After graduating from college Scotland’s Gareth Henry entered the financial industry. Over the past several years he has worked in London, New York City, and Philidelphia for money management firms. What he does for a living is raise capital that is to be used to invest in alternative asset classes such as real estate, commodities, and credit. His background as an actuary has definitely helped him out, he says, because these types of investments often feature complex mathematical problems that need to be solved. He works with institutional investors all over the world. This includes pension funds, insurance firms, sovereign wealth funds, and high net worth individuals.
Gareth Henry has developed an extensive network of clients and says that great communication skills are critical to his success. He has served as the head of global investor relations for a few different firms. This includes Angelo Gordon as well as Fortress Investments. He was also once the director of strategic solutions for the London, England-based firm Strategic Solutions. AT SEI Investments he as a money manager. He has also worked for Watson Wyatt LLP where he began his professional career as a financial analyst. Gareth Henry is a self-proclaimed “math geek”. He was always highly interested in math and so he earned a B.S. degree in actuarial math by attending the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
He says that a deep interest in math combined with both hard work and a personal touch has been instrumental at building his successful career. He is deeply engaged in a few different forms of private credit. This can include generating a steady flow of income to taking on higher degrees of risk in order to potentially realize greater returns. One type of private credit he works with quite often is mezzanine loans. These are a mixture of debt and equity that is invested in small to medium-sized firms. They have often been used to fund merger and acquisition transactions. Gareth Henry says that these have limited upside potential so you really need to be very sensitive to risk when investing in them.