Having graduated from Cambridge University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters in Engineering, Martin Lau has progressed from a somewhat industrious education to Investment Fund Management and now has over 10 years experience in the industry. Born in Hong Kong in 1972, Lau started his investment career in 1995 at BZW in London as part of their risk management team. He subsequently spent six years with Invesco as a fund manager responsible for the greater China funds, Smaller Companies fund and regional portfolios. Lau currently manages a range of China and Asia funds for First State. He describes his investment style for many of the funds he runs as bottom up stock selection with strong macro overlay. He also focuses heavily on quality, growth and price. A keen badminton player, Lau also enjoys playing tennis, walking and going to the cinema.
Sophia Li is a portfolio manager at First State Stewart Asia, part of First State Investments. Sophia joined the team in August 2009 and is responsible for providing stock ideas to portfolio managers, primarily in the Northern Asia markets. She is also lead manager of the First State Japan Equity Fund. Sophia holds a Masters degree in Statistics from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Fudan University. She is also a CFA charterholder.
To invest fully in equity and equity related securities issued by companies, with no restriction on company size, with either assets in, or revenues derived from, the PRC that are listed, traded or dealt in on stock exchanges and markets in the PRC, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the United States or in a member state of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The Fund may also hold cash (up to 10% of its total net asset value) for liquidity purposes.
- Hong Kong