Investment Team

About Clime

Meet the Analyst Team

Clime Asset ManagementClime Asset Management is a listed Australian equities funds management company (ASX:CIW), established in 1996.

Clime’s success has been built on a value investing methodology. When other fund managers were chasing leveraged positions before the GFC, Clime moved towards cash, because stock valuations didn’t stack-up. After the GFC, when others reduced equity investments, Clime had the conviction to make investments in ‘under-valued’ stocks. This sober, analytical approach – driven by fundamental analysis of good quality companies – is the same one used by the world’s most successful investor – Warren Buffett.

At the core of this success has been a stable and focused group of analysts. Their job has been assisted by the strength of the StocksInValue tool, which they themselves manage and use to make investment decisions within their team. As such, a subscription to StocksInValue provides you with the access to the valuations and analysis of one of Australia’s best performing funds team. Subscribers to our Professional service, gain further access to their thinking, with more detailed reporting and long-term future forecasts of value.

“Our funds management team uses StocksInValue to derive clear, consistent and prudent valuation of stocks we invest in. This tool is the back-bone of our investment process; it uses an approach to value investing that I’ve adopted successfully for over 30 years”
John Abernethy, Chief Investment Officer at Clime

StocksInValue continues to co-locate its business with Clime Asset Management, so our client advisers and internal analysts maintain close access to the funds management team and the many insights they gain from research, management meetings and various institutional grade analytical tools.

For investors who don’t have the time or experience for making direct investment decisions, Clime offers a range of investment options. These include individually managed accounts, a high performing Australian equities fund, and a recently launched international equity fund. Clime also offers an SMSF administration service. You can find out more about these products on the Clime website, and of course, can get a taste of Clime’s approach by trialling StocksInValue. During your trial, our client advisers can give you further detail on various investment options offered by Clime.

* Past performance is no guarantee of future returns.

Clime Asset Management, Analytical and Funds Management Team
John Abernethy

John Abernethy

John has over 25 years experience in funds management. Prior to establishing Clime, John’s roles included ten years at NRMA Investments as the head of equities, where he successfully managed investment portfolios totalling $2 billion.

John founded Clime (formerly Loftus Capital Partners) in 1996. Through Loftus Capital partners, he advised high net worth individuals on their investments and managed portfolios on their behalf.

Adrian Ezquerro

Adrian Ezquerro
Chief Investment Officer

Adrian joined Clime Investment Management in April 2007 and is responsible for identifying and evaluating investment opportunities across a broad range of sectors. In addition, Adrian has primary responsibility for the management of Clime’s Small Cap Sub-Portfolios and the Clime Smaller Companies Fund.

Prior to joining Clime, Adrian held various positions in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), sporting and real estate industries.

Adrian holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wollongong, a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance from Kaplan Professional and a Graduate Certificate of Sports Management from the University of Canberra.

He retains a healthy passion for sport, having previously played representative cricket in England and locally for Illawarra, North Sydney, NSW Country & Australian Country.

Vincent Chin

Dr Vincent Chin
Portfolio Manager Income & Head of Dealing

Vincent joined Clime in February 2009 and is an experienced equity research analyst and a specialist in quantitative analysis and valuation techniques. Before joining Clime, he gained his investment experience with Ausbil Dexia and Maxim Asset Management. Prior to this, Vincent completed 17 years of research and development in the semiconductor industry.

Vincent’s key responsibilities consist of the dealing and execution of trades, portfolio management – Income Portfolio & Funds and attribution analysis.

Vincent has a Ph.D. Physics, MSc Physics, BSc Chemical Engineering, and F. Fin.

David Walker

David Walker
Senior Analyst

David joined Clime Investment Management in June 2013 and is responsible for identifying opportunities in the banking, retail and telecommunication sectors. He also produces Clime’s economic forecasts, manages the StocksInValue ASX Model Portfolio and represents Clime in the media and at external presentations. David has over 20 years’ experience in economics, equities research and funds management. After a career in economic forecasting at the Commonwealth Department of Finance, David worked in tactical asset allocation for UK and European pension funds at Mercury Asset Management in London. He then returned to Australia to work at Morningstar and its predecessors as a senior analyst covering the banking, insurance, diversified financials and diversified industrials sectors.

David holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from Finsia. He is a Senior Fellow of Finsia and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson
Portfolio Manager – Smaller Companies

Jonathan joined Clime Investment Management in 2014 and is responsible for identifying and evaluating investment opportunities across a range of sectors within the Australian market with a particular focus on smaller companies.

Jonathan is a CFA charterholder and holds a Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Commerce (conjoint) from the Australian National University.

Gareth Abernethy

Gareth Abernethy

Gareth originally joined Clime Investment Management in 2012 in a client support role for StocksInValue. More recently, he joined at the end of 2014 as an Associate Analyst and is responsible for identifying and researching investment opportunities, specifically in international markets.

Before working at Clime, Gareth worked for 3 years as a broker at Norris Smith Securities. His key responsibilities are dealing on Clime’s managed funds as well as selective qualitative company research.

Gareth is currently completing his B.Comm at the University of New South Wales.