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our team

Anish Mathur

Anish Mathur is the Founder and the Chief Investment Officer of Astra Asset Management UK Limited. Mr Mathur is also a member of the Investment Management Team, and the Risk and Valuation Committees. Prior to Astra, Anish spent 7 years at Deutsche Bank as Head of Winchester Capital Principal Finance, where he was responsible for one of the largest cash and synthetic asset backed securities portfolios globally comprising a multi-billion-dollar pool of ABS assets including US and European RMBS, CMBS, CLOs and CDOs in both cash and synthetic form. Prior to Winchester Capital, Anish spent 7 years providing consulting services to several Fortune 500 companies over various financial and strategic matters including capital efficacy, P&L maximization and post M&A optimization methodology.

Mr Mathur holds an MBA from Oxford University and was an undergraduate at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Christian Adler

Christian Adler is the co-founder of Astra Asset Management UK Limited. Mr Adler is a member of the Investment Management Team and the Risk Committee and is responsible for managing the overall portfolio risk of Astra’s investments. Christian has over 20 years’ experience in the credit markets, with 14 years spent at Deutsche Bank in London, New York and Frankfurt. Within DB’s Global Credit Trading department Christian was a senior trader managing a multi-billion dollar CDO/ABS book. In addition to hedging and risk managing a portfolio of structured credit products consisting of cash as well as synthetic positions in ABS and leveraged loans, he was responsible for identifying relative value opportunities including long/short strategies and capital structure arbitrage in ABS.

Mr Adler holds a PhD in Mathematics and an MSc in Physics from Hamburg University.

Michael Holdom

Michael Holdom is the Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Risk Committee. Mr Holdom joined Astra at its inception in 2012 from Octave Investment Management LLP, where he had been a Director since 2009. Prior to Octave, Mr Holdom spent 20 years within Deutsche Bank, London, culminating in being the Head of the Alternative Investment Trading team. He specialised in hedging and market making of a wide range of Deutsche Bank securitised products, including the systematic quantitative delta-one equity strategies created by the Quantitative Products Structuring team. Prior to this he held a wide number of operational roles for Deutsche Bank and Bankers Trust within Equities, FX, Commodities and Interest Rate asset classes.

Mr Holdom holds a BSc (Hons) in Physics from the University of London.

Mark Murray

Mark Murray is the Astra’s General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. He is responsible for advising the Investment Manager on its legal and regulatory matters, transaction documentation with counterparties, corporate governance and other legal and compliance related matters. Mr Murray joined Astra in early 2013, having previously concurrently held the position of Legal Counsel and Compliance Consultant with Octave Investment Management LLP. Prior to Octave, Mr Murray had acted for three years as Legal Counsel for the Bank of Ireland Group.

Mr Murray is a dual qualified solicitor entitled to practice in England, the Republic of Ireland and Wales. Mr Murray holds an LLB from Trinity College Dublin and holds professional Law Society of Ireland diplomas in Financial Regulation, Fund Governance and Corporate Law and Practice and has achieved a Diploma in Islamic Finance, from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Shikha Gupta

Shikha Gupta is a member of the Investment Management Team. Ms Gupta joined Astra in 2017 from Deutsche Bank where she had worked for 9 years. Ms Gupta managed the diverse portfolio of assets in excess of US$10BN at DB’s Non-Core Operating Unit and formerly Winchester Capital, the principal finance unit at Deutsche Bank in London. She actively traded both synthetic and cash ABS securities including portfolios of US and European CLOs, CMBS, Non-Agency RMBS, ABS CDOs and Trups CDOs. She traded DB’s global single name Subprime CDS book, portfolio CDS exposure and was responsible for managing risk for most ABS CDS trades across the bank. Additionally, she managed various esoteric investments including structured financing portfolio, failed securitisation exposures, liquidity facilities and investments in other PE Funds.

Ms Gupta holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

Albertus Rigter

Albertus Rigter is a partner and member of the Investment Management Team. Mr Rigter joined Astra in Q1 2019 from LGT Capital Partners Ltd in Switzerland, where he was a Partner, Portfolio Manager of LGT’s Crown Distressed Credit Opportunities Funds, Co-Head of Multi-Style Team, and Member of the Investment Committee. Before joining LGT in June 2008, Mr Rigter worked at Dexia Asset Management where from 2004, where he was responsible for event driven and emerging markets strategies and was a member of the investment committee. Prior to Dexia, Mr Rigter worked as a buy side analyst in emerging market equity at the asset management division of Banque Générale du Luxembourg (later Fortis Investments in 2003). Mr Rigter started his career in 1999 at Robeco Group, working in the securities lending department.

