Why Us?

We believe in structuring innovative yet straightforward investment plans to assist you in achieving your life goals. ADCBAM’s team on analysts and advisors provide expert insights into key market drivers across different financial sectors ensuring that our expertise serves your best interest continuously. Additionally, ADCBAM’s deep understanding of local and international markets allows us to translate the best investment plans into extended opportunities for you.

ADCB Asset Management’s Investment Philosophy

ADCBAM’s Investment Philosophy is built around the concept of risk and the effective management of that risk. Risk management is the foundation on which they build and manage your wealth, and effective risk management can only be achieved through active diversification. They follow a disciplined decision-making process within a framework of long-term strategic asset allocation and short-term tactical asset allocation which reduces turnover, minimises cost and ensures effective implementation of risk management strategies.

ADCB Asset Management’s Experience

Deeply rooted in UAE equity markets where they have been managing assets since 2005, ADCBAM’s core strength is their understanding of regional markets, augmented by investment capabilities across all major asset classes and markets. Their team of financial experts have solid experience spanning many fields including finance, accounting, economics, risk management and statistics. Together with ADCB Wealth Management’s multidisciplinary team of accomplished investment professionals we work closely with you to achieve your financial goals, so you can be confident that your investments are in safe hands.

ADCB Asset Management’s Process

The ADCBAM’s investment process is underpinned by robust quantitative research and probing qualitative analysis within the framework of long term strategic asset allocation. This structured approach ensures that you have access to the full spectrum of options in the investible world. A universe of many thousands of strategies is filtered through a quantitative screening process then meticulously analysed before a before being selected by ADCBAM’s Portfolio Management team in line with the required asset allocation mix. Ongoing risk management monitoring ensures that your portfolios are optimised and remain in line with your financial ambitions.

ADCB Asset Management Ltd is registered in the Abu Dhabi Global Market (“ADGM”) (Registered Number 000001263), and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Regulatory Authority ("FSRA") (FSP Number 170036). The company holds a category 3C license with a retail endorsement and is authorised to conduct the Regulated Activities of Managing Assets, Advising of Investments or Credit, Arranging Deals in Investments, Arranging Custody and Arranging Credit.

Our Asset Management Team


Chief Investment Officer Mark Friedenthal


Mark Friedenthal brings to Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank two decades of financial services experience across various facets of the asset management spectrum. After completing his Bachelor’s degree he joined the asset management business within Rand Merchant Bank, one of South Africa’s top investment banks. He was subsequently involved the early development of Investment Solutions, the multi-manager asset manager within Alexander Forbes Group (a global insurance and employee benefit consultancy). This was followed by several years with the asset management team at the Mines Pension Fund, the largest private sector pension fund in South Africa, where he was responsible for equity fundamental and quantitative analysis. In 2005 he joined the newly established Assets Management Unit of Emirates Bank.

At ADCB, Mark is responsible for overseeing the Asset Management activities of the bank including in-house managed funds, external fund manager selection, trading and execution, advisory and discretionary portfolio management. Mark holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg as well being a CFA Charter holder and a member of the CFA Institute.


Head of Investment Strategy Luciano Jannelli, PhD


Luciano holds a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University, and is a CFA Charter Holder. He started his career as an economist at the World Bank in the early 90s.

Luciano joins ADCB in 2015 from Swissquote Bank where he was Chief Economist. Over the last 16 years he has held various senior research and asset management positions at UBS Group, Bank Julius Bär and Swissquote Bank. At UBS Group, he was Senior Economist for the United States and Canada, Chief Investment Officer and Head Investment Research Banco di Lugano (a former UBS Group subsidiary), Head Investment Research SBC Wealth Management (a former UBS Group subsidiary), Head Special Clients Mandates UBS Lugano and Head Investment Products and Services UBS (Monaco) S.A. At Bank Julius Bär he was Co-Head Investment Research.

At ADCB, Lucianno is responsible for formulating the ADCB House View, the foundation for our strategic and tactical asset allocation calls


Fund Manager, Asset Management Szymon Idzikowski


Szymon brings over a decade of experience in financial services, predominantly in fund research and portfolio management. He started his career with Morningstar in London, UK, where he was involved in roll out of Morningstar's qualitative fund research and ratings across Europe and Asia. He was instrumental in building a rating service covering UK closed-end funds, writing Morningstar Research Reports, and co-managed model portfolios.

Szymon joined ADCB in January 2015 to lead the 3rd party fund selection and co-manage discretionary client investment portfolios. He is a fund manager of ADCB Target Date Funds and ADCB Multi- Asset Funds.

Szymon holds a master's degree from the University of Economics in Poznan, a bachelor's degree from the University of Abertay Dundee, and is a CFA Charter Holder.


Senior Fund Manager, Asset Management Rakesh Kumar Agarwal


Rakesh Agarwal, CFA has more than ten years of investment research and management experience in UAE. He holds a Masters in Finance from London Business School and MBA in Finance from S P Jain School of Global Management. He is also a CFA and CAIA Charter holder.

Rakesh joined Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank from Abu Dhabi Investment Company (Invest AD) in 2008. In the current role, he is responsible for managing ADCB managed funds. He started his career in UAE with Invest AD, where he was responsible for fundamental equity analysis. He has in-depth knowledge and understanding of the regional markets.


Head - Portfolio Management, Asset Management Girish Agarwal


Girish Agarwal has fifteen years of experience in the asset management industry in UAE. He has extensive investment experience across asset classes, geographies, sectors and in using derivatives as a portfolio overlay strategy. He has completed B.Com (Hons.) from the University of Calcutta, MBA in Finance from S P Jain School of Global Management and is a CFA Charter holder.

At ADCB, Girish is leading the design, development, roll-out and management of our investment advisory proposition. Girish is also responsible for the management of discretionary mandates for institutional and private clients. In his previous role as Fund Manager at Emirates NBD Asset Management, Girish was responsible for the launch and management of Emirates NBD’s investment advisory service. He was responsible for identifying new investment themes and strategies for clients.

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