We capture the essence of markets, taking into account the asymmetries produced by human interaction and converting the financial behaviour into mathematical formulae.

We capture the essence of markets, taking into account the asymmetries produced by human interaction and converting the financial behaviour into mathematical formulae.


Inefficiencies in the G7 Equity markets, captured by the combination of long-term experience of the macro drivers with technical & analytical excellence.

A desire to capture the deep investment and corporate value creation experience within a sound analytical representation of the observed market dynamics brought the founders together.

The result of four years development forms the engine driving the investment model of the fund, whilst critical discretionary oversight by the portfolio management team, considering relevant market conviction, ultimately determines the portfolio construction. Risk is managed through strong portfolio analytics in addition to the investor-centric constraints that are required by a Luxembourg UCITS structure.


Generating Investor value

The aim to provide investors globally with a momentum driven strategy to efficiently navigate the prevailing market environment

Strong performance regardless of market’s conditions

With an active management process, we aim to achieve strong performance with low volatility, regardless of market conditions

Quantitative analysis with human interface

Our investment process is based on a strong quantitative driven analysis, combined with a human interface


Kenneth Light

Kenneth has served several years as a senior executive in the commodity trading businesses, acquiring a unique macro perspective of global financial flows and risks. His investment skills date over 23 years, managing corporate treasuries, takeovers, corporate sales, and investment portfolios. He has conducted extensive business in Europe, Brazil, North America and Asia.

He started his career in trade finance in 1989 and has worked in trading, banking, and brokerage, among other fields. He has lived in Switzerland for the last 6 years having recently moved to London.

Kenneth is UK and Brazilian national and earned a bachelor degree in Business Administration from PUC-RJ.

Marcello Cavalcanti
Portfolio Manager

Marcello began his career in 1994 working with Banco da Bahia as a Trader. He joined the derivatives trading desk at Merrill Lynch between 1996 and 2001 and subsequently left for his Master’s degree. Upon completion of his Masters, Marcello joined Barclays Capital until last year where he held a position as Managing Director. Marcello is a UK and Brazilian national with over 20 years of Markets experience. His academic achievements include a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.C) Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and also an MBA in Finance from INSEAD in France and Singapore.

Andrew Hales
Chief Operating Officer

Andrew is the firm’s Chief Operating Officer. Previously he spent 8 years at a London based boutique asset manager running the middle and back office. His operational experience ranges from Luxembourg UCITS & AIFs to international family offices. He took a Bachelor of Arts in History at the University of Warwick and is a CFA Charterholder.

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Essencia Capital LLP
48 Dover Street,

T: +44 (0)20 3655 7918
E: IR@essenciacapital.com

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We are looking for ambitious people with a diversity of personal experiences and skills that will add value to our organisation. Regardless of the position we are filling, the focus is on finding people who can add. We offer a positive and stimulating working environment where personal and professional development are encouraged.

We are always interested in meeting talented professionals who would like to join Essencia Capital LLP.

If you wish to be considered for any future positions, please upload your CV and covering letter here.