The Seagate Global Group Story


The Seagate Global Group Story is about a group of financial iconoclasts who have shown that it is possible to produce world class investment returns while helping people and the planet.  It is also the fascinating story about some of the individuals at the center of remarkable development of China, and South East Asia.  

The Seagate Global Group was formed in January of 1996 by William Lawton in order to help make the world a better place by fostering sustainable (i.e., environmentally friendly) economic growth through investment and trade initially focusing on improving the financial system in China and then broadened to include South East Asia, and then to other countries around the world.

 

Originally Seagate focused on investment research and consulting to help China with the design of the financial system there, while managing Seagate Partner’s money.  Then Seagate opened to a limited number of institutional investors in macro hedge funds and private equity.  Seagate Global now focuses on managing its own proprietary portfolio, and alternative fixed income strategies and products.  As market conditions change, Seagate adjusts its investment strategy accordingly.   

 

Seagate started in Los Angeles.  Seagate and is now headquartered in Hong Kong with offices in North America, China, South East Asia, Latin American, and the Middle East.

Seagate Global is partners with some of the world’s best funded and companies.

Seagate focuses its activities around community development in the areas of investments, funding, trading and consulting.

Key Events in Seagate Global Group’s History:

1993- William Lawton appointed by Mr. Chen Yuan and the People’s Bank of China to help establish PBOC as a modern central bank capable of supporting the ambitious economic development plans China had set.

 

1996- Seagate Research and Consulting, LLC a financial consulting firm is founded. The first client is China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China.

 

1996- Seagate Global Advisors, LLC, an SEC registered asset management company is established.

 

1997- Rockefeller Asia is established with a Rockefeller family member and Far East National Bank to provide consulting services to promote trade between the US and China.

 

1997-  Seagate Global is engaged by China to assist in the smooth transfer of Hong Kong back to China in the midst of the Asian financial crisis.

 

1998- Seagate Global produces for China Development Bank a White Paper on the design of China’s financial system.

 

1998- Seagate Global establishes a partnership with Banker’s Trust Company, NY, wherein Seagate is provided US$1 billion of Banker’s Trust balance sheet to trade on under a 2 year program.

 

1999- Seagate Global establishes GovDesk, a FINRA registered broker dealer to trade on behalf of the People’s Bank of China and other large Chinese and international institutions.

 

2000- Seagate Global launches its global macro emerging markets strategy with WestDeutsche Landesbank, starting what would be a top performing 9 year hedge fund track record.

 

2002- Seagate Global is selected by China Everbright Ltd., to help establish China Everbright as one of China’s premier asset management companies.  Seagate and China Everbright set up a joint venture company, SeaBright Asset Management, 65% owned by China Everbright and 35% owned by Seagate Global.

 2004- Seagate Global awarded the Lausanne Switzerland GAIM prize for the best performing fixed income fund in the world in 2004.

 

2004- Seagate Global awarded the Lausanne Switzerland GAIM prize for the best performing fixed income fund in the world in 2004.

 

2004- SeaBright launches the SeaBright China Special Opportunities Fund I with US$50 million in committed capital.  This is one of the first private equity funds ever launched for overseas investors to invest in private equity inside of China.  William Lawton is the Chief Executive Officer, and Mr. Guo You, CEO of China Everbright Ltd., is the Chairman.

 

2004- Lawton writes an article entitled, “The Sino-Pessimists are Simply Wrong,” outlining why the majority view at the time that China would crash was inaccurate, and that China would continue its remarkable growth.

 

 







2004- Seagate Global awarded the Lausanne Switzerland GAIM prize for the best performing fixed income fund in the world in 2004.

 

2004- SeaBright launches the SeaBright China Special Opportunities Fund I with US$50 million in committed capital.  This is one of the first private equity funds ever launched for overseas investors to invest in private equity inside of China.  William Lawton is the Chief Executive Officer, and Mr. Guo You, CEO of China Everbright Ltd., is the Chairman.

 

2004- Lawton writes an article entitled, “The Sino-Pessimists are Simply Wrong,” outlining why the majority view at the time that China would crash was inaccurate, and that China would continue its remarkable growth.

 

 

2005- Seagate  ranked as one of the world’s “Top 10 Emerging Markets Managers”  and as one of "Top 10 Fixed Income Managers" by Barclay Managed Funds Report

 

2006- Seagate selected by Hedge Fund Research (HFR) as a member of its index of hedge funds, and Seagate’s global macro strategy is accepted onto the HFR platform, called the HFR Macro Seagate Strategy. HFR allocates $25 million to Seagate.

 

2007- SeaBright China Special Opportunities Fund II is launched with $200 million committed to the strategy.

 

2007- Seagate sponsored fund helps take the wind turbine producer Goldwind Technology public on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange on December 26th 2007.  The fund invested US$5 million in Goldwind shares pre-IPO at 1 RMB per share.  Goldwind shares opened trading at 80 RMB per share and closed the first day of trading at 120 RMB per share, making Goldwind one of the most successful IPO’s of the year, and proving Seagate’s philosophy that it is possible to invest in improving the environment and produce exceptional returns.

 

2008- Seagate Global expands into South East Asia, recruiting Dr. Jesus Estanislao, former Philippine Minister of Finance as Sr. Consultant for market research and governance.

 

2008- Seagate's Chairman Lawton forecasts the financial collapse; Seagate Global Macro Fund is up over +18% versus the average hedge fund of -23%.

 

2009- Seagate Global establishes Seagate Green Construction, the first 100% foreign owned construction company in China and its commodities.

 

2010-  Seagate Global is appointed partner to Sinomach, one of China’s largest state owned construction and manufacturing companies.

 

2010- Seagate sets up its commodity trading division under Seagate Global Commodity Services, and starts to acquire mineral and agricultural rights.

 

2011- Seagate Global restructures to a holding company structure in Hong Kong under Seagate Global Group, Ltd., Hong Kong.  Moves commodity trading activities to Seagate Global Commodity Services, Ltd., Hong Kong; and financing activities under Seagate Global Capital, Ltd., Hong Kong.

 

2012-  Seagate becomes the partner for COMPLANT in South East Asia.

 

2012- Trina Solar appoints Seagate Global as financial adviser.

 

2012- Seagate launches the Program of Global Excellence (POGE), a comprehensive sustainable economic development program.

 

2012-Seagate appointed as Economic and Development Advisor to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

 

2013- Seagate's POGE Program has over 75,000 families it is helping.

 

2014- Seagate's POGE Program has over 150,000 families it is helping in SE Asia and the South Pacific.

 

2014- Seagate expands its POGE program to Malaysia, launching the Bumiputera Trade Support Program in concert with the Malaysian Government.