Georg and Martin have been business partners from their first childhood venture, selling bows & arrows on Labor Day in Maine, to the current investments in public and private businesses.
The Guardian Fund was founded in 2010 to enable our partners to co-invest with us. Our clients are mostly individuals and European families who accumulated wealth by owning a single business and often for generations.
We own stakes in several businesses and allocate our time to understanding the drivers of earnings power. It’s a priority to accept investors who understand our fundamental investment philosophy. This keeps the quality of the partnership high.
We do the research ourselves and established a trusted network of friends with whom we share ideas. While we can buy any stock anywhere in the world, our focus is on a few that we know well. We like to study the best and most scalable businesses that are trading at premium valuations.
Then we wait for sentiment to change and an opportunity to become a co-owner at a reasonable price. Our companies should at least double their intrinsic value over a period of five years.
Georg completed his undergraduate studies, with a major in physics, at the University College Utrecht and at the University of California, Berkeley. This was followed by a Master’s degree in economics and finance from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.
Between 2007 and 2010, Georg worked as an equity analyst at Rabobank covering banks and insurance companies. The financial crisis of 2008 provided a great opportunity to buy stakes in wonderful companies. In 2010, Georg founded the Guardian Fund to focus on his passion to invest and to enable partners to join him on this journey.
Martin holds Master’s degrees in law from the University of Amsterdam and Georgetown University. After his studies he worked for five years as a corporate lawyer specializing in mergers and acquisitions at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, a leading Dutch law firm. Then, he worked for three years in ABN AMRO Bank’s corporate finance team.
In 2018, Martin joined the Guardian Fund to focus on investing and to support and scale young businesses.
Felicia completed her studies, with a major in Finance, at the VU University in Amsterdam and the University of Westminster in London.
After her studies she worked as an equity research analyst at Kempen & Co and later at ABN Amro Bank covering the Financial Institutions.
In 2017, Felicia joined the team to focus on her passion to invest in public equities.