H2O team

An experienced global macro team.

Loïc Guilloux
Group CEO - CEO H2O AM Europe

Before joining H2O AM, Loïc Guilloux spent 22 years in the Global Markets industry (FICC and Equities), 16 years at Merrill Lynch International, based in London and Paris, where he ran several activities (Asset/Liability & Investment Solutions for Global Equities in Europe, FICC for Belgium-France-Luxembourg, Complex Interest Rates & Forex Options Sales in EMEA, SVT representative…) and 6 years at Crédit Agricole Indosuez where, at the end of his tenure, he was deputy Head of Fixed Income sales. Previously he served as forward observation officer at 35° Régiment Parachutiste and section head at 6° Bataillon d’Infanterie de Marine (Gabon).
Loïc graduated from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and holds a DEA de Gestion from La Sorbonne and a Maîtrise d’Economie Appliquée from Paris-Dauphine.

Vincent Chailley
Group CIO

He started his career in 1995 in the Research & Development team of CPR Capital Markets department. In 1996, he joined CAAM, first as an analyst in the Strategy team, then as an investment manager in the Asset Allocation team. In July 1998, he transferred to the global fixed income department as an investment manager.
From 2002 to 2010 he headed the global fixed income and absolute performance team of CAAM (then Amundi) London.
He is a founding partner and Group CIO of H2O. Vincent Chailley created and developed CAAM’s global absolute return product range (the “VaR” funds) from 1999 onwards. He managed these funds personally until he left CAAM/Amundi in April 2010. These funds totalled €42bln AuM as at end 2006. Vincent Chailley is a member of the French Actuaries Institute and holds a postgraduate degree in Economics and Mathematical modelling from ENSAE. He also holds a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from the University of Paris Dauphine.

Juliette Pianko
Group Head of Operations and Risk

She began her carrier in 2004 within the Middle Office department of Credit Agricole Asset Management (which became Amundi in 2010) in London. She became Head of the Middle office in 2005, managing a team of 10 people and has worked on various operational projects from collateral management to implementation of booking/ clearing systems and on boarding of prime brokers.

Juliette joined H2O Asset Management in May 2011 as treasury manager. She became a Portfolio manager in September 2014, and she was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2020. She was then appointed Group Chief Risk officer in 2021, relocating to the Paris office. Juliette holds a Master’s degree in Finance from Paris 1 Sorbonne University.

Jean-Christophe Morandeau
Group General Secretary (Legal, Compliance, and Finance)

He began his career in 1988 as a wealth manager at Paribas Bank.
He then joined Paribas Asset Management as the Head of Legal Department for French UCITS in 1992. In 1999 he joined Credit Agricole Asset Management as the Legal Head of Products & Corporate-France and in 2004 became the Deputy Head of Legal and Fiscal Department.
Jean-Christophe Morandeau joined Natixis Asset Management in 2008 as the General Counsel. He was promoted to the Head of Legal, Monitoring (compliance and internal control) and Risk in November 2014 and became a member of the Executive Committee in February 2015.
Jean-Christophe joined H2O in January 2019 as the Global Head of Legal and Compliance and he was appointed Group General Secretary in 2021

Marc Maudhuit

He started his career in 1989 as a marketing officer with Finance Indosuez Techniques (FIT), a subsidiary company of Banque Indosuez specializing in the management of structured products.
From 1990 to 1992, he was in charge of the marketing of Indosuez Asset Management fixed income products. In 1992 he took over the overall marketing support unit of the company. From 1999 until July 2010 he headed the product specialist team of CAAM (then Amundi) London’s Global Fixed Income & Currency management team.
Marc Maudhuit is a founding partner of H2O Asset Management, former Head of Client Portfolio Management, he is now Chief Operating Officer for the Group. Marc graduated from ESCP (Europe). He also holds a MSFS (Master of Science in Foreign Service) from Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.)

Babak Abrar
Group Chief Sales and Marketing Officer

Before joining H2O AM in August 2021 as Group Chief Sales & Marketing officer, Babak Abrar worked for over 13 years at Natixis Investment Managers as an Executive Managing Director. Co-head of the distribution for Western Europe, he was leading a team of over 50 people, covering financial intermediaries, family offices, institutional and private banks in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the French-speaking part of Switzerland, Monaco and Israel.
Babak has more than eighteen years’ experience in the financial industry. He started his career at J.P. Morgan (Suisse) SA and then worked in the pension fund Business Development division at Lombard Odier. Babak Abrar holds a Master’s degree in Management, with a specialization in Finance, from the HEC Lausanne School of Economics in Switzerland and a Foundation for Business Leadership certificate from IMD.

