The co-founders both have strong pedigrees in asset raising and strategy with just under 40 years combined in asset management sales. We have a clear and demonstratable track record of raising significant levels of AUM across different strategies, geographies and investment cycles.

Ryan Durance

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Ryan is a co-founder of Briarwood Partners. He has 15 years of Asset Management experience. Since 2010 Ryan has directly raised in excess of $1.6bn of AUM and has extensive experience across traditional and alternative assets. He has a wide array of relationships across Endowments, Institutions, Single & Multi Family Offices, Private Banks and Wealth Managers.

He spent the previous 4.5 years with Bennelong Funds Management Group, who are a $8.2bn Australian headquartered multi-boutique Asset Manager, owned by a SFO. In December 2016 Ryan set up their London based subsidiary BennBridge. He led the Business Development function as Head of Business Development and was also heavily involved in sourcing new investment boutiques. At the time of Ryan’s departure, BennBridge had four investment boutique partnerships, 20+ employees in London and $1bn+ of AUM.

Previously he was the Head of Institutional Sales at Bennelong Funds Management. Based in Melbourne, he was in charge of Institutional relationships globally and won the businesses first non-Australian mandate from a Hong Kong based institution.

From 2010 to 2015 he worked for Cazenove Capital and Schroders following their acquisition of Cazenove Capital in 2013. At Cazenove he covered a Pan-European investor base and raised a significant amount of assets across their traditional and alternative asset strategies. At Schroders he was a Product Manager for their long/short strategies and was instrumental in helping grow the alternatives franchise within Schroders. Other roles included Coutts & Co, Barclays Wealth & Sanlam.

Ryan graduated from Liverpool University with a degree in Modern History & Politics. In his spare time he is a keen sportsman and has a particular love of Cricket. He has a young family and also ran the 2017 Paris marathon raising nearly £5,000 for Water Aid.

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Guillaume Mathais


Guillaume is co-founder of Briarwood Partners. He has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry, the vast majority in sales and marketing alternative investment funds and solutions to institutional investors in Europe and the Middle-East.

Prior to Briarwood Partners, Guillaume was at DWS (previously Deutsche Bank Asset Management) where he was a Director, EMEA Head of Hedge Funds, Alternative Investment Specialist in charge of developing their liquid and illiquid alternative investment offering solutions.

Guillaume joined Deutsche Bank in 2009 and held a number of prominent roles, including Head of Capital Introductions across the European client base, covering European and Middle Eastern investors. Previously, he worked at Lyxor Asset Management as a Director of Sales and Marketing covering the UK, Netherlands and Nordic countries. Guillaume started his career in 1994 at Carr Futures Indosuez (now Credit Agricole) and then pursued his career in alternative investments, undertaking a specialist sales and marketing role at Zurich Capital Markets, NM Rothschild.

Throughout his career, Guillaume has helped launch and raise assets for numerous alternative investment funds covering a wide range of strategies and investment profiles. Throughout his career he has dealt with an extensive range of products and investor groups and associated counterparties. He has a deep understanding on the business and operational requirements surrounding alternative investment businesses.

Guillaume has a Masters degree in Finance and Business Management Strategy from ESCP Europe (5th establishment in the FT Business School International Rankings list). He is a French native with perfect command of the English language and a passionate world literature reader with a particular affection for 18th, 19th and early 20th century authors.

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