Our Team

Henri Vernhes

Founding Partner and CEO

Founded Alma Capital in 2006. Henri Vernhes created Alma Capital to provide a link between talented asset managers and European institutional investors. Experience: Henri started his career as a fund manager at Banque Worms after serving as an officer in the French Navy. Between 2000 and 2005, he was a managing director at Merrill Lynch, where he launched and developed its Investment Management business in France. Education: Henri graduated from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and obtained a Master in Finance at University Paris IX Dauphine.

RALUCA ALDA

Sales

Joined Alma Capital in 2020. Raluca is a member of our sales team in charge of the distribution of alternative and traditional funds in Switzerland and Southern Europe. Experience: Raluca has 13 years of industry experience. She served as Hedge Fund Sales for Switzerland and Southern Europe for both Deutsche Bank Global Markets and Asset Management divisions. Raluca was formerly a fund analyst and junior portfolio manager within the Hedge Fund Research and Portfolio Management team in the Wealth Management division of Deutsche Bank. Education: Raluca holds a MSc in Finance and License in Management from HEC Lausanne. She is also a GARP Certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM).

Lydwine Alexandre

Partner, CFO

Joined Alma Capital in 2014. Lydwine ensures that the Group is always in line with industry best practice in terms of regulation, taxation, legal and finance. Experience: Lydwine previously worked for 15 years at KPMG in Paris, New York and Luxembourg. As a senior manager, Lydwine managed auditing teams for several listed companies. During her time as an auditor and counsellor in Luxembourg, Lydwine worked mainly for investment funds and asset managers. Education: Lydwine graduated from ESSEC business school and holds a degree in accounting and management in France (DSCG).

Jaspar Arena de la Mora

Operations

Joined Alma Capital in 2020. Jaspar is a Portfolio Manager and works on the operational management of the funds at Alma Capital. Experience: Jaspar previously worked at Deutsche Bank for almost 10 years holding diverse front-office roles within the alternative fund space as well as in structured investment products. He has extensive experience in fund structuring and formation, platform infrastructure and operations (for both, UCITS and AIF fund structures), as well as fund-linked derivative structuring. Education: Jaspar holds a double degree in International Business from the University of Lancaster as well as from Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid, Spain. He also graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a MSc in International Business and Emerging Markets.

Steeve Barnabé

Operations

Joined Alma Capital in 2019. Steeve is working with the Operations team at Alma Capital. Experience: Before joining Alma Capital Steeve performed an internship as a financial auditor at PwC Luxembourg. Education: Steeve is enrolled in a master’s degree program from Burgundy School of Business.

HETUL BHANABHAI

Risk Manager

Joined Alma Capital in January 2020. Hetul is working within the risk management team of the funds at Alma Capital. Hetul is also involved in the governance of the funds, the development of risk models and metrics for alternative strategies and products. Experience: Before joining Alma Capital, Hetul was responsible for development and implementation of multi-asset risk frameworks for the Hedge Fund UCITS business at DWS Group. Prior to this, Hetul worked at Deutsche Bank for 9 years, where his experiences ranged from managing cross-platform risk governance to fund structuring support. Hetul also has previous experience working in the risk team for an insurance brokerage firm, Arthur J. Gallagher, where he worked alongside the Actuary in maintaining and reviewing various risk models. Education: Hetul graduated from Aston Business School in Birmingham and holds a BSc in International Business & Economics.

Jiaxing Chen

Risk

Joined Alma Capital in 2015. Jiaxing is working within the Risk Management team at Alma Capital. Experience: Jiaxing started his career at Alma Capital in 2015 and has worked within the Middle Office and the Risk Management teams. He joined Alma Capital as an intern having previously conducted an internship at the brokerage, Newedge. Education: Jiaxing holds a master’s degree in finance from IESEG and a bachelor’s degree in economics in University of Paris V.

Celine Clausse

Operations

Joined Alma Capital in 2016. Céline is working within the Fund accounting team at Alma Capital. Experience: Before joining Alma Capital, Celine worked as a fund accountant at Citigroup’s Luxembourg unit for 15 years. Education: Celine is a trained accountant from Libramont’s Haute Ecole Robert Schuman.

Baptiste Fabre

Partner, Co-Head of Sales

Joined Alma Capital in 2010. Baptiste co-leads the sales team and is a Conducting Officer of Alma Capital Investment Management. Experience: Before joining Alma Capital, Baptiste co-founded a fintech project. He previously worked at Société Générale CIB in Paris and BNP Paribas in India. Education: Baptiste graduated from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and from the London School of Economics.

