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Brevan Howard: Gone Swiss?

Brevan Howard’s London office is not the central hub it once was. What started out as a satellite office in Geneva has slowly morphed into the place to be for its front office staff. Just a handful of traders are now based in the UK, which now houses 74 FCA-approved employees, down from 96 at the same point in 2013.

Founder Alan Howard is based out of Switzerland as are founding partners Nagi Kawkabani and Trifon Natsis. Other senior employees like Luigi Buttiglione, global head of strategy, Alistair Hollingdale, a former UBS MD who joined the hedge fund in 2012, and portfolio manager Boris Vladimirov all transferred across to Geneva last year.

Has the balance of power really shifted? Brevan Howard has just posted its annual return on Companies House in the UK, giving an indication of exactly where its 34 members are based. The full breakdown is below, but from what information is available about the hedge fund’s employees, the conclusion is that the UK still houses the largest number of senior staff, but the key decision makers, portfolio managers and traders are now based in Switzerland.


Craig Adams

Edmund Allen

Danny Bernheim, head of sales

Chris Coleman, quantitative developer

Andrea French, COO, trading

David Hancock

Mark Hillery, trader

Vivienne Jack

Matthew James, senior credit strategist

Bevan Kaminer

Richard Kent

Enrico Martinez, financial analyst

Jonathan Matthews

Jev Mehmet, COO

Luc Pajot, founding partner

Robin Pollock

Miriam Porat, head of risk

Michael Stromsoe, head of investor relations

Gregor Thomson

Alex Underwood, general counsel

Gert Jan Vlieghe, economist


Alan Howard, founder

Nagi Kawkabani, founding partner

Trifon Natsis, founding partner

Jeremy Benjamin

Samir Bouaoudia, trader

Filippo Cipriani, portfolio manager, Brevan Howard emerging markets local fixed income fund

Karl Devine, trader

Ahsim Khan, senior trader

Aaron Landy, chief risk officer

Stephan Nicolas, head of commodities

Geraldine Sundstrom, portfolio manager, emerging markets fund (left in April 2014)


Stuart Bygrave

Hong Kong:

Kaspar Ernst, CIO, Brevan Howard Hong Kong

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AUTHORPaul Clarke
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    19 February 2015

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    22 August 2014

    Andi French has also since left...

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