Phillip Hudak and Matt Griffin will join Maple-Brown Abbott as Co-Portfolio Managers, Australian Small Companies at the end of April. They were Co-Portfolio Managers of the AMP Capital Australian Emerging Companies Fund for the past four years and will bring their highly regarded investment philosophy and process to Maple-Brown Abbott. They will report to Chief Investment Officer Garth Rossler.
Maple-Brown Abbott CEO Sophia Rahmani says that the lift-out is a key development in Maple-Brown Abbott’s long-term growth strategy.
“The opportunity to add this sought-after capability through the appointment of two highly experienced investment professionals is ideal for us.
“Our people and our platform allow us to efficiently add and support new investment teams, and we expect to launch an Australian small companies fund soon after Phillip and Matt start.
“Being a privately owned boutique investment manager with a long history of strong client alignment and quality investment capabilities means that when we identify solutions that align with our strategy and our clients’ interests, we can add them relatively quickly and efficiently.
“In the past 12 months, we have broadened our offering from three investment strategies – broad-cap Australian equities, Asia-Pacific equities and global listed infrastructure – to five, with global emerging markets and now Australian small companies. We continue to see institutional and adviser interest in actively managed, differentiated investment strategies,” she said.
Mr Rossler added that Mr Hudak and Mr Griffin are passionate and experienced investors who are culturally aligned with Maple-Brown Abbott.
“Phillip and Matt have a proven investment process with an earnings focus and market-leading sustainability framework, which they will continue at Maple-Brown Abbott.
“We look forward to engaging with the market with this quality offering.”
Both Mr Hudak and Mr Griffin have extensive Australian small cap equity portfolio management and fundamental stock research experience. The AMP Australian small caps strategy was launched in February 2013 and managed by Mr Hudak, then co-managed by Mr Hudak and Mr Griffin from March 2018 to March 2022.
Before AMP Capital, Mr Hudak was a small caps analyst at ING Investment Management and earlier worked as an analyst at MIR Investment Management and an investment consultant with Russell Investment Group. Mr Griffin was Investment Director at IFM Investors where he was integral to the launch of the IFM Australia small caps and micro caps strategy, and a small caps analyst at Macquarie Asset Management.