Team

The Eden Rock team has extensive capital markets and investment experience gained in some of the world’s largest financial institutions.

James Matthews
Chief Executive Officer

James has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, having started his career at Spear Leeds Kellog in 1995 as a derivatives trader.  In 2000 he established Eden Rock Securities, a specialist derivatives market maker, primarily in Scandinavia / Europe, actively trading on Eurex and OMX.  James co-founded Eden Rock Capital Management in 2001, he sits on the investment committee and has overseen the development of the company to become a multi-award winning investment firm with a broadly diversified client base.  In 2015 James led the initiative to create Eden Being, a luxury lifestyle joint venture between Eden Rock and The Oetker Collection. He is an Eden Being board member. Other Directorships include Sheffield Business Park and he is a Trustee of the Michael Matthews Foundation.

Edward Horner
Managing Director

Edward has more than 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry.  He co-founded Eden Rock Capital Management in 2001 and in his role as Managing Director played an integral role in helping to grow the firm into a multi-award winning company.  Following Eden Rocks acquisition of an insurance company in 2012 Edward also took on an operational role as Chief Marketing Officer.  He subsequently led the internalisation of all distribution activities and range of new product launches while opening new sales channels in Europe, the Middle East and Asia culminating in the sale of the business.  Prior to this, Edward worked as a Financial Consultant at Merrill Lynch International Bank Ltd. where he was a Partner in the International Private Client Group. Edward began his career working on the London International Financial Futures Exchange for Alpha Financial Futures Ltd followed by Inter Market Futures Ltd. Edward is an investment committee member of Eden Rock Capital Management and oversees all business development and investor relations activities of the firm.  Edward gained his BA (Hons) from Newcastle University.

Michael Staveley
Chief Investment Officer

Michael has over 30 years’ experience in financial markets covering asset management, insurance and derivatives and has managed a variety of businesses involving the trading and structuring of credit risk. Michael joined Eden Rock Capital Management in 2006 as Chief Investment Officer.  Following Eden Rock’s acquisition of an insurance company in 2012 Michael also took on an operational role as Chief Executive Officer. During this time he led the recapitalisation, restructuring and sale of the company.  Prior to Eden Rock he spent five years at Commerzbank where he was global head of credit markets. He previously spent three years at General Re Financial Products as Managing Director and global head of credit trading. Michael also spent six years with SBC Warburg in London and New York where he was global head of structured credit trading and four years at Citicorp in fixed income derivatives.  Michael leads the investment team of Eden Rock Capital Management and is also a Director of ERG Asset Management.  Michael has an MA in Engineering and a BA in Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin.

Nicola Corrin
Chief Operating Officer & Money Laundering Reporting Officer

Nicola has over 20 years’ investment experience, most recently working with Fortis Prime Fund Solutions (Isle of Man) Limited as Client Support Manager where she oversaw client liaison and problem solving for all operational areas of Fund Administration. Prior to joining Eden Rock, Nicola worked as Investor Services Manager with Fortis where she focused on the custody, investment trading and hedging for Fund of Fund Structures. Nicola joined Eden Rock in July 2005, she is the Anti-Money Laundering Officer and oversees all operational activities of the firm, including the establishment and ongoing administration of the firm’s range of investment vehicles.  She also regularly consults and assists the Money Laundering Reporting Officers of other companies within the group.  Nicola completed her ACIS studies and became a graduate in December 2000 gaining her Associateship in 2001. During her studies Nicola was awarded the Sir Ernest Clark prize for the best worldwide Business Law paper in June 1996.

George O'Dowd
US Representative

George has over 25 years’ experience in the structured finance market, specialising in credit derivatives and mortgage-backed securities in the US.  He was formerly head of structured credit trading for the NY office of Nomura Securities with responsibility for structuring and distributing CDO and CPPI product. Prior to that, George was the NY head of Credit Trading for Commerzbank. He has worked on arbitrage and bank balance sheet CDOs at JPMorgan and was part of the group that developed the first securitisation of CDS at Swiss Bank in 1997. Previously, George was involved with US mortgage-backed securities structuring and investing at Alliance Capital and Hyperion Capital Management in NY. George joined Eden Rock in May 2007, he is an investment committee member and oversees all US activities of the firm as well as ERG Asset Management and is one of the founding partners of ERG Capital Partners.  George has both an BSc and MSc in Management Science from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Fabio Morandi
Partner - Investment Team

Fabio has more than 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2000 and specialized in the asset management industry. In 2001, he joined HSBC’s internal audit team responsible for reviewing the group’s global investment banking operations. In 2004, he moved across to the equity research department as an analyst, where he covered the banking sector. Fabio joined Eden Rock in October 2006, he is an investment committee member and oversees all asset based activities of the firm, including Direct Lending, Trade Finance, Accounts Receivable Finance and Litigation Funding.  Fabio also plays a central role in the firm’s venture investing activities, as well as the evaluation of development opportunities for Eden Rock Real Estate.  Fabio is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder and holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of Bath.

