Team

Founders
Jean-François Comte

Jean-François COMTE

Managing Partner, Portfolio Manager

J.F. Comte is the co-founder and CIO of the firm. He is responsible for Merger Arbitrage and Event-Driven research. He is aportfolio manager for the merger arbitrage funds. Prior to co-founding Lutetia Capital, J.F. was a Vice President at Lazard in New York, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions. Throughout his career at Lazard, J.F. advised leading corporations and financial investors in landmark transactions totalling more than $50 billion in value. J.F. graduated from NYU Law School.

Fabrice Seiman

Fabrice SEIMAN

Managing Partner, Portfolio Manager

Fabrice Seiman is the co-founder and CEO of the firm. He is responsible for Volatility and Multi-Arbitrage Research. He is a portfolio manager for arbitrage funds. Prior to founding Lutetia Capital, Fabrice was an investment professional at PAI Partners, after acting as an Advisor to the French Budget Minister. He graduated from Sciences Po (IEP) Paris with a degree in Finance and attended the Master of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies (Government) at Harvard University. A former Associate Professor at Science Po Paris, Fabrice was awarded in 2013 the "Palmes Académiques". He was selected in 2007 by the World Economic Forum as a YGL. He is the President of the European Observatory for Financial Law, a non-profit organization who seeks to facilitate research in financial law.

Team

David Haiun is responsible for quantitative research and is a co-manager for the UCITS and non-UCITS funds. Before joining Lutetia Capital, David worked as a financial exotic products trader at Crédit Suisse in London.While at Crédit Suisse, he notably created and implemented volatility models. He previously held a position as a quantitative analyst on credit derivatives on ALM at Lehman Brothers. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (X). He also graduated from the Master's degree (DEA) of Nicole El Karoui and holds a Master of Arts in Financial Mathematics from Columbia University.

Stéphane Dumas is responsible for Risk Management and Deputy CEO. Before joining Lutetia Capital, Stéphane was the Head of Risk at HSBC Private Wealth Managers (€12bn under management) and a Senior Risk Officer at HSBC Global AM France (300 funds / €60bn under management). He also worked in the Risk functions at Crédit Agricole Group, in the alternative asset management as Head of Risk (Systeia Capital Management), and in the Corporate and Investment Banking division of Crédit Agricole Indosuez (now Crédit Agricole CIB) on the interest rates derivatives. Stéphane graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris and from University Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I) with a Master's degree in Modelisation and Mathematical Methods applied to Economy.

Isabel Azoulay is responsible for Investment Advisory. A former Executive Director in Fixed Income Sales & Trading at Goldman Sachs in London, she was responsible for Fund Derivatives Sales in France, Belgium and Luxembourg. Isabel was previously an Associate at JPMorgan in London in Fixed Income Derivatives Marketing. She started her career as a Financial Analyst at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, in Media & Telecom Investment Banking in New York and London. Isabel received her BA in Public & International Affairs from Princeton University and her MBA from Harvard Business School.

Alex Dramu, CAIA is part of the firm’s Investor Relations Team, focusing on EMEA. Previously, Alex was Head of Institutional Business Development at John Locke Investments, a systematic quantitative investment manager, for 10 years. Before that, Alex was part of the Product Specialist team of the Fund of Hedge Fund division of Credit Agricole Asset Management (now Amundi). Alex holds a Masters degree from Paris IX Dauphine University and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).

Romain Comte is the group CFO. He is also the acting CFO for the Sartorius Group, one of the closely held shareholders of Lutetia Capital. Previously, Romain was a banker in the mergers and acquisitions group of JPMorgan in London. He began his career in the private equity division of Goldman Sachs in London. Romain is a graduate of HEC School of Management in Paris.

Alice Juliet is Legal and Compliance Officer for Lutetia Capital. She holds a Master degree in banking and financial law from the Université Clermont Auvergne (UCA), and is currently completing her PhD thesis about the ability of legal theory to stem systemic risk on financial markets.  She also is a lecturer at UCA. During her PhD researches, she was invited by Wuhan University as a young searcher in Law, she participated to several conferences and congresses, and published papers in business and comparative law. She was strongly committed to the PhD development and recognition, for example with the creation and coordination of the non-profit organization called Doct’Auvergne.

Heythem Farhat is a quantitative research analyst. He holds a PhD in applied mathematics from the École Polytechnique for his work in quantitative finance. Heythem graduated from the french engineering school ENSTA and also holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Modelling and Mathematical Methods applied to Economics and Finance from Panthéon-Sorbonne University (Paris I). 

Sam Rosenberg is Managing Partner. He is responsible for Business Development and Client Relationships for the Americas. Prior to joining Lutetia Capital, Sam spent more than 23 years in the Capital Markets Divisions of Société Générale and Natixis assuming various roles in the Americas during his tenure ranging from Head of Financial Engineering, Head of Equity Derivatives Sales, Head of Lyxor Sales and Head of Cross Asset Solutions. Sam graduated from the Master's degree (DEA) of Nicole El Karoui and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Santa-Cruz. Sam was Inducted in the Volatility Hall of Fame Hall in 2017 by EQDerivatives for outstanding accomplishments in volatility investing.

Lutetia Technology Partners

Juan Villalonga is co-head of Lutetia Technology Partners. Prior to joining Lutetia Technology Partners, Juan was CEO and Chairman of Telefonica. He participated in its growth from $12 billion to over $100 billion between 1996 and 2000. He was distinguished as one of the Worldwide Top CEOs by Harvard Business Review in 2010. He also evolved as an investor by founding Hermes Growth Partners in 2011. He has led investments in Ring Central and The Trade Desk achieving a return on investment over 10x. Juan is also a member of the Board of Directors of Etisalat, the Advisory Board of Aiola and a strategic advisor to SparkBeyond. He holds an MBA from IESE Barcelona.

Rob Perdue is co-head of Lutetia Technology Partners. Prior to joining Lutetia Technology Partners, Rob was COO of the now NASDAQ-listed company: The Trade Desk (TTD: US). He grew the company from $20 million to a market cap of over $15 billion between 2013 and 2019. The Trade Desk's IPO has been the best performing IPO among the NASDAQ for the past 5 years, resulting in a stock performance of x35. Only 3 years after its IPO, The Trade Desk's valuation had increased by 15 times. Rob also holds an MBA from Georgetown University.

Advisory Council

Composed of leading personalities of the economic or academic world, the Advisory Committee of Lutetia Capital is primarily solicited to give its opinion on the macroeconomic environment and the strategy and governance of the company. Its members are interviewed individually or collectively on the basis of their respective area of competence. Members of the Committee are independent and receive no compensation from the firm or any affiliate.

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