Chris Rokos Hires Former Brevan Howard Partner Vladimirov

Chris Rokos hired Borislav Vladimirov, a former partner at Brevan Howard Asset Management to help him launch his new hedge fund, Rokos Capital Management—expected to become one of the biggest startups in Europe since the financial crisis.

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Vladimirov joined Rokos Capital last month

Allan Kilkenny, the spokesman for Rokos Capital Management, confirmed that Vladimirov joined the hedge fund last month. According to him, Vladimirov will likely focused investing in emerging markets once Rokos Capital starts trading.

Vladimirov joined Rokos Capital from Graticule Asset Management Asia, a macro hedge fund partly-owned by Fortress Management Group based information from the Financial Conduct Authority register of individuals approved to work in finance.

Vladimirov was a partner for eight years at Brevan Howard. Chris Rokos co-founded Brevan Howard in 2002, and he was one of the top traders of the hedge fund.

Mr. Rokos is hiring traders as he prepares for the launching of his new hedge fund with support from outside investors. He is expected to raise several billions of dollars for his firm this year.

Earlier this year, Stuart Riley, a former co-head, Asia Pacific macro trading at Goldman Sachs joined Rokos Capital.

Brevan Howard supports Chris Rokos

Earlier this year, Chris Rokos settled a dispute with Brevan Howard regarding a non-compete agreement. Rokus filed a lawsuit against the hedge fund he co-founded to invalidate a clause in his contract that prohibits him from managing investments from outside investors for five years. Brevan Howard filed a counter-suit to prevent him from establishing his own hedge fund.

Following the settlement of the case, Brevan Howard decided to take a financial interest in Rokos Capital, but did not disclose the amount of its investment.

During his tenure at Brevan Howard, Chris Rokos was one of its top traders. He is expert in macro trading. He generated approximately $4 billion trading profits for Brevan Howard. In 2011 alone, Mr. Rokos generated $1.2 billion in trading profits, which accounts for 30% of the returns of Brevan Howard’s Master Fund.