David Higgins
Partner - Investment Team

David has 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry. He first joined Eden Rock in 2002 trading equity derivatives for Eden Rock Securities and then transitioned to Eden Rock Capital Management as a member of the Investment team analysing hedge fund strategies. As part of the investment committee David oversaw investments in a wide range of hedge funds covering derivatives, credit, lending, structured finance. He has also been involved in a variety of hedge fund restructuring situations including investor committee and board representation where Eden Rock has taken a more activist role. David has also worked on asset recovery efforts across a range of situations and has led successful litigation efforts in order to maximise recoveries from illiquid funds. As the firm expanded into hedge fund secondaries, David has been responsible for sourcing and negotiating numerous transactions on behalf of the group and as part of the investment team has helped to build the firms track record in this area. In addition as a Partner of the firm David has input into many of the groups day to day activities. David also oversees business planning for Eden Being, where he serves as Director. Prior to Eden Rock David was a primary market maker on the OMX and LIFFE options exchanges for Nordic Options.

David Gervais
Partner - Investment Team

David has more than 18 years’ experience in the financial services industry, having begun his career in Paris in 1998, working for Natexis and subsequently for General Electric Capital in 1998 in leasing finance. On moving to London in 2002 David started work at REFCO as a credit analyst where he assisted in the development and implementation of their credit-risk database. He moved on to participate in their Credit committee and monitored both client and counter-party risk on a daily basis. In 2004 he joined Bank of America’s Asset Based Lending arm, Bank of America Business Capital, where he advised clients on legal, financial and structuring issues relating to potential ABL deals across continental Europe. David joined Eden Rock in May 2007, he is an investment committee member and is involved in a range of investment activities of the firm with a particular focus on direct lending and the management of third party investment advisory relationships.  David gained his Masters in Finance from Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Montpellier.

Harel van Dijk
Partner - Investment Team

Harel has more than 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Harel started his career during University in McKinsey & Co and Almafin AG (risk management consulting). He then joined Goldman Sachs, selling global equities and structured products to Swiss institutions. He then moved on to Gottex where he played a key role in building its fund of hedge fund and structured notes business in Switzerland, Germany and Israel. Later on he joined a Swiss family office managing a hedge fund portfolio and performing extensive manager due diligence across all strategies. Earlier on Harel raised assets for Eden Rock Capital Management and financed a start-up company in the field of portfolio optimization, risk management and option pricing. Harel then joined CF Partners helping to develop its Fundamental L/S Equity Fund before re-joining Eden Rock.  Harel gained his Masters in Finance & Capital Markets from University of St. Gallen.

Dominic Ward
Investment Advisor

Dominic is an experienced private equity investor and alternative asset manager. Dominic has held various investment and operational roles including: Co-Head of Direct Investments at the Wellcome Trust, the largest charitable endowment in Europe, where he was responsible for a substantial global portfolio of private equity investments; Chief Investment Officer and Co-Founder of Lepe Partners, an independent merchant bank focused on technology and digital media companies; Vice President of Corporate & Business Development at Verne Global, a leading technology infrastructure operator; and Vice President of Corporate Finance at Jones Lang LaSalle, a professional services and investment management company specialising in real estate. Dominic is also a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Dipak Lalsodagar
Chief Financial Officer

Dipak is a Chartered Accountant with over 37 years’ experience. He started working for Peat Marwick in Malawi and subsequently moved to the UK where he qualified. Dipak worked for Peat Marwick in London and then joined Warburgs in 1987, working with them for over 7 years where he progressed to become General Manager in the Group Finance function and benefiting from extensive securities and banking exposure. In 1995, he joined Nordic Options Ltd as CFO where he remained until November 2002, then joining Liquid Capital Markets as Chief Accountant. Dipak joined Eden Rock in October 2003, he is the Chief Financial Officer and oversees all finance functions of the firm.

Neil Tymlin
Operations Manager

Neil graduated from the University of Dublin, Trinity College in 2003 with a BA (Hons) in Economic & Social Studies. He joined BNP Paribas Securities Services in Dublin in October 2003 and worked within their valuation administration team on a number of equity and bond funds before moving to London in April 2004. He subsequently joined Bank of New York Europe Ltd within a valuation administration capacity in the area of unit trusts, bonds, OEICs and cash funds. Neil joined Eden Rock in August 2005 and is engaged with all operational activities of the firm.

Kieren Wong
Associate

Kieren first gained experience of the financial sector as an intern at Misys International Banking PLC while studying for his Computer Science degree at Goldsmiths, University of London. In addition to helping maintain the firm’s IT systems and dealing with day-to-day IT operational issues, Kieren assists the investment team with portfolio modelling and analysis. He graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and is currently a CFA 1 candidate. Kieren joined Eden Rock in February 2014.

Elizabeth Everett
Marketing Manager

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Leicester in 2013 with a BA (Hons) in English. In between her years of study she worked as an administrative assistant for the marketing department at Kier Construction London where she supported the business development team and assisted with the production of tender documents. Elizabeth joined Eden Rock in March 2014 in the role of Investor Relations and was promoted to Marketing Manager in December 2016.

Hazel Woodward
Investor Relations

Hazel graduated from Brunel University London in 2017 with a BA (Hons) in Music. After graduating, Hazel worked at Digme Fitness for a year, where she helped to get the new studio in Moorgate running smoothly.  She then completed a contract with The Telegraph as their client acquisition executive for the Business Events team on all their conferences. Hazel joined Eden Rock in November 2018 and assists with client relations and the day-to-day running of the office.

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