Meet The Team

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Gareth Jones

Chairman, Non-Executive Director

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Gareth was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Prytania in 2005.

Gareth’s prior roles include Treasurer for a major US and UK corporate finance institutions Conoco, Redland and Abbey National.

Since 2001, Gareth has served on the boards of a number of public and private companies, principally in the financial services sector.

Gareth is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers, serving as Chairman of the association from 1996 to 1997.

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Eric Felton

Non-Executive Director

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Eric Felton was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in 2019.

For 13 years Eric served as CFO of GCM Grosvenor, one of the world’s largest alternative asset firms. Prior to GCM Grosvenor, Eric was an audit partner at Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen in the financial services sector.

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Mark Hale *

Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer

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Mark has been Chief Investment Officer of Prytania since the firm’s inception in 2003 and Chief Executive Officer since October 2016. Mark has spent over thirty investment years in the financial industry, the last nineteen years investing on the buy-side.

Before joining Prytania, Mark constructed and managed a proprietary credit portfolio of over $1bn at Ansbacher & Co, alongside money market funds, investment grade, high-yield and emerging market funds.

Mark began his career as a financial analyst and economist at the Bank of England and was later responsible for economic and investment strategy at a number of securities houses covering cash and derivative products in debt, equity, foreign exchange and commodity markets.

Mark holds a first class MA in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

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Andrew Burgess *

Senior Portfolio Manager

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Andrew has been the Senior Portfolio Manager at Prytania since 2009.

Prior to this, Andrew was Head of Structured Products at Gulf International Bank in London, where he was responsible for the development of GIBUK’s ABS CDO franchise.

Andrew began his career in commercial banking, underwriting corporate and retail loans, before moving on to commercial property lending.

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John Kouretas, CFA

Senior Investment Analyst

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John is a senior investment analyst at Prytania, specialising in CRE CDOs, TruPS CDOs, CMBS and CLOs. He joined Prytania in 2006, after completing his postgraduate studies.

John received an MEng in Civil Engineering from Democritus University of Thrace (Greece), an MSc in Operational Research from Lancaster University and an MSc in Finance from Imperial College London.

Michael Husemann, CFA

Senior Investment Analyst

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Michael’s investment focus lies on European RMBS and CMBS. Additional investment areas are more esoteric ABS asset classes such as Student and Consumer Loans.

Michael joined Prytania in 2006, after graduating from Imperial College London with an MEng in Chemical Engineering. Michael also holds a Diploma in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge.

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Marcus White

Senior Investment Analyst

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Marcus is a senior CLO analyst at Prytania, and also models and analyses a variety of other structured credit products including SME CLOs and ABS CDOs.

Marcus joined Prytania in 2006 and has a BSc in Psychology from the University of Reading.

Colin Behar, CFA

Senior Investment Analyst

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Colin currently focuses on the European and UK structured finance space: ABS, RMBS, CMBS and SME CLOs. He is also involved in building and maintaining advanced quantitative capabilities to analyse these markets.

Colin joined Prytania in 2013 and holds a BSc. in Applied Mathematics and a Masters in Financial Markets from Paris Dauphine University.

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Ben Wisden

Business Development Consultant

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Ben joined Prytania’s Business Development team in 2018.

Previously, Ben worked for 16 years at JP Morgan including as Head of European Securitised Product Group Sales. Prior to JP Morgan, Ben worked for 10 years at UBS in the loan syndication team and credit sales.

Ben graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA in Modern History.

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Bill Cole

Business Development Consultant

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Bill joined Prytania’s Business Development Team in 2018.

Previously, Bill has spent over 20 years in Capital Markets initially joining JP Morgan after graduating and becoming Managing Director at Rabobank where he was responsible for Sales and Business Development as Head of the UK, Scandinavia/Nordic and Middle Eastern Desk.

Bill holds a Master of Finance from Nottingham University.

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Fahd Basir

Managing Director (US)

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Fahd joined the firm in 2018 and is based in New York City.

Previously, Fahd was a Director at 25 Capital Partners, where he helped launch a mortgage opportunities fund and focused on real estate related investments. Prior to that he was a Senior Vice President at Atlantic Asset Management where he managed a $1.1bn TALF fund investing in distressed consumer ABS.

Fahd’s fourteen years of experience in structured credit also includes various advisory and lending roles at Bank of America and UBS, where he was involved in over $44bn in transactions across a number of asset classes including mortgages, student loans, auto loans and leases, credit cards and other esoteric ABS.

Fahd holds a BA in Economics from Northwestern University, Chicago.

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Julie Lohrmann

Managing Director (US)

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Julie joined Prytania in 2013 and is based in Chicago.

Previously, Julie was a research analyst and a portfolio manager at GCM Grosvenor. Her specialty was credit manager due diligence and constructing credit-centric Fund of Fund portfolios. She was portfolio manager for $5bn in alternative investments including the firm’s only structured credit Fund of Funds product.

Julie has 32 years of finance experience most notably in investment analysis, developing customised investment solutions, capital markets transactions and risk management.

Julie holds an MBA from the Booth School at University of Chicago.

Aura Rivera

Portfolio Analytics and Investor Relations

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Aura joined Prytania in April 2021.

Prior to this, she worked as part of the Asset Management team in a global Executive Search firm. Previously, she worked as an Investment Project Manager at the Mexican Association of Pension Funds.

Aura holds a Master’s degree from King’s College London.

Dr. Michael McAndrew

Senior Developer

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Mike joined Prytania in 2015 to lead the development of new systems for the Front and Middle Office.

Prior to joining, Mike was a Quantitative Application Engineer and work stream leader at the Bank of England where he was responsible for design and implementation of risk analytics for the 2014 Stress Test of the UK banking system. Mike has 15 years’ commercial experience developing front and middle office systems, analytics and risk models within Secured Credit and Fixed Income.

Mike has a PhD in High Energy Physics and a Bsc (Hons) in Physics from the University of Liverpool.

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Gideon Fackrell *

Chief Operating Officer

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Gideon has been Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Prytania since 2009.

Prior to this, Gideon was UK CFO and a member of the UK Executive Committee at AXA Investment Managers from 2003 to 2009, where he was also globally responsible for business and financial reporting for the investment teams across AXA IM.

Gideon qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1997.

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Effie Dracou

Senior Middle Office

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Effie joined Prytania in 2006, with primary responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Middle Office.

Her current role involves performance measurement, analysis and reporting as well as systems and process development to meet the current and future requirements stemming from the instrument coverage, usage of derivatives, market regulation and new services provided by Prytania.

Effie holds a 2:1 Honours BA Degree from the University of Cambridge.

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Derya Kacar

Middle Office

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Derya joined the Middle Office at Prytania in June 2021.

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Tejomon Jose

Systems Administrator

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Tejomon joined Prytania in 2012, as a Systems Administrator, managing IT infrastructure and systems.

Tejomon Holds a BSc in Computer Science and Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Networks from Middlesex University, London. Tejomon certified in MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer), CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) and VCP-DCV (VMware Certified Professional in Datacenter Virtualization)  certifications.