Bruno Crastes
Group Corporate & Market Strategy Director

He began his career in 1989 as a bond portfolio manager in the fixed income team of Indosuez Asset Management. He was appointed Deputy Head of the team in 1994. Following the merger of Indosuez AM with Segespar (Crédit Agricole Group) into CAAM in 1997, he became Head of Global Fixed Income & Currency management. He was further promoted CIO and Deputy CEO of CAAM London Branch in November 2002, and finally CEO in April 2005.
From 2007 until April 2010, while actively managing global fixed income portfolios, he sat on the Executive Committee of CAAM (then Amundi) in charge of the United Kingdom, South East Asia and Australia.
Bruno is a founding partner of H2O AM Group. Bruno received a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Lyon and graduated from ISFA (Institut Supérieur de Formation des Actuaires).

Matthieu Genessay
Deputy Head of Sales & Marketing - Head of Client Portfolio Management

Matthieu Genessay started his career with NewAlpha Asset Management, the hedge fund seeding subsidiary of OFI Asset Management in Paris. Within the marketing team, he worked on all alternative strategies before specialising in client servicing. In 2010, he joined Edmond de Rothschild Investment Managers, a subsidiary of La Compagnie Financière Edmond de Rothschild as a Product Manager and worked on fixed income and multi-management products. In 2011, he joined H2O Asset Management in the Client Portfolio Management team and became partner in 2015. Matthieu Genessay was appointed new spokesman of the investment team in January 2022. He is a graduate of EDHEC Business School.

Stéphane Gaillard
CIO H2O AM Europe

Stéphane Gaillard began his career in 1997 at Crédit Commercial de France in the risk department of the capital market activities, where he implemented the concept of “value at risk” (VaR) on interest rate and foreign exchange derivatives. He then joined the FX options trading team until 2000. Stéphane was also in charge of foreign exchange/interest rate hedging at Alcatel before joining Natixis Paris in 2001, and then leaving for London in 2007, where he headed the commodity derivatives department until 2010. In August 2010, he joined Nomura London, in charge of the exotic options book. He was appointed Managing Director of the emerging markets options book in 2013. Stéphane holds a Masters in Mathematics and a Masters in Financial Markets from the University of Grenoble.

Pascal Dubreuil
Portfolio Manager

Pascal Dubreuil is responsible for the Global Aggregate strategies management. He joined the company in 2015 from Amundi, where he had been managing Global Aggregate funds since 2010. Before this, he was a credit analyst for Amundi in Paris, London and Singapore. He started his career in 1998 as an auditor for Arthur Andersen and for KPMG in 1999. In 2001, he joined Crédit Agricole CIB as a structured finance risk analyst. He holds a master degree in Finance from the University of Paris II.

Thomas Delabre
Portfolio Manager

Thomas Delabre started his career in 2000 as Junior Economist at the French Embassy in India. In 2002, he joined the Economic Research Department of Credit Lyonnais (now Credit Agricole SA) as a Country Risk Analyst covering Latin America. In 2005, he moved to Crédit Agricole AM (now Amundi AM) as a Global Emerging Markets Strategist and joined the London office in 2007. He was then appointed EM Portfolio Manager in at the end of 2009. Thomas joined H2O AM LLP in October 2014 as an Emerging Markets PM. Thomas holds a Master’s Degree in Finance from The American University (Washington DC, 1999) and a Post-Master’s in Economics from Toulouse School of Economics (1998).

Gonzague Real del Sarte
Market Strategist - Senior Portfolio Manager

Gonzague Real del Sarte began his career at Pinatton, before joining Fimagest in 1987  as head of the futures market. He then went on to manage Onyx Futures Management and founded and chaired Technical Futures, an international financial markets analysis and advisory firm. Over the past 20 years, Gonzague has held several positions as a global macro strategist and long-only equity and absolute return fund manager. During this time, he also spent five successful years in the City of London as an in-house macro strategist at Dresdner Kleinwort and as a proprietary options trader, before becoming a portfolio manager at a UK based hedge fund.

