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Gilles Marchesin

Principal, Chief Executive Officer

Gilles Marchesin Principal, Chief Executive OfficerGilles is the founder and CEO of Chorus Capital and has 20 years of experience in the credit markets, including 15 years covering the banking sector in France and Belgium on both the public and the private side. Prior to founding Chorus Capital, he was at Goldman Sachs International from 1999 where he was a key contributor in building the firm’s franchise in credit derivatives-based transactions, notably in bank regulatory capital and long-term secured funding. He executed his first bank balance sheet transaction in 2001.

From 1997 to 1999, Gilles was employed at Swiss Bank Corporation/UBS in London, to help develop their credit derivatives franchise, covering primarily banks. Prior to that, Gilles was a credit analyst at Banque Paribas in Toronto from 1995 to 1997, covering several industries including banks. He left Goldman Sachs in the spring of 2011 to develop Chorus Capital.

Gilles holds an engineering degree from Ecole des Mines de Paris with a Major in Project Management and Product Development.

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Kaikobad Kakalia

Principal, Chief Investment Officer

Kaikobad Kakalia Principal, Chief Investment OfficerKaiko joined Chorus at the beginning of 2014, from the Royal Bank of Scotland where most recently he worked as a Managing Director in the Financial Institutions Group. Prior to that, from 2006 to 2012 Kaiko ran a structured finance team within Treasury, which originated, structured and executed more than 20 risk transfer transactions on behalf of ABN AMRO and RBS. His team managed more than £100 billion in assets, across these transactions, on behalf of several large institutional investors.

Kaiko has over 22 years of financial markets experience, having worked in London, New York and Hong Kong, in a variety of areas including institutional equity sales (East Asia), structured finance origination, Credit Portfolio Management, Treasury and most recently Financial Institutions. He was one of the founding members of ABN AMRO’s Portfolio Management Group in 2001, and RBS’ Investment Bank (GBM) Treasury in 2008.

Kaiko holds a MBA from the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi Pakistan.

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Thomas Claracq

Chief Risk Officer

Thomas Claracq Chief Risk OfficerThomas joined Chorus in November 2011 and has 18 years’ experience in structuring, pricing and risk management of complex securitisation and credit derivatives transactions. He previously managed credit structuring at Nomura for institutions in France, Belgium and Luxembourg.

From 2005 to 2008, Thomas was responsible for credit and alternative derivatives marketing to France, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg at ABN Amro and was in particular involved in the structuring and marketing of ABN Amro’s program of securitisation of their corporate credit exposures and risk management of these. Previously, he worked in the Integrated Credit Trading department of Deutsche Bank from 2003 to 2005 and in the securitisation and CDO groups at Bear Stearns from 1997 to 2003.

Thomas holds an engineering degree from Ecole Nationale Superieure de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace in Toulouse (France).

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Neil Wilson

Senior Portfolio Manager

Neil Wilson Senior Portfolio ManagerNeil joined Chorus Capital in Q1 2015 and has 27 years’ international banking experience. Over the past 15 years his focus has been on risk asset distribution, regulatory capital and securitisation.

He joined Chorus from Royal Bank of Scotland’s large corporate division where he was responsible for asset enablement, distribution and risk mitigation. Pre-merger, Neil was responsible at ABN Amro for executing junior and first loss-risk transfer transactions. Prior to that, Neil structured and executed cash and synthetic Collateralised Loan Obligations (CLO) for ABN Amro and Nomura and developed a portfolio optimisation application for regulatory capital CLOs. Neil was a senior member of the original CLO management team at Mizuho (acquired by 3i Debt Management). Neil began his career in credit risk operations, developing risk capture systems and data warehousing solutions.

Neil holds the Securities and Investment Institute Level 3 certificate in Investments (Securities & Financial Derivatives).

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Giorgio Gallo

Portfolio Manager and Credit Analyst

Giorgio Gallo Portfolio Manager and Credit AnalystGiorgio joined Chorus Capital in September 2011 as a credit analyst. He previously worked for Legal & General Investment Management (“LGIM”) as a credit and fixed income analyst for two years, supporting the active fixed income fund managers in running a variety of credit funds and generating ideas across bonds and credit derivatives.

He also held a portfolio management role within the Structured Credit Team. Prior to joining LGIM, Giorgio worked at Lehman Brothers for one year as a credit strategist, where he generated bottom-up, sector-based trade ideas and strategies, and published research articles on global themes.

Giorgio holds a BSc in Economics from Bocconi University (Milan) and an MSc in Finance from the London School of Economics where he developed a pricing model for bank contingent capital instruments.

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Enrico Longato, CFA

Credit Analyst

Enrico Longato, CFA Credit AnalystEnrico joined Chorus Capital in April 2012. He previously worked for two years at JP Morgan in London, as a credit analyst covering pan-European banks.

Part of a team ranked 4th in the 2012 Institutional Investor survey, Enrico was the lead analyst for Italian, Scandinavian and French banks and published a number of research notes on the sector. He also conducted analysis of the sector’s new regulatory framework (e.g. Basel III, CRD4, ICB). Prior to joining JP Morgan, Enrico was in Equity Research at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, developing valuation models and analysing individual banks (Italy and CEE), and then at Stamford Associates carrying out due diligence on equity portfolios.

