Chief Executive Officer, Aksia
Jim has 25 years of fund of hedge funds, research and derivatives experience at Credit Suisse in New York, London and Tokyo. Jim joined Aksia at its inception in October 2006 and currently serves as CEO and Head of Research. Jim is responsible for the overall management of Aksia’s research and advisory processes across the firm, the design of Aksia’s research and is involved in advising our clients about their portfolios.
Prior to Aksia, Jim headed Credit Suisse’s Hedge Fund Investment Group from its inception through December 2005. The group combined the funds of hedge funds investment management of the firm’s investment bank and asset management divisions and had over $8 billion of total AUM at its peak.
Jim started his career in 1985 when he joined Credit Suisse’s Portfolio Strategies group, working on portfolio dedications, immunizations, and total return analysis.
In 1987, Jim joined the research department in Tokyo where he ran a fixed income research desk. In 1991, he relocated to New York and joined Credit Suisse Financial Products, a derivatives trading boutique. From 1991 to 1997, Jim was responsible for structuring and marketing for the asset management, hedge fund and insurance areas. In 1998, Jim launched the Sapic-98 Fund of Hedge Funds, Credit Suisse’s first institutional multi-strategy fund of hedge funds. In 2000, Jim transferred to London where he managed the investment bank’s funds of hedge funds group as well as the Fund Linked Products business. In 2003, Jim took over responsibility for investment management for the firm’s Hedge Funds Investment Group.
Jim graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985 with a B.A. in Economics. Jim was recognized as Hedge Fund Consultant of the Year in 2009 and 2010 by Institutional Investor.