Top 40 young hedge fund stars named

ROBERT Sorrell, the son of WPP chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell, has been named as one of the brightest people aged under 40 working in the hedge fund industry.

The first Financial News 40 under 40 Rising Stars of Hedge Funds rollcall applauds the talents of men and women from all corners of the hedge fund industry – from money managers, marketers, fundraisers and investors, to consultants, researchers, prime brokers and even a lawyer.

The Financial News list, which was whittled down from a longer list of 100, was drawn up by a panel of four over three months.

“Their roles vary, but the 40 names on the list all have in common fierce determination, dedication, dynamism and, of course, youth,” said the panel.

The criteria for the award was achievement to date given their age, the stature of their mentors, firepower at their disposal and their potential to reach a position of great influence.

Financial News said: “The list reflects the industry’s shift towards lobbying regulators and preparing for rule changes, including the winding down of banks’ proprietary trading businesses to comply with the Volcker rule.

“There is an increasing investor demand to tap into growth economies in emerging markets, as evidenced by the two Africa specialists and two emerging market fund managers listed here.

“Just as the focus of investing and regulation has shifted, the prime brokerage business has undergone a sea change, with competition fiercer than ever.

As if their work-related achievements are not enough to aspire to, the group also possess plenty of talent outside the boardroom.

Financial News warns the dynamos on its list are not just one-dimensional workaholics, adding: “There are competitive athletes, a best-selling novelist and collectors of the eclectic, to name but a few.”

Shamez Alibhai, partner and head of real estate debt management team at Cheyne Capital (38); Jamie Allsopp, portfolio manager, Insparo Asset Management (33); Reza Amiri, founder of Susa Fund Management (36); Geoff Bamber, chief investment officer, Skyline Capital (29); Daniele Benatoff, co-founder, Benros Capital (31); Jeff Blumberg, chief executive, Egerton Capital (35); Charlotte Burkeman, co-head of European prime brokerage, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (32); Leonard Charlton, portfolio manager, Dalton Strategic Partnership (34); Jean-François Comte, co-president, Lutetia Capital (36); Frederic Couderc, founder, Toro Capital at Chenavari Financial Group (36); Anne-Sophie d’Andlau, co-founder and deputy chief executive, CIAM (38); Django Davidson, partner, Algebris Investments (31); Frederic Denjoy, founder, Denjoy Capital Partners (33); Pedro de Noronha, founder, Noster Capital (34); Dominic Freemantle, head of European prime brokerage sales and capital introductions, Morgan Stanley (35); Lisa Fridman, head of European manager research, Paamco (31); James Hanbury, portfolio manager, Odey Asset Management (31); Ali Hedayat, partner, Edoma Partners (36); Jeff Holland, founder, Liongate Capital Management (36); Alexander Ivanovitch, managing partner, The Environmental Investment Partnership (34); Mark Jones, chief operating officer, GLG (31); Andre Konstantinow, head of manager selection, Barclays UK Retirement Fund (34); Damien Loveday, global head of hedge fund research, Towers Watson (34); Simone Lowe, fund manager, Thames River (29); Jerome Lussan, founder, Laven Partners (38); Tommaso Mancuso, partner and head of research, Hermes BPK Partners (34); Lionel Melka, founder and head of research, Bernheim, Dreyfus & Co (34); Henrik Molin, head of development, Frey Quantitative Strategies (35); Gideon Nieuwoudt, portfolio manager and member of the investment committee, Silver Creek (35); Emily Porter, portfolio manager, absolute return strategies, Universities Superannuation Scheme (32); Stephen Rosen, senior portfolio manager, Omni Partners (35); Ariel Roskis, co-founder, Benros Capital (35); Fabrice Seiman, co-president, Lutetia Capital (32); Edgar Senior, global co-head of capital services, Credit Suisse (35); Robert Sorrell, founder, Sorrell Capital (36); Nick Stukas, managing partner, Nightscape Capital (32); Ross Turner, founder, Pelham Capital (34); Alex Vaskevitch, fund manager, BCM & Partners (31); Tim West, partner, Herbert Smith (33); Guy Wolf, partner, Oxburgh Partners (34)