Enrico holds a BSc in Economics from Bocconi University (Milan) and an MSc in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics.

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Xiao (Alex) Ma, CFA

Credit Analyst

Xiao (Alex) Ma, CFA Credit AnalystAlex Ma joined Chorus Capital in June 2015 as a credit analyst whilst completing his MBA at the Said Business School, University of Oxford as a Said Foundation scholar.

Prior to his MBA, Alex was an Investment Banking Associate for United Overseas Bank (UOB) in Singapore, one of the largest financial institutions in Southeast Asia, covering Southeast Asia and Greater China Debt Capital Markets origination and execution. At UOB, Alex worked on more than 25 transactions with a total deal size in excess of $20bn, including a $3.5bn syndicated loan for Sinopec and a $6bn M&A bridger for CNOOC’s acquisition of Nexen (FinanceAsia 2013 Deal of the Year). In 2012, Alex was a Summer Associate at Guoyuan Equity Investment, a Chinese Private Equity firm.

Alex holds a Bachelor of Science (Quantitative Finance) with First Class Honours and Bachelor of Business Administration from National University of Singapore.

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Alex O’Gorman, CFA

Portfolio Analyst

Alex O’Gorman- Portfolio Analyst Alex O’Gorman joined Chorus Capital in January 2017 as a Portfolio Analyst. He previously worked for BlueBay Asset Management (BlueBay), in a number of roles over a period of 4 years.

Alex’s functions at BlueBay included asset pricing, establishing a new pricing desk in the US satellite office, and managing investment operations process improvements. Prior to joining BlueBay, Alex spent nearly 5 years at S&P Capital IQ as a valuations analyst. Alex covered global (ex-US) corporate and government bonds, and achieved CFA charter holder status during this time.

Alex holds a BSc (Hons) in Management Science from Loughborough University (UK), the Investment Management Certificate, and is a CFA charterholder

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Sundeep Hothi

Analyst

Sundeep Hothi - Analyst Sundeep joined Chorus Capital in October 2016 as an Analyst. He previously interned at Intermediate Capital Group (“ICG”) as part of the Graduate Internship program for over a year.

At ICG, Sundeep was a member of the Alternative Credit team, where he focused on the analysis of structured credit transactions including arbitrage Collateralised Loan Obligations and synthetic Collateralised Debt Obligations. He also worked towards developing credit valuation models and integrating IT infrastructure into the investment process.

Sundeep holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Warwick

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Frédéric Berthier

Chief Operating Officer

Frédéric Berthier Chief Operating OfficerFrédéric joined Chorus Capital in October 2015 as Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Executive Committee. Frédéric has over 20 years’ experience in Finance and Operations acquired with pan-European Fund Managers as well as large high profile Financial Services firms. He joined Chorus Capital from Cyan Oak Capital, an alternative investment manager where he was Chief Finance and Operating Officer.

Previously, Frédéric was a Co-Founder and Managing Director of The Fairsky Group, a Swiss and London-based group advising funds and investors regarding alternative strategies. Prior to that, he was Chief Financial Officer and Compliance Officer of ESO Capital Group, a European Private Debt investment manager. Previously, he worked for 8 years at CarVal Investors, as European Operations Manager and Investment Controller. He also served as Financial Controller at Lehman Brothers and he started his career as Audit Manager in the Financial Services Department of Ernst & Young.

Frédéric holds a Master’s in Business Management from EDHEC Business School and is a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA/CGMA).

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John Hudson

Finance and Operations Director

John Hudson- Finanace and Operations Director John joined Chorus Capital in July 2017 as Finance and Operations Director. Prior to joining Chorus Capital John spent four years working in the Finance department of Coller Capital, a London based Private Equity firm. John has also previously held Finance roles at BlackRock, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Kiwi Property Group and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Originally from New Zealand, John is a Chartered Accountant (CA ANZ) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury.
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Caterina Gotti

Head of Investor relations

Caterina Gotti - Head of Investor relations Caterina joined Chorus Capital in January 2017 as Head of Investor Relations. Previously, she spent 5 years as Vice President within the Capital Formation Group at Fortress Investment Group, where she raised funds for the firm’s Credit, Private Equity and Hedge Fund businesses and maintained relationships with institutional investors across Europe and Asia.

Prior to Fortress, Caterina worked as an analyst at Cambridge Associates, recommending investment managers across traditional and alternative asset classes and looking after the portfolios of institutional clients including charities, sovereign wealth funds and family offices from the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

Caterina holds a BSc in International Relations and History from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Lina Grancharova

Office Manager

Lina Grancharova Office ManagerLina joined Chorus Capital as Office Manager in April 2016. Lina brings over 10 years of experience in office management and administration, including more than 6 years of human resources experience in public and private sector institutions. Prior to joining Chorus Capital, Lina worked as Office Manager and PA to the CEO at Inspired Asset Management and was responsible for organizing office operations and procedures. Her earlier career was in human resources, followed by four years working for Blavo&Co Solicitors, one of the largest mental health law firms in the UK.

Lina holds a BSc in Human Resources Management from the University of Bedfordshire.