Meet the Versor Partners

Deepak Gurnani

Founder and Managing Partner

Deepak Gurnani is the Founder and Managing Partner of Versor Investments. Deepak is the former CIO of Investcorp’s Hedge Fund Group and was one of the founding members in 1996. He was also a member of the Management Committee there. Deepak retired from Investcorp in March 2013. Prior to Investcorp, Deepak Gurnani spent six years with Citicorp.

Deepak has conducted extensive research over the last 20+ years into various aspects of hedge fund investing – analyzing risk and return of hedge funds, quantifying alternative risk premia inherent in hedge fund returns, using tactical asset allocation to enhance hedge fund portfolio returns, integrating hedge funds into institutional asset allocation and using separate accounts for risk management. Deepak holds a BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Ludger Hentschel

Founding Partner, Investments

Ludger Hentschel joined Versor Investments as a Founding Partner and is based in New York. Ludger has over 20 years of experience in quantitative research and investing. Prior to joining Versor Investments, he was Managing Director of Analytical Research at MSCI for leading research in global multi-asset class risk models. This included alternative investments, asset allocation and macroeconomic risk and liquidity risk. Before joining MSCI, Ludger was Head of Quantitative Research and Asset Allocation for the Hedge Fund Group at Investcorp. Previously, he was the Director of Equity Research at New York Life Investment Management, was an Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Rochester and served as an Economist for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

Ludger earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Yale and a PhD in Economics from Princeton. He has published articles in leading academic finance journals, served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Financial Economics, and is a frequent speaker at financial seminars and conferences. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific US Foundation.

DeWayne Louis

Founding Partner, Investor Relations

DeWayne Louis joined Versor Investments as a Founding Partner and is based in New York. DeWayne has 20 years of experience in quantitative investment strategies, investment banking, private equity and hedge funds. Prior to Versor Investments, DeWayne joined Investcorp’s Hedge Fund Group at the inception of the North America and Europe branches. He remained there for nearly a decade. Prior to Investcorp, DeWayne was an Associate Director in UBS’ Private Equity Secondary Group, focusing on buying and selling private equity interests in the secondary market. Earlier in his career, DeWayne was an Associate in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse where he focused on mergers, acquisitions and project finance transactions.

DeWayne holds a BS in Finance and International Business with a French minor from Georgetown University. There, he was a four-year varsity letterman on the football team. Currently, he sits on the Board of Directors of Summer Search, a US based mentoring non-profit organization serving students from low income communities, particularly students of colour.

Andrew Flynn

Founding Partner, Chief Operating Officer

Andrew Flynn has over 20 years of experience in hedge fund operational management and control. Prior to joining Versor Investments, he spent 10 years at Tudor Investment Corporation and was Global Head of Operations, reporting to the COO. At Tudor, Andrew was extensively involved in the setup of Tudor’s quantitative trading business, regulatory compliance, legal negotiations, enterprise risk management, and matters of industry best practice. He was co-chair of Tudor’s Brokerage Committee, and a member of the Credit Committee and Global Risk Forum.

Previously, Andrew held operations management positions at Citco Fund Services, Maximus Capital and Moore Capital. Andrew received a BBA in Finance from the IONA College Hagan School of Business in New Rochelle, New York.

Joel McAndrew

Partner, Investor Relations

Joel McAndrew has over 14 years of experience in marketing and sales. Prior to joining Versor, Joel was the Head of Institutional Sales for Gotham Asset Management, a value-oriented investment firm based in New York City. Prior to his time at Gotham, Joel was Associate Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Investcorp’s Hedge Fund Group.  

Joel began his career at D.E. Shaw, a quantitative hedge fund, where he was an Associate on the Investor Relations team. He was also an inaugural member of their institutional asset management business (130/30 and long-only equity strategies) where he helped launch the new platform and headed client services. Joel attended Carnegie Mellon University and has a BA in Piano Performance.

Nirav Shah

Chief Executive Officer, QR Systems LLP*

Nirav Shah has over 16 years of experience in quantitative research, asset allocation and developing scalable systems. Prior to QR Systems LLP, Nirav was the founder of a consulting firm focused on quantitative research. Prior to that, Nirav was a Vice President at Investcorp in New York focused on asset allocation and quantitative research. Earlier in his career, Nirav worked as a Quantitative Researcher at Phoenix Global Capital Management, a CTA based in Chicago.

Nirav earned an MS in Finance from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago and a BE in Computer Engineering from Mumbai University. Nirav is also a CFA charter holder.

* Under a services agreement, QR Systems provides Versor Investments with certain services.  Employees of QR Systems are subject to the full oversight under the regulatory compliance program of Versor Investments.

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