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Ben Kinley

Chief Risk Officer & Chief Compliance Officer for a Macro Hedge Fund

Brazilian Macro hedge fund SPX Capital had significant appetite international expansion. We were hired to build their leadership group for a new London office.

The challenge

SPX Capital is a Brazilian headquartered macro hedge fund. The Partners had decided that they wished to expand their business into the European markets and enlisted Lawson Chase as their exclusive search partner to source both a Chief Risk Officer and a Chief Compliance Officer/Head of Legal. It was essential to the board that both individuals would have had significant macro hedge fund experience previously, had worked at core-competitor firms and ideally that they had fluency in Portuguese and/or Spanish.

The solution

For the Chief Risk Officer hire, Lawson Chase conducted a full market research exercise across the UK hedge fund industry. Our preferred target candidate had been a Partner within leading macro hedge funds, spoke fluent Spanish and had worked at prestigious firms including Capstone and Brevan Howard. Lawson Chase managed to secure his interest in the CRO opportunity and brought the search to a successful close.

For the Chief Compliance Officer & Head of Legal hire, we identified another leader in the London market who had trained as a lawyer in private practice, worked on the sell-side at global markets firm Nomura and had most recently been in a senior compliance role with competitor macro hedge fund Winton. This individual spoke fluent Spanish and had aspirations to quickly learn Portuguese. Lawson Chase successfully approached and secured the target candidate on behalf of our client.

Candidates placed: James Brilliant and Jean-Felix Aniel-Quiroga

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