We believe the quality of our people is the cornerstone of our ability to provide the best solutions and services to our clients.
Our team consists of a dedicated, talented and experienced team of investment professionals. The partners have worked closely together for multiple years in global institutions and bring senior management expertise in private equity, alternatives, asset management and investment banking.
8F Investment Partners Team
Founder & Chairman
Stephane Farouze has 25 years of investment experience. Prior to founding 8F Investment Partners, Stephane was Chairman of Alternatives for Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management. Before moving into that role, he was the Global Head of Alternatives and Fund Solutions and Member of the DeAWM Executive Committee. Stephane spent three years as a member of the Management Executive Committee for both Deutsche Asset Management and the Private Bank. As Head of Alternatives and Fund Solutions, Stephane’s team managed more than 200 professionals globally and was directly responsible for a total of US$50 billion of assets in Private Equity, Hedge Funds and Retirement Solutions.
Prior to that, Stephane served as the Global Head of Deutsche Bank’s Fund Derivatives and Hybrids Group within the Corporate Bank & Securities division, during which time the team was awarded the Risk Magazine award for 'Hedge Fund Derivatives House of the Year' 6 times in a row, the HFM award for 'Best Overall Investment Platform' and 'Best Managed Account Platform' twice, as well as various UCITS Platform and Product awards. In addition, Stephane was Awarded 'Best Active Manager' by Risk Magazine in 2002.
Before joining Deutsche Bank, Stephane was a Partner at Paradigm Global Advisors. He was also the Global Head of Sales and Structuring at Societe Generale Asset Management. Stephane has also worked at other financial institutions such as BNP, Commerzbank, Smith Barney and Paine Webber. Until 2009, Stephane was also a Director of Tarrant Apparel Group, a company listed on the Nasdaq since 2003.
Stephane holds Bachelor of Science in Applied Arts and Sciences and a Business Administration Degree in Finance from San Diego State University.
Co-Founder & Partner
Karim Ghannam is based in Singapore and has 20 years of experience in fund management and investment banking. Karim was the Managing Director and Head of Alternatives & Fund solutions in Asia Pacific for Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management. Karim’s responsibilities included oversight of the bank’s hedge fund, private equity/private markets, third-party mutual funds and retirement/hybrids groups in the region. He was a member of the Alternatives and Fund Solutions Executive Committee and the Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management Asia Pacific Executive Committee.
Karim joined Deutsche Bank Group in 2011 with 14 years of industry experience. Prior to that, Karim was the global co-head of DB Private Equity & Private Markets - Deutsche Bank’s US$11 billion AUM primary, secondary and co-investment platform - and co-chair of the Global Investment Committee. He was the Global Head of Private Markets within Deutsche Bank’s Wealth Management business with overall responsibility for product selection, structuring and management within the private equity, real estate and credit space.
Before joining Deutsche Bank Group, Karim was at Argan Capital, a European mid-market private equity fund, where he spent 10 years, most recently as a Partner responsible for principal investments. Karim was a member of the investment committee at Argan Capital (and its predecessor, Bank of America Capital Partners) and helped oversee over €600m of investments. Karim led a number of European private equity deals, including structuring financing, implementing strategic change and exercising executive and board control. Prior to joining the Argan team in 2001, he worked with Merrill Lynch in London and Lehman Brothers in New York, where he concentrated on financing and M&A transactions for industrial growth, energy and power, and telecommunications companies.
Karim holds a Masters degree from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University.
Co-Founder & Partner
Martin Fothergill is based in London and has 24 years of experience in the finance industry, including 18 years at Deutsche Bank where he most recently held the position of Managing Director, Global Head of Multi-Asset Products with responsibility for hedge funds, private equity and mutual funds. He was also a member of the Global Investment Solutions Executive Committee.
