Caspian Management

Caspian’s senior management team brings decades of combined experience in finance and technology. Members of the Caspian team have held senior roles at well-known investment firms and technology companies, and several were early adopters of blockchain technology. In their respective roles at TORA and Kenetic, they have proven their ability to work effectively together building financial and trading solutions that have achieved major success.

Our Team

  • Michael Lerch

    Chairman

    Founder and CIO of Evolution Capital Management and founder of Tora. Prior to founding Evolution and Tora, Mike worked in a number of senior management and trading positions at bulge bracket investment banks. Mike holds a B.A. in Politics from Princeton University.

  • Robert Dykes

    CEO & Co-founder

    Has served as TORA CEO for the past 14 years. Prior to that Robert spent 11 years in the enterprise software and high-tech industry in Europe, North America, and Asia at such companies as WebPartner and Audiosoft. Robert holds a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University

  • David Wills

    COO & Co-founder

    Has served as Kenetic COO since inception. Prior to that David spent 10 years as Managing Director and Head of Asia Trading at Och-Ziff Capital and was the former chairperson of HKeX Hedge Fund market council. David holds a B.A. in Psychology and B.Comm. in Finance & Economics from the University of Sydney

  • Gerrit Van Wingerden

    CTO & Co-founder

    Has served as Managing Director at TORA for the past 12 years. Prior to that Gerrit managed the development of high volume trading applications and analytical tools for various hedge funds and bulge bracket investment banks. Gerrit holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University

  • Paul Catuna

    Chief Finance Officer

    Has served as TORA's CFO for the past 10 years. Prior to that Paul held senior financial positions at WAGIC, Intertop, and Isonics. Paul spent the first 9 years of his career in public accounting, last serving as Senior Manager at Deloitte. Paul holds a B.S. in Business - Accounting from California State University, Fresno and is a certified public accountant.

  • Jehan Chu

    Chief Strategy Officer

    Co-founder and Managing Partner at Kenetic. A former frontend developer with over 10 years' experience in web and enterprise application development. Jehan founded the Ethereum HK community (2014), and co-Founded the Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong (2014). Jehan holds a B.A. from John Hopkins University.

Advisors

  • Michael Oved

    Co-Founder AirSwap

    Oved is a co-founder of AirSwap, a decentralized, peer-to-peer token trading network for ERC-20 tokens on the Ethereum blockchain. He is passionate about a future where people fearlessly trade digital value without third-party intervention. Prior to AirSwap, he spent his career as an algo trader at VirtuFinancial.

  • IVAN DAMGÅRD

    Chief Cryptographer, Partner Partasia

    Ivan is professor and head of the research group in cryptography at Aarhus University. Ivan is co-founder of Cryptomathic, Partisia and Sepior. He is one of the top cited and publishing researchers in cryptography, is a fellow of the IACR (International Association for Cryptologic Research), and received the 2015 RSA Award for Excellence in the Field of Mathematics.

  • Mona El Isa

    CEO & Co-founder, Melonport

    Former star-trader at Goldman Sachs, promoted to Vice President by the age of 26 and made the “top 30 under 30” list in Trader Magazine in 2008 and Forbes Magazine in 2011 after profitably trading the 2008 and 2011 crashes. Moved to Geneva-based macro fund Jabre Capital in 2011, before deciding in 2014 that the future of finance lay in blockchain technology. She studied Economics & Statistics at the University College London.

  • Galaxy Digital

    Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital has joined Caspian as an Advisor to help shape and evolve the technology platform for the Institutional crypto asset managers and traders. Caspian will be able to benefit from Galaxy’s expertise in the crypto space and help guide the software development for the benefit of the crypto community and Caspian clients. Galaxy Digital is a diversified, multi-service merchant bank dedicated to the digital assets and blockchain technology industry. Galaxy Digital was founded by Mike Novogratz in late 2017. Previously, Mike Novogratz was the Chief Investment Officer of the Fortress Macro Funds, and a Principal and Board Member at Fortress Investment Group. Together with Bloomberg, Galaxy also recently created and co-branded the Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index, which is administered and calculated by Bloomberg, to assist institutional managers in tracking the performance of the most liquid cryptocurrencies.

  • Ari Paul

    CIO BlockTower Capital

    Ari Paul is co-founder and CIO of BlockTower Capital, an industry leading crypto asset investment firm.
    He was previously a portfolio manager for the University of Chicago's $8 billion endowment, and a derivatives market maker and proprietary trader for Susquehanna International Group (SIG). Ari earned a BA in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the University of Chicago with concentrations in economics, entrepreneurship, strategic management, and econometrics & statistics. Ari is a CFA charterholder

  • Satoshi Kobayashi

    Founder Smart Contract Japan

    Satoshi Kobayashi is one of the largest individual and corporate traders of cryptocurrencies in Asia. After a successful career as a hedge fund director and investment advisor, he worked as an angel investor and trader. Today, he controls hundreds of millions of dollars worth of Bitcoin, Ether, and ERC20 tokens and the digital asset related conglomerate, Smart Contract Limited. With his team, Satoshi has executed thousands of cryptocurrency trades worth billions of dollars in volume.

  • Willy Woo

    Independent Crypto Analyst

    Willy Woo is a technologist and creative who produces data-centric investment research on cryptocurrency markets having published works for CoinDesk, Forbes, and Brave New Coin. Additionally, he is active in numerous cryptocurrency projects, including Exodus Wallet, He3Labs, and Hypersheet, which provide data-centric tools for cryptocurrency traders and investors. Willy holds an honors degree in engineering and carries twenty years experience as a technology entrepreneur.