At AFP, our goal is to provide investment managers around the
world with flexible, turnkey solutions that help grow their business
in the americas.
We partner with both alternative and retail fund managers, leveraging our deep relationships and extensive track record in this rapidly growing market to help build their brand, access various distribution channels, and to represent their firm with the high-touch, professional marketing and fund raising support they expect.
Throughout the relationship, AFP’s interests are closely aligned with those of our partners – We work with them to build their business in the Americas quickly and efficiently, and with the integrity and professionalism for which we are known. Once established, and if or when the investment is warranted, we can then work with our clients to bring these services in-house, helping them build out the internal marketing and distribution infrastructure required for them to support this channel over the long-term. For more information on services offered by AFP, click here
Craig S. Morong
Atlantic Financial Partners (AFP) was founded in 2004 by Craig S. Morong, an industry veteran with 27-years of experience developing and maintaining relationships in international business development and fund distribution. Craig has a long history of success in this space, helping increase revenues and grow profitability for investment firms like Pictet Asset Management, Julius Baer Asset Management, Global Asset Management (GAM), and RobecoSAM.
Craig's international experience began in Merrill Lynch's International Private Client Group as a Product Manager responsible for traditional and alternative investment funds. He later served as Managing Director for GAM, where he led business development in the international broker-dealer and private banking channels. In 2004, Craig created Atlantic Financial Partners, LLC. This business was sold in 2012 to what eventually became part of the Ivy Funds, where Craig was the Head of International Sales until 2016, when Craig re-established Atlantic Financial Partners with a renewed focus on business development and distribution in the Americas.
Eric Dale brings over 35 years of financial markets experience in various capacities to AFP, including private banking, institutional non-Dollar equity sales, investment strategy and regional sales management. Prior to AFP, he worked for Credit Suisse First Boston and subsequently Credit Suisse Private Banking USA in the US for nine years as a national sales manager in the US and as the regional manager for the Florida domestic market.
From 2004 until 2005, Eric raised funds for the Prostate Cancer Charity in the UK, as Director of Fundraising and as head of the charity’s major donors effort in the UK.
Before joining the Prostate Cancer Charity, he worked for 29 years in sales and management roles in Amsterdam, Bahrain, Geneva, London and New York for Merrill Lynch International, Merrill Lynch Banque Suisse, Merrill Lynch International Bank and Merrill Lynch Capital Markets. His ultimate responsibility was as Managing Director and market leader for the Benelux and Nordic markets for Merrill Lynch International Bank. Eric began his career as a banking trainee with National Grindlays Bank in its joint training program with FNCB in Beirut followed by six years as an account executive with Merrill Lynch, Pierce Fenner & Smith in London.
He earned his MA in Mathematics and Natural Philosophy from Edinburgh University in Scotland and his MSc in Advanced Mathematics from Christ Church, Oxford University, England. He is a Certified Financial Planner and a CAIA Charter Holder.
Ali Homayounfar is an accomplished financial services industry executive with over 30 years of wide-ranging experience in Product Management, Wealth Management, Sales, and Marketing. His proven track record of building longstanding relationships with global institutions, family offices, and ultra high net worth individuals, as well as his experience navigating complex regulatory environments while leading global businesses, led to the creation of Zagros Strategic Advisors.
Prior to Zagros, Ali held various executive-level roles at UBS, including Global Head of Sales & Marketing at UBS AG Private Bank, and most recently as Head of Private Wealth Management, Connecticut, for UBS’s Private Wealth Management Division. He has managed sales and marketing efforts at PaineWebber and Prudential Securities.
Ali holds an M.B.A in International Business Administration form George Washington University and speaks English, French, Farsi, and Spanish.
Jay Nakashima has been involved in the international sales and marketing of investment products as a senior manager for 30 years, many with major global investment management firms who are leaders in their field. Jay joins Atlantic Financial Partners from Ivy Global Investors (IGI) where he was Regional Vice President responsible for sales to International Financial Advisory network. IGI is the international division of Ivy Investment Management, managers of Ivy Funds and a wholly owned subsidiary of Waddell and Reed Financial Services of Overland Park, Kansas.
Ivy acquired Emerging Managers Group (EMG), an independent investment manager responsible for creation of the Ivy offshore platform where he was a partner. Prior to EMG, Jay was a founding partner of the first Atlantic Financial Partners (AFP) which represented number of well-known and respected Swiss investment managers and their funds on the global broker-dealer and banking platforms. AFP was acquired by EMG. Jay was also Vice President at Global Asset Management (GAM) with responsibility for sales and relationship management of International Financial Advisors.
Jay began his career with Chase Investors as Vice President in the International group, followed by UBS Asset Management (UBSAM) where he continued his responsibility for Asia-Pacific and joined senior members of the international institutional sales group responsible for strategic planning, relationship management and new product development for institutional clients worldwide.
Randolph H. Clark
Randolph H. Clark
brings thirty years of asset management sales and distribution experience to Atlantic Financial Partners. Before AFP, Randolph developed US NRC, and Latin American cross-border business for Waddell & Reed’s Ivy Funds and EMG subsidiaries from 2012 to 2016. Prior to Waddell & Reed, Mr. Clark ran Latin American & Caribbean distribution for the Anglo-African Asset Manager, Investec. Before Investec, Randolph developed Janus Capital’s Private Wealth & Trust Group, as Director, to address the needs of US intermediaries and institutions serving ultra high net worth investors in the US. Previously, Randolph led the Americas region for Janus International. His responsibilities included covering all investment intermediaries and institutions in the American hemisphere dealing with non-US investors. Prior to joining Janus in 1998, Mr. Clark ran Latin American distribution for Seligman & Co. Before Seligman he established and ran Fidelity Investments’ Brazilian subsidiary, Fidelity do Brasil, as Executive Director based in São Paulo. Previous to Fidelity, Mr. Clark brokered Euro debt to Latin American institutional investors for General Electric’s Kidder Peabody & Co.
Randolph was a Founding Partner of Multi-Dimensional Distribution, LLC (MDD), a management consultancy focused on distribution in the Americas and is a member of the Board of TerraMar Brands.
Randolph holds a Masters of International Management (MIM/MBA) from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Maude Favre is an experienced relationship manager and business development professional, having spent more than 10 years managing and building relationships in the Swiss private banking sector and across South America. Her business development experience spans the full array of wealth management and private banking products and services.
Prior to AFP, Maude served in various roles at Union Bancaire Privée in both Uruguay and Switzerland, most recently as a Business Developer for External Asset Managers in South America. She has held senior relationship management positions at UBS, MSCI and Fortis.
Maude earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Sophia Antipolis University, in Nice, France and is proficient in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.
Strategic Advisor - Karim Elfar
Karim Elfar is a senior executive in the investment management industry. He currently holds multiple board level positions, as well as serving as strategic advisor to various firms in financial services and technology. His most recent appointment is strategic advisor to Atlantic Financial Partners.
Karim was formerly a Managing Director and partner with Thornburg Global Advisors. Prior to joining Thornburg, he was a Managing Director and head of international business for Davis Advisors. From April 1997 through June 2001, he had various roles within the Merrill Lynch organization. These included: banker with Merrill Lynch International Private Client-London and NY, compliance officer with Merrill Lynch International Bank – Miami, treasury associate with Merrill Lynch & Co. Treasury – London, and associate with Merrill Lynch International Private Client – New York. In his various roles, he had a range of responsibilities pertaining to operations, compliance, liquidity management, foreign exchange, money market trading, and portfolio construction. Karim has extensive experience in global markets including Europe, Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and Australia. He holds a B.Sc. from University of Massachusetts and an M.I.M. from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management.