Mr Rigter holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Management from the International School of Economics Rotterdam and Groupe ESC Bordeaux, his Master’s degree in Economics (Cum Laude) and a Master’s degree in International Finance (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Nancy II. Mr Rigter is also a CFA charter holder.

Kenneth Brougher

Kenneth Brougher is a member of the Investment Management Team, and brings structuring expertise to all aspects of the investment strategy with focus on the Direct Origination. Mr Brougher joined Astra in 2016 with over 20 years of experience in finance, trading and structuring in New York City and London. Previously at Deutsche Bank, Mr Brougher was head of its Global Markets Repack and Structured Notes desk responsible for a global platform with over EUR 40bn in issuance across 117 SPVs and 14 jurisdictions including Credit, Rates, Equities, Trade Finance, Funds, Commodities, EM and Longevity/Mortality strategies in both private placements and registered public issuances into Europe, Asia and America to institutional and retail clients. Additionally, Mr Brougher was a Senior Credit structurer specialising in the creation, delivery and execution of complex innovative derivative solutions including static and managed synthetic CDOs, CDO^2, leveraged super senior tranches in funded and unfunded/derivative form. During the financial crisis, Mr Brougher represented Deutsche Bank in the restructuring of the USD 32Bn Canadian Asset-Backed Commercial Paper market, which is to date the largest single restructuring of synthetic structured credit products.

Mr Brougher holds a BA in Political Science from Dickinson College.

Sharad Vohra

Sharad Vohra is a member of the Investment Management Team and works across all aspects of the investment strategy, and focuses on the underlying credit risk assessment and structuring solutions. Mr Vohra joined Astra in 2017 from Goldman Sachs in London, where he previously ran the EMEA CLO Trading platform. Sharad joined Goldman Sachs in New York in 2002 and spent 14 years in their structured credit division. Moving to London in 2005, to set-up the European CLO new issue business, which was consistently the Top 3 CLO arranger in Europe. In addition, Sharad has extensive experience in broader credit products including structured funding and illiquid asset financing.

Sharad has an undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics-Economics with Honours (Magna Cum Laude) from Brown University. Prior to transferring to Brown University, Sharad was pursuing an undergraduate degree in Economics at St. Stephens College, Delhi. Sharad is also a CFA charter holder.

Agrim Ganti

Agrim Ganti is an investment analyst. Mr Ganti works closely with the Investment Management Team on multiple investment strategies and asset classes, with a focus on financial modelling, credit analysis and structuring. Mr Ganti joined Astra in 2016, with around two years of restructuring and corporate advisory experience at KPMG which involved working with stressed and distressed clients as well as on formal corporate insolvencies across various industry sectors.

Mr Ganti holds a MSc in Finance from London School of Economics and a MEng in Electronic & Electrical Engineering from University College London.

Jakub Telicka

Jakub Telicka joined Astra’s legal department in 2017. He assists the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer in all legal and compliance tasks concerning the firm including finance and corporate transaction documentation, corporate governance and regulatory aspects of the business. Prior to joining Astra, Mr Telicka worked as an associate at the law firm of Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP in Brussels where he advised international clients on both antitrust, corporate and finance matters.

Mr Telicka holds a Master’s degree in Law from Emmanuel College, Cambridge and a Master of Laws degree from Duke University School of Law. He is a qualified attorney at law in the State of New York.

John Healy

John Healy joined Astra in 2012 bringing 8 years of IT industry experience. He is responsible for architecting and development of Astra’s internal proprietary portfolio management systems. Additional responsibilities include management of Astra’s IT infrastructure. Mr Healy has international experience working in Dublin, London and Toronto. Prior to Astra, Mr Healy work for Spendvision Ltd in New Zealand, where he worked for 5 years as a Technical Specialist, developing strategically critical software systems for clients of Spendvision.

Mr Healy has a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science.

Agnes Nowicka

Agnes Nowicka is Astra’s Operations specialist and is responsible for front to end support for Astra’s investments and liaison functions for all Astra funds and management accounts. She manages all bookings, trade and cash reconciliation and other operational functions. Ms Nowicka joined Astra in 2015, and comes with over 8 years of experience in operations and trading desk support roles. Ms Nowicka has previously worked at Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank all in New York, where she specialized on risk management reviews and cash flow management of OTC derivatives, credit derivatives, interest rate structured products and swaps.

Ms Nowicka holds a BBA in Finance from Baruch College, at the City University of New York (CUNY).

Angus Strachan

Angus Strachan is responsible for business development and for Astra’s distribution, sales and Investor Relations. Mr Strachan joined Astra in 2018 as a graduate. Prior to Astra, he spent just under two years working as an advisor to the Minister for International Trade and Minister for London in the United Kingdom Houses of Parliament.

Mr Strachan holds a BA Theology from Clare College, University of Cambridge.