AlternativeSoft's Purpose
AlternativeSoft is an award winning leading provider in Funds Selection with outperformance, Portfolio Construction with less downside risks, Automated Customized Fund Reporting and Hedge fund Exposures Collection, based in the UK and Switzerland. Our robust and proven software has enabled clients to thoroughly research and select funds (hedge funds, long only funds, UCITS, ETFs and private equity). We work with some of the largest fund allocators in the world to ensure they get the most out of the software, whether that be to select the best outperforming funds, to extract a fund’s alpha, to create fund fact sheets, to track fund exposures, to build advisory portfolios with low downside risks, to manage a pension fund portfolio or to measure portfolio liquidity.

Our clients include the largest banks, small or large fund of hedge funds, large fund advisory companies and the world’s biggest pension funds.

What makes us unique is that we achieve this with an easy-to-use and logical interface

Here at AlternativeSoft we value our clients and their feedback. This is why we are able to continuously improve our software, and recommend the appropriate licenses and services to fit our clients’ idiosyncratic needs.

Company Timeline

Since our inception in 2005, we have been pleased with our exponential growth and profitability. Through combining our state-of-the-art software with tailored services, we aim to continue our growth in the market by meeting your needs.

2005

Laurent Favre and Stephan Joehri identified an opportunity to add value to the asset selection and portfolio construction industry. Subsequently they founded AlternativeSoft in 2005 and began selling in January of the year. By the end of the year the company employed a team of 3 developers and began building for the future.

2006

In 2006, the revolution had begun and AlternativeSoft was making it’s mark in the asset management arena, particularly among fund of funds. We had sold our software to more than 20 well-known clients, mainly concentrated in Switzerland and the United States. Feedback was positive and feature requests began.

2007

In 2007, we achieved impressive growth by expanding our operations into the United Kingdom and doubling the number of programmers to six persons. As a result, we began operating at a profit, which was uncommon in the technology space.

“We wanted to build a software which adds value into the financial community, saves people time and allows them to focus on the important aspects of their jobs; i.e. adding value in manager selection and portfolio construction. At the same time, we wanted people to enjoy using a product which is easy and fast and have a little bit of fun along the way!”

Laurent Favre, CEO

2008

This was a particularly memorable year for us. We were selected as the software of choice by what was then the largest bank in the United States. In addition, we made significant developments to our software, which surprised our competitors and enabled us to establish ourselves in the market.

2009

Despite the global economic climate, our success continued in 2009 and we were chosen by both the United Kingdoms and United States second largest pension fund. At this point our software was rapidly improving and we programmed our quantitative models using Fortran and Delphi.

2010

In 2010, our clients included the second largest Swiss bank and a large European company. We also committed to undertaking a conversion of our software’s underlying source code, moving to a newer and superior technology composed of C# and the .NET framework, providing us greater flexibility and compatibility advantages.

2011

2011 saw an increase in the number of new models in our development pipeline, a steady growth in new clients, and a rise in the number of employees in our London based Quants team. This put us in a good position going into the new year.

2012

The year brought about further growth for the company as we doubled our Sales team in London and further invested in our software development life cycle, hiring four additional developers, bringing our developer headcount to 14.

2013

We achieved incredible success in 2013, being ranked the number one technology provider for risk management. Indeed, the company’s growth continued with an increase in the number of developer’s to 20 persons, taking the total number of employees in the company to 28. During the year we were pleased to receive support from the largest US pension fund who selected our software to support their investment into Hedge Funds.

2014

In 2014 we endeavour to increase our software offering, database partnerships, our headcount and number of clients.

“Our software is now being used across all continents of the globe. Whilst our client base and regional coverage has expanded, we have maintained our small company, premium product, high quality client service and attention to detail. This is why we stand out from the crowd.”

Vic Kotecha, Head of Sales

2015

In 2015 we hired two new salespeople in London, maintained our developer count, moved into a bigger office, landed the greatest wealth manager in the United States as well as the largest European bank. Approximately 800 billion USD passes through our software to measure risk portfolios. We also won further awards in 2015.

2016

In 2016 we invested heavily in R&D and expanded our London based Quant team accordingly. We continuously solved clients’ idosyncratic needs and our larger sales team has assisted to grow our sales.

We also work with clients to develop custom web solutions based on their needs.

