Mr. Barac is the founder and Managing Member of the General Partner, Barac Capital Management, LLC. Prior to founding the General Partner, Mr. Barac held a variety of roles in institutional securities research and trading.
Mr. Barac graduated from Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas) in 1989 and received a Master’s in Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas) in 1998. During his graduate studies, Mr. Barac’s broad-based business studies included a focus on international business which included an internship with Bank Boston’s media and telecommunications lending group in Buenos Aires, Argentina and an international exchange semester at the E.S.A.D.E. Business School in Barcelona, Spain.
Following his graduate studies, Mr. Barac went to work for Moody’s Investors Services in New York, New York in 1998 and transferred to their London, England offices in 1999. At Moody’s, Mr. Barac became a Senior Credit Officer/Vice-President and lead analyst with responsibility for the credit ratings of a multi-billion dollar portfolio of high-profile European leveraged finance companies. As an expert in leveraged finance and corporate credit risk analysis, Mr. Barac was a regular speaker for Moody’s and was regularly quoted by major financial publications (e.g. the Wall Street Journal Europe, Financial Times, New York Times, Bloomberg News, and The Times of London).
From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Barac worked at Schroders Investment Management, an investment management firm with assets under management in excess of $200 billion, headquartered in London, England. At Schroder’s, Mr. Barac was responsible for identifying profitable fixed-income trade ideas from within a portfolio of European high-yield and investment grade corporate bond issuers. Mr. Barac’s work at Schroder’s earned him selection for the company’s elite merit-based Business Leadership Program.
Mr. Barac continued his work in corporate securities analysis with Barclay’s Capital (also in London, England) where he worked as a Director in their Principal Strategies Group from 2007 to 2008. At Barclays, Mr. Barac was a proprietary analyst and trader responsible for investing a portion of Barclay’s capital through a combination of bonds, stocks, and fixed-income derivatives (credit default swaps).
Following his return from London to Austin, Texas in 2008, Mr. Barac founded, established, and now actively manages the Barac Value Fund, L.P.
I am a final-year PhD student in Accounting at University of Toronto. My doctoral dissertation is on activist short selling - short sellers publicly talk down stocks to benefit their short positions. The main purpose of this SA column is to apply my academic research findings to real-life investing decisions.
I am a partner in Hong Kong based GFM Group that provides investment research to professional investors and capital markets training to finance professionals.
I also manage a private investment firm called Lexington Wall Partners that invests in value and special situation opportunities globally.
I have nearly 20 years of experience in finance, having held capital markets and corporate finance positions in New York, London and Hong Kong. I hold two masters degrees in finance from London Business School and Asian Institute of Management / McGill University.
I am a believer in value and special situations investing. I am a bottom up investor, and tend to look for "low risk, high optionality" type of opportunities. For me, risk is permanent loss of capital, not volatility or temporary drawdowns. I also tend to gravitate towards moderate concentration with 15-20 positions. I avoid margin leverage, try to keep my turnover below 15%, and express my positions through stocks, bonds or listed options.
My edge comes from three sources.
a) Having an investment holding horizon of around 5 years, which gives me the benefit of lower investor competition.
b) Deploying unleveraged sticky capital which gives me enormous staying power and an edge over mutual and hedge funds who manage shorter term capital in general.
c) My ability to deploy both my corporate finance and trading experience in evaluating an opportunity, which sometimes enables me to find obvious mispricing.
I believe that investing successfully is like running a marathon. Its a result of hard work, Charlie Munger's "worldly wisdom" and luck. Its a discipline where experience is cumulative - I make better decisions than I used to, my learnings from the past strengthens my current research.
My heros are investors like Joel Greenblatt, Mohnish Pabrai, Marty Whitman, Charlie Munger and of course, Warren Buffett. I admire not just their investment acumen but also their generosity in educating the world in the craft of prudent investing.
My LinkedIn profile is hk.linkedin.com/pub/anand-batepati/0/558/736/