7orca Asset Management AG
7orca was founded in March 2017 by seven investment experts with a vision. Over the preceding ten years, they had worked together for a leading European investment provider, constructing global currency overlay management, and designing and implementing complex option-based strategies.
While „7“ reflects the number of founding partners, „orca“ stands for overlay, risk, currency and alpha.
By consistently expanding its existing expertise, 7orca’s corporate strategy is to provide excellent service to its clients as one of the best asset managers for currency overlay management and volatility strategies.
We believe in the strength of collective intelligence. The team at 7orca consists of recognised
experts with complementary skill sets. Having worked together as a trusting team for many
years we have an extensive market network.
We combine this with great innovative strength and determination to achieve for our clients’ benefit.
As their partner, we advise them independently and free of conflicts of interest.
Only in this way can we succeed in implementing the best solutions
for the demanding investment goals of our clients.
As CEO, Tindaro Siragusano is responsible for planning and implementing the strategic direction of 7orca. In addition, he heads the Client Office, where all relationship-related activities are bundled. The graduate in business administration with a focus on quantitative methods has over 20 years of experience in quantitative asset management. Before founding 7orca, he held management positions at HypoVereinsbank and Berenberg. At Berenberg, as Global Head of Asset Management, Tindaro Siragusano was most recently responsible for the strategic realignment and successful establishment of the business area.
As Chief Investment Officer, Jasper Duex is responsible for the development and implementation of the investment processes and has overall responsibility for performance and implementation. After graduating with a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance, he gained almost 20 years of experience in quantitative asset management, among others at HypoVereinsbank and HSBC. Most recently, he was head of department for overlay mandates and total return strategies at Berenberg.
As CCO and CRO, Thimo Koch is responsible for Compliance, Risk and Legal. The fully qualified lawyer specialises in investment and supervisory law and looks back on more than 20 years of experience at German financial institutions. Prior to his appointment to the Board of Directors of 7orca, he was Head of Investment Operations at Berenberg Asset Management and responsible for the middle and back office, among other things. Thimo Koch holds an MBA from Cardiff University.
Sven O. Mueller
Head of Relationship Management
Sven O. Mueller and his team are responsible for the management and the establishment of customer relationships. He has more than 20 years of professional experience with strategic oversight of large corporate clients and institutional addresses. Sven O. Mueller worked for renowned financial institutions in Germany and abroad. He worked intensively with the founders of 7orca Asset Management AG in the field of quantitative risk management and investment solutions at Berenberg. He completed his studies in Germany and the USA with a diploma in business administration.
Silke Blum, CAIA
Head of Marketing & PR
As Head of Marketing and PR, Silke Blum is responsible for the company and the product marketing as well as the press activities of 7orca Asset Management AG. Prior to that, she was with Aquila Group where she was in charge of positioning and promoting the group’s investment and structuring services in alternative investments intended for institutional investors. This graduate in business administration has over 10 years of experience in marketing with international asset managers and is a CAIA charterholder.
Holger Bang, CFA
Head of Currency Overlay
As Head of Currency Overlay, Holger Bang has the team responsibility for the overlay solutions of 7orca. He looks back on more than 15 years of professional experience in both currency management and quantitative asset management at German and international financial institutions. Before the foundation of 7orca, he was Head of Overlay at Berenberg. Holger Bang holds a degree in economics and is a CFA charterholder.
André Schneider, CFA, CAIA
Senior Portfolio Manager
André Schneider is Senior Portfolio Manager and co-responsible for the development, implementation and performance of 7orca's currency overlay investment processes. He has more than 10 years of experience in overlay management. Previously, he worked for HSBC and Berenberg. An economics graduate, he is a CFA and CAIA charterholder.
Senior Portfolio Manager
As Senior Portfolio Manager, Vlada Mitrovic is co-responsible for the development, implementation and performance of the currency overlay investment processes. He has over 25 years of experience in the financial industry. He gathered this knowledge in more than 11 years as an equity trader and most recently in more than 13 years at Berenberg as a portfolio manager in quantitative asset management. Vlada Mitrovic holds a degree in banking.
Senior Economic & Quantitative Researcher
Maximilian Kuehl is a Senior Quantitative & Economic Researcher responsible for the development of the currency overlay investment processes. He conducts research on economic FX topics, the results of which he prepares for all internal and external stakeholders. In addition to developing, documenting and implementing risk models, Mr. Kuehl has also designed forecasting models in Warburg Bank's Asset Management department. He holds a Master in Quantitative Finance and a Bachelor in Economics.
As a quantitative researcher, Anton Koshelev is responsible for the development, quantitative support of the currency overlay strategies and the further development of 7orca's algorithmic models. Before joining 7orca, Anton Koshelev studied economics at LMU Munich and worked in the quantitative research department at VTB Group. Anton Koshelev's professional interests include applying modern machine learning techniques to economic and financial challenges.
