Our journey

As one of Australia’s first boutique investment managers, Maple-Brown Abbott Limited (MBA) has evolved into a business focusing on managing Australian equity, Asian equity, global listed infrastructure and multi-asset strategies.

Operating for nearly 40 years, we manage investment portfolios for institutional, high net-worth and retail clients in Australia. We also have clients across the world including in North America, Europe and Asia. We are privately owned with around 60 staff in Sydney and over A$11 billion in assets under management as at 31 July 2021.

We are regulated by authorities in Australia, Europe and the United States, and are a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment.

Where our journey began

Maple-Brown Abbott was established as an investment management firm in 1984 by Robert Maple-Brown and Chris Abbott. Starting with A$35 million under management and specialising in Australian equities, we pioneered value investing in the Australian market.

Since 1984, we have expanded to offer Asia Pacific equity and multi-asset strategies (across the specialist sectors of REITs, Australian fixed interest and Australian and international equities). In 2012, MBA co-founded the Maple-Brown Abbott Global Listed Infrastructure business with its Principals, a business which manages over A$6 billion as at 31 July 2021.

Today we are one of Australia’s leading privately owned investment management firms, we have a global footprint and internationally recognised strategies. We offer Australian managed investment schemes, UCITS (Undertaking for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities) funds in a variety of currencies and discrete mandates to clients around the world. Our clients include superannuation funds, financial institutions, endowments, charities, family offices, financial advisers, wholesale investors and retail investors.

Throughout our journey we have exhibited quiet innovation.

MBA’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy was formalised in 2008, one of the earliest for Australian-based boutiques, when the Board approved our first ESG policy and we became a signatory to the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investing. We have a long-standing commitment to integrating ESG factors into our investment process across each of our investment strategies.

We were also one of the earliest Australian fund managers that launched a UCITS fund range in Ireland, diversifying both our product offering and our client base.

MBA remains committed to a diverse and inclusive culture, and in particular supports the growth of female participation in the investment management industry. We launched our inaugural Summer Female Internship Program in 2018/2019 offering females in their penultimate year of business or finance studies an internship program working with each of our investment teams. The program has continued each summer and we continue to see excellent candidates for the internship.

Being a focused boutique investment manager remains an important driver of our culture, ensuring our interests are aligned with those of our clients. We strive to deliver the highest level of service to our clients and to always act with integrity and the highest ethical standards.