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Investment Team

Argentum Asset Management is a Barbados based international investment management company and a subsidiary of the Forvest Group Switzerland.

The Argentum Barbados Team:

John McLeod - Director

Born in Halifax Nova Scotia, Mr. McLeod holds university degrees in Sociology and Commerce from Dalhousie University.  He began his career in the Canadian trust industry with Canada Permanent Trust Company which later became Canada Trust. In October 1988 he joined Royal Trust which was later acquired by the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). Whilst at RBC he held a range of management positions including Vice President Global Sales and Director International Solutions. During his tenure with RBC, he acquired extensive experience in international investing and corporate structuring. In the course of assisting clients he has worked with many of the world's leading professional advisors in the fields of law, accounting, insurance and financial planning.

John is an expert in developing investment management strategies, international trust and company structures, as well as asset protection and succession strategies. He has earned the internationally recognized Trust and Estate Practitioner designation from the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Mr. McLeod was appointed President of Pursuit Financial Management Corporation and Pursuit Financial Services Corporation, two Ontario Securities Commission regulated companies in October 2015.

   

Andrew Alleyne - Managing Director

Born in Barbados, Mr. Alleyne has over 30 years' experience working within the Canadian and Barbadian international financial sectors. Most of this time has been spent managing investment, accounting, risk and compliance professionals. Mr. Alleyne has experience in establishing and managing a private bank and an international investment company. He has supervised teams of investment professionals with responsibility for the evaluation, execution, monitoring and reporting of a wide range of investments across all asset classes. Mr. Alleyne also worked for one of Canada's largest insurance companies and in international captive and reinsurance management in the Caribbean.

Previously the President of Barbados International Business Association. Mr. Alleyne holds a Master of Arts, Economics (Honors) from York University, Toronto, Ontario, a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors), from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, and completed the Canadian Securities and the Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers courses.

   

Nicole Bayley, CAIA
- Senior Manager, Global Wealth Management

Nicole has over 15 years of investment experience in Alternative Investments. Nicole started her investment career as a proprietary options trader for National Bank Financial in Canada where she managed a market neutral portfolio. Mrs. Bayley also worked for one of Canada's largest pension funds in their Global Derivative Investment Group as an Analyst. There she was responsible for trading the backing asset portfolio valued at over $5 billion as well as futures and currency trading.

Nicole was recruited to move to Barbados to work with Dancap Bank (Barbados) Inc. as an Investment Manager. While at Dancap, Nicole traded options, futures, equity, bonds, currencies and other structured products and developed a deep working knowledge of private equity funds and hedge funds. She also developed and implemented new risk and investment reports which were submitted to the Board of Directors on a quarterly basis.

Ms. Bayley holds a Honors Bachelor of Commerce degree from Mc Master University, Ontario and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.

   

Roger Walkes, CFA, FCCA
- Senior Manager, Global Wealth Management

Mr. Walkes has 15 years experience in investment management within the Barbados international financial sector. Mr. Walkes started his investment career in 2001 as a research analyst with Manacal Bank (Barbados) Inc. with primary responsibility for preparing research reports and investment recommendations for fixed income and public equity portfolio investments. Mr. Walkes joined Dancap Bank (Barbados) Inc. in 2007 as an Investment Manager with responsibility for research, trading and portfolio management and reporting on portfolio performance to the Board of Directors on a quarterly basis. While with Dancap, Mr. Walkes traded options, futures, equities, bonds, currencies and other structured products. In addition, Mr. Walkes made investment recommendations on various private equity funds with particular emphasis on Asian and real assets focused funds for inclusion in an overall portfolio allocation.

Mr. Walkes holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Finance & Investments from the Zicklin School of Business, New York and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and is also a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) of the U.K.

 

GLOBAL INVESTMENT COMITTEE

The Forvest Global Investment Committee consists of professionals from around the world with expertise in financial analysis and in evaluating current and pending economic cycles.

The Committee provides a collaborative approach to advice on multi-currency, multi asset class and multi market diversification. The members of the Committee are seasoned experts in their respective fields and prominent members of the financial community.

Members of the Global Investment Committee collaborate weekly sharing insights and their research on topics that affect the current financial markets.

The team at Argentum Asset Management are proud members of this Committee and integrate this exclusive knowledge into their approach to asset management.

 
 
 
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