Former SQM Research head joins Research IP

sqm research Rob da Silva appointments research house

29 January 2024
| By Jasmine Siljic |
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Research IP, an investment research provider, has appointed SQM Research’s former head of research Rob da Silva to its team.

Da Silva spent a nine-year tenure commencing in 2014 at SQM Research as its head of research, prior to joining Research IP this month.

According to the research house, his appointment represents an “important milestone” in the firm’s strategic rollout of its research and technology services in the Australian and New Zealand markets.

“Research IP is extremely pleased to have someone of the calibre of Rob joining the team. Rob is a highly capable and respected financial services professional and brings a unique set of skills gained over 39+ years in two careers as a highly regarded investment manager and leading research expert,” said Darren Howlin, Research IP managing director.

Before his time at SQM Research, da Silva was the head of manager research and deputy CIO at van Eyk. He previously held senior roles at Principal Global Investors and BT Financial Group.

Commenting on his appointment, da Silva said: “This is a terrific opportunity to make a meaningful difference in this rapidly changing marketplace. I am tremendously excited to have a fresh start with a firm that has built such a dominant and respected position.”

According to Howlin, da Silva will assist the Research IP executive team in launching a core offering of high-quality actionable research made freely available to consumers.

“This will enable clients to have access to key information and ratings, helping them to make important investment decisions,” he explained.

Moreover, the research house will continue building out new features to its research platform throughout 2024.

Oliver Trusler, Research IP’s managing partner, said: “Having been involved on both sides of the industry, we have identified a clear opportunity to disrupt the research space. With our technology-led approach, combined with a range of experienced investment professionals, we can bring efficiencies while separating opinions from facts.”

Research IP has been engaging with Australian fund managers to shortly release new research on a suite of funds from firms such as Ausbil, First Sentier and Perpetual.

“We aim to quickly achieve full market coverage for the Australian and New Zealand markets,” Trusler added.

Research IP was established in 2014 and offers investment research, consulting and technology services. It initially focused on providing solutions in New Zealand and Taiwan, and works alongside major dealer groups, platforms and financial advice firms across the APAC region.

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