Our Management team

Our Management team

Laven Partners – founded by Jerome Lussan. Our team today is comprised of experienced subject matter experts in regulatory compliance and operational due diligence:

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Jerome Lussan – CEO, Laven Group

Jerome is the CEO and founder of Laven Partners. He is a regulatory compliance and asset management operations expert, with experience across a variety of asset classes from liquid to illiquid strategies. Jerome is also the driving force behind Laven Partners’ pioneering software products which are designed to streamline compliance and due diligence workflows. Prior to founding Laven Partners, Jerome was the COO of an FX hedge fund, and prior to that an M&A and banking lawyer at Jones Day. He is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales and of the CFA Society of the UK. Jerome holds an LLB from the University of Edinburgh. Jerome is also the author of the Financial Times Guide to Investing in Funds.

Tanja Ferri - Managing Director

Tanja Ferri – Managing Director

Tanja has been with Laven Partners since 2007 and heads Laven Partners’ Operational Due Diligence department. She provides due diligence reviews and advice to a variety of clients from private banks and pension funds to family offices, across a range of asset classes. In particular, Tanja leads a number of Laven Partners’ illiquid assets focused projects, from private equity and real estate to private debt. She also has a keen interest in ESG and impact investing. Tanja previously led Laven Partners’ corporate governance and operations consulting business in the Caribbean. Prior to joining Laven Partners, Tanja worked at the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, France. She holds a BA in European Studies from Goldsmiths College, University of London and is currently studying towards a Masters in Environmental Sustainability with University College Dublin.

Nick Illsley - Director

Nick Illsley – Director

Nick is part of the European due diligence team of Laven Partners, bringing to the firm expertise of various aspects of middle and back office operations and accounting within the alternatives space. He has experience in a variety of hedge fund strategies including equity, fixed income and managed futures as well as less liquid strategies. Nick trained as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst and Young before moving to Lehman Brothers where he ran the Euro Medium Term note desk. Nick then joined BlueCrest Capital where he managed part of their Product Control group before going on to head up the Collateral Management team. Later, he joined Systematica as it span out from BlueCrest to lead their Treasury and Collateral team. Nick is a graduate of Newcastle and Durham universities, having studied classics and then Business/Managerial Economics and is a CFA Charterholder.

Linhao Guo - Director

Linhao Guo – Director

Linhao is a director at Laven Partners. He focuses on corporate finance, investment due diligence and risk controls across a wide range of both liquid and illiquid asset classes, specialising in analysing investment performance, asset allocations, valuation, risk reporting and risk processes. Linhao is also experienced in regulatory reporting including AIFMD Annex IV reports. Prior to joining Laven Partners, Linhao trained and qualified as a chartered certified accountant at Leapman Weiss (Charted Accountants), gaining experience in accountancy, finance, audit and tax on a diverse range of clients. Linhao graduated from Wuhan University of Technology, China with a Bachelor degree in Business Management. He is a CFA Charterholder.

George Wood - Director

George Wood – Director

George is the product manager for the Laven software suite and leads the North American operational due diligence team, providing particular expertise in front office systems, business continuity and IT infrastructure. He performs due diligence assessments on a variety of asset classes and strategies, from hedge funds to private equity and real estate. George joined Laven Partners in 2013 as an operational due diligence consultant. He is a technology professional within financial services having spent 15 years implementing technology products and reporting solutions for investment management and financial services firms such as T. Rowe Price, LPL Financial, Calvert Investments, EverBank and D&B. George was previously a Senior Vice President at NASDAQ-listed Viewpoint Corporation, where he was responsible for financial reporting and the application of Sarbanes-Oxley accounting controls. George is a graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

Pierre-Edouard Coiffard - Senior Consultant

Pierre-Edouard Coiffard – Senior Consultant

Pierre-Edouard works with the due diligence department and has over 20 years of experience in the fund industry. He has an extensive background in sourcing, analysing and monitoring managers as well as strategies, across all styles and asset classes. Pierre-Edouard previously occupied positions as CIO and Head of Research at Olympia Capital Management, Integrated Asset Management and Altigefi. Prior to moving into alternative funds, he was a consultant in the Finance department at Deloitte Touche & Tohmatsu. Pierre-Edouard holds an MBA from ESSEC and is also a graduate engineer from Ecole Centrale de Marseille.

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