIFIC

Chairman of NetScientific since 2013, Sir Richard Sykes is a legendary figure in healthcare. He served as chairman and CEO of Glaxo plc, then GlaxoSmithKline plc, from 1995 to 2002. NetScientific aims to source companies, says Sykes, with ‘exciting early… Read More

ALISTAIR TROUGHTON

HAMPDEN CAPITAL PLC

‘My role is very much educational,’ says Alistair Troughton, Head of Sales & Marketing at Hampden Capital. ‘Particularly in the current state of the market, we are looking for, and talking with, wealthy families and individuals who want to underwrite… Read More

HANS VAN SWAAY

LYRIQUE

Hans van Swaay has a long and successful track record in private equity as partner of Lyrique, head of private equity at Pictet & Cie, managing director of UBS Capital, managing director of Merifin and as partner of Lowe Finance…. Read More

BULLIONVAULT

BULLION VAULT

Renowned as the world’s largest physical gold and silver online market, Bullion Vault provides private individuals with the opportunity to buy, store and sell investment-grade bullion. As a member of the London Platinum and Palladium Market, it now offers platinum… Read More

JOACHIM VON HALASZ

VON HALASZ CONSULTING

‘Once I understood that the internet captures value in the applications layer, but blockchain captures value in the protocol layer, I saw the potential of blockchain,’ says Joachim von Halasz. ‘Today’s supply chain specialists hold the keys to many future… Read More

MARTIN WALKER

CENTER FOR EVIDENCE-BASED MANAGEMENT

Martin Walker, director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Management, made headlines this year after telling politicians at a Treasury select committee that blockchain technology has been turned into a ‘fad’ and cryptocurrencies have ‘very little obvious benefit to society’. With… Read More

DAN WALKER

SANCUS FINANCE

‘The Sancus Group has seen a solid year of growth, including establishing two large new institutional funding lines,’ says Dan Walker. ‘We have extended the bridging and development finance part of the business throughout the UK and expanded our team… Read More

MARK WARD

SANLAM

‘They’re great to trade but we don’t consider them in the same basket as stocks and bonds,’ says Mark Ward, head of execution trading at Sanlam, during a gathering of HNWs at the Spear’s crypto briefing this summer. Ward started… Read More

PHILIP WATSON

CITI PRIVATE BANK

Philip Watson is tasked with balancing the investment interests of Citi Private Bank’s UHNW clients with the surge of opportunities emerging in this age of innovation. The office navigates pioneering innovative technologies to support growth at the private bank, alongside… Read More

PAUL WITHERS

DIRECT BULLION

The allure of investing in gold, says Paul Withers, is simply the fact that clients can physically own and hold it. ‘It’s the satisfaction and safety of knowing that, no matter what happens, they still have that gold,’ he explains…. Read More