Previously, as Managing Director, Global Head of Liquid Alternatives for the Alternatives & Fund Solutions group at Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, Martin was responsible for a range of alternatives businesses including a US$12 billion managed account platform. This business won numerous awards over a multi-year period including best overall investment platform and best UCITS platform. He was also a Member of the Alternatives & Fund Solutions Executive Committee and the Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management UK Executive Committee.
Prior to this role Martin was Managing Director in the Global Fund Derivatives group in the investment bank where he held various roles including the set-up and development of the managed account business and as head of investment fund research covering long only funds, hedge funds and private equity.
Before joining Deutsche Bank Martin held investment fund research roles at Bankers Trust, Santander and ING Barings (Baring Securities) where his focus was primary on long-only closed-end funds typically investing in emerging and frontier markets.
Martin holds a Masters Degree in Finance and Investment from the University of Exeter and has written articles on hedge funds and had papers published including in the Journal of Alternative Investments.
Partner - Head of Americas
Bernard Abdo is based in the US and was most recently at Deutsche Bank as Managing Director and Americas Head for its Global Investment Solutions business overseeing US$4 billion across multi-asset solutions and alternative investments. From 2012 to 2017, Bernard was Americas Head for Deutsche Asset Management’s Alternatives & Fund Solutions business overseeing $20 billion in assets across private equity, real estate and hedge fund strategies. He joined Deutsche Bank in 2007 as Americas Head of Fund-Linked Solutions.
Prior to Deutsche Bank, from 2005-2007 Bernard was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs overseeing their Fund-Linked Solutions business in the Americas. From 2002-2005 Bernard was a marketer at IXIS Capital Markets in their Structured Fund Products Group. From 2000-2002, Bernard was an associate at Axalon Capital Group, a private equity firm focused on technology, media and telecom. Bernard began his career as a corporate attorney at White & Case LLP in their NY office. Bernard holds dual Common and Civil Law Degrees from McGill University Faculty of Law (Dean’s Honor List) and dual Finance and Economics degrees from McGill University Faculty of Management where he graduated with honors. Bernard is a NASD Series 7, 63 and 24 registered representative.
Managing Director - Head of Japan
Erol Emed is based in Tokyo and has over 20 years of experience in investment management and business development. Erol was the Chief Investment Officer, Head of Alternative Products and a member of the executive board of directors for Société Générale Asset Management (SGAM) Japan where he worked close to 17 years. Erol managed a mandate from Japan’s largest public pension fund GPIF for 10 years and was the top performer in his style class. His key achievements in SGAM include: Developing the domestic and global quantitative fund management platforms – the second largest product in SGAM Japan; Setting up the alternative investment and structured products platforms; Starting a long short market neutral hedge fund; Launching Japan’s first capital guaranteed structured product on hedge funds, and the like.
He left SGAM to work for Asia’s largest hedge fund as its Director of Research. He later moved to Thomson Reuters Markets KK as its Senior Director. In 2013 Erol founded TJT Advisory, a boutique consultancy assisting Japanese mid-small size firms in strategic overseas investment and diversification plans where he built a track record with several companies in multiple jurisdictions.
Erol holds a M.Sc. in Mathematical Finance from New College of Oxford University (England), an M.A. in International Relations from International University of Japan, and BSc in Engineering (honours) from METU. An expert on fund management, fund selection, risk, and strategic consultancy, he pioneered quantitative and style management methodologies in Japan during late 90s. He has numerous publications in these subjects. He is fluent in Japanese.
Managing Director - Impact Investing
Shiblee Alam is based in London and has over 20 years of experience in investment banking and asset management. Prior to joining 8F Investment Partners, Shiblee was in charge of Business Development for Alternative and Impact Investments at AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) where the team managed a US$400 million Impact Investments program and more than US$10 billion of Hedge Funds and other alternative investment solutions for institutional clients globally.
Prior to AXA IM, Shiblee was a Senior Sales & Structurer with Lehman Brothers in London on their Hedge Funds Derivatives & Solutions Desk. Before Lehman Brothers, Shiblee was based in Paris at Société Générale Asset Management as a Senior Sales & Structurer within the Structured Asset Management unit.
