Amia Capital Hires Two As Launch Of $500M Global Macro Fund Nears

Feb 27 2017 | 7:10pm ET

Antoine Estier’s new hedge fund Amia Capital has added two more executives to its growing roster, naming former BlueCrest risk officer Ronan Cantwell as CRO and former BTG Pactual European treasury head Neila Sula as head of treasury.

Estier, who was chief investment officer at BTG Pactual's GEMM global macro fund until last year, founded Amia along with former colleagues Alex Garrard, Marat Djafarov and Igor Hordiyevych. The discretionary global macro fund now employs 12 ex-BTG executives out of a total of 20, according to a Reuters article citing an unidentified source familiar with the matter. Ex-BTG Pactual executives COO Neil Sadler and investor relations manager Petia Hall both joined the new fund last November.

Estier joined BTG Pactual from UBS in 2009 and quickly made a mark, co-managing GEMM to an annualized return of 15% from inception in 2008 through last year. 

BTG Pactual bled both assets and portfolio managers following the arrest of CEO Andre Esteves for corruption in November 2015. He was freed the following April, but AUM plummeted and key executives, such as Estier, moved on.

Amia Capital is based in London and is expected to launch by June with $500 million.

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