Arden’s 19-member investment team specializes in primary research on hedge fund managers, portfolio construction and risk management.
As part of our investment process, members of the team source managers and generate original reports that become a part of Arden’s vast digital library. They conduct due diligence on managers, using documented multi-step evaluation procedures. Once managers have been approved by Arden’s 4-person Investment Committee, the team constructs portfolios using optimization criteria designed to emphasize the quality of expected returns and to avoid over-reliance on backward-looking return data. The team also conducts stress tests and continues to monitor investments using a sophisticated risk management system with early warning detection of negative trends. These processes have been developed over many years and capture both qualitative and quantitative inputs that are applied to a rigorous decision-making framework.
Arden’s Investment Team is led by:
DARREN S. WOLF, CFA
Mr. Wolf is the Director of Research at Arden and is a member of Arden’s Investment Committee. In addition to serving on the Investment Committee, Mr. Wolf is responsible for managing the day-to-day research activities of the firm. Previously, he was on the Investment Committee and the Head of Research at Robeco-Sage Investment Management, where he joined as a member of the investment team in 2001. Mr. Wolf is a graduate of Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business where he studied Finance and advanced work in Management Information Systems. Mr. Wolf is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA).
GREG STRASSBERG, CFA
Mr. Strassberg is Head of Risk Management at Arden. In this role, Mr. Strassberg works on enhancing the firm’s quantitative analytics, risk infrastructure, monitoring of risk exposures, portfolio construction and manager analysis. Previously, he was a Director at BlackRock as an Analytics Relationship Manager for external clients of the Aladdin platform. In that role, he provided portfolio and risk managers with insight, research, and development of their analytical deliverables. Prior to his tenure at BlackRock, Mr. Strassberg was an Executive Director for Measurisk LLC. Measurisk is a provider of independent risk-transparency and risk-measurement solutions for institutional investors and asset managers. In that role, he held the positions of Head of Product Development and Head of Client Services. Mr. Strassberg holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Colorado and is CFA Charterholder.
Ms. Nowack is a Managing Director at Arden. As a member of the Research team, Ms. Nowack focuses on systematic relative value and multi strategy managers. Previously, she was a Director in the Global Risk Management, Hedge Funds group at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. In that role she was responsible for establishing trading limits for derivative transactions and managed the credit team responsible for hedge fund risk management and exposure reporting. Ms. Nowack was also a Director in the Global Risk Management, Financial Institutions group where she was the Manager of the US Investment Advisor team and primary analyst for derivative, financing and inventory transactions initiated with US investment advisors, acting as either principal or agent, with an emphasis on managed accounts including regulated and unregulated funds, foundations, corporate and public pension plans. Ms. Nowack also worked in HSBC’s Treasury department and started her career at Morgan Stanley in the Treasury & Credit departments. Ms. Nowack holds a B.A. in Mathematical Sciences, Phi Beta Kappa, from Connecticut College and an M.B.A. in Advanced Derivative Financial Products from Cornell University.
Mr. Loomba is an Executive Director at Arden. As a member of the Research team, Mr. Loomba focuses on Credit and Event Driven managers. Prior to joining Arden, Mr. Loomba spent four years at P&A Capital Advisors conducting operational due diligence on hedge funds. Previously Mr. Loomba worked at RBC Capital Markets (“RBC”) where he held a similar role performing operational and risk due diligence on hedge funds. Prior to his role at RBC, Mr. Loomba was an Audit Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers within their Investment Fund Services (“IFS”) group. Mr. Loomba holds a B.S. in Accounting and B.A in Economics from Binghamton University.
CHRISTOPHER OMUETI, CPA
Mr. Omueti is Head of Operational Due Diligence at Arden. Prior to joining Arden, Mr. Omueti was responsible for operational due diligence at Fischer & Co. Previously, Mr. Omueti worked at Citigroup in a financial reporting role. Prior to working at Citigroup, Mr. Omueti spent four years as an Auditor at Ernst & Young in the Asset Management Practice within their financial Services Division, where he lead various hedge fund audits. Mr. Omueti holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a M.S. in Accounting from Notre Dame. Mr. Omueti is a licensed CPA in Illinois.
STEPHEN COLTMAN, CFA
Mr. Coltman is an Executive Director based in Arden’s London Office. As a member of the Research team, Mr. Coltman is responsible for Top-Down Strategy analysis. Mr. Coltman was a co-founder of Trevose Capital Management, a macro hedge fund, previously traded interest rate futures at Goldenberg Hehmeyer, and as a graduate worked in Equity Sales for JP Morgan. He is a CFA Charterholder and graduated with a Masters degree in Chemistry from Imperial College, London.