Leif joined the company in 2005. He is the lead portfolio manager of the Merian Style Premia Absolute Return Fund. Prior to joining the alternatives team he co-managed the Global Statistical Arbitrage Fund. Previously, Leif was a portfolio manager in the quantitative strategies group where he co-managed a range of systematic global equity market neutral and long-only funds. In this role he was involved in a number of key successful product launches including the Merian Global Equity Absolute Return Fund, the team’s first market neutral UCITS fund, and a European 130-30 fund. Leif has a BSc in computer science from Royal Holloway College, University of London, and is a CFA charterholder.