Managing Partner, Co-founder
Prior to co-founding Sussex Partners, Mr. Ghali worked for Bear Stearns where he was part of a team that established a global private banking operation in London, and where he advised hedge funds and funds of hedge funds on institutional and pension fund mandates. Prior to Bear Stearns, Mr. Ghali founded Strategic Solutions International, a firm that specialised in capital introduction, due diligence and M&A through which he launched and sold a number of businesses in Europe and the United States. Mr. Ghali is also a member of the Board of Directors of Vedra Partners Ltd, a UK based, FCA regulated multi-family office, and previously was a member of the Board of Directors of Alpinum Investment Management AG, a Swiss based, FINMA regulated alternative asset manager. In addition, Mr. Ghali is a Founding Mentor of Henkel˟, a division of German conglomerate Henkel, tasked with accelerating the group’s entrepreneurial transformation, and a member of the Human Rights Watch Zurich committee, a leading international non-governmental organisation for advocacy on human rights. A frequent speaker at industry conferences and contributor to the financial press, Mr. Ghali has written articles for Bloomberg, the Hedge Fund Journal and InvestHedge amongst others, and is frequently cited in publications such as the Financial Times, Financial News and the Wall Street Journal. He was named as one of Financial News’ 40 under 40 Rising Stars in Hedge Funds 2015. Mr. Ghali received a B.S. in Finance from the Stern School of Business, New York University, and is a Swiss national.
Prior to Sussex, Mr. Neumann was Founder & Managing Partner of BN Capital, a structured credit alternative asset manager. As part of that effort Mr. Neumann was also a Board Member, Head of Capital Markets, and Principal at Vendor Assistance Program, a FinTech firm providing funding to vendors getting paid late by US government entities (beginning with Illinois). Mr. Neumann ran North Fork Capital, a hedge fund advisory firm after leaving Ramius Capital. At Ramius, Mr. Neumann was Managing Director and Co-Head of Investments at Ramius Alternative Solutions LLC, which began as a joint venture between Ramius Capital Group and Unicredit / Hypovereinsbank (HVB). At Ramius he served on the Investment Management Committee and was also responsible for underlying manager selection, due diligence, and portfolio and risk management activities. Additionally, Mr. Neumann was responsible for major institutional client relationships including a $1 Billion co-managed fund with Unicredit / HVB. Prior to the joint partnership, he was Managing Director, CEO and CIO at HVB Alternative Advisors with similar duties, working on both the buy and sell sides of the securities industry for fifteen years, primarily in fixed income trading / portfolio management. Prior to HVB Mr. Neumann, was a Portfolio Manager and Trader for Aubrey G. Lanston & Co. for six years, prior to which he was Vice President at BNY Mellon for six years. Mr. Neumann holds a B.S. from Providence College, Rhode Island, and an M.B.A in Finance from Fordham University, New York.
Senior Advisor, Co-Founder
Mr. Nydes spent most of his career working for investment banks in London. These included Salomon Brothers (now a part of Citigroup), Bankers Trust (now a part of Deutsche Bank), where he was the Managing Director responsible for global European fixed income sales and trading, and Daiwa Europe Limited, where he was a Managing Director and member of the Executive Committee, founding the Structured Finance Group. Mr. Nydes received a B.S. Economics (Summa Cum Laude) from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and received his M.B.A from Harvard Business School.
Prior to joining Sussex Partners, Mr. Montalbano was one of the first team members of Credit Suisse Private Bank’s alternative investment department, a department which provides fund of hedge fund advisory services, including manager selection. During his tenure, the advisory business grew from 3 staff to 50, and from zero to 10 billion Swiss Francs of AUM. Since 2010 his focus has been on single manager hedge funds, funds of hedge funds, the creation of customized advisory portfolios, and advising on the selection of private equity funds. Prior to Credit Suisse he worked in a business development capacity for a Swiss asset management start-up which focused on alternative investments. During his time there the company grew its assets to over 5 billion Swiss Francs, and was subsequently sold to the Vontobel Group. Mr. Montalbano started his career working in corporate identity and corporate design. Mr. Montalbano studied at the Universities of St. Gallen, Freibourg, and Vienna, from which he received a bilingual M.A. in Management. He is fluent in German, French, English and Italian. Mr. Montalbano is an Italian national.
