Former WA Super investment team launch boutique

After completion of the merger with Aware Super, the former WA Super investment team comprised of Chris McAlpine, Mark Foo and former chief investment officer Chris West have formed boutique investment consultancy Context Capital. 

The Perth based firm would focus on providing investment advice to wealth firms, financial advice practices and family officers. 

Chris West, Context Capital principal consultant, said the firmed aimed democratise access to institutional quality portfolio construction through working with emerging wealth groups where there was a strong cultural fit. 

“Our purpose is to improve the quality of our client’s investment decision making and our vision is to be the market leader for bespoke investment consulting solutions,” West said. 

“We have observed that increasingly the commercial focus of the highest-grade investment consulting capability is towards serving the needs of very large asset owners. 

“We believe that by combining our strategic partnership with Frontier, the right technology investment and a nimble approach, we will deliver contextual institutional grade solutions to a much broader set of clients than has been served by traditional models.” 

Context Capital had launched with four foundational clients in the family office, financial advice and private wealth segments representing over $1 billion in funds under advice. 

The three cofounders were supported by an experienced advisory panel led by fellow WA Super alumni Sharon Hicks and former chief executive Fabian Ross. 

The start-up already had several clients to work with and would be supported in its operations by asset consultant Frontier. 

Andrew Polson, Frontier chief executive, said: “the emerging wealth segment is an area of potential growth for Frontier and partnering with Context Capital provides us with an exciting opportunity to deliver our institutional-grade advice to investors in these segments.”   

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