Gilles Gabriel

Compliance Officer

Joined Alma Capital in 2020. Gilles is the Conducting Officer in charge of Compliance and Risk Management. He is also Compliance Officer and MLRO at Alma Capital Investment Management. Experience: Gilles has more than 15 years of experience in the Fund industry in Luxembourg. He previously worked as an audit Director at PwC Luxembourg and as Conducting Officer in another Management Company/AIFM where he was already responsible for Compliance and Risk Management. Education: Gilles holds a Master in Management (HEC – Ecole de Gestion de l’Université de Liège) and is qualified as réviseur d’entreprises (chartered accountant) in Luxembourg.

CHRISTOPHER GEE

Partner, COO

Joined Alma Capital in 2020. Christopher is responsible for the operational management of the alternative and traditional funds at Alma Capital. Experience: Christopher previously worked for 19 years at Deutsche Bank where he was responsible for the operational running of the various DB fund platforms in Jersey, Cayman Islands, Ireland and Luxembourg. He has extensive experience in fund structuring, oversight and regulatory requirements. Christopher’s whole career has been in the funds industry and the first part of his career was as a fund of fund investment manager at Greig Middleton. Education: Chris graduated from UMIST with a BSc in Management Sciences.

Zahira Gharby

Administrative Assistant

Joined Alma Capital in 2018. Zahira is assisting the team in all administrative aspects at Alma Capital. Experience:  Before joining Alma Capital, Zahira has worked in the hospitality business for a number of years. She is now assisting the team in all of their administrative demands and organizing office operations for the Company. Education: Zahira graduated from high school.

TOM GREW

Junior Fund Manager

Joined Alma Capital in 2020. Tom supports the Investment Manager of the Alma Eikoh Japan Large Cap Fund. Experience: Tom started his career in management consulting before moving to Eikoh Research Investment Management (ERIM) in 2018, an independent asset management company established as a result of the spin out of the Japanese Equity Team from Deutsche Asset Management. At ERIM, he worked on the long-only and hedge funds management. Education: Tom holds a BA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and has completed the CFA syllabus.

Benoit Joseph

Operations

Joined Alma Capital in 2012. Benoit is in charge of the structuring and the operational setup of the funds at Alma Capital. Experience: Before joining Alma Capital, Benoit has worked at Barep Asset Management as treasurer and at Societe Generale Private Banking as middle office manager. Education: Benoit holds degrees from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lyon and INSEEC Business School.

BERTRAND JULIEN-LAFERRIERE

Head of Real Estate

Joined Alma Capital in 2020. Bertrand joined Alma Capital Investment Management to help structuring and implementing a new line of investment management in real estate. Experience: Bertrand has hold key executive positions in real estate and international development in the past 37 years, including CEO of CGW Asset Management, Chief Development Officer of Unibail-Rodamco, CEO of listed REIT Foncière Lyonnaise, Founder and Head of Ardian’s real estate fund management business. Education: Bertrand graduated from Ecole Centrale de Paris and hold a Master of Construction Management from UC Berkeley and a Master of Business Administration of INSEAD.

Amandine Levrat

Legal Officer

Joined Alma Capital in 2019. Amandine is working as Legal Officer at Alma Capital in Luxembourg. Experience: Amandine previously worked for 8 years as a jurist in accounting firms as well as in law firms in Luxembourg. She has also worked for the CSSF for two years between 2016 and 2018. Education: Amandine holds a master degree in Law from the European University Centre, University of Nancy, in France.

BRITT LINTNER

Sales, Director of Alma Capital London

Joined Alma Capital in January 2020.  Britt Lintner is Director of Alma Capital London. Experience:  Britt has over 20 years of institutional sales experience at Lehman Brothers in New York and London (8 years), MAN/GLG investment management (9 years) and Deutsche Bank (4 years). Education: Britt graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in Economics and holds an MA in Fine and Decorative Arts from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art/University of Manchester.

RICHARD MARLAND

Operations

Joined Alma Capital in 2020. Richard is working on the operational management of the funds at Alma Capital. Experience: Richard previously worked for 5 years at Deutsche Bank and DWS in London where he was the fund CFO for the liquid alternatives platforms – including SICAV (Lux), ICAV (Ireland) and Unit Trust (Jersey) structures. Prior to this, Richard worked for nine years at Man Group where he held a number of operational and managerial roles in Man’s AHL, fund of funds and structured product businesses. Education: Richard graduated from Nottingham University with a BA(Hons) in Economics & EU Studies and is a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW).

Sebastian Meissner

Product Specialist

Joined Alma Capital in January 2020. Experience: Sebastian previously worked at Deutsche Bank and DWS between 2010 and 2019 and was responsible for product development as well as product and platform management of alternative, systematic and structured funds in the UCITS and AIFMD space. Prior to that, Sebastian worked on the marketing side covering Deutsche Bank’s funds and ETFs. Education: Sebastian holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration with a major in Finance from Maastricht University.

