John McGillian

Senior Advisor, Investment Research

John McGillian is a Senior Advisor and leads TwinFocus’ efforts in southern Florida. John is directly responsible for evaluating investment managers and direct investment opportunities.


John has three decades of experience in financial services specializing in alternative asset management. He began his career in the coffee trading business which led him to the world of commodity and currency trading, and eventually to hedge funds. In the eighties, John formed Symmetry Partners LLC, which was one of the most successful marketers of hedge funds at that time. A decade later, he founded Caxton Symmetry LLC, a hedge fund partnership with Caxton Associates Inc., one of the most successful hedge funds in the world. Throughout the next 20 years he honed his skills in identifying early hedge fund talent; investing on his own and on behalf of his clients, including family office and institutional investors. In 2009, John founded and seeded Symmetry Global Advisors LLC, an investment platform dedicated to alternative asset management. Over the past 30 years John has acquired extensive investment knowledge and has cultivated an extensive global network of investment managers.


John holds a B.A. in humanities from Johns Hopkins University and is a graduate of the Portsmouth Abbey School.


John is a leader in his community and very active in a number of philanthropic endeavors focused on education and the environment. He has served on the boards of Epiphany School in Dorchester MA, Johns Hopkins SAIS (School of Advanced International Studies), the Fishers Island Conservancy and Fishers Island Development Corporation.