Paul Chetboun
Portfolio Manager

Paul Chetboun joined H2O AM in June 2019 as a Portfolio Manager. Prior to that, he spent nearly seventeen years at BNP Paribas as a European Government Bond Trader, heading up the Peripheral desk. Before joining BNP in 2002, Paul worked as a European Government Bond trader at Salomon Brothers/Citi Group (1996-2002) and Barclays (1993-1996). Paul started his career as a Primary Dealer in French securities at Louis Dreyfus in 1990. Paul holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics and a Post Graduate degree in Mathematics for Finance, Statistics and Econometrics from the University of Paris Dauphine.

Romain Mercier
Portfolio Manager

Romain Mercier is a fund manager focusing on Global Aggregate strategies. He joined the company in 2017 from Amundi, where he had been managing Global Aggregate and Absolute Return portfolios since 2010. He started his career in 2005 as a risk manager in Crédit Agricole AM. He holds a master degree in Finance from Tours University and a master degree in International Business from ISC in Paris. He is a CFA charterholder and has FRM certification from GARP.

Christophe Chappuis
Portfolio Manager

Christophe Chappuis started his career in 2005 at CAAM (now Amundi) in London as a Middle Office Assistant. He was appointed Cash Manager in 2006 and then Portfolio Manager within the Absolute Return team in 2010. In 2013, he joined the New York office to implement the global aggregate strategy for US clients. Christophe joined H2O AM LLP in October 2014 as an Equity PM. He holds a MSc in Finance and Corporate Strategy from Napier University (Edinburgh).

Andrew Egan
Portfolio Manager

Andrew Egan started his career with Citigroup in 2012 as an FX Operations Analyst focussed on corporate and investor clients. He joined H2O AM in May 2014 as part of the Middle Office team. In November 2015 he joined the Investment Team as an Assistant Portfolio Manager. Andrew holds a BSc Economics with Finance from Queens University Belfast.

Thomas Goury
Portfolio Manager

Thomas Goury started his career in Equity Finance Trading at BNP Paribas. After graduating from EDHEC Business School, he worked as an Equity Front Office Developer at Societe Generale. He joined H2O Asset Management in January 2018, and focuses on developing quantitative tools with the equity portfolio management team. Thomas holds a Master of Science in Financial Markets and a Master in Management from EDHEC Business School.

Victoire Rougnon
Macro Strategist

Victoire Rougnon started her career in 2016 as an economist in the Global Market Research department of Natixis, specializing in the Eurozone, Italy and monetary policy analysis. During her university studies, she also did an internship at the French Union of Petroleum Industries (UFIP) as an energy sector analyst. Victoire graduated from the University of Paris-Dauphine with two masters degrees: a Master’s degree in International Economic Diagnosis and another Master’s degree in Economics and Finance.

Mehdi Rachedi
Head of Investor Relations (French IFAs)

Mehdi Rachedi: is Head of Investor Relations of H2O AM Europe. He joined H2O AM in January 2019. He holds a Master degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Tours and began his career in 1997 with AGF Assurances. In 2000, he became Head of Network Development and then Head of Network Marketing at AGF Asset Management. In 2005, Mehdi joined Natixis Investment Managers as Product Manager. In 2011, after having been a Wholesale and External Retail sales representative, he became Director of Partnerships in charge of IFAs, Retail Wholesale and External Networks.

Yoann Meyer
Deputy Head of Investor Relations (French IFAs)

Yoann Meyer, in charge of Investor Relations with French IFAs (CGPI), started his career in 2006 in the BNP Paribas BFI as sales assistant. In 2008, he became Head of Partnerships within APREP, a subsidiary of the AG2R La Mondiale group. In 2011, Yoann joined Natixis Investment Managers as Head of Partnerships. In 2014, he became Deputy Director of Partnerships in charge of French IFAs (CGPI), Retail Wholesale and External Networks. Yoann holds a Master 2 Finance from INSEEC in Paris.

Anthony Cimetiere
Investor Relations Manager (French IFAs)

Anthony Cimetière, in charge of Investor Relations with French IFAs (CGPI), began his career in 2005 in an audit firm. He then joined Exane in 2007 and Natixis Investment Managers in 2008 in Customer Service. In 2013, Anthony became Head of Partnerships in the retail team to cover the French IFAs (CGPI),  and external networks activity. Anthony holds a Master 2 in Portfolio Management from IAE Gustave Eiffel in Paris.

