A trio of successful fund managers have joined forces with Jonathan Hughes-Morgan, formerly managing director and co-founder of Thames River Capital, and David Sheppard, formerly head of pan-European sales and trading at SG Corporate and Investment Banking, to form Occam Asset Management, a new start-up asset management business.

Asian fund manager Mark Williams, 36, joins from F&C Management, where until August he ran the USD700m Pacific Growth fund. The fund returned 131.67 per cent in the 36 months to the end of June, compared with an average of 108.05 per cent for other funds in this sector.

Phil Cliff, 33, joins as a European fund manager from Threadneedle, where he managed more than EUR2bn in the Pan European Accelerando Fund and European Select Fund up to August. The Accelerando fund returned 87.9 per cent in the 36 months to the end of July, compared with an average of 70.9 per cent from peer group funds.

Jon Greenhill, 34, who joins from Lazard Asset Management, will run the Japanese team. He was previously head of the Japanese equity team at Royal & SunAlliance, which managed around GBP2bn.

Occam Asset Management plans to launch its three long/short equity hedge funds, focusing on Asia, Europe and Japan, at the end of November, subject to FSA authorisation. The new venture is backed by Hughes-Morgan and will be headed by Sheppard as chief executive.


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