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Tiberius Asset Management founds second Swiss company, appoints CEO

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Commodities and forward markets specialist Tiberius Asset Management PLC, has founded a second Swiss company, Tiberius Capital Management Ltd.
Commodities and forward markets specialist Tiberius Asset Management PLC, has founded a second Swiss company, Tiberius Capital Management Ltd.

The new venture’s expert team will be lead by Nicolas Maduz as Chief Executive Officer, and will focus predominantly on expanding sales activities and product development for actively managed commodity funds in Switzerland, Europe and Asia.

‘We are delighted to have recruited such an acknowledged expert with a remarkable commodities career for our team,’ says Christopher Eibi, Executive Director and one of the partners of Tiberius Asset Management. ‘Nicolas Maduz is a great gain for our group.’

Maduz has worked exclusively with commodities and in the commodity trading field since 1989. In addition to periods spent working for Sucden Touton in Singapore, the Fimat Group in New York and the London International Financial Futures Exchange (LIFFE), he has also gained practical experience with his own commodity brokerage company based in Paris. In his previous role, Maduz worked at Diapason Commodities Management SA where he contributed to the successful launch of new investment products tracking the Rogers International Commodity Index.

Tiberius does not expect to see the commodities trend reach its climax for several years yet. The company is specialised in active commodities fund management. This involves direct investments in futures components of commodity indices combined with active management. The strategic investment approach is based upon quantitative models that generates additional performance ie alpha compared with passive investment products.

The investment objective of the new fund issued by Tiberius Capital Management Ltd is to offer investors added value over the Rogers International Commodity Index Total Return.

Commodities are not a uniform asset class, but do display three yield sources: Spot Return, Roll Yield and Collateral Yield. These result in financial indicators which then in turn facilitate active management. Tiberius essentially applies three fundamental criteria to analyse the commodities: Primary market surpluses/ deficits, stock levels, futures market curves. The fundamental approach is complemented by technical models, which reproduce the long-term relative trend for individual commodities.

Background note: Tiberius Asset Management PLC is based in Zug, Switzerland with representative offices in Stuttgart and in Zurich. The company was founded in 2005 by Markus Mezger and Christoph Eibl. TAM combines many years’ experience in commodity trading and portfolio management. Both founding members are acknowledged commodities experts who can look back on successful track records with their respective former employers. Markus Mezger was previously responsible for global investment strategy in the stock and commodities division at the Baden Württembergischen Bank AG. He also managed special funds in the commodities sector. Christoph Eibl’s last position was that of Vice President of the commodities team at DresdnerKleinwortWasserstein, where he was active on a global basis in the fields of precious metal and commodities transactions. Trading in mine hedging with hedge funds and commodities investors has contributed to his solid past experience. Both are renowned authors of several trade publications and books for the commodities sector. The first fund issued by the commodities experts is an actively managed commodities fund, which gives its investors the opportunity of participating directly in increasing commodity prices. 

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