John joined the company in 2006. He is a portfolio manager focusing on developing and launching new systematic alternatives strategies. Prior to joining the business, he held senior positions in the proprietary trading groups of a number of major European banks including Kleinwort Benson, UBS and HSBC, and was a fund manager at two leading hedge funds. At Merian he initiated and was co-manager on the European Statistical Arbitrage fund (launched 2006) and Global Statistical Arbitrage fund (launched 2007). John is a specialist in statistical arbitrage trading, has designed and implemented automated trading strategies, and has extensive knowledge of algorithmic trading and execution. He has a BSc in physics from the University of Sussex and an MBA in finance from Cass Business School.