At Mantis, we have a singular mission to connect investors to alpha using technology. We strongly believe that boutique funds outperform over time. However, the same factors that keep boutiques lean, nimble and aligned can also make reaching distribution scale a challenge. Mantis was built to bridge that gap and is investing heavily in people and systems to create a world class Neofund platform.
Mantis Funds was launched in 2020 by accomplished industry veterans Damien Hatfield, Timothy Cheung, David Gray and Mark Paton. Our team consists of executives with extensive experience partnering with, operating and growing boutique fund managers. With its innovative distribution and operations platform, Mantis enables its boutique fund partners to focus on delivering alpha.
Fund investors still primarily make their decisions based on trust and human connection. Historically, for boutiques, scaling this human connection has relied heavily on intermediaries. At Mantis, we believe that emerging technologies provide a better solution for building trust between fund manager and investor. Our aim is to create a Neofund model that is transparent, aligned and engaged with investors.
Timothy has almost two decades of experience working in financial markets. During this time he has successfully built and led investment businesses across a number of asset classes. Prior to co-founding Mantis Funds, Timothy held senior investment roles at CFSGAM, Perpetual and Morphic Asset Management. Aside from his role as Managing Director of Mantis, Timothy currently serves on the board of Payreq Pty Ltd and Forum Care Ltd.
Timothy has two daughters and a wife who doesn’t like him going to the gym.
Damien has over 30 years’ experience working in financial markets and over 20 years as a fund marketer. Prior to co-founding Mantis Funds, Damien has consulted and successfully raised funds for Ascalon Capital (a westpac subsidiary), Ramius Capital LLC (a New York based Alternative Manager), Kapstream Capital (a Sydney based Credit Manager), Caliburn Capital (a UK based Fund of Funds manager) and Mariner Group (a New York based alternative asset fund manager). He has also held Senior Executive roles at Pengana Capital, Colonial First State Asset Management, ANZ McCaughans and Deutsche Bank AG. Damien serves on the board of Integrated Portfolio Solutions Pty Ltd.
Damien has three grandchildren and recently remarried a reigning iron woman champion.
Mark has over 40 years’ experience in leadership roles across banking and financial markets including 17 years with ANZ Banking Group where he was Group Managing Director Corporate Banking and 15 years with Westpac Banking Corporation including 5 years as General Manager (Victoria). Mark was previously a director of ASX listed Credit Intelligence Ltd (ASX:CI1) as well as the Foundation for Young Australians for 8 years including a number of years as Chairman. Mark is presently a Managing Director of AFSG Capital Pty Ltd and prior to this was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of FIIG Securities Limited.
A father of five including two teenage boys, Mark’s background as explosives expert has served him well.
David has over 35 years’ experience working in financial markets in Australia and Asia. Prior to joining Mantis Funds, David was responsible for building and managing UBS’s Prime Brokerage and Listed Derivatives business in Australia before relocating to Hong Kong to head the APAC Prime Services and Listed Derivatives business. Following UBS, David joined Royal Bank of Scotland to Head the APAC Prime Services and Listed Derivatives business. He later joined State Street Bank and Trust to establish the Asian Listed Derivatives Business.
David has two adult children and having spent decades wining and dining clients in Asia is very content to be on the buyside.
Paul has over 35 years’ experience working in financial markets. Prior to joining Mantis Funds, Paul held a director role at Societe Generale as the Head of Proprietary Trading, was also a Proprietary Trader at Citibank where he specialised in bonds, futures and options trading. Paul was also part of the equities and capital markets team at BBY Ltd.
A father of four, Paul just had his first grandchild and is Mantis’ in-house golf pro.
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