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Expanding Eisler Capital just hired an FX MD from Morgan Stanley

Eisler Capital is expanding. Between its inception in March 2016 and the end of 2017 it added 11 registered people according to the FCA. So far in 2018, it's added another three. And we know of at least another three more to come.

The latest recruit is veteran FX salesman Andrew Peña.  Peña joined Eisler in an investor relations capacity this month according to his LinkedIn profile. He previously spent 21 months as head of institutional FX sales for EMEA at Morgan Stanley. Before that, he made his name as head of commodities hedge fund sales at Goldman Sachs, where he spent nearly 17 years in Hong Kong, London and New York.

Peña's arrival at Eisler comes after the fund recruited Sam Wisnia along with his deputy Kal El-Wahab from Deutsche Bank. Wisnia was Deutsche's head of macro trading. El-Wahab was Deutsche's head of Euro, Swiss franc, Scandi, gilts, inflation and short term rates trading. Neither man has arrived yet according to the FCA.

Eisler Capital's earlier hires this year included Martin Priego Wood, a former director for quant strategies at Credit Suisse, and Baptiste Carlier, a senior algorithmic trader from Credit Agricole.

Founded by former Goldman Sachs partner turned philanthropist Edward Eisler in late 2015, Eisler Capital has a reputation for paying well: the average employee earned nearly £500k ($700k) in 2016, the last year for which figures are available.

Eisler's expansion comes as other hedge funds are building their macro presence too. Colin Lancaster is hiring for a 20 person macro unit at Citadel. Ex-Citadel and Lehman Brothers trader Tim Wilkinson is building a big macro business at Balyasny.

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