Guy Fraser-Sampson originally qualified as a lawyer and became an equity partner in a City of London law firm at the age of 26, having already been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. In 1986 he left the law and has since gained over twenty-five years experience in the investment arena, particularly in the fields of private equity funds, investment strategy and asset allocation.
He is perhaps best known for having set up and run for several years the European operations of US fund of funds manager Horsley Bridge. Previously he lived and worked in the Middle East as Investment Controller with the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority ("ADIA"). ADIA is generally acknowledged to be the largest investor in the world.
In recent years Guy has developed his interest in investment strategy, portfolio theory and asset allocation, and become recognised as an expert and thought leader in the area. He has also become an expert on so-called alternative assets generally, and has written and lectured widely on how these might be accommodated into Multi Asset Class products and portfolios.
Since 2007, he has been a member of the teaching staff at Cass Business School , where he teaches MBA modules in both London and Dubai on Private Equity and Investment Strategy (which includes full coverage of all "alternative" assets such as hedge funds, real estate, energy, commodities, currency, infrastructure, etc). He also supervises various research projects at Cass.
Guy is the author of four books on finance and investment: Multi Asset Class Investment Strategy, Private Equity as an asset class, and Alternative Assets: investments for a post-crisis world, are all published as part of the prestigious Wiley Finance series, and featured on this website. No Fear Finance is an introduction to finance and investment designed for people with no quantitative background and was published by Kogan Page in 2011.
Multi Asset Class Investment Strategy was published in July 2006 to what Global Pensions described as "rave reviews from within the UK pension industry" and went into the Amazon "Hot 100" after just six weeks. The Daily Telegraph noted that "the tectonic plates are shifting under the British investment establishment" while one reviewer said simply "there are some books you read that change the way you think - this is one of them."
Private Equity as an asset class was published in February 2007 and went straight into the Amazon best-seller list, where it has stayed ever since, being adopted as a recommended book by business schools worldwide and selling over ten thousand copies in its English language edition alone. One private equity publication described it as "a masterpiece by the acknowledged expert in the field". The Chairman of the European Venture Capital Association said that it "shines a torch of clarity into some dimly lit areas of private equity theory and practice". A new edition was published in May 2010.
Alternative Assets: investments for a post-crisis world, published in 2010, provides vital knowledge needed by investors around the world as they finally recognise, in the wake of 2007/8, that they cannot simply hold bonds and equities in their portfolios. The book builds on consultancy work which Guy has performed in this area for clients around the world.
Guy also writes both history and fiction. His first book on the Plantagenets (working title A Family at War) has been nominated for a Royal Society of Literature award and will hopefully be published in 2012, and Major Benjy, an addition to the Mapp and Lucia stories of E.F. Benson, was published two yeas ago and was chosen by the Sunday Times literary festival in Oxford as one of its featured selections, Guy being invited to give a talk on Benson and his influence on other Engish writers. Cricket at the Crossroads: Colour, Class and Controversy 1967-1977 was published in September 2011. Lucia on Holiday, the second of his Mapp and Lucia books, was published in March 2012, being featured on BBC Radio 4's "Open Book" programme and going straight into the Amazon UK fiction best-sellers' list. It will be featuring at various literary festivals this summer, inclding having been chosen to open the Rye Festival on 15 September. He also writes detective fiction under a pseudonym which remains a closely guarded secret.
In addition to various professional qualifications, Guy has an LLB with Honours from King's College London and an MBA majoring in finance from Warwick Business School. He teaches at Cass Business School in the City of London, where he is a Senior Fellow. He is also a visiting Professor at the National Academy of Economics in Moscow, a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Pensions, and a board member of MARC (the M&A Research Centre).
Guy is available to conduct consultancy and training assignments around the world on investment strategy, asset allocation, alternative investments, fund products and private equity. He is happy to appear on radio and TV programmes, talking about various investment issues.
He is also available as a speaker at conferences or client events for keynote addresses and after-dinner speeches. He has appeared many times on radio and television in the last year or two talking about the current financial and economic crisis which is the subject of his forhcoming book The Mess We're In. Click here for a list of current and recent clients, and here for contact details.