Finding a hedge fund job in London now often means working being drawn into the orbit of a star trader. Chris Rokos is hiring for his massive hedge fund Rokos Capital Management, so too is Ben Melkman’s Light Sky Macro, which recently brought in Jérôme Saragoussi from Deutsche Bank as director of trading strategy.
Another macro hedge fund with star appeal is Eisler Capital, which bares the name of its founder Edward Eisler, its chief investment officer and former co-head of equities and fixed income currencies and commodities at Goldman Sachs.
The fund has around $1bn in assets under management, but has so far headcount has remained relatively small since its 2015 launch. After an initial flurry of hiring in former senior Goldman and Credit Suisse traders, few people have joined. The last significant recruit was Eleanor Franchitti, who joined in an investor relations role.
That hiring hiatus now seems to have stopped. Filippo Fiori just joined in a trading role. Fiori was a former senior trader at Credit Suisse who focused on hybrids and equity derivatives trading. He left in September to join Capula Investment Management as a portfolio manager, has now re-emerged at Eisler nine months later.
It has also just brought in technologist Kieran Wadia, who spent the last ten years at Goldman Sachs, latterly working on its equities platform. He joined earlier this month.
The vast majority of money managers at Eisler Capital came from either Goldman Sachs or Credit Suisse. Portfolio manager Jonathan Hall was a partner and head of North American interest rate products at Goldman Sachs and COO Carey Nemeth, is a former Goldman managing director who spent 14 years at the bank until leaving in 2015. Andrew Deeley, a former prop CTA trader at Goldman Sachs and British army captain, Dominic Steel, who was also a systematic prop trader at Goldman until 2013 and Adrian Smaus, the former head of rates options and exotics trading at Credit Suisse all joined as portfolio managers in early 2016.
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