About us

Verrazzano Capital is an independent boutique Hedge Fund specialised in European Equities. Our teams manage both Long/Short and Long only investment strategies on behalf of professional and private investors.

Founded in late 2011 by Guillaume Rambourg, Verrazzano Capital has its roots in the European Large cap team at Gartmore Investment Management where Guillaume worked from 1995 to 2010, co-managing Long only and Long/Short portfolios. The investment strategies managed by Verrazzano are akin to those that Guillaume Rambourg successfully co-managed during his time at Gartmore and benefit from an investment process honed over a fifteen year period and further enhanced here at Verrazzano.

More recently, we welcomed portfolio managers Vincent Rennella and Youssef Benhaddouch who respectively manage the Verrazzano Renaissance Fund and the Verrazzano Concentrated Equity Europe Fund, two funds that were launched on our Luxembourg UCITS platform in 2016.

The firm takes its name from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York that was named after the explorer, Giovanni da Verrazzano, the first European to enter the New York Harbour in the early 1500s.  The bridge has been the starting point of the New York City Marathon since 1976, a race that epitomises Verrazzano’s core values: performance, discipline, resilience, commitment and passion.

Investment Philosophy

 

Verrazzano Capital employs a fundamental research driven approach to stock selection based on rigorous in-house proprietary research. This approach is combined with a pragmatic tactical trading element which helps to navigate the markets in more volatile environments. The investment process employed by Guillaume Rambourg since 1999 has won several awards including the Euro Hedge Award for best European Long/Short Fund on 3 occasions (2001,2006 and 2009).

Our investment philosophy is informed by a set of ‘Golden Rules’ first established during Guillaume’s time at Gartmore and which underlines our pragmatic approach to investing



EUROPEAN EQUITIES UCITS

Verrazzano runs four UCITS products: VELS, a long short european equity fund based on the Opportunities strategy, that launched in March 2014. VADVE, a long only european equity fund that launched in December 2013. VCEEF, a long only pan-european equity fund that launched in December 2016.

Verrazzano Capital UCITS – by Guillaume Rambourg from Gartmore
UCITS - Verrazzano Capital - by Guillaume Rambourg

Hedge Funds

Verrazzano Capital runs 2 European Equity QIAIFs (Qualified Investor Funds – Irish Domiciled). For regulatory reasons Verrazzano is unable to publicly disclose information surrounding our hedge funds to unprofessional investors.

Please contact investorrelations@verrazzanocap.com for more information.

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MEET THE TEAM

With offices in London and Paris, our team draws on a skilled, experienced and ambitious pool of talent.  Investment team members are based in both locations with non-investment functions such as Risk Management, Compliance and Operations based in the Paris office.

 
Guillaume Rambourg Verrazzano Capital
Guillaume Rambourg
Chief Investment Officer

Prior to founding Verrazzano Capital, the Chief Investment Officer, Guillaume Rambourg, was co-portfolio manager of the AlphaGen Capella, AlphaGen Tucana and AlphaGen Acamar hedge funds at Gartmore Investment Management where he co-ran $5bn in assets under management at the peak across the strategies.  Guillaume joined Gartmore in 1995 as an analyst and was co-manager from inception of both the AlphaGen Capella hedge fund (1999-2010) and AlphaGen Tucana (2005-10).  In addition, Guillaume co-managed European long-only mandates, including Gartmore European Selected Opportunities Fund and Gartmore SICAV Continental European Fund totalling $8bn in AUM at the peak.

 

Guillaume graduated from ESSEC Business School in Paris (1993), majoring in Finance.  The co-managed funds were the recipients on various occasions of awards from EuroHedge for Best European Long Short Fund (Over $500m): AlphaGen Capella (2001), AlphaGen Tucana (2006) and AlphaGen Tucana (2009).

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Youssef Benhaddouch
Portfolio Manager

A member of the Executive Committee, Youssef joined Verrazzano in late 2016.  Prior to this, he ran a similar strategy within his own Cayman based vehicle.  The fund launched in October 2015 and is a concentrated Long only fund investing in European equities. Prior to joining Verrazzano, Youssef spent 14 years at French broker Exane BNP Paribas. He stared his career at a Big Six audit firm and entered the brokerage business in 1996 as an analyst covering French midcap stocks. He joined Exane in 1998 as sales executive for European Equities covering UK clients. He was subsequently promoted to Head of Hedge Fund sales in 2000, Head of UK clients sales in 2005, and Head of UK and US clients sales for Exane BNP Paribas in 2008. He became a Partner of Exane in 2001 and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Equities Division. Youssef graduated from ESSEC Business School in Paris in 1993.

Guillaume Rambourg Verrazzano Capital
Murielle Maman
Chief Operating Officer

 Executive Committee member, Chief Compliance Officer and Chair of the Operational Risk Committee. Prior to joining Verrazzano Capital as a Founding Partner, Murielle was head of derivatives product wrapping and structuring for Daiwa Capital Markets (2008–11). Prior to that, she was Head of the Alternative and Structured Fund platform for Merrill Lynch International (2005–08) setting up one of the first UCITS Hedge Fund platforms – MLIS.  Murielle joined Societe Generale (1994–2005) to build the Equity Derivatives middle and back office. In 1998 she became the founder and CEO of Lyxor Asset Management.  Prior to that, she was Senior Manager at Ernst & Young in Paris and London (1985–94), in addition she served as a technical advisor to the French regulatory authorities. Murielle graduated from EDHEC, (1985) and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

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David Disneur
Sales Director

David joined Verrazzano Capital in August 2017. Prior to this, he spent over 9 years in sales and marketing roles at Director level for BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager. He was responsible for the business development of the Wholesale Distribution in France and Monaco, before being appointed Head of Central Sales Management for EMEA Wholesale Distribution in 2015. David has a Masters in International Business from the University of Sciences and Technology – Lille 1 and Master’s degree in Economics and Finance from Sciences-Po

CONTACT

 
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48 Dover Street
London W1S 4FF
United-Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0) 203 655 7860
investorrelations@verrazzanocap.com

VERRAZZANO CAPITAL SAS


10 rue de Castiglione

75001 Paris
France

Phone: +33 (0) 1 53 57 33 60
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CAREER

Please contact us directly regarding opportunities at Verrazzano Capital

We look for people committed and enthusiasm which are able to provide added value to our team.

Please contact us directly regarding opportunities at Verrazzano Capital : investorrelations@verrazzanocap.com

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