Awards
  • 2015: First place in the ‘Technology Provider for Risk Management’ category of Hedge Funds Review Service Provider Rankings
  • 2015: First place in the ‘Overall Technology Provider’ category of Hedge Funds Review Service Provider Rankings
  • 2014: First place in the ‘Technology Provider for Risk Management’ category of Hedge Funds Review Service Provider Rankings
  • 2013: First place in the ‘Technology Provider for Risk Management’ category of Hedge Funds Review Service Provider Rankings
  • 2013: Winner of UK ‘Technology Risk Provider of the Year’ in the International Hedge Fund Awards
  • 2012: First place in the ‘Technology Provider for Risk Management’ category of Hedge Funds Review Service Provider Rankings
  • 2011: Second place in the ‘Technology Provider’ category of Hedge Funds Review Service Provider Rankings.
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Data Partners
We currently partner with the main hedge fund and mutual fund data providers in order to provide our clients with seamless data feeds which they use within our software. We also work with some of our clients to create customized solutions, data flows and integrations as per their requests. As always, we seek new partners to widen our product and service offering to our varied clients.
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Team

Laurent Favre

Founder and CEO

Laurent founded AlternativeSoft after four years at UBS Wealth Management where he was head of tactical asset allocation. At UBS, he spear-headed and implemented the investment strategies for CHF110 billion of private client assets, CHF30 billion for mutual funds and was involved in the construction of the first CHF6 billion UBS Wealth Management fund of hedge funds.

Laurent is also a co-author of several books on funds of hedge funds and hedge fund asset allocation and is frequently featured in the Journal of Alternative Investments and other trade journals. He is a frequent speaker at conferences on asset allocation with hedge funds and is an associate researcher at EDHEC-RISK and teacher of courses on hedge funds at Madrid University.

He holds a bachelor's degree in economics and an MBA in finance, both from the University of Lausanne and was a professor of economics and mathematics for 2 years in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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Laurent Favre

Laurent Favre

Founder and CEO

Samantha Williams

Senior Sales

Samantha has significant experience working with alternative managers and service providers, and has been selling software for several years, before which she worked in prime brokerage for both Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers.

Samantha holds a BSc in Biochemistry from Royal Holloway and an MSc in International Management from Kings College, University of London.

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Samantha Williams

Samantha Williams

Senior Sales

William Broadway

Senior Sales

William is responsible for developing global sales and raising awareness of the AlternativeSoft brand. He previously worked as a Risk Consultant at a niche recruitment consultancy covering the private banking and asset management sectors.

He holds a Bachelors in Business Economics from the University of Liverpool.

He is a competitive football and rugby player.

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William Broadway

William Broadway

Senior Sales

Ravi Malhotra

Senior Quantitative Analyst

Ravi develops and validates mathematical models, whilst providing quantitative support to clients.

Ravi wrote a thesis on Portfolio Management in the Presence of Stochastic Volatility. During 2006, Ravi collaborated with a professor to develop a bio-mathematical model on the relationship between glucose and insulin levels in the human body.

He holds a BSc in Mathematics and an MSc in Financial Mathematics from King's College, University of London.

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Ravi Malhotra

Ravi Malhotra

Senior Quantitative Analyst

Akshay Lad

Head of Account Management

Akshay joined AlternativeSoft in March 2011. He leads all aspects of client relationships, retention and development. He has been managing client accounts which include large pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, private banks and fund of funds. He provides quantitative supports and training to clients, provides explanations on various risk measures like VaR, omega or bias ratio, portfolio management, Black-Litterman portfolio construction, stepwise regression, hedge funds exposures or stress testing.

He also holds knowledge of and has been associated with projects for systems integration, data integration and fund factsheet automation.

Akshay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Devi Ahilya University, India and an MSc in Banking and Finance from Queen Mary, University of London. He is currently a level 2 candidate for the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation.

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Akshay Lad

Akshay Lad

Head of Account Management

Lili Lin

Quantitative Analyst

Lili is responsible for the validation of quantitative and technical models in AlternativeSoft. His daily responsibilities involve confirming the accuracy and robustness of model calculations, stress testing, and finding solutions to complex mathematical problems which are of importance to real world practitioners who select and build portfolios with funds.
He previously studied at Cass Business School in London for an MSc in Quantitative Finance.
His interests lie in hedge funds, investment management and quantitative finance. He is also a native Chinese speaker.

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Lili Lin

Lili Lin

Quantitative Analyst

Christos Marneras

Client Services Analyst

Christos is responsible for providing quantitative financial and technical support.
He holds MSc in Finance with an emphasis on Hedge Funds and Alternative Investments from Cass Business School and  BSc in Banking and Financial Management from University of Piraeus.

