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HedgeGuard team

Never stop learning and do it with passion

2012/2013
2014
2015
2016
2017/2018
2020

2012/2013

  • Released the first versions of the front to middle software
  • Signed and implemented 18 small clients

2014

  • Raised 2.7 MEUR from business angels
  • Opened offices in London

2015

  • Released a cloud ready version of the software
  • Launched a full fledged middle office service
  • Signed the first deals in the UK and Switzerland

2016

  • Raised 4MEUR from a VC and a family office in 2016
  • Opened a new office Beirut
  • Signed the first large clients (AUM > 1bnUSD)

2017/2018

  • Launched our Crypto Offering
  • Signed the first crypto clients

2020

Opened offices in
> Sydney 
> Boston

Why HedgeGuard ?

Our clients at the heart of our process

We have been working for more than 10 years hand in hand with our clients and have grown together. Our customer-centric approach helped us develop a comprehensive portfolio of solutions addressing demanding requirements. Constant interactions between our clients and our middle office team, the latter being our first PMS user, enable us to permanently improve our offering to deliver the best quality of service.

Customer-centric approach
Customer-centric approach

Fund management made easy thanks to our turnkey, configurable and intuitive solution designed by experts for professionals of the finance industry. Customer satisfaction is at the heart of our mission.

Sharing the same DNA
Sharing the same DNA

We have run funds and have in-depth understanding of the challenges. The unique combination of software and services results into a  strategic advantage allowing you to focus on your core activity and added value tasks.

Secure and reliable
Secure and reliable

The assurance of meeting the expectations of a demanding market in terms of risk and compliance, the serenity of being backed by a team of professionals.

A worldwide presence
A worldwide presence

With our offices in Paris, London, Beirut and soon in America and Asia, you can be sure to have a HedgeGuard contact 24 hours a day

Our management team

Chris Titus

Chief Executive Officer

Marwa El Ghali

Chief Operating Officer

Mario Matar

Chief Technical Officer

Jean-Marc Battesti

Head of Product Management

David Fernandes

Head of Business Operations

Azim Fazal Varakhwala

Head of Sales

Sylvie Chevillon

Head of Marketing

Imad Warde

Founder


Our Vision

Long immersed in the world of hedge fund risk management, most recently at Rothschild, I spotted a major chasm in the fund management market. The risk systems available were too complex and inaccessible for both institutional investors and fund managers.

Drive to democratize and simplify fund management compelled me to find a solution. My experience in fund management and coding enabled me to try to change the paradigm and HedgeGuard is the result.

Do what is necessary to answer the needs of our clients, but also dream big and dare to be part of something much larger than us: these are the mantras that inform everything we do and which underpin the ethos and the mission of HedgeGuard.

Imad Wardé, Founder

HedgeGuard Board of Directors

Secure and reliable
Hervé Cuvilliez

Started his career in Paris, by creating his first interactive agency and sold it to DDB Worldwide (Omnicom group) in 1999.
In 2009 he confounded Diwanee a leading digital publisher in the Middle East, sold to Webedia in 2014
Early stage investor since 2010 via Id4 ventures

A worldwide presence
Ziad Asseily

ESSEC business school graduate in Finance and Marketing.
worked for a Private Equity Firm then a strategy consulting firm in Paris for several years before creating the LIZA Lebanese restaurant in Paris (2005) then Beirut (2013).
Co-founded HedgeGuard financial software and acted as the CFO of the company, heading the corporate strategy and financing.
Ziad is CEO of LIZA Restaurants and is actively involved in the F&B, Retail and Real Estate industries.

Customer-centric approach
Joël Pinto

Serial entrepreneur and veteran in investments on both sides of the fence as prop trader and hedge fund manager. Founded and managed many profitable companies including three Hedge funds.

Sharing the same DNA
Imad Warde

Veteran in the world of hedge fund risk management. Co-founded HedgeGuard and has 20+ years experience in investment funds operations and in building portfolio management software.

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Marwa El Ghali, Chief Operating Officer

After receiving my Master’s degree in Computer Science from the American University in Beirut, I started a career in software development at Consolidated Contractors Company, which lasted for 9 years.

