Our Team

An Independently Owned Australasian Team Aligned With Investors

Harris Fraser is a boutique investment advisory firm specializing in macro-asset allocation and income producing investment strategies. The firm’s clients and partners include a niche of international financial market participants, and high net-worth individuals.

Founded in 1990 in Hong Kong, Harris Fraser is recognized for its rigorous approach to operational improvement, forensic pre-trade analysis and compliance, macro focus and active investment management approach. Our skills in client input and service are the keys to the firm’s successful performance over time.

Clients are comforted in the knowledge that the firm’s Partners located in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Hong Kong, are also invested in markets and accessible to clients throughout market cycles. It is licensed in Hong Kong and Australia, and is an External Asset Manager (EAM) of our preferred markets products and global research providers throughout the region. Harris Fraser (Australia) Pty Ltd was incorporated in 2004. The Partners and Client Advisers of Harris Fraser (Australia) Pty Ltd based at Lvl 25 RBS Tower Sydney represent over 100 years of financial markets and wealth management experience, coming from the leading Private Banks, Financial Planning and Advice firms, Hedge Funds and Trading Desks, in Sydney, London, and Hong Kong.

Confidence in Our Service Providers

Our service providers include the globe’s tier 1 research, brokerage and private banking firms with combined market capitalization of approximately US$348.4B as at May 2010. Harris Fraser’s service providers are selected for the appropriate market access, research capability and independence, and previous relationship with the firm. Credit ratings sit between Moody’s A2 and Standard and Poor’s AA-.

These relationships provide customised banking services, electronic access to stocks, bonds, funds and leading research. Harris Fraser is a member of the Association of Independently Owned Financial Professionals (AIOFP), representing over 150 practices ranging from large national dealer groups to one professional practices.

Total advisors exceed 2500 with over 35 billion of funds under administration/advice. The Association of Independently Owned Financial Professionals was established in 1998 to differentiate the independently owned practices from the institutionally owned practices (subsidiaries, affiliates, associates) in the market place.

Harris Fraser utilises the research and approved product list of the Filtered Research Centre (FRC). The FRC is a member owned research facilitation service that delivers conflict free research information to members in a cost effective fashion. The AIOFP has been critical of the conflicted research culture where product manufacturers are paying research houses to rate their products. FRC has appointed global player Mercer Consulting as its principle supplier of funds management information with supplementary services from McGregor Asset Consulting. Both Mercer and McGregor do not accept conflicted payments from product manufacturers. For ASX product research FRC has facilitated both JB Were and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney to provide market research and advice to FRC subscribers.

Key Personnel

Joe F. Attrux

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Mr Joe Attrux is Non-Executive Chairman and is responsible for providing professional management oversight and advice to Harris Fraser Australia, previously sitting as Group CEO of Harris Fraser (International) Family Office. Joe has been involved in several business exits and senior level management across industries.

He brings with him 18 years of experience with multinational corporations plus over 5 years of public accounting with big 4 accounting firm. He is a CA (Ontario), CPA (Hong Kong) and holds an MBA from Ivey Business School.

Ray Warhola

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Mr Ray Warhola is a successful international sales management professional handling multimillion dollar revenues and is the Chief Operating Officer of Harris Fraser Australia. Recognized for new business development, he also manages high-level customer relationships and leads multicultural teams to superior results across diverse business markets. With twelve years’ in Asia, his experience includes increasing sales to SMB and Fortune 500 companies while holding posts such as, Executive Director at China Daily, Executive Director at Forbes, and Regional Director at The Wall St Journal.

Julio H. Rios

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Julio is the founding partner of Harris Fraser Australia Pty Ltd (HFA) and as Director, Responsible Manager, Compliance Committee Chair and Investment Committee Member he has been integral in building the HFA presence in the Asia Pacific region.

He is a passionate advocate of building lifetime relationships with professionals and clients alike. Over the last two decades Julio has built significant expertise across the financial services spectrum and is motivated about helping all his clients protect their current wealth and their families from financial hardship.

He enjoys the fulfilment of generating new wealth and helping clients make financial decisions with wisdom. As chair of the compliance committee and investment committee member he helps drive professionalism and best practice within HFA and the group.

Marc F. Geary

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Marc is Senior Partner and Head of Family Office at Harris Fraser incorporating offices in Sydney where we are headquartered, Hong Kong sister office Major Domus, Bahrain partner office BBD Enterprises and Shanghai partner office KKM Capital.

Marc is responsible for providing high-touch strategic full advice to Ultra-High Net Wealth and Family Office clients while retaining management of operations and legal frameworks with investment and private banking partners globally.

Marc holds a Masters degree in Finance and is pursuing a Master of Business Law – both from the University of Sydney.

Marc Spicer

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Marc is a member of the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) and has been involved in the financial services industry for over 10 years. In this time Marc has held positions as a non-executive director and company secretary on a number of ASX – Listed public companies in the diversified financials and resources sector.

Prior to joining Harris Fraser as a Financial Planner, Marc worked in Institutional banking with ANZ Bank as a Portfolio Market Risk Analyst analysing domestic and international investments in equities, fixed interest, exchange traded funds, managed funds, commodities and derivatives. Marc has also worked in public practice accounting as a Tax Accountant with a MSI Ragg Weir Chartered Accountants.

Marc has completed a Bachelor of Business (Accounting & Finance) at Swinburne University, Advance Diploma of Financial Planning (RG146, DFP 1-8) and is an accredited derivatives adviser. Marc is currently completing his Masters with the Kaplan Business School.

Lyndon Arthurson

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Lyndon is the Head of Asset Consultancy and Senior Client Adviser. He provides coverage as Investment Committee Chairman. Given his ability to integrate a number of disciplines into family portfolio management Lyndon is responsible for approval and strategic implementation of investments and planning solutions for the Private Wealth division’s families and clients.

John Soh

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John Soh assists the family office asset management team with day to day investment analysis and family client service. He has a wide range experience in trading and hedging activities. John is also knowledgeable in multiple disciplines in treasury, tax, credit risk, insurance, trade finance, product control and management reporting. John graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the Singapore Management University.