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William J. P. Lawton

30 year history of higher returns, lower risk, helping people

Higher returns:


25%+ average annual returns per year for 30 years (Lawton Performance Study).


World's Top Performing Fixed Income Manager Award, Global Alternative

Investment Management Forum (GAIM), Lausanne, Switzerland, 2004.


World's Top 10 Emerging Markets Manager, 3 years 2002-05, BarclayHedge.

World's Top 10 Fixed Income Manager, 3 years 2002-2005, BarclayHedge.

One of 86 "Star Hedge Fund Managers" out of 7,396 funds from 1994 to 2007 to demonstrate statistically meaningful ability to outperform markets (See study).



Lower risk:


2008 performance +17.3% (HFR Macro Seagate Fund).


One negative year in 30 year career composite.


Helping people:


Helped reduce poverty in China by modernizing China’s central bank, The People’s Bank of China.


Funded the Programs of Global Excellence, a grassroots community development program that has served over 150,000 families in Asia.

Designed a comprehensive economic development plan for the President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea.


Produced over US$400 million in profits in “green investments” for investors from 2004 to 2010.


Financial advisor to Trina Solar in financing solar projects.


Advisor to the Philippine government on poverty alleviation investment programs.


Partner with the Government of Malaysia in support of the Bumiputera agenda by providing capital to small and medium sized businesses in Malaysia (



William Lawton Background


1996-Present                       Founder and Chairman

                                                Seagate Global Group, California

2011-2015                           Adjunct Professor of Finance

                                                Tsinghua University, Beijing

2002-2019                           Founding CEO, Director

                                                SeaBright Asset Management, Ltd., Hong Kong

                                                (JV with China Everbright Ltd.)

2004-2013                           Director

                                                CITIC Capital Management, Ltd., Hong Kong

1992-1995                           Senior Vice President, Manager of Global Fixed Income

                                                Trust Company of the West, Los Angeles

1993-2008                           Advisor

                                                People’s Bank of China, Beijing

1987-1992                           Co-Chief Investment Officer

                                                Nikko Capital Management, New York

1984-1987                           Head Trader, Fixed Income Derivatives

                                                First Interstate Bank/Wells Fargo, Los Angeles

1982-1984                           Manager of Investments

                                                Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, San Francisco

1976-1979                           International Banking Officer

                                                Sumitomo Bank, San Francisco

1979-1980                           MBA, Finance

                                                Columbia University Graduate School of Business, NY

1974-1976                           MA International Economics

                                                Middlebury Institute of International  Studies, Monterey

1970-1972                           BA, Economics

                                                University of California, Berkeley



Regulatory Examinations Passed


State Securities Law Exam

- Series 63 - Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination

Mar 26, 1997

General Industry/Products Exam

- SIE - Securities Industry Essentials Examination

Dec 17, 2014

- Series 7 - General Securities Representative Examination

Mar 24, 1997

- Series 3 - National Commodity Futures Examination

Jun 26, 1992

- Series 1 - Registered Representative Examination

May 1, 1979

Principal/Supervisory Exam

- Series 24 - General Securities Principal Examination

Feb 10, 1998



Financial Disclosures (complaints to the SEC about Lawton since he registered with the SEC in 1979):


None. (0)




“Disclosures can be customer complaints or arbitrations, regulatory actions, employment terminations, bankruptcy filings and certain civil or criminal proceedings that they were a part of.”

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