The asset management unit of BNP Paribas, BNP Paribas Asset Management, announced this Tuesday that it has appointed three senior quantitative analysts to its Quant Research Group, referred to as QRG.
The new members to the division are Boris Afanasiev, Benoît Bellone and Frédéric Abergel. Together, they will work in the QRG Research Lab and report to the Co-Heads of QRG, Thomas Heckel and François Soupé.
Afanasiev, Bellone, and Abergel join a team of about 30 quantitive investment experts in BNP Paribas’ asset management unit. The QRG is part of the company’s Products and Strategic Marketing division, which is led by Pierre Moulin.
Afanasiev, who joins from StatQuant Consulting where he was Managing Director, is based in London. Bellone and Abergel, however, are based in Paris. The three new additions will perform strategic research across all asset classes.
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Commenting on the new additions, Pierre Moulin, said: “The creation of a stronger, more collaborative and more efficient quantitative research platform will enable us to remain at the forefront of quantitative research, and the addition of such highly experienced analysts as Boris, Benoît and Frédéric to the team will be instrumental in helping us to achieve our ambitions. I am very pleased to welcome them to BNP Paribas Asset Management.”
Before he was an MD at StatQuant Consulting, Afanasiev was the CIO and Founding Partner of Asset Algo Advisory. During his career, he has gained experience in researching systematic futures market trading. Prior to Asset Algo Advisory, he was a senior quantitative researcher at AQR Capital Management and Head of Commodities research at Winton Capital Management.
Bellone, on the other hand, joined BNP Paribas from HSBC Global Asset Management where he was the Head of Multi-Asset Research. Earlier in his career, he was an economist at the OECD and the French Ministry of Finance.
Lastly, Abergel comes to BNP Paribas from CentraleSupélec, where he was most recently the Director of the Chair of Quantitative Finance. Here he spent 11 years researching electronic markets and high-frequency finance. He has also held positions at Barclays Capital, CAI Cheuvreux and BNP Paribas.