In the nineties, Shiblee was an FX derivatives trader with major banks such as BNP Paribas, CIBC and American Express between Paris and Toronto.
Shiblee holds an MBA in International Finance from McGill University and is a CAIA designee.
Kaylynn Lee is based in Singapore and has 5 years of experience in the private equity industry. Prior to joining 8F, she was a Senior Associate at F&H Fund Management, a pan-Asian private equity platform co-founded by the ex-CTO of Alibaba. In her time at F&H, Kaylynn triple-hatted the growth capital investments, real estate redevelopment, as well as hospitality funds.
Kaylynn helped to manage F&H’s private equity growth capital investments, covering the investment value chain full cycle from deal sourcing, due diligence, execution, to portfolio management and divestment. In particular, she oversaw consumer and technology targets and portfolio companies operating in and expanding to Southeast Asia and Israel.
F&H’s first real estate fund comprised setup, asset acquisition, financing, redevelopment, and marketing for a strata-titled, mixed-use building in Singapore, which Kaylynn took charge of stakeholder interests. This included shareholder capital calls and update reports, as well as day-to-day developer operations.
In partnership with Ctrip (NASDAQ: CTRP), F&H launched its pioneer hospitality fund to acquire and manage hotel properties in the UK. Kaylynn assisted in the asset management and asset acquisition efforts, including on-site due diligence, market study, execution, and asset enhancement initiatives.
Kaylynn holds a Magna Cum Laude in Bachelor of Business Management, double major Finance and Operations Management, from Singapore Management University. She also completed a half year exchange program at the University of Southern California.
Henry Zhao is based in Singapore and has accumulated extensive hands-on working experience through previous internships in Asset Management and Private Equity with senior investment professionals. Prior to 8F, Henry was a Private Equity Summer Analyst at Dymon Asia Capital, where he was involved in various projects ranging from investment research and valuation to on-site due diligence assignments on M&A deals. Henry also gained experience at The Rohatyn Group, where he evaluated private equity investments across global emerging markets and involved in portfolio monitoring.
Henry holds an Bachelor of Business Management with major in Finance from Singapore Management University. He has also completed a summer exchange at Harvard University.
David Cahill - Head of Production, Pure Salmon
Fish production operations management and new project development expert with 28 years of international experience, majority of which was with some of the biggest salmon producers in the world.
Former Consultant and Program Manager of an aquaculture development program funded by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water & Agriculture. This program is focused on achieving targets in the 2030 economy diversification vision of developing 600,000 tons of cage finfish aquaculture production.
Previously was Director of the Fish Business Unit of Saudi Arabia’s largest shrimp and fish aquaculture operation. He installed 3 new offshore farms in 2 years with combined capacity of 15,000 tons. He overcame technical problems in the broodstock / hatchery, expanded the business into fish processing, and latterly managed international sales and logistics. Over his 3 years of service, he built up a high performing international team through all levels.
Spent 5 years as the General Manager of Aquaculture for Huon Aquaculture, Australia’s second largest salmon producer. He trebled production to 15,000 tons per annum and covered marine site management, boat building, new site and equipment development, fish health management, feed development and contracts, environmental management of operations, R&D, government liaison, and obtaining global certifications. He also strategized 5-Year growth and development plans with budget and KPIs (financial and operational), recruited and developed a high performing management team. The Huon business achieved a successful IPO at the end of his tenure.
Also served as Hatcheries Manager at Huon Aquaculture for 3 years, responsible for the operation of 5 hatcheries and the development of 2 large RAS systems.
For 6 years was a Regional Business Manager for the world’s largest Atlantic salmon farmer, Marine Harvest (“MH”), in Scotland, in charge of production of 18,000 tons per annum from 17 farms and 125 employees. Was part of select team that achieved compound growth of 36% per annum for the company via organic expansion and acquisition, and cut operating costs by 25% through business evolution. During his 18 years at MH, he developed an in-depth understanding of farm management and operating / technical processes, feed development and strategies to optimize fish performance and risk management.