 Having amassed a good deal of experience in product evolution, software architecture, and team management, I wanted to try out a different field, and the financial world was an exciting new frontier.

 The first time I stepped into Hedgeguard offices, I knew I’d found the right place. It embodies the principles of cutting-edge technologies and modern-day startups, and its commitment to teamwork, innovation, and delivery ensure product and personal advancement.

Marwa El Ghali, Chief Operating Officer

After receiving my Master’s degree in Computer Science from the American University in Beirut, I started a career in software development at Consolidated Contractors Company, which lasted for 9 years.

 Having amassed a good deal of experience in product evolution, software architecture, and team management, I wanted to try out a different field, and the financial world was an exciting new frontier.

 The first time I stepped into Hedgeguard offices, I knew I’d found the right place. It embodies the principles of cutting-edge technologies and modern-day startups, and its commitment to teamwork, innovation, and delivery ensure product and personal advancement.

Marwa El Ghali, Chief Operating Officer

After receiving my Master’s degree in Computer Science from the American University in Beirut, I started a career in software development at Consolidated Contractors Company, which lasted for 9 years.

 Having amassed a good deal of experience in product evolution, software architecture, and team management, I wanted to try out a different field, and the financial world was an exciting new frontier.

 The first time I stepped into Hedgeguard offices, I knew I’d found the right place. It embodies the principles of cutting-edge technologies and modern-day startups, and its commitment to teamwork, innovation, and delivery ensure product and personal advancement.

Jean-Marc Battesti, Head of Product Management

I am a physicist who embraced the Hedge Fund industry. I used to work as risk manager and consultant for capital markets and asset management. Curiosity is my main driver, as well as the pleasure of achieving and working in team.

I am in charge of product management making the link between the client’s needs to the development team: we collect the needs, define the priorities, and translate them into functional tasks before handing them to the development team who will turn them into new software functionalities.

I enjoy working with the HedgeGuard team who is multicultural and based in different time zones; I know Imad for more than ten years and I share his views on the opportunities that come our way.

Marwa El Ghali, Chief Operating Officer

After receiving my Master’s degree in Computer Science from the American University in Beirut, I started a career in software development at Consolidated Contractors Company, which lasted for 9 years.

 Having amassed a good deal of experience in product evolution, software architecture, and team management, I wanted to try out a different field, and the financial world was an exciting new frontier.

 The first time I stepped into Hedgeguard offices, I knew I’d found the right place. It embodies the principles of cutting-edge technologies and modern-day startups, and its commitment to teamwork, innovation, and delivery ensure product and personal advancement.

Jean-Marc Battesti, Head of Product Management

I am a physicist who embraced the Hedge Fund industry. I used to work as risk manager and consultant for capital markets and asset management. Curiosity is my main driver, as well as the pleasure of achieving and working in team.

I am in charge of product management making the link between the client’s needs to the development team: we collect the needs, define the priorities, and translate them into functional tasks before handing them to the development team who will turn them into new software functionalities.

I enjoy working with the HedgeGuard team who is multicultural and based in different time zones; I know Imad for more than ten years and I share his views on the opportunities that come our way.

David Fernandes, Head of Business Operations

I started my career as a Back-Middle Officer at CCI Finance, where I developed skills in the market settlement chain and in the production of performance and risk reports.
I sought an opportunity to work with people invested with a real sense of purpose and enterprise. I joined HedgeGuard as a Middle Officer. Now, as manager I focus on process optimisation through automation.
Continuous improvement is my leitmotiv. No matter what you’re getting yourself into, the most important thing is to do it with purpose.

Team spirit is fundamental to me. At HedgeGuard, we operate as one team, together with clients, partners & the market. This ethos bleeds into my life outside HedgeGuard& may explain my passion for sports.

Marwa El Ghali, Chief Operating Officer

After receiving my Master’s degree in Computer Science from the American University in Beirut, I started a career in software development at Consolidated Contractors Company, which lasted for 9 years.

