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About Us

Dedicated trading team with 88 years experience
Philippe van den Abeele

Founder & Head of Investments
  • More than 30 years experience in commercial shipping and commodity derivatives

  • Instrumental in the inception and the development of the freight derivatives markets since 1985 

  • Extensive knowledge in placing/trading freight and commodity derivatives

  • Expert advice on freight hedging 

  • Risk and Investment Portfolio Management

  • Comprehensive knowledge of macro and micro economic factors influencing freight rates 

  • Chairman of Freight Market Users group (FMIUG) 2011-2014 

  • Managing Partner of Castalia Fund Management (UK) Ltd Nov 2006-July 2013 

  • Executive Board Director of H Clarkson Ltd (2001-2006) 

  • MD Clarkson Securities Ltd ( 1995-2006)

  • Director Clarkson Wolff Ltd (1989-1994)

  • Freight Derivatives Broker (Biffex) Marine & General 1985- 1988

  • Dry cargo Shipbroker/Galbraiths 1980-1984

  • Member of the Baltic Exchange since 1981 

  • Patrick has 23 years’ experience in setting up and running financial services companies

  • FCA Authorised Person for 19 years (FCA IRN: PRB 01080)

  • Positions of CFO, COO, MD, Compliance Officer, Risk Management Officer throughout an entrepreneurial career

  • Venture capital and private equity investments background

  • Career oversight and responsibility for over €4 Bil of assets

  • Board member of Delcap Asset Management Ltd

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of Brack Capital Properties, listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange

  • Executive Director of the HERO Group  

  • Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Compliance Officer of Duet Group. (2006-2008)

  • CFO (since inception) of Change Capital Partners LLP, a private equity firm specialising in the retail sector (2003-2006)

  • Co-founder, Finance Director and Compliance Officer of HAM & Co., 1996-2003 

Patrick Burke

Founder & Head of Operations
Robin King

Risk Management
  • Over 30 years experience in freight and commodity derivatives

  • Instrumental in the inception of the freight derivatives markets since 1985

  • Director of Clarkson Securities Ltd (1997-2003)

  • Director of GFF Ltd (2004-2006) 

  • Head of Marketing at the Baltic Exchange 2010-2018

  • Member of the Baltic Exhcange since 1978

  • Private Shipping consultancy 2006 - present 

  • Past chairman of FFA Brokers Association (tankers) 2004- 2005

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