Who We Are
Quants and its subsidiaries develop and publish risk indices with financial derivatives, portfolio models for smart beta investing, and market and operate liquid alternative funds and financial technology platforms for superior risk management since 2010. The company combines decades of experience and intellectual properties in the quantitative risk analysis and portfolio optimization with derivative overlays, and has been providing services to the institutional clients since inception.
Quants Capital Management, Inc is registered with California Department of Business Oversight as a Registered Investment Adviser (CRD # 153124) and with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission as a commodity pool operator. Quants Capital is also a member of the National Futures Association (NFA ID # 0418577).
The company has headquarters in Los Angeles and offices in New York, London and Istanbul.
What We Do
Quants develops complete portfolio solutions with real-time risk scenarios in quantitative platforms and is dedicated to offering strategic alternative products for investors, advisors and fund managers. The company is planning to streamline and democratize the sophisticated risk management by releasing new Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) that are using derivative overlays and an online platform for automation (Robo-Advisor).
The investment portfolios consist of the major index investments in stocks and bonds with the risk management in the financial derivatives. These alternative investment models historically outperform the traditional mutual funds. Quants's investment model optimizes the risk and return profile of the portfolios for potentially better risk-adjusted returns than the benchmark indices. Quants generated 74% annual returns in its managed accounts after all fees and expenses in 2012-2013 with its risk management models.
Quants develops software generally specialized in analyzing the global markets and risk management with the financial derivatives. The main trading focus of the firm has been in derivative overlays on large cap indices, major industries, US Treasuries and select commodities. The software assets maximize the profits through the optimal asset allocation and rotations, generally with a hedged approach according to the trend and volatility characteristics without tactical trading.
Quants has been licensing its software assets to the high net worth and institutional investors since 2011. The support services included providing the consulting and specialist trading services in the derivatives markets and customizing them for the strategic alternative trading and investment platforms. The partnerships with private and institutional investors provided Quants the corporate investments and revenues to keep improving on its investment programs since inception.
The firm has established a track record in derivative overlays, but especially focused on the index and sector investments with the statistical volatility strategies since 2012. Quants currently operates its own US and offshore liquid alternative smart beta index funds, and provide the specialist services in executing the derivative overlays for institutional risk management. Currently, portfolio and fund offerings target to achieve better risk-adjusted returns by reducing the risk exposure (Sharpe near or over 2) and to maximize the investable capacity in a slower paced execution environments.
Quants is also introducing the Exchange Traded Funds (“ETFs”) to streamline the risk and return optimization and portfolio insurance process, and provide liquidity for the creation units of the ETFs from its liquid alternative fund assets. The ETFs will allow the complexities of derivative overlays to be abstracted and offer instead easily applicable, better risk-managed portfolios in both institutional and individual investment accounts.
Quants’s asset allocation methods are applicable to the institutions and advisors following the traditional index and industry investments in the long term portfolios while looking to mitigate the portfolio volatility in the short to medium term.
MEET OUR TEAM
Quants is a registered investment adviser and commodity pool operator since 2010. The senior management at Quants has decades of combined experience in the software development, asset management, and derivative overlays in liquid alternatives.
We work with the risk and compliance officers of our counter parties and traders in the institutional desks, and fill the staffing needs depending on our projects. Quants is currently looking to hire quantitative developers and fund managers ahead of launching its ETFs. We recognize the challenges in executing large portfolios and training needs of our staffing.
Gokhan Kisacikoglu, Founder & CEO, Quants
Gokhan Kisacikoglu is the founder and the chief developer of Quants since March 2010. He managed the company’s alternative fund in 2011 and developed the asset allocation and risk management strategies since December 2011. He was the founder and quantitative developer at Quantum Growth Partners from August 2006 until October 2012. Before launching his own startups, Gokhan Kisacikoglu developed trading algorithms for his family and friends funds since 1998.
He worked as a software developer for the computational simulations at DreamWorks Pictures, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Kodak Cinesite, and Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey from 1993 until 2008. He patented many of his inventions with his colleagues and presented them at the prestigious institutions and conferences.
Mr. Kisacikoglu graduated from Middle East Technical University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.
Cenk Aydin, Chairman
Cenk Aydin is the Principle Owner and Chairman of Lara Holdings and Investments BV. Mr. Aydin is an institutional partner and Chairman of Quants Corporation.
Mr. Aydın started his career at Citigroup as a Global Management Associate in Wall Street. He took on several Global Strategy responsibilities until he became Head of Power, Energy, Chemicals and Mining Industries across EMEA region. Later in 2007 Mr. Aydin joined Bank of America as their Chief Operating Officer within the Corporate and Investment Bank for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He then served as Head of Corporate Segment, Sales and Strategy at JPMorgan for EMEA.
Throughout his banking career Mr. Aydin advised the world’s largest multinational corporations such as ArcelorMittal, Exxon, Halliburton, Royal Dutch Shell and many others across the world, while formulating global expansion strategies of the world’s largest three banks, Citigroup, Bank of America and JPMorgan. He is an expert in Corporate Finance, M&A, Energy, Global Strategy Formulation/Execution, Liquidity and Investment Management, Treasury Management, Operational Excellence and Risk Management, Illiquid and Distressed Assets.
Mr. Aydin was named a Young Global Leader, one of the top 100 Global Leaders in the world, by the World Economic Forum in 2010. He currently serves on the President's Advisory Group of the EastWest Institute in New York. He is currently a Board Member of Relief International and trustee of Teach-A-Man-To-Fish.
Mr. Aydin studied Public Policy and Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and holds an MBA from University of Miami and a BA in Economics at Koc University. His personal interests include cross-border business expansion strategies for Financial Institutions, Energy Project, International Relations and Not-for-Profit engagements.
