As the pioneer in Asia, Gordian Capital introduced many of the concepts employed in the fund platform space, such as unbundled fee pricing models and open architecture that allow managers in due course to spin out from the platform. Importantly, we have never managed our own proprietary funds, believing that this creates an unwanted conflict of interest. As a fund platform specialist, our exclusive focus is on providing a fully-regulated & compliant ecosystem that delivers a robust institutional level infrastructure.
Investment & professional track record and commercial viability are important, however most important for us is the integrity of the Portfolio Manager. This is the critical test in our decision to enter into a relationship with a Portfolio Manager.
A Portfolio Manager must be situated within a licensed/regulated firm and be registered with the regulator to engage in regulated activity. Joining our firm as full time employees and based in our Singapore office, following due diligence, we register our managers with the Monetary Authority of Singapore as Registered Representatives. As such they must meet Fit & Proper Criteria guidelines as well as other qualifications. We also work with non-Singapore- domiciled investment professionals in countries such as Japan, Korea, China, the UK and the US, with the investment companies they work for, acting as investment advisers to funds on our platform. In such cases, the investment professionals must always be fully licensed in their domicile jurisdictions.
Gordian Capital’s open architecture approach means that we can offer our clients over 100 pre-existing relationships with quality service providers. The pre-existing relationships offer both speed to market and cost savings. If a manager wishes to engage a service provider with which we have not already established a relationship, we are happy to support this. An independent free standing fund, the type strongly preferred by professional investors, typically takes 8 weeks to set up.
Once the Fund has launched, the Portfolio Managers focus on their skill set – research, asset allocation and portfolio construction leaving all other matters including operational, infrastructure and regulatory duties to Gordian Capital
Gordian Capital understands that at some point in the future, some Portfolio Managers may decide to obtain their own regulatory license and spin off the fund platform. We have experience in helping this happen. We do not charge an exit fee or require any ongoing economic participation once a fund has left our platform. The process is handled in a transparent and efficient manner
Our Fund Solutions clients include institutional quality asset managers from around the world, corporates, both Asian and international, significant families, charities, endowments & foundations and the two largest private banking institutions in the world.
For institutional quality asset managers we structure and operate regulated & tax efficient investment vehicles to provide access to specific investment opportunities. This allows asset managers to make strategic investments either in the region or globally, saving time and expense whilst delivering the myriad benefits of a fully regulated Singapore-domiciled vehicle. This offering is particularly appropriate for non-Asia based asset managers with large established Cayman or other offshore domiciled vehicles.
We structure and operate customized vehicles for a wide range of private investors, including clients from the world’s two largest private banking institutions, charities, endowments and foundations, for use in implementing their chosen investment strategies.
Our structures offer the anonymity, neutrality, security, transparency, flexibility & control sought by the ultimate beneficial owners.
Gordian Capital does not compete with private banks and or advisors to the ultimate beneficiaries. Rather, it works closely with them, to provide their clients with appropriate structures to access & execute their chosen investment strategy.