Qblue Strikes a Better Balance

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – Qblue Balanced is striking a better balance between its highly-experienced investment team and blossoming investor relations team by strengthening its client focus with a new hire. The Copenhagen-based asset manager has hired Amanda Ladeira Pereira as Sales and Relationship Manager for the Nordics and EMEA region. In July of last year, Qblue Balanced launched a market-neutral alternative risk premia fund called Qblue Luxembourg.

“Qblue Balanced is very pleased to welcome Amanda Ladeira Pereira to the team as our new Sales and Relationship Manager, Nordics & EMEA,” writes Qblue Balanced in a press release. “Amanda brings more than 12 years of experience working in European markets, focusing on EUR government as well as Scandinavian bonds and derivatives, and developing long-lasting relationships with customers,” the press release adds. Pereira started her professional career in Alfa Investment Bank in São Paulo, Brazil before joining Cecabank and CM Capital Markets in Madrid, Spain. She joins Qblue Balanced from Danske Bank in Copenhagen, where she spent six and a half years as a Senior Fixed Income and Derivatives Sales Manager.

Qblue Balanced, registered with the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority – Finanstilsynet – as an alternative investment fund manager, was founded in 2018 by Bjarne Graven Larsen (pictured), former chief investment officer at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and Danish pension fund ATP. Larsen co-founded Qblue Balanced with a six-member team mostly comprised of former investment professionals from ATP. The list of co-founders features ATP’s former CIO of investments, Fredrik Martinsson, ATP’s former senior portfolio managers Martin Richter, Thomas Stryger Olsen, Lars Voss Toft, and Lars Hougaard Nielsen, as well as Kevin Mitchell, who spent three years as a student analyst at Mermaid Asset Management before joining Qblue Balanced. Martinsson spent 15 years at ATP, five of which as CIO. Richter, Olsen, Toft, and Nielsen spent between four and six years as senior portfolio managers at ATP.

Qblue Balanced, which pursues the vision of becoming “a global leader that defines the industry standards in the field of systematic investments,” launched Qblue Luxembourg last year to harvest risk premia through an active, dynamic and systematic process. The fund uses a market-neutral approach to harvest alternative risk premia across four main asset classes, including equities, fixed income, commodities and currencies. Overseen by a team led by chief investment officer Fredrik Martinsson, Qblue Luxembourg follows a rule-based, non-discretionary approach to harvesting risk premia.

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Eugeniu Guzun serves as a data analyst responsible for maintaining and gatekeeping the Nordic Hedge Index (NHX), as well as being a novice columnist covering the Nordic hedge fund industry for HedgeNordic. Prior to joining HedgeNordic, Eugeniu had served as a columnist for a U.S. journal covering insider trading activity, activist campaigns and hedge fund moves. Eugeniu completed his Master’s degree at the Stockholm School of Economics in 2018.

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