The former CIO of Falcon Private Bank, David Pinkerton, is now heading a new Zurich investment advisory firm, Citywire Switzerland can reveal.
Alpha Leonis Partners focuses on active private and capital markets. Pinkerton is CEO and CIO of the new firm, which aims to cater to family offices and small institutions that are looking for private equity and hedge funds advice.
The firm will provide private equity strategies, including direct equity/co-investment opportunities, real estate, cash enhancement strategies through low volatility liquid alternatives, and active private equity-like strategies in capital markets (credit and equity).
It will also provide CIO outsourcing solutions and will develop strategic asset allocation management, investment policy and capital markets research and insights.
Before his time at Falcon Private Bank, Pinkerton managed a 70-strong global alternatives team at American International Group.
Alpha Leonis Partners is now managing various accounts previously advised by consulting services firm Rising Tide. Employees of Rising Tide have also joined the firm.
The current team of the firm has eight employees. Marc Thürig is a managing director who is heading capital markets team. Prior to his current role he was investment director at Rising Tide and worked at Santander earlier.
Martin Zita is responsible for capital markets, while Eugenia Martini Donati is in charge of capital markets.
However, Sarah Farrell, the managing director of private equity at Rising Tide, has decided to pursue other opportunities and will not be joining Alpha Leonis Partners.
The existing investment team – including Martin Zita, Witold Budzynski and David Pinkerton – will perform her duties on an interim basis.
Investment operations will be managed by Thibault Kaminski, Kamil Mecner and Witold Budzynski, who all previously worked at Rising Tide.