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Research IP appoints head of research

Rob da Silva will lead the firm’s expansion into the Australian research market.

Rob da Silva.

Fri, 26 Jan 2024

Research IP – a leading provider of investment research, consulting, and technology – has announced that Rob da Silva has joined the Research IP team as head of research, marking an important milestone in the firm’s strategic rollout of research and technology-based services in the Australian and New Zealand markets.

Since its inception in 2014, Research IP has designed and built investment technology solutions in New Zealand and Taiwan, become a market-leading fund research offering in New Zealand and become a respected investment consultant working with major dealer groups, platforms and financial advice firms across the Asia Pacific.

Research IP managing director, Darren Howlin said: “Research IP is extremely pleased to have someone of the calibre of Rob joining the team. Rob is a highly capable and respected financial services professional and brings a unique set of skills gained over 39+ years in two careers as a highly regarded investment manager and leading research expert. This combination is rare in the Australian marketplace and brings sharper insights and a deeper level of understanding of a manager’s competency and value to an investor.”

Most recently, da Silva spent nine years from 2014 as head of research at SQM Research, leading, developing, and mentoring a strong analyst team and driving ratings coverage to grow from 45 to 450. Under his leadership, SQM Research received market acclaim by being voted No 1 in the Financial Newswire Rating the Ratings Houses Research Survey for 2022. He has been on the IMAP Managed Awards judging panel for three years including 2023.

Managing partner Oliver Trusler said: “Having been involved on both sides of the industry, we have identified a clear opportunity to disrupt the research space … With engagement already from Australian managers, we will shortly be releasing research on a range of funds from the likes of Ausbil, First Sentier, and Perpetual with many more in the pipeline. Supported by our Rippl Effect concept, we aim to quickly achieve full market coverage for the Australian and New Zealand markets.”

The new head of research da Silva said: “This is a terrific opportunity to make a meaningful difference in this rapidly changing marketplace. I am tremendously excited to have a fresh start with a firm that has built such a dominant and respected position … The team at Research IP are talented and motivated, with a proven track record. Together we will bring much-needed competitive tension to the Australian market for research.”


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