JAMES PULSFORD

Fund Manager

Joined Alma Capital in 2020. James is the lead portfolio manager for the Alma Eikoh Japan Large Cap Fund. Experience: James started his career at Morgan Grenfell in 1984 and has specialized in investment in Japan for over 30 years. He was based in Japan from 1987 to 1999 and speaks fluent Japanese. James was the founder, CEO and CIO of Eikoh Research Investment Management, an independent asset management company established as a result of the spin out of the Japanese Equity Team from Deutsche Asset Management, from 2012 until 2019. Education: James holds a BA in Zoology from Oxford University.

REENA PUWAR

Risk Manager

Joined Alma Capital in January 2020. Reena is working in the alternative funds risk management team at Alma Capital. She is also responsible for the development of risk methodologies and fund analytics for the creation of new strategies and products. Experience: Reena has worked in the hedge fund industry for almost 15 years. In her previous role at DWS Group she was responsible for the design and implementation of risk frameworks across multi-asset portfolios. Prior to this Reena had worked at Deutsche Bank, involved in risk and structuring of hedge funds in Global Investment Solutions. She started her career at Deutsche Bank in 2006 as a hedge fund financing risk analyst within Prime Brokerage. Education: Reena graduated from King’s College London and holds a BSc in Mathematics and Management, and qualified in financial engineering holding the Certificate in Quantitative Finance.

HERVE RIETZLER

Partner, Co-head of Sales

Joined Alma Capital in 2012. Hervé co-leads the sales team. Experience: Hervé was previously a managing director and a member of the executive committee at RBS Switzerland, where he was in charge of equity derivatives and structured products for investors in Switzerland and France. Between 1996 and 2005, he worked at Merrill Lynch in London and Paris. He started his career at Société Générale as equity derivatives products sales person for Swiss clients. Education: Hervé graduated from HEC in 1992. He has also served as an officer in the French Navy for military service.

KARAN SARDA

Partner, Manager Selection

Joined Alma Capital in 2020. Karan is jointly responsible for the selection and oversight of investment managers and design of new products. He also manages certain key client relationships. Experience: Karan previously worked at Deutsche Bank for 12 years in London in both Investment Banking and Asset Management, and was the Global Head of Hedge funds at DWS when the business was acquired by Alma Capital. At Deutsche Bank, Karan was responsible for the Liquid Alternatives platform including Alterative UCITS (DB Platinum) and managed accounts, while focusing on manager selection, product design and overall business strategy. Education: Karan is a charterholder for CFA and CAIA, and graduated from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT Delhi) with a major in Computer Science and minor in Business Management.

Sophie Vermeulen

Office Manager

Joined Alma Capital in 2016. Sophie is the Office Manager of Alma Capital, in charge of the management of the offices of the group in Luxembourg, London and Paris. Experience: Before joining Alma Capital, Sophie has worked for a number of years in the organization of cultural events to promote art activities for the government department of small businesses in Paris. Between 2009 and 2011, she headed up the association welcoming French speaking expats in Qatar. Education: Sophie holds a masters degree in marketing and communication from ESCP Europe and graduated from a Masters degree from the Ecole du Louvre.

Louis De Vulpillieres

Special Advisor

Joined Alma Capital in 2008. Louis is a Special Advisor to the CEO of Alma Capital. Experience: Previously, he worked for 25 years at Banque Worms, before joining DWS, Deutsche Bank’s asset management arm, where he was in charge of institutional clients in France and head of media relations between 2001 and 2007. Education: Louis graduated in economics from the University of Paris X, from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques and from the University of Paris I.

The members of our boards of directors are

Jean Arvis

Founding Partner of Alma Capital and former Chief Executive Officer of Group Victoire

Gilles Dupin

Chief Executive Officer of Monceau Assurances

Michel Dupuydauby

Former Chief Executive Officer of MACSF Group

Baptiste Fabre

Partner and Co-Head of Sales at Alma Capital

Andreas Lehmann

Founding Partner of Alma Capital

Hugues Delcourt

Former Chief Executive Officer of BIL

Patrick Meunier

Executive Director of Agir Luxembourg

Philippe Poinso

Former Director of FFP

Hervé Rietzler

Partner and Co-Head of Sales at Alma Capital

Henri Vernhes

Founding Partner of Alma Capital and Chief Executive Officer

Michel Villatte

Former Chief Executive Officer of Predica

François Becquaert

CFO of EnTrust Global