Ex-Goldman Sachs ED’s crypto hedge fund hires quants

Ex-Goldman Sachs ED’s crypto hedge fund hires quants

One of the (few) banking alumni succeeding in the shaky crypto industry today is London-based Anatoly Crachilov. He left Goldman Sachs, where he was Managing Director (ED) in 2019 to found the crypto hedge fund Nickel Digital Asset Management.

In the US Digital Assets Awards 2023 this month, Hedgeweek was awarded the nickel with several awards after it achieved one of the best results for a smaller fund. In possible response to this success, the fund has recently hired for its quant division, and it appears to be aimed at Crachilov’s former employers – Goldman Sachs and HSBC (where he was a director).

Kamil Krawczyk, joins Nickel in London as a quantitative researcher. He has been part of Goldman’s respected Warsaw team for two years as Managing Director and Desk Group. Krawczyk previously worked for five years across BNP Paribas, HSBC and Natwest.

With Krawcyzk comes quantum developer Bartłomiej Medygrał. Also recently based in Poland, Medygrał has spent the last 10 months working as a quant developer for HSBC. Prior to that, he was head of machine learning at WSEI University.

While fintechs like Coinbase and Gemini are hurt by the uncertainty in the crypto industry, Nickel is poised to profit from it. Crachilov says “the persistent inefficiency of the crypto market and increasing trading volumes [has] driven consistently strong, high risk-adjusted performance.”

Beyond the quantitative team, Nickel’s 2023 staff includes business development consultant Chad Walls. He was previously the Director of Capital Markets for Maple, a fintech offering crypto capital network infrastructure. Walls also spent two years at crypto platform Celsius where he was an institutional business development director.

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