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Christos Marneras

Christos Marneras

Client Services Analyst

Dipesh Polra

Client Services Analyst

Dipesh is responsible for developing and maintaining client relationships.

Prior to AlternativeSoft Dipesh worked as a Financial Consultant within regulatory and risk space, specialising in Dodd-Frank and MiFID, and as Hedge Fund Investment Analyst in IAM. In 2014, he moved to a family office as an Analyst within Fixed Income and Equity team, specialising in relative value investing.

Dipesh has passed IMC exam, holds MSc in Finance from Cass Business School and BSc (1st class Honours) in Financial Economics.

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Dipesh Polra

Dipesh Polra

Client Services Analyst

Feliks Olko

Client Services Analyst

Feliks is responsible for providing quantitative financial and technical support.

Prior to joining AlternativeSoft he had experience in M&A, financial advisory, accounting, and software development. Feliks holds MSc in Banking and International Finance from Cass Business School.

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Feliks Olko

Feliks Olko

Client Services Analyst

Helen Gordon

Sales

Helen is responsible for Business Development of AlternativeSoft's Buy-side Analytics solution, building relationships with Institutional Investors of all sizes globally.
Helen holds a First Class degree in Economics from the University of the West of England, Bristol and has previously worked at IBM within the Global Technology Services division.
Her interests include skiing, horse riding, wakeboarding and travelling.

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Helen Gordon

Helen Gordon

Sales

George Touliatos

Quantitative Model Validator
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George Touliatos

George Touliatos

Quantitative Model Validator

Stephan Joehri

External Strategic Advisor

Prior to this current advisory position, Stephan worked for AlternativeSoft for 6 years, where he served as CTO and built quantitative models. Prior to that and during his academic studies, he worked in the Quantitative Investment Solutions Team of UBS Wealth Management, Zurich, Switzerland, which involved developing an autonomous stock picking strategy and alternative portfolio optimization techniques.

Stephan holds a Master Degree in Computer Science with specialization in Computational Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland. In 2011, he plans to complete his PhD thesis in the area of quantitative finance and alternative investments.

Stephan has also co-authored a book on the subject 'Hedge Funds Selection with Quantitative Criteria' (Elsevier Press 2006).

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Stephan Joehri

Stephan Joehri

External Strategic Advisor

Sagar Amlani IMC

External Strategic Advisor

Sagar worked full-time at AlternativeSoft between August 2010 and to August 2016. He was responsible for the development of new and existing models for the software as well as the full software product lifecycle. He also provided a fresh attitude to operating the growing business as well as quantitative support to our clients in order to find solutions to their needs.

Prior to joining AlternativeSoft, Sagar completed a summer internship at the Financial Times in London where he worked across the Finance, Legal and Company Secretariat departments. He is also an ambassador for the Pearson Diversity Summer Internship programme. Sagar’s interests lie in Portfolio Management, Exposure Analysis & simplifying investment processes with the use of financial technology.

He holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of Nottingham and an MSc in Investment Management from Cass Business School in London. He is also a holder of the IMC and a member of the CFA Society of the UK.

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Sagar Amlani IMC

Sagar Amlani IMC

External Strategic Advisor
Want to join us?
AlternativeSoft offers opportunities for individuals who display a genuine interest in finance.
Our employees possess different levels of financial knowledge when they join the firm, but all share necessary traits such as an analytical ability, the willingness to learn and the drive to succeed.
We offer a steep learning curve, exposure to the world’s largest alternative asset managers and a chance to work at the cutting edge of finance.

We utilize some of the best tools including Microsoft Office, SQL Server, Jira, Confluence, Pipedrive, Windows 10 and more. Employees work with machines enabled with SSD drives, high ram specifications and multiple screens for a productive environment.

Our working environment is dynamic, highly entrepreneurial and fast paced. We continue to seek those individuals who believe they can add value to our analytics and sales teams as well as provide fresh insights to our business.
Sales

We hire in the following positions:

  • sales: cold calling around the world and you live in London
  • quant: graduate from a top UK univerisity and you live in London
Quantitative Analytics
We are seeking graduates and postgraduates who have experience in the financial services sector, possibly with some exposure within a well-known financial software provider or asset management company responsible for dealing with investments into funds. Candidates will typically have a good numerical ability, a keen interest to develop their quantitative skill set and a degree within an analytically challenging discipline. Successful candidates will be involved in building and validating complex financial models, providing quantitative support and training to our clients and constructing presentation quality customized Excel reports for practitioners using our software.

We are seeking an Account Manager. Read the full job specification here.