 Having amassed a good deal of experience in product evolution, software architecture, and team management, I wanted to try out a different field, and the financial world was an exciting new frontier.

 The first time I stepped into Hedgeguard offices, I knew I’d found the right place. It embodies the principles of cutting-edge technologies and modern-day startups, and its commitment to teamwork, innovation, and delivery ensure product and personal advancement.

Jean-Marc Battesti, Head of Product Management

I am a physicist who embraced the Hedge Fund industry. I used to work as risk manager and consultant for capital markets and asset management. Curiosity is my main driver, as well as the pleasure of achieving and working in team.

I am in charge of product management making the link between the client’s needs to the development team: we collect the needs, define the priorities, and translate them into functional tasks before handing them to the development team who will turn them into new software functionalities.

I enjoy working with the HedgeGuard team who is multicultural and based in different time zones; I know Imad for more than ten years and I share his views on the opportunities that come our way.

David Fernandes, Head of Business Operations

I started my career as a Back-Middle Officer at CCI Finance, where I developed skills in the market settlement chain and in the production of performance and risk reports.
I sought an opportunity to work with people invested with a real sense of purpose and enterprise. I joined HedgeGuard as a Middle Officer. Now, as manager I focus on process optimisation through automation.
Continuous improvement is my leitmotiv. No matter what you’re getting yourself into, the most important thing is to do it with purpose.

Team spirit is fundamental to me. At HedgeGuard, we operate as one team, together with clients, partners & the market. This ethos bleeds into my life outside HedgeGuard& may explain my passion for sports.

Azim Fazal Varakhwala, Head of Sales

I have been supporting funds since 2010, first at brokerage firms (Crédit Agricole Cheuvreux, Bloomberg Tradebook) and since 2014 at HedgeGuard.

With a master’s degree in Financial Market Operations and experience in both the Sell-side and Buy-side, I understandthe full scope of the operational process and the entire eco-system relationships of our clients.

I am currently developing HedgeGuard’s brand and portfolio of clients across Europe as well as being responsible for pre-sales. Prior to that, I joined HedgeGuard to structure and help in the development of the middle office outsourcing service. Over the years, I have been involved in various projects such as implementation project management, training or functional support.

The dynamism and the entrepreneurial side of a human-size company were some of the main reasons I decided to be part of HedgeGuard’s adventure.

Marwa El Ghali, Chief Operating Officer

After receiving my Master’s degree in Computer Science from the American University in Beirut, I started a career in software development at Consolidated Contractors Company, which lasted for 9 years.

 Having amassed a good deal of experience in product evolution, software architecture, and team management, I wanted to try out a different field, and the financial world was an exciting new frontier.

 The first time I stepped into Hedgeguard offices, I knew I’d found the right place. It embodies the principles of cutting-edge technologies and modern-day startups, and its commitment to teamwork, innovation, and delivery ensure product and personal advancement.

Jean-Marc Battesti, Head of Product Management

I am a physicist who embraced the Hedge Fund industry. I used to work as risk manager and consultant for capital markets and asset management. Curiosity is my main driver, as well as the pleasure of achieving and working in team.

I am in charge of product management making the link between the client’s needs to the development team: we collect the needs, define the priorities, and translate them into functional tasks before handing them to the development team who will turn them into new software functionalities.

I enjoy working with the HedgeGuard team who is multicultural and based in different time zones; I know Imad for more than ten years and I share his views on the opportunities that come our way.

David Fernandes, Head of Business Operations

I started my career as a Back-Middle Officer at CCI Finance, where I developed skills in the market settlement chain and in the production of performance and risk reports.
I sought an opportunity to work with people invested with a real sense of purpose and enterprise. I joined HedgeGuard as a Middle Officer. Now, as manager I focus on process optimisation through automation.
Continuous improvement is my leitmotiv. No matter what you’re getting yourself into, the most important thing is to do it with purpose.

Team spirit is fundamental to me. At HedgeGuard, we operate as one team, together with clients, partners & the market. This ethos bleeds into my life outside HedgeGuard& may explain my passion for sports.

