Steven is the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of Rubrics Asset Management Ltd. His key role is that of senior portfolio manager of the Rubrics Global Fixed Income UCITS Fund. In addition he oversees the continuing development of the core investment management processes and strategies of the fixed income business. Steven was responsible for the design and development of the investment process and product offerings of the Rubrics Global UCITS Funds in 2001. Since then he has overseen the launch of each of the funds within the product suite.
Prior to 2001, Steven worked with Millennium Asset Management in the development of a fully integrated asset management business. He also worked as a trader and investment manager for the Equinox Cross Market Arbitrage Fund where his focus was on the development of its quantitative strategies and trade execution. Steven is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin where he received a BBS in Finance. Steven also received an MBS in quantitative finance from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business. As part of his MBS studies Steven was one of the first in the hedge fund industry to undertake an academic thesis on the quantitative and qualitative analyses of strategies.
Matthew Barnes, CFA
Matthew is the manager of the Rubrics Global Credit UCITS Fund. He has extensive expertise covering a broad range of industries across the credit spectrum. He is also a key contributor of corporate credit ideas throughout Rubrics’ fixed income fund range. Matthew joined the team in 2011 and took over management of the Rubrics Global Credit UCITS Fund in January 2012. Matthew’s considerable experience at an industry and credit specific level has helped both in building an extensive universe of credit ideas and actively managing the credit exposure within the fund.
Prior to joining Rubrics Asset Management, Matthew worked as a specialist credit asset manager at New Bond Street Asset Management for five years. He played an integral role in the credit selection and active management of a €4 billion fixed income portfolio. He has also worked at Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas in Senior Credit Analyst positions and he began his career analysing corporate credit in 1997. Matthew received his Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and is a CFA® charterholder.
James is a Portfolio Manager and is responsible for trade execution across the Rubrics Global UCITS Funds. Since joining the team in 2010, he has been responsible for risk and performance analysis across each of the fund strategies. As a member of the investment team, James is responsible for executing portfolio strategies across a number of funds as well as generating ideas. In addition, James is responsible for working with key members of the distribution platform with a view to both cultivating new business relationships and managing key existing ones. His positioning as part the investment team ensures he is well placed to communicate with clients on an ongoing basis.
Prior to joining Rubrics he worked at Rabobank on the Debt Capital Markets team in a risk management capacity and before that spent four and a half years at ABN AMRO in the Fund Derivatives Group where his role involved structuring investment products. James received his bachelor in Business and Economics from Trinity College in Dublin in 2003 and received an MSc in International Securities, Investment and Banking from the ISMA Centre in Reading in 2004.
Antonio Del Favero
Antonio Del Favero joined Rubrics in February 2017 as Senior Portfolio Strategist.
From 2008 to 2016, Antonio was employed as a Risk Officer at Brevan Howard. Initially responsible for the risk management of fund portfolios, he also conducted statistical and portfolio analyses on all Brevan Howard funds. Prior to joining Brevan Howard, Antonio worked at Credit Suisse in Zurich as Assistant VP in Credit Portfolio Management between 2005 and 2008 where he was responsible for portfolio modelling and credit market (tail) risk measurement across all asset classes. In 2003 and 2004 Antonio worked as Financial Analyst in the Wealth Management Research division of UBS in Zurich where he designed econometric models for credit spreads forecasting and credit portfolio optimisation, developed quantitative analyses and wrote research notes on these topics.
Antonio received a Bachelor of Economics from Bologna University in 2000, cum laude with a thesis on speculative attacks and balance of payment crises, a Master of Economics from Bocconi University in 2001 as well as a Master of Finance from ETH and University of Zurich in 2006, cum laude. In February 2017 he co-authored a research note “Managing Risk Through Human Guidance of AI”.
Janaka is a Portfolio Manager focused on Credit.
His main responsibility consists of monitoring existing holdings and generating new ideas and executing on them across the fund range. His approach is to encapsulate fundamental, technical and behavioural factors when analysing credits. He places a great emphasis on utilising technology to improve the execution and monitoring of the portfolios.
Prior to joining Rubrics Asset Management in 2017, Janaka gained 6 years of Fixed Income experience on the sell-side. He worked in Debt Capital Markets, Debt Syndication and Credit Sales at Canaccord Genuity and Numis Securities. He was instrumental in growing the respective Fixed Income franchises at both firms. Before this, he was a Mid Cap Stock Research Analyst at Collins Stewart. Janaka qualified as a Chartered Accountant from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”), within the Investment Management and Insurance Division then subsequently the Valuations Practice at PwC. He completed a Bachelor of Engineering in Computing at Imperial College, London.