Chief Executive at Chenavari
- Can you tell us about the elective on Alternative Investments you co-teach with Richard Bruyère and Jean-Charles Bertrand?
It has now been over 10 years that I enjoy coming back once a year to HEC campus to teach a 3-hour Majeure Finance course, shared with Richard Bruyere (H97) in particular. While I used to focus on technicalities of credit products and securitisation markets, based on conversations with Jacques Olivier, I revisited my course last year to turn it into a more practical sharing of my experience as founder and CEO of an alternative asset management firm (Chenavari Investment Managers www.chenavari.com).
- Many students have the ambition to work in a hedge fund at some point of their career. Do you have any advice for them?
Most hedge funds are nowadays truly institutional asset management companies operating in many countries and subject to several regulators globally. An increasing number of HEC students indeed share the ambition of joining the asset management industry, either in a portfolio management role or either in any of the diversified career opportunities that asset managers can offer to HEC graduates, including business development, operations and risk management.
- You are the head of HEC Paris Alumni UK. Can you tell us more about HEC Paris alumni in London and about the activities of the association?
It has now been two years that I accepted to "chair" the activities of HEC Alumni in the UK. I insist however on the fact that HEC Alumni UK is a pro-bono collective effort, involving a dozen or so of HEC Alumni who each "manage" a specific topics, such as conferences, entrepreneurship pitches, careers seminars, fondation, MBA or young alumni dedicated events... I am sincerely delighted that so many HEC Alumni are interested in devoting some of their (scarce) free time to the activities of our alumni community. This is indeed a key strength of our Alumni network.