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DAVID BENAMOU

Managing Partner / Chief investment officer

David Benamou joined Axiom Alternative Investments in October 2011 after 11 years with Société Générale as Deputy Head of Structured Capital Finance.

 

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David was Deputy Head of the Structured Capital Finance department at Société Générale from 2000 to 2011. He previously worked for CDC Marchés (Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations Group) in the bond origination department where he was responsible for drafting bond prospectuses.

David has a Master’s degree in Business Law and Taxation and graduated from ESSEC with a Master’s degree in International Business Law and Management.

David is a shareholder of Axiom Alternative Investments.

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JEROME LEGRAS

Managing Partner / HEAD OF RESEARCH

Jérôme Legras joined Axiom Alternative Investments in January 2013 after 12 years with Société Générale as Deputy Head of Structured Capital Finance.

 

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Jérôme was Deputy Head of the Structured Capital Finance department at Société Générale for 12 years. He previously worked at CCF and HSBC France as a financial engineer in the Research and Innovation Department where he focused on the quantitative measurements of risk and the valuation of derivatives. He joined Axiom Alternative Investments in January 2013.

Jérôme is a graduate of École Polytechnique and ENSAE.

He is a shareholder of Axiom Alternative Investments.

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PAUL GAGEY

Portfolio Manager

Paul Gagey joined Axiom Alternative Investments in March 2018. He has 35 years of experience in asset management at leading financial institutions across Europe.

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Prior to joining Axiom Alternative Investments, Paul spent 11 years at Aviva Investors where he was Director of High Yield Bond funds and managed several open-ended funds from 2006 to 2017. Paul started his career at Barclays Bank in 1983. Since then, he has held senior positions at Sorema, where he was Chief Investment Officer, at Groupama Asset Management as Head of its Credit Department, and at Caisse des Dépôts (2002-2005) where he managed its French “Wealth Fund”, investing in European equities with a long-term view.

Paul has graduated from Columbia University and holds a Master’s Degree in Economics.

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BEDIS GHARBI

Portfolio Manager

Bedis Gharbi joined Axiom Alternative Investments in September 2019 as s senior portfolio manager to support the growth of Axiom’s alternative strategies in the credit universe. WIth 20 years of experience in credit derivatives, Bedis joined the London office where he is responsible for managing the Axiom Credit Opportunity fund.

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Former head of synthetic credit funds within a London-based hedge fund, Bedis started his career at Société Générale. Bedis Gharbi, was previously in charge of credit correlations at Deutsche Bank, which he joined in 2009, before being appointed Head of Credit Funds at RiverRock in London in 2015

Bedis began his career in 1999 at SG Capital Markets in the exotic credit department where he was in charge of correlation management and CDS trading. He then held the position of Head of the Correlation and CVA desk at RBC Capital Markets (2005-2007) before becoming a credit portfolio manager at SPQR Capital.

Bedis is graduated from École Polytechnique and ENSAE.

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ADRIAN PATURLE

Portfolio Manager

Adrian Paturle joined Axiom Alternative Investments in July 2009. He has 16 years of experience in asset management.

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Prior to joining Axiom Alternative Investments, Adrian Paturle worked at Rothschild & Cie Gestion as a Bond Manager. He managed approximately €1 billion of mandated insurance portfolios, €400 million of investment funds invested in “Investment Grade” and “High Yield” issuers, both in physical bonds and in CDS. He also managed a fund invested in catastrophe bonds, with outstanding loans of around €100 million. Adrian Paturle held the position of Quantitative Credit Manager at ABF Capital Management where he managed a portfolio of approximately 200 million euros.

Adrian Paturle is a graduate of the school of actuary Lyon ISFA and has a post-graduate degree in finance.

Adrian is a shareholder of Axiom Alternative Investments.

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GILDAS SURRY

Portfolio Manager

Gildas Surry joined Axiom Alternative Investments in June 2015. He has 15 years of experience in the European Banking sector.

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Prior to joining Axiom Alternative Investments, Gildas was a Senior Analyst covering European Banks at BNP Paribas. He has previously held analyst roles at both Citigroup and Merrill Lynch. Gildas started his career at Lazard Freres in Paris.

Gildas has an MBA from INSEAD and graduated from Ecole Polytechnique.

Gildas is a shareholder of Axiom Alternative Investments.

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GILLES FRISCH

Portfolio Manager

Gilles Frisch joined Axiom Alternative Investments in November 2019. He has 26 years of experience in asset management and a focus on High Yield corporate bonds at leading financial institutions across Europe.

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Gilles, was previously head of the High Yield Management division at Swiss Life Asset Managers, a company
where he practiced from 2010 to 2019, where he was recruited to optimize high-yield management.

Gilles Frisch began his career in 1993 as a quantitative analyst at Société Générale and then
at Paribas Capital Markets before joining Transoptions finance as an options trader
exotic. In 1996, Gilles joined Dexia Asset Management, where he was manager of
alternative portfolios before becoming Senior Corporate Credits Manager in 2000 and being appointed Director
of Credit Arbitration management in 2003.

A graduate of École Polytechnique and ENSAE, Gilles has managed funds that have often won awards for their
innovations. He also holds a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) degree.

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ANTONIO ROMAN

Portfolio Manager

Antonio Roman joined Axiom Alternative Investments in June 2018. Previously, he worked as a quantitative analyst at GSAM and JP Morgan Asset Management.

 

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Antonio started his career at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, where he focused on building optimal investment solutions for institutional clients with unique economic, regulatory and accounting constraints. He then moved to JP Morgan Asset Management, where he enhanced his insurance knowledge through the development of portfolio optimization tools under Solvency II. Antonio earned an MSc from the Ecole Polytechnique (X2012) and the ENSAE. He is a fully qualified actuary.

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LAURA RAMIREZ

ESG Manager

Laura Ramirez joined Axiom AI in April 2021 as ESG Manager. She was previously Head of Emerging Markets at 2° Investing Initiative, a think tank specialized in climate change and the financial sector.

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Laura has 6 years of experience in sustainable finance. Before joining Axiom AI, Laura worked at 2° Investing Initiative.
She led several projects aimed at integrating climate change into the investment and lending processes of financial institutions and into the development of financial products. Laura has also worked with regulators and industry associations in the financial sector on assessing the industry’s exposure to climate-related risks. She also actively participated in the development of ISO 14097, the first international standard on investor climate action.

She began her career at the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy as a sustainable finance officer.

Laura holds a master’s degree in finance and economics from the University of Tübingen in Germany.