Strategies & Capabilities

Fundamental Growth and Core Equity

Rigorously Pursuing Quality and Sustainable Growth at Reasonable Valuations

We are laser-focused on finding quality companies that can deliver growth that is stronger and more enduring than the market’s expectations.

These companies are rare, so when we find them we pursue them with confidence and conviction—but we never abandon our valuation discipline. 

Our Investment Platform

Our team and investment philosophy are united by a common belief—that quality companies with sustainable growth at attractive valuations can drive above-average, long-term investment returns.

Our Expertise






Research Professionals Across Six Countries

17 Years

Average Portfolio Manager Team Tenure

20 Years

Average Research Analyst Industry Experience


Year We Launched Our First Fund

Information as of Sept 30, 2019

Why Us?

Our investors seek the long-term risk and return characteristics that only a specialist, high conviction fundamental manager can provide.

Investing Like Owners, Not Traders

  • Long-term perspective united by a common philosophy
  • Low turnover
  • Fiduciary mindset

Seasoned Team With A Singular Focus

  • Time- and market-tested track records
  • Long-tenure with a collaborative culture
  • Interests aligned with clients’ objectives

Robust Investment Process

  • Deep fundamental research conducted globally
  • Rigorous and disciplined process enhances repeatability of results
  • Proprietary Confidence Quotient (CQ) framework

High-Conviction Portfolios

  • Concentrated portfolios
  • Belief that high-conviction portfolios will lead to greater alpha

Boutique With Backing

  • Focused independent investment process
  • Support of global investment firm

The Three Pillars of Our Philosophy

We invest confidently at the intersection of sustainable growth, quality and reasonable valuations.

Sustainable Growth

We believe that the power of long-term, compounding growth is underappreciated by the market and offers unrecognized investment opportunity. Our 3-5-year investment horizon is a crucial part of how we generate alpha.


Our analysis is qualitative and forward-looking, zeroing in on attributes that lead to sustainable growth. The Confidence Quotient (CQ) is our proprietary analytical framework that quantifies how we think about quality.

Reasonable Valuation

We don’t chase growth at any price. We insist on a valuation that is justified by the firm’s growth potential. Conversely, we don’t sell just because valuation has increased. Our valuation discipline creates a growth margin of safety.

Quantifying Our Confidence

CQ provides structure to how our team evaluates quality, and gives our investors visibility into a process that, for other fundamental managers, is often a “black box.”

It brings rigor, measurability and consistency to the process of assessing five elements of quality that we score and track over time. Each element of CQ is backed by a detailed scorecard that tracks to sub-measures that determine our confidence in the company’s quality.

Meet the Team

Hiring a fundamental active manager involves a belief in the people as much as the process. Our impressive performance reflects the caliber and stability of our team—and our shared commitment to our fundamental, high-conviction investment philosophy.

Fundamental Growth and Core Leadership Team

Michael Solecki, CFA

Chief Investment Officer

Paul Nestro, CFA

Director of Research

George Bicher

CIO, Emerging Markets


1 As of June 30, 2019


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