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Goldman Sachs managing director joins boutique London hedge fund

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A senior economist who was in charge of emerging markets research at Goldman Sachs has left to join a boutique hedge fund in London.

Ahmet Akarli, a managing director and senior Economist at Goldman Sachs in London, has joined Autonomy Capital Research as a global emerging markets strategist.

Akarli had been at Goldman Sachs for nearly 11 years, and was previously the chief economist for Turkey at HSBC.

Autonomy Capital is a $3.3bn hedge fund set up in 2003 Robert Gibbons, who previously worked at Lehman Brothers as head of emerging markets proprietary trading.

It has offices in New York and London, but its UK operation is comparatively small. Autonomy has just five employees listed on the Financial Conduct Authority Register.

However, its latest accounts released on Companies House in May suggest that 9 people are employed in research and portfolio management roles and earned an average of £136.3k. Autonomy also has three listed members who shared £2.8m in 2015 – or an average payment of £933k.

Layoffs throughout the year at Goldman Sachs have hit the senior ranks hardest. A number of partners have been forced into early retirement and both fixed income and M&A professionals have been let go.

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