Ex-Credit Suisse equities MD becomes co-owner of fashionable Notting Hill art gallery

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After spending almost 18 years at Credit Suisse, Rob Maloney, a London-based managing director at the Swiss bank, has left to do something entirely different and unusual. - He's now co-proprietor of art gallery in Notting Hill.

Maloney was head of international flow financing, prime services for EMEA at Credit Suisse.  Although his Linkedin profile says he left CS earlier this month, Global Investor Group reported that Maloney left the bank in December 2017.

Maloney is now the co-proprietor of Graffik Gallery, a Portobello Road-based street art gallery, focusing on urban contemporary art. It exclusively displays works of a number of artists such as Banksy, Dotmaster, Stik, Alec Monopoly, Clet and Robin Coleman, and was founded in 2011 by Oliver Seaforth Cox. In his new post-banking career, Maloney seems to have bought into the business.

Before joining Credit Suisse in 2000, Maloney worked as a swaps trader at Deutsche for two years. He began his investment banking career at NatWest Markets in 1996. Two years ago, another senior equities trader quit the industry to become a pub landlord. 

CS' equities chief Mike Stewart wants to bring CS into the top five equity trading houses globally from the seventh-biggest by revenue in 2017. In line with these aspirations, the firm recently hired Mehdi H. Sonthonnax, an equity derivatives quantitative strategist, in New York.

Prior to joining as a director at CS earlier this April, Sonthonnax was a quantitative analyst at AIG for the last three and a half years. He began his career in 2007 as a desk quant intern at Societe General and moved to HSBC as a product controller for structured equity derivates later that year. He remained at HSBC for seven years, where he rose to become vice-president of quantitative risk and valuation group before shifting to AIG.

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