Our team of five combines 70 years of experience in the asset management industry, with 50 years experience in fund distribution, which provides a major competitive advantage. In addition, the team features four different nationalities and speaks five European languages fluently, which is important to dive deep into different European fund markets and to get the nuances in fund buyer trends and requirements right.
Philip Kalus, founder and managing partner, has more than 24 years of experience in the asset management industry internationally. Before setting up accelerando associates in 2004 Philip worked in European fund sales in London for Aberdeen Asset Management and Aetna International Funds as well as in investment manager selection based in Germany. Philip has published numerous articles in the European investment media and is a recognised thought leader on European fund distribution. He has spoken at many major asset management and fund distribution conferences worldwide.
Daniel has more than 18 years experience in the asset management industry, on both sides of the Atlantic. Daniel joined us as senior partner from Wells Fargo, where he worked as an Investment Management Specialist covering EMEA. Prior to Wells Fargo, Daniel has held various positions at Citi, including Cross Asset Group Fund Sales EMEA, based in London, and Smith Barney in the States, working in manager selection for what is now Graystone Consulting owned by Morgan Stanley. Daniel has worked across wholesale and institutional client segments his entire career, as well as both traditional and alternative investments including quantitative strategies Daniel also has intimate knowledge and experience with setting up UCITS funds which includes over 13 years in cross-border funds distribution.
Michael Geier, partner, has more than 23 years experience in fund sales. Before joining accelerando in 2013 Michael was Head of Sales Germany & Austria at Standard Life Investments, Managing Director at ABN Amro Asset Management, Head of Sales at Mellon Global Investments, Head of Retail Sales at Henderson Global Investors as well as in sales for Alliance Capital and Flemings. Michael holds a B.A. in European finance & accounting. Michael, native German and fluent English speaker, is resident with his family in Germany.
Isabel Candela is partner and in charge of administration and organization. She is born & raised in Switzerland. She has worked in different industries in global sales and client relations before she joined us in 2009 and speaks 5 European languages fluently.
Marta joined our research & analysis group in 2017 from Banco Santander in Mexico, where she worked as sub-director strategy investment funds. She also worked more than 5 years in fixed income brokerage in Spain.