Tom Pansegrau, CFA
Head of Volatility
Tom Pansegrau is responsible for the management of 7orca’s volatility strategies. He has more than 10 years of professional experience in quantitative asset management and has worked for Robeco, Metzler and Berenberg, among others. Previously, he managed option-based investment solutions as Head of Liquid Alternatives at Berenberg. Tom Pansegrau holds a Master in Finance (Financial Engineering, M.Sc.) from the University of Lausanne and is a CFA Charterholder.
Moritz Stephan is Portfolio Manager, responsible for the management of our volatility strategies. He holds a master’s degree in finance and a bachelor’s degree in international business. Previously, he worked in the Derivatives Product R&D at Eurex, in Cross Asset Research at Commerzbank and in Private Banking at HSBC.
Chief Technology Officer
As Chief Technology Officer, Sebastian Roehr and his team are responsible for the development and operation of all proprietary, in-house developed software solutions as well as externally sourced IT-infrastructure. For more than 15 years Sebastian Roehr has been designing, developing and maintaining individual software. Before that, he worked for 12 years as a software and database developer at Berenberg, where he was entrusted with the development of an FX overlay portfolio management system, among other things.
Head of IT Operations
As Head of IT Operations, Benjamin is responsible for the operation and further development of the internal and external IT infrastructure. He manages all external IT service providers. He has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry and has led the IT department at Berenberg Capital Markets LLC in New York, USA as Local Head of IT for the six years.
Senior Data and Software Engineer
Arne Decknatel is a Senior Data Engineer responsible for building data pipelines as well as maintaining and administering databases at 7orca. He creates data analyses and supports portfolio management in the further development of proprietary trading applications. Arne Decknatel, who holds a degree in financial and business mathematics, has more than 15 years of professional experience in the development, optimisation and automation of investment and risk management processes at renowned financial institutions. Previously, Arne Decknatel worked in Quantitative Research at Berenberg.
Ulrich Janus, PhD
Senior Data and Software Engineer
As Senior Data and Software Engineer, Ulrich Janus, PhD is responsible for optimising and developing the technical processes of 7orca’s proprietary applications. Janus, who holds a doctorate in mathematics, has many years of experience in the financial sector and is responsible for the development of 7orca’s machine learning technology. Previously, he was head of the Quantitative Research Team at Berenberg.
Senior Data and Software Engineer
As a Senior Data Engineer, Timo Kruth is responsible for building data pipelines and maintaining and administering databases. He creates data analyses and supports the portfolio management in the advancement of proprietary trading applications. With a degree in business informatics, he has more than 10 years of experience in the architecture and development of software solutions with a focus on data processing. Previously, Timo Kruth worked in IT systems management at Warburg.
Data and Software Engineer
As Data and Software Engineer, Weiling Sun is responsible for optimising and developing the technical processes of 7orca’s proprietary applications as well as for database maintenance. With a degree in business mathematics, Weiling Sun is an expert in setting up and automating investment and risk management processes and has nearly 12 years of professional experience at renowned financial institutions. Previously, Weiling Sun worked in the Data & Innovation Team at Berenberg.
Head of Operations
Jochen Runze is Head of Operations at 7orca, the first point of contact for all external service providers and responsible for liquidity planning as well as financial and balance sheet accounting. He has nearly 20 years of professional experience at renowned financial institutions. Previously, he was responsible for national and international business management at Berenberg. Jochen Runze holds a degree in banking management (IHK) and has completed further training in banking management at the HfB Frankfurt.
Deputy Head of Operations
As Deputy Head of Operations Matthias Krueger is responsible for the design and the control of the operational processes ensuring 7orca’s services. The business graduate looks back on more than 15 years of professional experience at recognised financial institutions and is an expert in performance and risk measurement. Previously, he was responsible for investment reporting at Berenberg.
Senior Operations Manager
Jennifer Labe supports the Operations department as Senior Operations Manager with a focus on exposure management. Previously, she worked at Berenberg in London, UK, as a trainee and in Hamburg, Germany in the Projects & Operations Financial Markets department. Jennifer Labe studied in Germany and the USA and holds a Master of Science in Finance from the University of Muenster, Germany.
Junior Operations Manager
Anna Rinke is responsible in the Legal & Operations team for the smooth running of 7orca's operational business processes and provides extensive administrative support to the department. She has been working as an assistant in the financial sector since 2018. Most recently, she worked for a renowned investment company and a major family office in London, UK.
Our team combines complementary competencies from the disciplines of portfolio management, quantitative research, risk management, legal, compliance, operations and relationship management.
Quantitative investment processes are the basis of proven, comprehensible investment solutions. A meticulous risk management is also an integral part of such strategies.
Our aim is to become one of the best providers in currency overlay management and short volatility strategies.
As an independent and focused asset manager, we have only one goal: the client’s goal!
7orca’s employees are co-owners of the company and want to apply their knowledge, skills and motivation for the long term. We draw strength from our many years of joint professional experience.
We like best to find solutions together in dialogue and as a team.
Continuous learning and innovation are at the heart of what we do.