Also served as Fresh Water Manager for MH in Scotland for 5 years, responsibilities included production of 12 million smolt, 18 million fry and 50 million eggs from 2 broodstock farms, 9 Loch sites and 7 hatcheries including 2 RAS farms. Part of the team that led the merger of 2 of the largest salmon farming businesses in Scotland.
Alastair Smart - Senior Advisor
Over 20 years experience across various aquaculture species and different aspects of the farming process, worked on projects globally.
Has strong linkages with international producers, fish retailers, investment groups and government agencies.
Founder and Director of EcoHub Global, Managing Director of SmartAqua.
2 years consulting for Marine Harvest in Scotland.
Bachelor of Science in Marine Botany and Zoology from Adelaide University, Master of Applied Science in Aquaculture from the University of Tasmania's National Key Centre for Aquaculture.
Dr. Alistair Brown - Advisor
Expertise in fish health management of aquaculture species.
Experience in Scotland, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia.
In 2000, set up own aquaculture consultancy business, consulting to businesses farming various species including Atlantic and Chinook salmon.
Also acted as an investigator for an aquaculture insurance company.
Service at Marine Harvest Scotland marked the start of his career in the aquaculture industry, in 1991.
Qualified as a veterinarian in 1987.
Dr. Alistair Douglas - Advisor
Expertise in seafood quality, sales and marketing, project management, business and strategic sales/marketing planning.
Experience in Australia, Canada, USA, UK, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Maldives.
In 2007, established Seafood Services Japan to import and export seafood into and out of Japan
Consultant to industry, governments and non-government organizations, helping to establish seafood wholesale, processing, distribution, sales and restaurants in Singapore.
Studied marine biology at James Cook University, PhD at Flinders University in quality and supply chain management, BA in Japanese from James Cook University and studies at Hokkaido University of Education and research at Tokyo University of Fisheries.
Joseph Tuma - Advisor
Expertise in general aquaculture business management, RAS Systems, hatchery and nursery project management.
Experience in Australia, Japan, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia.
In 2002, founded Alphatech Aquaculture Australia Pty Ltd, now specialized in consultancy work with numerous international seafood producers and aquaculture specialists.
Since 2000, focused on aquaculture industry development, particularly in Asia.
Areas of expertise include assisting customers to evaluate, design and select the most appropriate RAS for broodstock, hatchery, nursery and grow-out facilities for both freshwater and marine water environments.
Degrees in international marketing and Japanese language from Sophia University, Tokyo.
Laurent Bouaziz - Senior Advisor
Laurent Bouaziz has over 20 years in Quantitative Finance experience and as many with financial products and team management.
His last role was Head of EMEA EQD structuring at Goldman Sachs. Prior to that he was Global Head of EQD Structuring & Product group at BNP Paribas and Head of Fixed Income Derivatives at Caisse des Depots. Laurent also served as Head of Fixed income Derivatives Research at Credit Agricole.
Laurent holds a PhD in Mathematics, Master in probability and holds 2 degrees in engineering. In addition, Laurent was an International Finance lecturer at HEC and a Lecturer on Probability at Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees.
Gerard Guez - Shareholder & Senior Advisor
A pioneer of the denim industry, Gerard Guez currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Sunrise Brands.
Prior to Sunrise, he founded one of its wholly owned subsidiaries, Tarrant Apparel Group (formerly: TAGS) in 1988 and served as its Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Guez also founded Tarrant Company Limited (TCL), the Company's Hong Kong subsidiary, in 1985.
Outside of the apparel industry, Gerard co-founded Georges V Entertainment/Buddha Bar.
Well known for his keen financial sensibility, Gerard actively invests in various companies and real estate worldwide.