Things are changing at Goldman Sachs. It’s a ‘partner year:’ in less than six months time around 80 people will be promoted to Goldman’s top rank. In the meantime, existing partners are retiring, or quietly leaving, and the firm is cutting jobs.
For the moment, however, the roster of senior fixed income traders and salespeople in Goldman’s macro business in Europe is mostly unchanged. Ever since Britain voted to leave the EU, it’s macro traders who have been at in the eye of the storm. Therefore, it’s the men (and they are almost all men) below who determined the bank’s performance in a difficult second quarter.
The names on the list have been provided to us by Goldman insiders and by headhunters. Some of them objected to our previous list, derived from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) website, which purported to show the highest paid traders at Goldman in Europe. Crucial names on the list below are omitted from the FCA Register.
Let us know if you think we’ve left anyone off (or included anyone unnecessarily). Until then, this is who you need to know if you want to get ahead in macro at Peterborough Court.
Kostas Pantazopoulos – global head of interest-rate trading at Goldman Sachs
London-based Pantazopoulos is a pair of safe hands at Goldman. He’s worked at the bank for over 15 years according to the FCA. He’s in charge of the firm’s entire rates trading business and added responsibility for ex-Japan Asia in 2012.
Kayhan Mirza – global head of FX trading at Goldman Sachs
Goldman hired London-based Mirza from J.P. Morgan as its new head of global FX trading in 2014. Mirza had worked for J.P. Morgan since 1998.
Nirubhan Pathmanabhan, head of European rates trading at Goldman Sachs
Pathmanabhan became sole head of European rates trading at Goldman, reporting to Pantazopoulos, in January 2015. He joined Goldman at least 15 years ago and is commonly known as ‘Niru.’
Simon Kingsbury, senior euro swaps trader at Goldman Sachs
We don’t know much about Kingsbury other than that he’s senior on Goldman’s euro swaps desk. “He’s an MD who’s been making money there for a long, long time,” says one headhunter.
Nikhil Choraria, head of European inflation trading and gilts at Goldman Sachs
An Indian by birth, Choraria joined Goldman Sachs in 2007 and was made an MD in 2013 – at which point he was also appointed to the executive office.
Rajesh Venkataramani, senior rates derivatives trader at Goldman Sachs
Venkataramani joined Goldman in 2005 and was made a partner in 2014.
Yibo Bao, senior rates trader at Goldman Sachs
Bao joined Goldman after graduating from Cambridge University in 2004. He was made an MD in 2012.
Charles McGarraugh global head of metals trading at Goldman Sachs
A Yale graduate, McGarraugh is thought to mostly work out of New York. However, he’s been registered in London since 2009.
Bryan Mix, global head of loan trading at Goldman Sachs
London-based Mix was name global head of loan trading at Goldman in 2012. He previously ran the firm’s Asian credit business.
Thalia Chryssikou, head of EMEA Interest Rate Sales at Goldman Sachs
Chryssikou is that rare thing – a woman and a partner with longevity. She graduated from MIT with a PhD in 1998 and was promoted to partner in 2010.
Jeroen Rombouts, head of EMEA FX sales at Goldman Sachs
Rombouts is head of EMEA FX sales at Goldman. He was promoted to partner in 2012.
Alex Von Moll, regional head of hedge fund sales at Goldman Sachs
Moll joined Goldman Sachs from Credit Suisse as regional head of hedge fund sales in 2011.
Tareq Islam, head of UK structured sales at Goldman Sachs
Islam joined Goldman from UBS in 2009.
Sam Morgan, senior hedge fund salesman at Goldman Sachs
Morgan graduated from Cambridge with a degree in economics in 2004 and seemingly intended to become a barrister. However, after passing the bar exams with distinction he joined Goldman Sachs ten years ago – where he has been ever since.
Eric Murciano, senior hedge fund salesman at Goldman Sachs
Murciano is one of Goldman’s most senior hedge fund salesmen in London. He was formerly head of the FX financials distribution team at ABN AMRO. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2004.