Alberto Lo Presti
Investor Relations Manager

Alberto Lo Presti, in charge of Investors Relations for French family offices and French independent asset manager, started his career with Natixis CIB in 2008 in alternative structured products sales team. In 2010, Alberto was in charge of asset managers, private banks and Family Offices in Switzerland, UK, France and Belgium for SIXTINA, the Managed Accounts platform (Cayman, Lux and UCITS) of Natixis Alternative Investments International. He then joined Natixis Investment Managers to develop the Retail & Wholesale activity in France (asset managers, privates banks and Family Offices). Alberto holds a Master 2 “International Trading and Trading” from ESLSCA in Paris.

Cedric Ludwig
Executive Director - Co-Head H2O Switzerland

Before joining H2O AM in August 2021, Cedric Ludwig worked at Natixis Investment Managers as a Senior Director Sales Manager, in charge of the fund distribution across independent asset managers, family offices and domestic banks in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. Previously, Cédric worked for Credit Suisse as an Investment Advisor, managing a portfolio of independent asset managers. Cédric also was the Head of Investment Strategy in Oleium, a multi-family office, based in New York. He began his career in finance in the Investment Advisory team at Lombard Odier. Cedric holds a Master’s degree in Management, with a specialization in Finance, from HEC Lausanne School of Economics (Switzerland) and an advanced certificate (CAS) in Global Affairs from New York University (NYU). Cédric is both a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) charterholder.

Mickael Benzakin
Senior Director - Co-Head H2O Switzerland

Before joining H2O AM in August 2021, Mickael Benzakin worked for over 9 years at Natixis Investment Managers as a Director Sales Manager. He was in charge of the fund distribution, covering private banks and independent asset managers based in the French-speaking part of Switzerland and Monaco. He also covers both institutional and wholesale markets in Israel. Mickael began his career at BNP Paribas in Paris and then worked as a multi- asset structured products junior sales. Mickael holds a Master’s degree in Financial Engineering from the University of Paris-Dauphine.

Victor Kuoch
Sales Director, Head of Asia Pacific Distribution

Victor Kuoch, CFA is a Sales Director, Head of Asia Pacific (APAC) Distribution at H2O Asset Management. In his capacity, Victor will lead H2O AM distribution business development efforts and activities across the entire client landscape in APAC.

Prior to joining H2O AM, Victor Kuoch was already based in Singapore and worked as a Director at Natixis Investment Managers where he led the APAC Multi-Assets Investment Solution team. In this previous role, Victor was helping clients addressing their bespoke needs around Asset Allocation and Portfolio Construction. He also served as an advisor for Global Multi Asset Portfolios and Mandates for Asian clients. Before that, Mr. Kuoch was based in London for 10 years where he held a variety of different roles, from an Investment Consultant to Asset Allocation analyst.

He started his career at Natixis IM in Paris working in the sales team covering French clients (Private Banks, IFAs, Multimanagers and Family Offices). Victor Kuoch holds a Masters degree in Financial Engineering from Paris Dauphine University and is a CFA Charterholder since September 2016.

Thomas Jouan
Client Portfolio Manager

Before joining H2O AM in December 2021, Thomas Jouan worked 3 years at Natixis Investment Managers (NIM) in London as a Portfolio Analyst. He worked in the Portfolio Engineering team helping sales to promote affiliates’ funds, and also providing investment solutions and portfolio analysis for NIM clients. Thomas began his career as a junior quantitative analyst at GFG, an asset management company in Monaco. Thomas holds a Master of Science in Financial Markets from EDHEC Business School.

Raphael Presles
Client Portfolio Manager

After graduating from a Master’s degree in Paris, Raphael Presles joined H2O’s Client Portfolio Management team in January 2022. He began his career in the Middle Office of Cardif, the insurance subsidiary of BNP Paribas, where he oversaw the treatment of corporate actions and assisted in the valuation of investment portfolios. In 2020, he joined AXA’s headquarter as a junior Financial Analyst working for the Group Investment Accounting department, a position which introduced him to the management of financial closings and valuation of financial derivatives. Raphael holds a bachelor in Business and Finance from the University of Sussex (2015) and a Master in Capital Markets from l’EDHEC Business School (2021).