Our Team

Meet the Team.

Interdisciplinary team with big ideas and challenges.

Laurent Favre

CEO / Founder

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 $110bn of private client assets, including $30bn in Mutual Funds and also was involved in the construction of the first $6bbn UBS Wealth Management Fund of Hedge Funds. 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. His interests include skiing, sports and happy clients.

Ravi Malhotra

Head of Quantitative Analytics

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". He holds a BSc in Mathematics and an MSc in Financial Mathematics from King's College, University of London. His interests include technology, gaming, food and bhangra.

Akshay Lad (CAIA)

Head of Client Services

Akshay joined AlternativeSoft in 2011. He provides quantitative support and training to clients and leads all aspects of client relationships, retention and development. Akshay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Devi Ahilya University, India and a MSc in Banking and Finance from Queen Mary, University of London. His interests include Squash, Badminton and Travelling.

Dominique Castagna

Head of Sales

Prior to Joining AlternativeSoft, Dominique was Director of Equity and Trading Services for IHS MARKIT, Instinet, and spent 7 years at Factset. Dominique is fluent in French and holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature, politics and civilisation from the university of Pau in France. His interests include skiing and Rugby and Derivatives trading.

Scott Fauver

Head of Americas / Senior Vice President

Scott joined AlternativeSoft to open the New York office. He has over 25 years’ experience in banking selling Institutional Equities and more recently as a Placement Agent for Alternative Funds. He has worked at UBS, Mitsubishi UFJ, Robert Fleming and Baring Securities in NY, London and Tokyo. He holds an MBA from Duke University and a BA from University of Vermont. When not working, Scott can be found cycling or boating.

Dipesh Polra

Senior Associate

Dipesh is responsible for developing and maintaining client relationships. Prior to AlternativeSoft Dipesh worked as a Financial Consultant within the regulatory and risk space specialising in Dodd-Frank and MiFID, and as a Hedge Fund Investment Analyst at IAM. In 2014 he moved to a family office as an Analyst within their Fixed Income and Equity team, specialising in relative value investing. Dipesh holds the IMC, and a MSc in Finance from Cass Business School along with a BSc (1st class Honours) in Financial Economics. Dipesh is currently studying for CFA level 3. His interests include football, rock climbing, travelling and has recently started playing the piano.

Michael Melluso

Quantitative Analyst

Michael develops and validates quantitative financial models for based on client feedback and requests. He wrote his thesis using empirical methods in financial research to provide inflation hedging with a weighted basked of currencies. He holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc(Econ) in Finance & Investment Management from the University of Aberdeen. Michael joined the team in June from Winton Capital's research centre in Oxford.

Dr Pavlo Yatsyna, PhD

Quantitative Model Validator

Pavlo is responsible for developing and validating mathematical models and has spearheaded the development of AlternativeSoft’s Private Equity Module. Pavlo, in his Bachelor's thesis, studied inflations expectations. He holds BA (Hons) in Financial Management, MSc in Pure Mathematics, and PhD in Mathematics from Royal Holloway, University of London. Previously, Pavlo was a Leibniz Fellow in Mathematical Research Institute of Oberwolfach, Germany.

Alex Roper

Business Development

Alex is responsible for Business Development and Client Relationships at AlternativeSoft. Prior to joining AlternativeSoft, Alex worked at HFM Week and BMI Research in both a Sales and Account Management capacity. He is fluent in French and Spanish and holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the University of Birmingham. His interests include travelling, technology and sports.

Alex Winstone

Business Development

Alex is responsible for Business Development at AlternativeSoft. Prior to joining Alternative Soft Alex worked for a discretionary wealth management firm with $89billion in AUM. Alex holds a bachelor's degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Exeter. His interests include travelling, skiing, cooking and craft beer.

James Flaskett

Business Development

James is responsible for Business Development and has proven to be a dynamic member of the team since joining in 2018. He previously gained extensive sales experience during his time at BMI research and Fitch Solutions, and has a BSc in Biomedical Science. His interests include Science and Technology, and he is also a licenced skipper.

Mitesh Gohil

Head of UX & Digital Marketing

Mitesh is responsible for the user experience and design of all AlternativeSoft products. He studied Multimedia Technology and Design at Brunel University and graduated in 2009. Mitesh has worked with high profile clients for the past 10 years. His hobbies include playing football, gaming, gadgets and travelling. He lives by the famous quote by Albert Einstien "Creativity is contagious, pass it on".

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