TCW Sepulveda

Alternative Products Division

Investment Team

  • Jeremy Zhu
  • Vincent Staunton, CFA
  • Marty Lane

Investment Strategy

The investment team employs a fundamental research-driven, value-oriented approach to identifying opportunities in the small and mid-cap equity markets. The team identifies market mispricings that may result from a transitional event, a complex corporate structure, and/or the lack of research coverage or institutional investor focus.

Overview

Jeremy Zhu has been managing the strategy since June 2007. The team has extensive experience working together to identify investment opportunities. Each member of the team has more than 15 years of investment experience, and, while they have different areas of expertise, they share the same investment philosophy – identify opportunities in the equity market and carefully manage portfolio risk. The team actively seeks out companies that are in transition and therefore are more likely to be under or overvalued by the market. Once an opportunity is identified the team begins a deep dive to determine the fundamental value of the company. In addition to analyzing the company, the team also considers the impact on the portfolio. Risk management permeates the entire process – from security selection to hedging to monitoring.

Investment Team

  • Photo: Jeremy Zhu
    Jeremy Zhu
    Portfolio Manager

    Mr. Jeremy Zhu established the TCW Sepulveda Long/Short Equity strategy and has served as the Portfolio Manager since its inception in 2007. He brings over twenty years of experience in public and private equity investment and in corporate strategy advisory. Prior to establishing the strategy, Mr. Zhu served as Senior Vice President of Wedbush, Inc., heading its corporate strategy and investment activities. Prior to that, he was with Lehman Brothers Venture Capital Fund in Los Angeles where he led investments in the software, communications and manufacturing sectors. Previously, Mr. Zhu held various positions in strategy consulting, business development, semiconductor manufacturing and web development. Mr. Zhu currently serves on a number of corporate and non-profit boards, including Community 1st Bancorp, CalWest Bancorp, The Midnight Mission, and Young Presidents Organization Beverly Hills Chapter. He is also on the Advisory Board of Sun Capital. Mr. Zhu received his BS from Cornell University and his MSE from Princeton University.

  • Photo: Vincent Staunton, CFA
    Vincent Staunton, CFA
    Vice President

    Vincent Staunton is a Vice President and Investment Analyst with TCW Sepulveda and is a founding member of the TCW Sepulveda Long/Short Equity strategy. Mr. Staunton is responsible for idea generation, research, and portfolio management. Previously, Mr. Staunton was a Senior Analyst at Wedbush, Inc. where he was a member of the investment team that managed a value-oriented investment portfolio focusing on small capitalization equities. Prior to that, Mr. Staunton was an Equity Trader at Wedbush Securities Inc. where he managed a trading account with a primary focus on catalyst driven strategies. He began his career as an Assistant Specialist on the Pacific Stock Exchange. Mr. Staunton has a BA in Business Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and is a CFA Charterholder.

  • Photo: Marty Lane
    Marty Lane
    Vice President

    Marty Lane is Vice President and Investment Analyst with TCW Sepulveda responsible for sourcing, evaluating, and monitoring investment opportunities for the TCW Sepulveda Long/Short Equity strategy. Mr. Lane joined the investment team in February 2012. Mr. Lane was previously an Investment Analyst at Francis Capital Management, a value-oriented long-short hedge fund focused on small- and mid-cap equities. Earlier in his career, Mr. Lane was a Director in the leveraged finance investment banking group of CIBC World Markets responsible for the execution of leveraged loan, high yield bond and mezzanine financing transactions. Prior to CIBC, Mr. Lane was an Analyst in the Los Angeles office of UBS Investment Bank, participating in the execution of leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, and debt and equity financings across various industries. Mr. Lane began his career in the Los Angeles office of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corp. Mr. Lane received a BS in Finance from Southeast Missouri State University.

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