Cryptocurrency hedge fund Argentium unveils advisory board

Team building

Argentium Digital Asset Management, the London-based cryptocurrency hedge fund founded by ex-JP Morgan and Credit Suisse manager Paul Frost-Smith, has appointed its advisory board.

The five senior advisors are Emi Lorincz (crypto), Andrew Threadgold (risk management), David Long (trading), Jerome Dupuy (volatility), and Martin Bartlam (legal and regulatory).

Lorincz, who is director, business development for Ledger and a board member of the Crypto Valley Association, began her career at Morgan Stanley, before moving to aircraft financing at GE Capital and later to commodity trading at Eni. She also serves on the council of the Bancor Foundation.

Threadgold has some 50 years’ experience in financial markets, covering structuring, trading, financing, collateral management, settlements, systems and risk. His positions have included chief risk officer at Euroclear; CRO, JPMorgan; CRO Americas at RBS; and CRO treasury at Deutsche Bank.

Long has more than 25 years’ experience in cash and derivatives trading, including over 20 years at JPMorgan in London, New  York, Hong Kong and Tokyo. He was most recently head of equities for EMEA at HSBC. He has overseen flow derivatives, electronic trading, CBs, exotics, structured products and financing.

Dupuy – who has some 30 years’ experience in financial markets with special expertise in relative value trading – began his career at Société Générale before moving to JPMorgan to run equity derivatives for the Asia-Pacific region. He later joined Lehman Brothers in Tokyo where he ran volatility trading across Asia Pacific, and also developed the global relative value team at BIP in Paris, an in-house hedge fund later taken over by Dresdner Bank.

Bartlam is a partner and global co-chair of the fintech practice at global law firm DLA Piper. He was previously head of structured products at Calyon, and a member of the debt structuring team of Greenwich Natwest (now RBS).

Argentium CEO Paul Frost-Smith, who launched the firm alongside co-founders Larry Grant, COO, and Marc Deveaux, said the “high calibre” of the advisory board is “testament to the integrity of our product.”

“We have assembled professionals who are experts in the main areas which affect our business, including both crypto sceptics and prophets on our advisory board, to constantly question and challenge us in this fast-paced environment,” he said.

The firm recently unveiled its Argentium Chimera Fund, a systematic multi-strategy cryptocurrency arbitrage fund which combines market neutral arbitrage with long/short and market-making approaches. The strategy begins trading on 1 July.