John Frede, CFA

Managing Director

John Frede is the Managing Director of Research for 50 South Capital’s Hedge Fund Investment Team, responsible for manager selection and monitoring. He is a member of the Senior Investment Committee. Additionally, John is a member of the 50 South Capital Giving Council.

Prior to joining 50 South Capital, John was the Head of Research Management at Mesirow Advanced Strategies and a member of the Senior Investment Group. In this capacity, John was responsible for managing all aspects of Mesirow's hedge fund research process and team. Prior to that role, John opened Mesirow’s London office and built its research team while serving as Head of European Research. He was responsible for monitoring and sourcing all hedge fund strategies in the region. Prior to Mesirow, John was the Head of Research for the Americas at Mercer Investment Consulting where he chaired a number of the firm's ratings committees across traditional and alternative asset classes.

Education & Associations

John received a B.S. in finance from Indiana University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA Institute.


John lives in Lake Forest, IL with his three children. He spends the majority of his free time watching and coaching his children’s soccer teams. Away from the pitch you can find John on the golf course in the summer and the paddle tennis court in the winter.