Ashburton Investments has strengthened its equity research capabilities by hiring Robert Lea as Head of Global Equity Research, based in Jersey.  

The newly created global equity research team will provide analysis for the equity solutions range as well as Ashburton’s multi asset strategy which has been running for over thirty years.  

Ashburton, which was founded in Jersey, is bolstering its equity research function to provide its investment managers with further in-depth analysis, vital for a product set that has evolved over time to suit ever changing market conditions and clients’ needs to effectively manage risk and access more sources of return.
Ashburton’s equity fund range include a focussed Global Leaders Equity Fund, as well as specialist India, Energy and Chindia funds which are all managed from Jersey, a rarity for the Channel Islands finance industry.  

Jonathan Schiessl, Chief Investment Officer of Ashburton Investments (International), commented: “We are excited to bring somebody with Robert’s calibre of equity research and analysis in London and Asia to Jersey, enabling Ashburton to create what we believe is a unique research capability.”  

Robert Lea said: “I am delighted to be part of a company which is clearly focussed on building upon years of heritage with a new research team. I have worked in many of the markets in which Ashburton specialises and I look forward to contributing to the ongoing success of the investment range.”  
Robert was previously a global equity research sector head and strategist at UBS. He spent eight years working in Asia and was top-3 ranked in the Extel/ II surveys of institutional fund managers, in both the European and Asian markets. He also spent a period managing a pan-Asian equities portfolio at UBS’s Fundamental Investment Group in Hong Kong.