AlternativeSoft - The Company: Founded in 2005, the company first sold software in January of the year. At that time, the company was run by Laurent Favre and Stephan Joehri, along with a team of 3 developers. By 2006, we sold to more than 20 clients, mainly concentrated in Switzerland and the US. In 2007, we expanded our operation in the UK, doubled our headcount of programmers and were profitable. In 2008, the largest US bank selected our software. In 2009, the success continues as the second largest UK pension fund and the second largest US pension fund selected our software. In 2010, the company's growth continued and the second largest Swiss bank and the largest European company selected our software. In 2012, we doubled our sales team in our Canary Wharf office, UK and added four new developers. In 2013, we sold to the largest US pension fund.

AlternativeSoft - Software Platform: We are the leader in software solutions for (i) portfolio construction with funds, (ii) ETFs, mutual funds, hedge funds and fund of hedge funds selection. Our platform is linked to all hedge funds' databases, Bloomberg, Morningstar Long Only, Lyxor, and Albourne. Some of our databases are updated daily. This is due to the web interface we have created between our software platform and all the hedge fund databases. Our users are rapidly able to build a portfolio with low downside risks using ETFs, mutual funds, futures, hedge funds and fund of fund. The process can be done with ease.

AlternativeSoft - Industry Awards:
- 2013: First place in the 'Technology Provider for Risk Management' category of Hedge Funds Review Service Provider Rankings.
- 2013: Winner of UK 'Technology Risk Provider of the Year' in the International Hedge Fund Awards.
- 2012: First place in the 'Technology Provider for Risk Management' category of Hedge Funds Review Service Provider Rankings.
- 2011: Second place in the 'Technology Provider' category of Hedge Funds Review Service Provider Rankings.

AlternativeSoft - Our Models: We stay at the top of the research in finance since our foundation. We contribute to academic research by publishing articles on hedge funds and produce quantitative analysis in top finance journals. Our clients invest in our software platform knowing that they can take financial decisions which are supported by solid scientific models, therefore adding value to their clients in the long run. This allows them to build and maintain a robust investment process.

AlternativeSoft - Our Client Support: Our global clients benefit from not only purchasing a software platform, they also benefit from our major software updates every 10 months with new models, with quantitative answers and IT support based in London. Our clients recognise us as an efficient and responsive software company.

Laurent Favre, Founder, CEO & Partner
Laurent founded AlternativeSoft after four years at UBS Wealth Management where he was head of tactical asset allocation. At UBS, he spear-headed and implemented the investment strategies for CHF110 billion of private client assets, CHF30 billion for mutual funds and was involved in the construction of the first CHF6 billion UBS Wealth Management fund of hedge funds.

Laurent is also a co-author of several books on funds of hedge funds and hedge fund asset allocation and is frequently featured in the Journal of Alternative Investments and other trade journals. He is a frequent speaker at conferences on asset allocation with hedge funds and is an associate researcher at EDHEC-RISK and teacher of courses on hedge funds at Madrid University.

He holds a bachelor's degree in economics and an MBA in finance, both from the University of Lausanne and was a professor of economics and mathematics for 2 years in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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Vic Kotecha, Head of Sales
Vic is responsible for developing sales in the UK, Guernsey, Jersey, Italy, Spain and Middle East.

Prior to joining AlternativeSoft, he worked for Citigroup as Sales Manager for an electronic commerce platform, dedicated to Central Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Whilst at Citigroup, from 2004 to 2006, he was responsible for the growth of new business and implementing strategic initiatives in terms of sales and marketing. From 2001 to 2004, Vic worked at Bloomberg in the sales department covering major institutions in London.

He holds a bachelors degree in Electronic Engineering and a Masters in Risk Management.

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Atishma Vashisth, Sales & Business Development
Atishma is responsible for developing sales for AlternativeSoft.

Prior to joining AlternativeSoft, she worked in Private Equity at Pricewaterhouse Coopers and as a Finance Analyst in Global Credit trading and Equities at Deutsche Bank. Atishma’s interests lie in quantitative investment management techniques, portfolio construction and analysis.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance, and an MSc in Economics and Finance from the University of Bristol. Her dissertation topic was "Estimating the cost of Equity using ex-ante and ex-post models". She is also a CFA level II candidate.

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Ravi Malhotra, Senior Quantitative Analyst

Ravi develops and validates mathematical models, whilst providing quantitative support to clients.

Ravi wrote a thesis on "Portfolio Management in the Presence of Stochastic Volatility".  During 2006, Ravi collaborated with a professor to develop a bio-mathematical model on the relationship between glucose and insulin levels in the human body.

He holds a BSc in Mathematics and an MSc in Financial Mathematics from King's College, University of London. 

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Dr Krishna Nehra, Senior Quantitative Analyst

Krishna is responsible for developing and validating cutting edge quantitative models for AlternativeSoft.

Krishna holds a BSc in Electronics, Mathematics and Computer Science and an MSc in Electronics from the Banasthali University in India. She also holds an MTech in Information and Communication Technology from the DhiruBhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology in India.

Krishna wrote a thesis on "Cross-layer Design in Cognitive Radio Systems" as part of her PhD at the Centre for Telecommunications Research at King's College, University of London.

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Sagar Amlani IMC, Senior Associate
Sagar is responsible for the production and development of models for the software, as well as providing a fresh attitude to daily business developments. He also provides quantitative support to clients and finds solutions to their needs.

Prior to joining AlternativeSoft, Sagar completed a summer internship at the Financial Times in London where he worked across the Finance, Legal and Company Secretariat departments. He is now an ambassador for the Pearson Diversity Summer Internship programme. Sagar’s interests lie in modern portfolio theory, hedge fund and mutual fund selection and the regulatory environment.

He holds a BSc (Hons) Economics from the University of Nottingham and an MSc in Investment Management from Cass Business School in London. He is also a holder of the IMC and a member of the CFA Society of the UK. He is currently a CFA Level II candidate.

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Akshay Lad, Account Manager
Akshay is responsible for providing clients with technical support and dealing with their general queries about the use of AlternativeSoft.

Akshay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Devi Ahilya University in India and an MSc in Banking and Finance from Queen Mary University of London.

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Stephan Joehri, Strategic Advisor
Prior to this current advisory position, Stephan worked for AlternativeSoft for 6 years, where he served as CTO and built quantitative models.  Prior to that and during his academic studies, he worked in the Quantitative Investment Solutions Team of UBS Wealth Management, Zurich, Switzerland, which involved developing an autonomous stock picking strategy and alternative portfolio optimization techniques.

Stephan holds a Master Degree in Computer Science with specialization in Computational Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland. In 2011, he plans to complete his PhD thesis in the area of quantitative finance and alternative investments.

Stephan has also co-authored a book on the subject 'Hedge Funds Selection with Quantitative Criteria' (Elsevier Press 2006).

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AlternativeSoft offers opportunities for individuals who display a genuine interest in finance. Our employees possess different levels of financial knowledge when they join the firm, but all share necessary traits such as an analytical ability, the willingness to learn and the drive to succeed. We offer a steep learning curve, exposure to the world's largest alternative asset managers and a chance to work at the cutting edge of finance. Our working environment is dynamic, highly entrepreneurial and fast paced. We continue to seek those individuals who believe they can add value to our analytics and sales teams as well as provide fresh insights to our business.

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