Senior Partner, Head of Research
Mr. Urreta joined Sussex Partners in 2006 and is responsible for hedge fund research, selection and due diligence at Sussex Partners. Mr. Urreta has spent over 10 years performing analysis on a large number of hedge funds, and has a successful track record in identifying high-quality funds across different strategies. Previously, he was a Founding Partner and Director of Colombitana Ltd, an international trade business in the agriculture sector funded by venture capital investors. Prior to this, he spent several years in management consultancy and market research in London, primarily involved in financial services and economic research. Mr. Urreta received a B.Sc. in Economics from Universidad Javeriana,Colombia and holds an M.A. in International Management from Regents Business School, London. Mr. Urreta is fluent in Spanish and English, is a Director of Sussex Partners UK Ltd. Mr. Urreta is a frequent contributor to the financial press and has written articles for The Hedge Fund Journal, Investment Week and Bloomberg, amongst others.
Mr. Neefs has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Sussex Partners he was a Partner at Lozé & Associes a capital introduction company and the parent company of fund of fund management business Alternative Leaders, for which Mr. Neefs was CIO. Previously Mr. Neefs had been Head of Investments for Credit Agricole Asset Management where he co-headed the development of a series of fund of hedge funds, the "Greenway Funds" totalling over 20 billion Euros under management. Frederic has a B.A. in Economics, Social and Political Sciences and a M.S. in Applied Economics and Business Sciences from University of Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium. Mr. Neefs, who speaks Flemish, French and English, is a Belgian national.
Mr. Stevenson began his career as a trainee investment analyst in the commodities sector for Henderson Crosthwaite in London. He subsequently moved to Merrill Lynch where he traded on behalf of institutional clients for over ten years as a Commodities Vice President. In the nineties he relocated to the Middle East as an executive for an engineering conglomerate, establishing links with government entities in the newly independent states of Central Asia. At that time, Mr. Stevenson was also a reporter for CRU International in Almati, Kazakhstan covering the mining and metals industry of the country, when he established a publishing joint venture with Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Trade. On moving to Moscow, Mr. Stevenson became the Co-Editor of a publication reviewing privatised Russian companies and was also the Markets Editor of ‘Russia Review’. He was later a Stockbroker and a Managing Partner at Moscow-based Marcuard Spectrum, investing in CIS equities. Before joining Sussex Partners, Mr Stevenson was Director of Capdistributors, a specialist capital introduction company. He earned MBAs from ESCP Europe and Tias Universities. Mr Stevenson is a British national.
Mr. Hirose has 30 years’ experience in financial services where he has held multiple senior positions and managed his own hedge fund. Prior to joining Sussex Partners Mr. Hirose worked for Pinebridge Investments (formerly AIG) and AIG Japan as a Managing Director. Before this Mr. Hirose was a Director of HVB Capital and managed his own CTA. Before running his own fund, Mr. Hirose was a Director of Barclays Capital in their capital market division and also worked for BZW Barclays Securities, both roles where in Japan. At the beginning of his career he worked for BNP Paribas Capital, Tokyo, and for the former investment bank, Morgan Grenfell, in London. Aside from his financial career, Mr. Hirose stood as a parliamentary candidate in the 2012 Japanese elections and founded an English language school in the 1990s. Mr. Hirose holds a B.A. in Economics and Politics from Waseda University, Tokyo.
N.B: Sussex Partners has a partnership with Teneo in Japan and through this Masashi Hirose is working with Sussex Partners in Japan.
Mr Nathan is a director of JTC Fund Services (Cayman) Ltd., the Administrator. Mr Nathan was employed by the Julius Baer Group from 1982 to 2009. Following the restructuring of the Julius Baer Group, Mr Nathan became a director of Swiss & Global Fund Administration (Cayman) Ltd. which was acquired by the JTC Group in December 2015 and changed its name to JTC Fund Services (Cayman) Ltd. Mr Nathan has a BA from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA from New York University. Mr. Nathan is a Director of Sussex Partners LTD.
Mrs. Moore is employed with JTC Fund Services (Cayman) Ltd., the Administrator as Director - Institutional Client Services – Cayman. She was previously employed by Julius Baer Group from 1993 to 2009 in its fund administration business. Following the restructuring of the Julius Baer Group, Mrs. Moore became the Deputy CEO of Swiss & Global Fund Administration (Cayman) Ltd. which was acquired by the JTC Group in December 2015 and changed its name to JTC Fund Services (Cayman) Ltd. Mrs. Moore holds a Bachelor of Law (LLB. Honours Degree) along with a Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice Course in Law, a Bachelor of Law Degree in Business Administration and a Master of Science Degree in Human Resource Management.