Key Professional Biographies

Based ‘on-the-ground’ in Asia, our team combines a deep knowledge of the Asian investment landscape with a broad network of relationships in the hedge fund community.

Each member of the Archer Asia team brings multiple years of specialized investment and operations expertise having worked intimately with hedge funds since the nascent stages of the industry’s growth in the Asian region.

Denise Hu
Founding Partner, Chief Investment Officer
Denise founded Archer Investment Management in 2009 and is responsible for management of the business and oversight of the funds. She has over 15 years of experience in the Asian hedge fund industry. Prior to founding Archer in 2009, Denise was the Portfolio Manager of SAIL Advisors, the Family Office of Mr. Robert W. Miller and one of the largest Asian-based Fund of Funds. She headed the firm’s Asian hedge fund research effort and managed the firm’s flagship Asia Pacific & Japan portfolio as well as a number of segregated accounts (2003-2008). Before  that, Denise was a strategist at Merrill Lynch’s Global Equity Derivatives Group which was ranked no. 1 by Institutional Investor for Asia Pacific Quantitative & Derivatives Research (1999-2003). She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management & Economics from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, United States. Denise is Chair of Education Committee of 100 Women in Finance (formerly 100 Women in Hedge Funds) – Hong Kong Chapter.

Kamni Bharwani
Partner, Portfolio Manager
Kamni has over 14 years of experience in the Asian financial industry, working closely with Asian hedge funds for the last 9 years. Prior to joining Archer Asia in 2009, she spent over 3 years at SAIL Advisors, a Hong Kong-based family office and fund of hedge funds (2005-2009). At SAIL she was a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager for two of the firm’s Asian Fund of Hedge Fund portfolios. She was also responsible for researching and recommending Asian Equity Long / Short and Event Driven hedge fund managers for the firm’s Global and Asian portfolios. Previously, Kamni spent 2 years with FinanceAsia (2003-2005), a leading Asian financial publication, where she was the writer responsible for spearheading the coverage and analysis of the Asian Hedge Fund industry for both the AsianInvestor magazine and the website. Kamni started her career in the Mergers & Acquisitions division at Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division in Hong Kong where she worked on originating and executing financial transactions across the Asia Pacific Region (2000-2002). Kamni graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

Ronald Lau
Partner, Chief Operating Officer
Ronald has over 15 years of experience in accounting, finance and operations, with direct involvement in Asian hedge fund and fund of hedge fund operations management. Prior to joining Archer Asia in 2009, Ronald spent 2 years as Finance & Operations Manager of Strategic Value Partners, a global alternative investment firm, where he set up and drove the firm’s finance and operations functions in Hong Kong. Previously Ronald also worked at SAIL Advisors, a Hong Kong-based family office and fund of hedge funds where he was responsible for finance, operations, valuation and investor reporting (2005-2007). Before that, he was the Assistant Vice President at BOC International Holdings, where he oversaw management accounting for the group (2002-2005). Ronald started his career with Deloitte Touche Tohmastu where he spent 4 years in the firm’s Assurance & Advisory Department (1998-2002). Ronald graduated with a Bachelor Business of Administration (Accounting & Finance) and Master of Business Administration from The University of Hong Kong. He is a CFA charterholder and a member of both the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

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