The investment strategy we offer our clients is in Asia ex-Japan small cap (smaller companies) equities. We consider that Asia ex-Japan equity markets are not consistently efficient and that an investment process utilising fundamental research and quantitative analytical tools can deliver a better return and risk outcome over time compared to regional equity benchmarks.
The firm is incorporated in Singapore and regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. The firm holds a Capital Markets Services Licence.
The firm was founded in 2007 in Singapore by Richard Firth who observed an opportunity for an independent specialist firm to manage Asia ex-Japan small cap (smaller companies) portfolios.
The Firth Asian Smaller Companies strategy was launched in 2008. We have collective investment schemes available for qualified investors and also offer our services in the form of separately managed account portfolios for clients with bespoke requirements.
Richard FirthChief Executive, Chief Investment Officer
Richard has been in the fund management industry since 1987, invested in Asian equities since 1993 and lived in Asia since 1998. During an 18-year career at Schroders, Richard performed various fund management roles in the firms London, Hong Kong, Seoul and Singapore offices. These included managing a Korean equity country fund from 1995 to 2005, managing a corporate restructuring fund sponsored by the Korean government, Chief Investment Officer of Schroders Korea, and launching and managing the Schroder Asian Smaller Companies Fund in 2005. Richard has a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Economics from Birkbeck College, London University, and is a Regular Member of the CFA Institute.
Colin McCallumChief Operating Officer
Colin joined Firth Investment in November 2021 as COO. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in London, Colin moved to Asia in 1997 with Cazenove, and subsequently worked in the Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore offices of Credit Suisse across 18 years. A Managing Director from 2011, Colin headed up Credit Suisse’s Asian telecoms services sector research team, as well as running the Hong Kong/China Investment Review Committee. In total he has 24 years of sell-side equity research experience. Colin holds a degree in Economics from the University of Strathclyde.
Piang Sze ChuaResearch analyst
Piang Sze started her career in the investment management industry in 1995. She worked for Schroders from 2004 until 2012 during which time she spent two years as Richard Firth’s assistant on the Asian Smaller Companies Fund. Earlier in her career she was a regional economist at Standard Chartered Bank and DBS Securities and a stock analyst also at DBS. Her experience ranges from analysing Asian small cap listed companies to private equity and project management opportunities across a range of sectors and countries. She joined Firth Investment Management in 2014. Piang Sze graduated from Nanyang Technological University in 1992 with a degree in Business (Banking and Insurance) and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.