Gareth Henry has been a global investor relations expert for many years. Some of the companies he has applied his skills at are Fortress Investment Group and Angelo, Gordon & Co. Among the areas he has the most experience is the private equity industry but he is also skilled in other forms of alternative investing. He says that his educational background involving actuarial science has been very helpful when it comes to understanding the difficult mathematics behind these sorts of investments.
He says that the private credit industry has been growing rather well in the past few years. Gareth Henry points to three main factors for why this is the case. First, after the financial crisis, there were changes made in regard to regulatory guidance in the banking industry. Banks are not lending as much money to private companies as they once did, especially mid-sized firms. The government is forcing the banks to lend money with more caution, he says.
There is also increased regulation for all public companies. This is due to a number of accounting scandals and other crimes that have occurred. It now costs more to operate a public company. Gareth Henry also says that public companies have quarterly reporting requirements which can be reacted to very negatively by investors if they don’t look good. This has created a situation where management focuses more on the short term than doing much long term planning.
Gareth Henry grew up with a strong interest in mathematics. He attended Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. He graduated in 2001 with a degree in actuarial mathematics and statistics. He was a great student and graduated with 1st class honors. After gaining experience at a few financial firms he was employed at Schroders as their director in September 2005. He left after two years and joined the London office of the American financial firm Fortress Investment Group. He was with this company for over eight years, the last two serving as the global head of investor relations. In January 2016 he joined Angelo, Gordon & Co. in the same type of position.