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What we do
Almas is an investment innovation firm which extracts unique sources of investment returns and delivers those returns
to its global network of investors via its revolutionary technology platform. Our Almas Nexus technology seamlessly integrates
international insurance companies, institutional investors, wealth managers, and advisors with a smart data platform
of a curated selection of innovative and cost and tax-efficient products. We empower our clients with
exclusive analytical tools and end-to-end functionality. This enables our clients to deliver
customized portfolios of orthogonal sources of investment returns to
their end clients seamlessly.
Headquartered at our main campus in Stamford CT, we are in the process of opening offices in Bahrain,
Dublin and Singapore to connect with and service our global network of clients and
regional partners on a 24/7 basis.
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Mark G. Nichols
Managing Partner and CEO
Mr. Nichols is an industry veteran and pioneer with a 24 year track record of identifying and developing opportunities in the alternative investments industry. In the nascent days of hedge funds in the early 1990's, Mr. Nichols identified the strong demand from the Swiss private banking community for access to leading US hedge fund managers. With this in mind, he established the first international hedge fund advisory group, with offices in Paris & London. As the CEO and founder of the Almas Group of companies, the business had few competitors in the international marketplace, and Almas dominated the hedge fund advisory market for many years. Almas has established advisor networks and private banking channels in over 80 countries.
Prior to founding Almas, Mr. Nichols was handpicked for the Salomon Brothers Executive Training Program, a cutting edge investment banking program, and selected for the International Risk Arbitrage Desk in New York.
Lawrence C. Newhook
Partner and Chief Investment Officer
Lawrence Newhook is a veteran investment professional with a 20+ year track record investing globally across all asset classes. He has built successful investment and hedge fund portfolios for the pension, family office, and high net worth investor communities, with a particular focus on identifying and extracting sources of alpha from both public and private markets. Lawrence serves as Chief Investment Officer of Almas, where he oversees all facets of the investment program, including product innovation, alpha identification, and risk management.
Previously, Lawrence was a senior executive at Point72 Asset Management LP for twelve years, where he managed the team responsible for the firm's external investments in hedge funds, private equity, venture capital and real estate. His team was also responsible for evaluating all discretionary and quantitative PMs, analysts and traders to ensure the standard of only hiring best in class investment talent. Prior to this, Mr. Newhook was the Portfolio Manager of Alternative Strategies for OMERS, one of the largest Canadian pension plans, where he designed, developed, and managed its alternative investments program. Earlier in his career, he traded international OTC and listed derivatives and cash markets, and helped manage global derivatives and FX portfolios.
Mr. Newhook holds a Masters degree in Financial Economics from the University of London and is a CFA Charterholder.
Head of Strategic Partnerships
Mr. Dewsnip is a senior financial services professional with over 33 years' experience in banking, business development, marketing and distribution. He has served as an executive director of a Guernsey regulated bank as well as in various non-executive director and consultancy roles. Mr. Dewsnip trained with the National Westminster Bank Group and was placed second in the global pass list of 1,000 students when he passed his Chartered Institute of Bankers exams, before moving to N M Rothschild & Sons to specialise in corporate lending. He moved to Guernsey to establish Rothschild's offshore lending business, and developed an extensive global intermediary contacts network and built a highly profitable private client loan portfolio from start-up to over $1billion. He also managed a private banking division for Rothschild.
During his extensive financial services career, Mr. Dewsnip has developed strong sales, marketing and business development skills, particularly with financial advisers and intermediaries. Since leaving the Rothschild Group, Mr. Dewsnip has served in several executive and consultancy roles, including nonexecutive director positions with investment management, fund administration and captive insurance companies.
Chief Digital Officer
As Chief Digital Officer, Max is responsible for overseeing the development of the Almas Nexus technology and the teams responsible for onboarding and servicing our global clients. Max is a serial entrepreneur involved in multiple startups, most recently as Founder and CEO of Explorator Media. Throughout his career, Max has been an innovator in the Amazon optimization and e-commerce space, an advocate for analytics first digital approaches to marketing and design, and has consulted on Optimization and Best Practices for Fortune 500 companies. Max's many accomplishments include being a winner of the Milli Award in Entrepreneurship.
One of Max's most recent projects featured building a forecasting system that harnessed 45 data source to predict Amazon sales for a Fortune 100 CPG Manufacturer. The forecast used marketing plans to derive sales forecasts and present them in a visual dashboard.
Previously Max has led teams on many projects including: building a learning management system for Johnson and Johnson's McNeil Group Drug Reps, building an eCommerce system for a $200mm apparel company and migrating websites for one of the world's largest wire makers into a modern hosting and development environment.
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