Harcourt Investment Consulting AG
Harcourt Investment Consulting is an internationally established provider of alternative investment solutions.
Harcourt offers transparent and innovative products and services in the field alternative strategies. Our aim is to generate added value for our institutional clients.
Our experienced investment professionals have a passion for active alternative investments and enable us to offer unique investment products and services to our clients around the globe. We constantly strive to deliver superior investment returns and are focused on four main business lines:
• Research Driven Strategies
• Fund of Hedge Funds
Harcourt is part of the Vontobel Group which combines the expertise of an independent Swiss private bank with the innovative strength of an active international asset manager. Within Vontobel Asset Management's Multi-Boutique Approach, Harcourt is specialized in alternative investments. This ensures close cooperation and allows us to successfully pool our knowledge and resources for the benefit of our clients and business partners.
The Vontobel Group, with today around 1,500 employees in 2 international locations was first established in Zurich in 1924. The registered shares of Vontobel Holding AG are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. The solid capital position and the stable shareholder structure – reflecting the entrepreneurial, long-term view of our major shareholders – provide our company with strong and secure foundations. The Vontobel families hold a majority of around 52% of votes and capital. Vontobel's financial strength represents the cornerstone of our entrepreneurial independence.
Prior to joining Harcourt, he worked from 2010 to 2012 as Head of Emerging Markets Equities at Credit Suisse in Zurich, where he led and managed the investment team. Previously, Jan worked from 1999 to 2009 at DWS (Deutsche Bank Group). Initially he was Senior Portfolio Manager for international and emerging markets and later Managing Director and Hedge Fund Manager managing various long/short equity, absolute return and long-only funds. In this position, he won several performance awards. Jan finished his habilitation (post doctoral degree) at the University of Bremen, Germany.
<p> Jan holds a Master of International Management (post MBA) from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, USA, and a M.Sc. as well as a PhD in Business Administration and Economics from the University of the Armed Forces Munich. He is certified as Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).</p>
Prior to joining Harcourt in 2005, Dr. Georg Wessling worked as an investment consultant for Ecofin Investment Consulting AG from 1995 to 2004. At Ecofin he was responsible for alternative asset classes, such as hedge funds, private equity and real estate and advised some of Ecofin's largest clients. In this role he was also involved in asset liability management and defining strategic asset allocations. He was appointed Head of Portfolio Management at Harcourt in January 2006 and CIO in 2009.
<p>Dr. Georg Wessling studied at the Universities of Nijmegen (Netherlands), Münster (Germany) and Berne (Switzerland). He obtained a Master in Economics from the University of Berne and a PhD in Finance from the University of Zurich.</p>
Prior to joining Harcourt in 2004, Armand van Houten worked as Senior Relationship Manager with Citco Banking Corporation in Curacao and Amsterdam where he was responsible for a portfolio of clients of 1.6 billion USD. His main responsibilities were relationship management, trade execution in hedge funds, monitoring of credit facilities, forward contracts, margins, account balances and training of new staff. Armand van Houten was appointed Head of Operations at Harcourt in January 2004 and became Head of Risk Control & Operational Risk in January 2008. In October 2009 he was appointed as Chief Operations Officer.
<p>Armand van Houten has completed a MEAO Degree in Business Administration. Business Economics and Logistics, holds an Investment Advisor Degree from NIBE-SVV and is a certified Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).</p>