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Sabre Style Arbitrage

The Sabre Style Arbitrage Fund was launched by London-based boutique hedge fund, Sabre Fund Management, in August 2002. Following a market neutral strategy, the systematic fund dynamically combines statistical arbitrage with multi-factor models to exploit trending behaviour in stocks.

This makes the fund unique: although there are many statistical arbitrage funds, few have successfully incorporated a trend-following model. As such, Sabre was credited as Europe’s first hedge fund to use style investing to generate alpha through stock trend exploitation.

The Sabre Style Arbitrage Fund trades approximately 1,800 of the most liquid stocks in the UK, Europe, North America and Asia across both its long and short books, employing minimal leverage.

At the heart of the fund’s ‘style investing’ philosophy lies the idea that multiple forecasting factors are based on three distinct styles – Value, Growth and Momentum. Sabre uses proprietary models that detect and then exploit dominant emerging trends in factors by screening arrays of data. This helps the fund generate excellent risk-adjusted returns owing to the lack of correlation between positions in the portfolio.

Sabre’s three uncorrelated alpha engines aim to capture both long-term economic trends in global markets and short-term trends driven by investor behaviour. Whatever investor style develops in the markets, the fund’s proprietary models can adapt accordingly. It is this ability to combine elements of quant-based factor methodologies with statistical arbitrage and dynamic style rotation that enables Sabre’s investment team, headed up by Dan Jelicic, to validate and support fundamental market views.

Furthermore, the fund is able to react and rebalance its positions on a daily basis when trading signals detect short-term market trends. This makes allocation highly dynamic. Like many systematic funds, Sabre Style Arbitrage is market agnostic.

Sabre Style Arbitrage is domiciled in the Caymans and is available to investors in USD and EUR share classes: minimum investment is EUR/USD250,000. The fund’s key service providers include:

  • Prime broker: Deutsche Bank (London)

  • Legal counsel: Walkers

  • Auditor: KPMG

  • Administrator: LaCross Global Fund Services (Ireland)

  • Custodian: Bank of America Custodial Services (Ireland)

Sabre Style Arbitrage has successfully generated cumulative returns of 60.4 per cent over a five-year period. Target returns for the fund are cash +8-10% per annum, with a target volatility of 6-7%.

An UCITS-compliant version of the fund is now also available to investors. The Sabre All Weather Fund launched early 2011 and mirrors the offshore strategy with the added benefit of offering daily liquidity and enhanced transparency in line with UCITS regulation.

Other key members of the Sabre team include Melissa Hill and Tom Stevenson. Melissa joined the firm in 1996 and has been the Managing Principal since a buyout in 2005. She is responsible for overall business strategy and development and chairs the firm’s board and risk management committee. Tom is the firm’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. He first joined the firm in 2004.

Dan Jelicic

Dan Jelicic

Principal and Lead Portfolio Manager

Joined 2002

  Dan heads up and leads the Style Arbitrage team. He has overall responsibility for the investment process, trading and research. Prior to Sabre, Dan managed money at ABN AMRO Asset Management London where he was employed from 1998-2002.  Prior to ABN, Dan spent two years at JP Morgan Investment Management, working on a number of quantitative and risk management projects, as well as providing bespoke research for clients.

Education

 MSc in Mathematical Trading and Finance (distinction), City University Business School MSc equivalent. Dipl. Eng (distinction) in Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade.

William Butler

William Butler

Portfolio Advisor

Joined 2004

William joined Sabre in 2004 in preparation of a planned move to trade global markets. William has over 20 years experience of managing money in the US, Europe and Japanese markets and is primarily responsible for Sabre’s US portfolio.

Prior to joining Sabre, William had been working in the field of proprietary capital management and quantitative portfolio management for a number of investment firms, including Quaestor Investment Management, Commerzbank,Deutsche Bank and Credit Lyonnais.

Education

IMP, London Business School.

B.Sc. in Economics (Upper Second), London School of Economics.

William is also a Member of the CFA Society of the UK 

Matthew Isherwood

Matthew Isherwood

Quantitative Research & Risk Manager

Joined 2006

Matthew joined Sabre in June 2006 and is responsible for quantitative research and risk management. Matt’s day to day responsibilities are wide ranging and include assisting with the ongoing development of the trading strategies, focusing on areas such as signal generation, portfolio analysis, optimisation and risk management.

Prior to Sabre, Matt was employed as VP, Quantitative Research at Financial Risk Management and brings invaluable experience of the clients' perspective to Sabre.

Education

PhD in Theoretical Quantum Physics, University College London.

MSci in Physics (First Class), University College London.

Stephen Rees

Stephen Rees

Portfolio Advisor

Joined 2009

Stephen joined Sabre in 2009 to share in the  portfolio management of the Style funds and undertake quantitative research. He has particular responsibility for developing Sabre's Far Eastern portfolio and the R&D of Institutional Investment Solutions.

Prior to joining Sabre, Stephen was Head of Investment Process Research at Schroders, a role which involved integrating quant techniques into the firm's investment processes and managed L/S portfolios. He was also Head of quant at both Rothschild and Baring Asset Management.

In 1991 he developed and managed one of the first UK equity funds to be run using active quant techniques at BZW (now BGI). 

Education

PhD in Mathematical Physics, Cambridge University. B.Sc. in Physics, Imperial College, University of London.

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