Khris Thetsy, Interim CFO
Khris Thetsy is a member of board of advisors and provides CFO services. He is the founder of iCFO Capital and brings more than a decade of experience as a Chief Financial Officer to the company. His senior financial management experience has led to planning and implementation of financial operations including raising capital for small entrepreneurial companies, start-up firms, and expanding growth companies. His efforts consistently improve the bottom line through careful analysis, identification, adjustment, and implementation of efficient business practices.
Murat Buyuran, Online Operations
Passionate about anything technology since young age, Murat was 19 when he started his first IT company. He provided system and network design, developed business software, and supported desktop computers and servers for companies across various industries. Murat also worked as an IT Manager in financial companies for over 10 years, overseeing online operations, including web design, software development, Internet security, among multiple other responsibilities.
Highly skilled and experienced in web design and development, Murat founded Meltem Technology in 2010 to extend his expertise to businesses seeking to grow. With over 28 years of experience and countless successful projects he delivered, Murat always looks forward to the next exciting project to undertake.
Murat holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration of Management.
Sammer Fam, Software Development
Sammer Fam is a serial entrepreneur and an accredited investor, who is terribly in love with the outsourcing industry and what it can bring for lean businesses and startups.
Sammer started in the Fortune 500 (Nestle) in marketing and strategic planning then moved to start up various companies in the Middle East. He sold two of these companies and learned the models to create lean businesses that succeed.
He connects U.S. Based entities with offshore-preferred vendors according to the companies real outsourcing needs, specifically in software-web Development, B.P.O., VRM (vendor relationship management) to guarantee success.
David Kuff, Corporate Communications
David Kuff is a senior-level marketing expert who has developed campaigns and product launches for All Nippon Airways, Marriott, Shell, Cool California, Diamond Council, Walgreens, WallyPark, Guthy-Renker, Kenwood and other global brands. He directed Texaco’s Minority Franchise Program, helped increase wholesale Dutch flower sales to $49 million in two years and directed the International Rescue Committee’s 9/11 response campaign. His compelling lifestyle campaigns have driven growth for Red Bull, Jurlique, Kenwood, NEC, Dept of Housing and U.S. Navy Energy Efficiency Program. He was a J. Walter Thompson copywriter, Public Relations Director at Hakuhodo and earned his B.A. degree in English/Communications from the University of Maryland.
Greg McAndrews, Financial Public Relations
Greg McAndrews has served as financial public relations counselor to more than 250 public and private companies. He has personally created more than 300 annual reports; established dozens of investor relations programs and successfully set up strategic plans for raising $2.17 billion in 234 securities engagements.
He has represented John De Nigris Associates, Inc. of New York (the first financial public relations firm to be publicly-traded) as an employee and then a partner during this time. Mr. De Nigris retired in March 2000.
Mr. McAndrews is the author of papers on "A 10-Point Public Relations Program for Financial Planners", "Marketing of Sec. 8 Housing Tax Credits" and "An Introduction to Sec. 29 Oil and Gas Tax Credits." He has been appointed an expert witness regarding mass solicitation, advertising, and promotion issues in securities sales.
David L. Mau, Adviser
David L. Mau is a Director at Belmont Acquisitions and manages Belmont Global Research, which publishes equities research on publicly traded companies in the domestic US equities markets. David has over 9 years in the equities research business and draws upon his extensive work experience in the technology, software, consumer products, and other industries. His background includes finance, business development, product marketing and sales positions in various industries for over 30 years. With this diverse background in hand, David is well equipped to understand how public companies can grow their businesses and avoid the obstacles that might impede their progress. Finding workable investment ideas is a passion for David as he strives to bring value to his client audience.
David began his career with a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Davis.
Beau Buck, Adviser
Beau Buck is a Serial entrepreneur and active entrepreneur (helping institutions innovate, from outside). He provides strategic marketing and business advisory to company CEO and Founders in addition to mentoring the team. He has experience with rapid concept prototyping and arrange software development resources. Help clients raise visibility through targeted, discrete outreach campaigns.
Jack G. Martel, Corporate & Securities Attorney
Jack Martel, currently a partner at Ragghianti and Freitas LLP, has over fifteen years experience in general business and securities transactions while specializing in representing investment advisers, fund managers and others in the investment management industry.
He acts as outside general counsel providing corporate and business advice on a broad spectrum of business, operational, mergers and acquisitions, and other matters. Jack counsels investment advisers, wealth managers, and fund managers ranging from start-ups to those with billions in assets under management on all manner of advisory operations, federal and state regulatory compliance, registration and exemptions from registration under federal and state securities and investment adviser laws.
Jack is the author of the Investment Adviser Law Blog, providing information and discussion of interest to investment advisers, private fund managers and others in the investment management industry.
Ron Komen P.E, Director, Investor
Ron Komen is the President and CEO of Komen & Hughes Consulting, an engineering consulting firm. He has managed multi-million dollars projects at Sempra Energy, Thermal Electrons, Union Electric, Kellwood Corp. He is an advocate of promoting energy conservation, renewable energy, and clean environment.
He has over 30 years of extensive experience managing stock portfolios. He passed his Series 7 exam and was a broker with Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles, California. He has also successfully been managing and owning real estate investments.
Ron is active in helping the Thai Community and is the Vice President of the Thai American and Asian Alliance of San Diego Association.
He received his MBA, Master of Business Administration from National University, San Diego, California and his M.S. & B.S. Degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Missouri, Columbia with a Curator's scholarship recipient for both Bachelor and Masters Degrees programs. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the state of California.