Azim Fazal Varakhwala, Head of Sales

I have been supporting funds since 2010, first at brokerage firms (Crédit Agricole Cheuvreux, Bloomberg Tradebook) and since 2014 at HedgeGuard.

With a master’s degree in Financial Market Operations and experience in both the Sell-side and Buy-side, I understandthe full scope of the operational process and the entire eco-system relationships of our clients.

I am currently developing HedgeGuard’s brand and portfolio of clients across Europe as well as being responsible for pre-sales. Prior to that, I joined HedgeGuard to structure and help in the development of the middle office outsourcing service. Over the years, I have been involved in various projects such as implementation project management, training or functional support.

The dynamism and the entrepreneurial side of a human-size company were some of the main reasons I decided to be part of HedgeGuard’s adventure.

Marwa El Ghali, Chief Operating Officer

After receiving my Master’s degree in Computer Science from the American University in Beirut, I started a career in software development at Consolidated Contractors Company, which lasted for 9 years.

 Having amassed a good deal of experience in product evolution, software architecture, and team management, I wanted to try out a different field, and the financial world was an exciting new frontier.

 The first time I stepped into Hedgeguard offices, I knew I’d found the right place. It embodies the principles of cutting-edge technologies and modern-day startups, and its commitment to teamwork, innovation, and delivery ensure product and personal advancement.

Jean-Marc Battesti, Head of Product Management

I am a physicist who embraced the Hedge Fund industry. I used to work as risk manager and consultant for capital markets and asset management. Curiosity is my main driver, as well as the pleasure of achieving and working in team.

I am in charge of product management making the link between the client’s needs to the development team: we collect the needs, define the priorities, and translate them into functional tasks before handing them to the development team who will turn them into new software functionalities.

I enjoy working with the HedgeGuard team who is multicultural and based in different time zones; I know Imad for more than ten years and I share his views on the opportunities that come our way.

David Fernandes, Head of Business Operations

I started my career as a Back-Middle Officer at CCI Finance, where I developed skills in the market settlement chain and in the production of performance and risk reports.
I sought an opportunity to work with people invested with a real sense of purpose and enterprise. I joined HedgeGuard as a Middle Officer. Now, as manager I focus on process optimisation through automation.
Continuous improvement is my leitmotiv. No matter what you’re getting yourself into, the most important thing is to do it with purpose.

Team spirit is fundamental to me. At HedgeGuard, we operate as one team, together with clients, partners & the market. This ethos bleeds into my life outside HedgeGuard& may explain my passion for sports.

Azim Fazal Varakhwala, Head of Sales

I have been supporting funds since 2010, first at brokerage firms (Crédit Agricole Cheuvreux, Bloomberg Tradebook) and since 2014 at HedgeGuard.

With a master’s degree in Financial Market Operations and experience in both the Sell-side and Buy-side, I understandthe full scope of the operational process and the entire eco-system relationships of our clients.

I am currently developing HedgeGuard’s brand and portfolio of clients across Europe as well as being responsible for pre-sales. Prior to that, I joined HedgeGuard to structure and help in the development of the middle office outsourcing service. Over the years, I have been involved in various projects such as implementation project management, training or functional support.

The dynamism and the entrepreneurial side of a human-size company were some of the main reasons I decided to be part of HedgeGuard’s adventure.

Imad Warde, Founder

Long immersed in the world of hedge fund risk management, most recently at Rothschild, I spotted a major chasm in the fund management market. The risk systems available were too complex and inaccessible for both institutional investors and fund managers.

Drive to democratize and simplify fund management compelled me to find a solution. My experience in fund management and coding enabled me to try to change the paradigm and HedgeGuard is the result.

Do what is necessary to answer the needs of our clients, but also dream big and dare to be part of something much larger than us: these are the mantras that inform everything we do and which underpin the ethos and the mission of HedgeGuard.

Meditation enables me to see the bigger picture. It brings the focus & energy needed to create technology & Middle Office that truly levels the playing field in the world of hedge fund management.

“As stars shine in darkness, so do human beings. It is from the womb of difficulties and hardships that teams with great cultures are born.”