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Potter and Burdett ready for long run

Thames River new recruits Gary Potter and Robert Burdett say they expect this to be their last job in the financial industry.

Speaking exclusively to Money Marketing in their first interview since joining Thames River as co-heads of multi-manager, Burdett says: “It is hard to see us leaving and, as chief executive Charlie Porter says, no senior fund manager has ever left this firm since it was formed in 1998.”

The pair say they were attracted to the company by its boutique culture and are looking forward to focusing purely on running money and relinquishing the managing director responsibilities they held at Credit Suisse.

Potter and Burdett say they plan to start investing in the fourth quarter and so have had the advantage of being able to watch the stockmarket volatility from a distance.

Potter says: “We can be fairly certain that regular cashflows following launch will be relatively high so that makes it easy to adapt the portfolio day by day, week by week in the formative time of the range. It also means we can spend all of our time looking at managers without having money involved.”

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