About us

Optis Investment Management

Optis Investment Management is the UK based manager for two funds, a long only African equity fund and a Global Opportunities hedge fund. Both funds are domiciled in the British Virgin Isles. Optis Investment Management is a company incorporated in England and Wales and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).  Optis Capital, an established South African hedge fund manager, is the investment advisor to the Global Opportunities fund. Optis Capital also provides trade execution, settlement and other front office administrative duties to Optis Investment Management. Optis Capital is regulated by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA).

The company’s investment philosophy is based on investing in good businesses with good growth prospects while paying less than fair value, minimal leverage, and hedging of market risk where this is deemed prudent.  Long Term Capital preservation is regarded as a priority.

Optis Capital

Optis Capital, previously Oryx Investment Management, is an established South African hedge fund manager.

Optis Capital is a FSCA regulated financial service provider and currently co-manages two funds with Optis Investment Management UK, a long only African equity fund and a long-short Global equity hedge fund, both domiciled in the British Virgin Isles.

Optis Capital also provides front and middle office administrative duties to Optis Investment Management UK.

The Team

Heiko van Wyngaarden

Telephone: +27 21 6735903
Email: heiko@optiscapital.com

Heiko manages the multi strategy Optis Global Opportunities Fund. The fund invests primarily in equities, while positions in currencies, bonds and commodities tend to be more hedging in nature. The fund usually has a concentrated exposure to one or more countries or themes.
Heiko is the CEO and founder of Optis Capital (previously Oryx Investment Management) and the ultimate owner of Optis Investment Management in the UK.
Oryx Investment Management was one of South Africa’s leading hedge fund managers - winning numerous awards, including best risk adjusted performance for any SA hedge fund for the 3 years to 2006, fund of the year on two occasions and best long term performance in 2008. At the end of 2010 a decision was made to close the South African funds and to focus on the Optis branded offshore funds.
Prior to Oryx : Heiko pioneered long short prop trading in South Africa at FirstCorp in 1994 and led a management buyout of Coronation Investments in 1998, listing the company as Equinox Holdings Limited on the JSE. Equinox inter alia pioneered the launch of the first online unit trust/LISP supermarket in SA. Heiko has a BCom and a GDA from UCT and qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

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Gavin Butcher

Telephone: +44 1932 59 0040
Email: gavin@optisim.co.uk

Optis Director Gavin Butcher (BSc MechEng, MBA) was formerly Head of Research at Oryx Investment Management before joining Optis in 2008. Prior to that he was one of SA's top-ranked analysts. He served as VP/Senior Analyst at JP Morgan SA, Director and Senior Analyst at Cazenove SA, and Industrial/Mining

analyst at ING Barings. Currently, Gavin spends much of his time in Africa conducting macro and company specific research.

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Suzanne van Rooyen

Telephone: +27 21 6735908
Email: suzanne@optiscapital.com

Suzanne Van Rooyen joined the Firm in 2011 and is the Compliance, fund valuation review and accounts manager for Optis Capital (Pty) Ltd.
Prior to joining Optis Capital, Suzanne worked at Maitland Fund Services as manager of the Offshore Division. Suzanne is a graduate of Stellenbosch University and Unisa and holds a

BCom-Accounting degree, B-Compt Honors and B- Communication Science major.

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Hannah Spencer

Telephone: +27 21 6735914
Email: hannah@optiscapital.com

Hannah originally comes from the recruitment industry however she decided to join the asset management space as this is more closely related to her qualifications. Hannah is a graduate of the Brighton School of Business and Management in the UK where she gained an HND in Business and HR.
She is the Operations Manager for Optis Capital.

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Our Awards

South African Hedge Awards 2006 Fund of the Year Oryx

South African Hedge Awards 2006 Fund of the Year Long/Short Equity Oryx

Symmetry Hedge Fund Awards 2007 Best Risk Adjusted Performance over one year Oryx LLP Fund

Symmetry Hedge Fund Awards 2007 Best Risk Adjusted Performance over three years Oryx Segregated Fund

Symmetry Hedge Fund Awards 2007 Best Performance over one year Long/Short Equity Oryx Segregated Fund

Hedge Funds World Awards 2008 Best Long/Short Fund Oryx SA FundAwards