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Antony John
Principal at Ilex Associates


Antony is one of four principals of Ilex Associates, a specialist asset management advisory boutique. Current assignments include Aberdeen Standard Investments, Federated Hermes Investment Management, Fisch Asset Management and Janus Henderson. In the past three years assignments have been completed for J.Safra Sarasin, Architas, Alliance Trust Investments, Alliance Bernstein, Gulf International Bank, EFG and Brompton Asset Management.
Previously, in 2013 Antony was appointed CEO of the currency manager The ECU Group plc. ECU is a privately-owned firm with a specialism in managing currency debt portfolios and managed currency alpha portfolios. Antony remains an equity shareholder.
Prior to ECU, Antony was CEO of FundQuest, the multi manager specialist of BNP Paribas Investment Partners which managed and advised on over £30bn of assets. This followed the acquisition by BNP Paribas of Investment Manager Selection in 2008, at that time the largest independent multimanager in the UK (£5.3bn) where Antony was CEO and one of five principal shareholders.
Given his profile in the asset management industry, Antony has been in demand as a regular speaker on the international conference circuit and has presented at conferences in the UK, USA, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He is also a regular contributor to the financial trade press.
Before joining IMS in 2003 Antony was an Executive Vice President at the Swiss Private Bank Lombard Odier, with responsibility for the Northern European retail and institutional businesses with teams in London, Geneva, Zurich, Paris, Amsterdam and Madrid.
Antony spent the formative years of his career, between 1988 and 1998 at Hill Samuel Asset Management.
Antony is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Freeman of the City of London.

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Agenda Sessions

  • Asia bonds: a safe haven for investors?

  • Where to find growth and return?

  • Differentiating through 'do good' investments