Alexander Roepers

Founder and Chief Investment Officer - Atlantic Investment Management

Alex Roepers is the Chief Investment Officer of Atlantic Investment Management, a global equity value-investing firm he founded in 1988. Mr. Roepers applies a differentiated constructive shareholder activist (CSA) investment approach to unlock incremental value in high-quality, undervalued companies in the consumer, industrials and businesses services sectors. Atlantic’s highly experienced investment team has successfully influenced change at many leading companies over the past 30 years in the U.S., Europe and Japan.

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Mr. Roepers began his investing career in the operations and corporate development departments at multi-billion-dollar conglomerates Thyssen-Bornemisza Group (1984-88) and Dover Corporation (1980-82).

Mr. Roepers has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Nijenrode University, which is the Netherlands School of Business (1980), and an MBA from Harvard Business School (1984).

Léon Kirch

Partner & CIO - European Capital Partners

Léon Kirch, CFA, born in Luxembourg in 1972, has been involved with Value Style Investing for twenty years now. He holds a Commercial Engineering degree from Solvay Brussels School and is a Chartered Financial Analysts.

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Léon Kirch started his career in 1997 at Banque de Luxembourg as a Portfolio Manager. In early 2002, he joined Nordea as the Co-Portfolio Manager of the Nordea European Value Fund until Mid-2014. In August 2014, he became Partner at European Capital Partners where he launched his own European Equities strategies and got back to the roots of his “Entrepreneurial Value Investing” approach.

Léon Kirch was founding President of the Luxembourg CFA Society and is a regular guest speaker at the University of Luxembourg.


Andrés Allende

Portfolio Manager - Cobas Asset Management

Andrés Allende Rodríguez-Losada, CFA (Spain 1977). Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Complutense University (Madrid). In 2001, he joined Credit Suisse where he worked as a portfolio manager first in Madrid and then in Zurich. In 2007, he joined RAB Capital in London as a Long/Short equities portfolio manager for Latin America, and subsequently for Global Emerging Markets. In 2011, he joined Allianz Global Investors in London, before moving to Edinburgh to work for Standard Life Investments in 2014 where he ran Global Emerging Markets funds. His investment style is contrarian and fundamental, based on a bottom up understanding of companies and industry cycles. Andres was appointed at Cobas AM in January 2017.

Kurt Kara

Head of Global Value Equities - Maj Invest

Mr. Kara joined Maj Invest in 2004, and has been responsible for managing the Global Value equities strategy since its inception. Prior to joining Maj Invest, Mr. Kara worked as an equity strategist at Danske Bank. Previously he held a position as portfolio manager at Danske Capital for the Danske Invest Latin American Equities fund. Mr. Kara holds a MSc in Economics from the University of Copenhagen.


Jens Hansen

Managing Director - Chief Investment Officer – ValueInvest Global Equity Team

Jens Hansen heads the firm’s ValueInvest Global Equity team and is a portfolio manager for the team’s strategies. He joined Macquarie Investment Management (MIM) in June 2018 as part of the firm’s acquisition of ValueInvest Asset Management based in Luxembourg. Hansen joined ValueInvest Asset Management in 2001 as a portfolio manager. Hansen started his career in 1982 with Spar Nord Bank, where he worked as an analyst and trader of bonds, equities, and derivatives. In 1994, he joined Nykredit Bank, where he worked as a bond trader. He attended the Aarhus School of Business where he gained a graduate diploma in business administration within finance and international trade.

Jos van Bommel

Associate Professor - University of Luxembourg

Jos van Bommel is associate professor of Finance at the University of Luxembourg. He holds an MSc from the University of Eindhoven, an MBA from the IESE Business School, and a PhD in finance from INSEAD. He taught valuation and other corporate finance courses at many business schools and universities, a.o. Babson College, Oxford University’s Said Business School and Esade Business School. His research on IPOs, Corporate Governance and Market Liquidity has been published in numerous peer reviewed academic journals. Jos is a value investor and tries to practice what he preaches.


Steve Gorelik

Fund Manager - Firebird U.S. Value Fund

Steve Gorelik is the Fund Manager of Firebird U.S. Value Fund as well as portfolio manager of Firebird’s Eastern Europe and Russia Funds. He joined Firebird in 2005 from Columbia University Graduate School of Business while completing education from a highly selective Value Investing Program. Prior to business school, Steve was an operational strategy consultant at Deloitte working with companies in various industries including banking, healthcare, and retail. He holds a BS degree from Carnegie Mellon University as well as a CFA (chartered financial analyst) charter and a membership in Beta Gamma Sigma honor society. Steve serves on the boards of Teliani Valley (Georgia), Arco Vara (Estonia), and Pharmsynthez (Russia). He speaks Russian, English and his native Belarussian.



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