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About Us

Dedicated trading team with 90 years experience

Philippe van den Abeele

Founder & Head of Investments

Philippe van den Abeele has over 30 years of experience in commercial shipping and commodity derivatives. He played a significant role in the inception and development of freight derivatives markets since 1985 and has extensive knowledge in placing and trading freight and commodity derivatives. Philippe offers expert advice on freight hedging and risk and investment portfolio management, and has a comprehensive understanding of macro and micro economic factors influencing freight rates. He has held senior positions including Chairman of the Freight Market Users group (FMIUG), Managing Partner of Castalia Fund Management (UK) Ltd, Executive Board Director of H Clarkson Ltd, and Director of Clarkson Wolff Ltd. Philippe began his career in the shipping industry as a Freight Derivatives Broker at Biffex Marine & General and was a Dry Cargo Shipbroker at Galbraiths. He is a respected member of the Baltic Exchange since 1981.

Patrick Burke

Founder & Head of Operations

Patrick Burke has 23 years of experience in setting up and running financial services companies. He has held various positions throughout his entrepreneurial career, including CFO, COO, MD, Compliance Officer, and Risk Management Officer. Patrick has a background in venture capital and private equity investments and has had oversight and responsibility for over €4 Billion of assets. He currently serves as a Board member of Delcap Asset Management Ltd and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Brack Capital Properties. Patrick has also held senior positions in Duet Group, Change Capital Partners LLP, and HAM & Co. He brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success in the financial services industry.

Robin King

Risk Management & Marketing

Robin King has over 30 years of experience in freight and commodity derivatives, playing a significant role in the inception of the freight derivatives markets since 1985. He has held various positions throughout his career, including Director of Clarkson Securities Ltd and GFF Ltd. Robin served as Head of Marketing at the Baltic Exchange from 2010 to 2018 and is a respected member of the Baltic Exchange since 1978. He also operates a private shipping consultancy and served as the past Chairman of the FFA Brokers Association (tankers) in 2004-2005. With extensive knowledge and experience in freight and commodity derivatives, Robin brings valuable expertise to any organization in this field.

Suyash Bhartiya

Risk Analyst

Suyash Bhartiya is a Risk Analyst with 2 ½ years of experience at Consortium Capital Group. He is a graduate of Cass Business School, City of London, with a First Class BSc in Finance. Suyash has strong computing and analytical skills, which he applies to effectively assess and manage risks. He has previously worked in the Group Treasury department of ITC in India, gaining valuable experience in the field. With his solid background and expertise, Suyash is a capable professional in risk analysis.

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