About AK Jensen
AK Jensen is unique, a hybrid; global brokerage, software company, and a hedge fund specialist
We are three things; but we couldn’t be one without the others.
- Our origins in brokerage give us the knowledge, experience, and insight to connect our hedge fund clients with what they need; global markets, prime brokers, products and liquidity.
- Our proprietary technology and understanding of software give us the ability to customise clients’ global order routing structures.
- Our sophisticated hedge fund expertise helps ensure that clients meet, at all times, the twin challenges of greater regulatory pressure and increasing investor demand.
And our independence and flexibility mean we’re free from bias, cronyism or reciprocal interests. We focus simply on tailoring the best possible solutions for our clients.
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Meet our managers
Anders is the founder of AK Jensen and works closely with the subsidiaries on both strategic and financial matters. He has been instrumental in attracting top global talent to the board, which since its inception has developed strategies to enable the company to deliver continuous growth.
Anders is a director of AK Jensen Group Limited and the wholly owned subsidiaries of the company.
Anders holds a degree in business administration and finance from the University of Denver in 1992, and dropped out as a special student from Harvard University to establish the US FINRA brokerage AK Jensen Inc. in 1995.
In 1998, in partnership with Leif H. Olsen, former Chief Economist of Citibank, he founded the AKJ Hedge Fund. In 2002, he established the UK FCA brokerage AK Jensen Limited, and in 2003 formed the group company AK Jensen Group Limited.
Sean joined AK Jensen Limited in 2004, became Head of Business Development in 2005 and CEO in 2006. He relinquished his role as CEO of AK Jensen Limited in 2017, to focus on leading the asset management business as CEO of AK Jensen Investment Management, a position he has been holding since 2014.
Prior to joining AKJ, Sean was VP of Portfolio Trading Sales at Bear Stearns International and Instinet UK’s Head of Portfolio Trading Sales, where he marketed portfolio trading and electronic connectivity to institutions, hedge funds and brokers.
Sean holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and a BS in Marketing from Rutgers College. He is a member of the CFA Institute of the UK and is a CFA charterholder.
Tom was Head of Legal Department of the London Stock Exchange at a time when it also carried out much of the regulatory function now carried out by the FCA. He is a corporate/commercial lawyer with considerable international and financial services experience. Tom has over 38 years’ experience as a Solicitor mainly as a partner in international law firms in the City and was also Head of Legal Department at 3i plc at a time when it grew to be the biggest VC in Europe. For many years he was a partner in Curtis, an international law firm headquartered in New York, with 14 offices in 10 jurisdictions, where he often acted for government entities around the world.
Tom has acted as the main legal adviser to AK Jensen Group Limited for more than 12 years. He became the General Counsel at AK Jensen Group Limited with the introduction of the AKJ Hedge Fund Platform in 2012.
As well as having a law degree and an MBA, Tom is also a Certified Hedge Fund Professional.
Sher joined AK Jensen in 2018 as the group wide CFO and serves as a strategic partner to the group CEO. Prior to his appointment with AK Jensen, Sher has worked for several years with KPMG across various offices in Europe where his clients included mid to large-scale multinational companies. Sher brings with him a wealth of experience having worked with leading industry clients in the hedge fund and information technology space and has divided his time between audit and advisory engagements.
Sher is a Chartered Accountant and a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland as well as the Institute of Chartered Accountants England & Wales. He holds a Master’s degree in management information systems from the London School of Economics (LSE).
Alessandro started as a Relationship Manager in 2006 and was promoted to Managing Director in 2016, with responsibilities as Head of Portfolio Management. In 2017, he joined the Board of AK Jensen Limited and assumed the current position as Managing Director.
Graduated with ‘summa cum laude’ in Economics and Finance in Italy, Alessandro also holds an MA in International Management from Bournemouth University (UK). He is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute/CFA Society of the UK.
Felicity has worked since 2003 within the financial sector in both Norway and the UK.
She joined AKJ’s Operations department in 2003 taking over the role of Operations Manager soon after. In 2006, Felicity assumed the combined roles of Business Manager, Compliance Officer and MLRO.
In 2011 Felicity was promoted to Head of Fund Coordination and Compliance, a position she held until 2018, when she assumed the role of Head of Fund Coordination whilst holding multiple directorships on the AKJ Hedge fund Platform.
Prior to joining AK Jensen, Felicity worked at the Delegation for the European Commission to Norway and Iceland.
Felicity has a Master’s degree in Business and Finance with honours from Heriot-Watt University.
Jan Ketil established the Norwegian operations for the Swedish financial information company Ecovision AB in 1995. He subsequently founded Instore Communication AS, delivering digital in-store communication systems.
Jan Ketil joined AK Jensen in 2000. In 2014 he was appointed Head of Sales Nordic and Digital Marketing. In 2018, he was promoted to Global Head of Sales for the group.
Jan Ketil holds a Master of Business and Marketing from Oslo Business School.
Prior to AK Jensen Group Limited, Andrei worked for CSO Lanifex GmbH, an Austrian Information Security Management company that delivered complex security solutions to large institutional clients.
Andrei joined AK Jensen Group Limited in 2007 as Head of Systems Development and was appointed Chief Technology Officer of AKJ Crypto in 2018.
Andrei holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Bucharest.
Oskar brings blockchain expertise as co-founder of Blockchangers AS, a leading blockchain firm in Oslo, and is a public speaker on the technology. He joined AK Jensen Group Limited in 2017 as a strategic developer of the AKJ Crypto Hedge Fund Platform and Chief Operating Officer for AKJ Crypto plc.
In 2018 Oskar was promoted to his current position as Head of Business Development.
Oskar holds a master’s degree in Innovation Studies from the University of Oslo on the use of blockchain technology in the financial sector.
Geir Arne started his career as a Financial Analyst with Reuters Research in Edinburgh, covering the Nordic region. In 2004, Geir Arne joined AK Jensen as an Associate, was appointed VP of Execution Services in 2007, promoted to Head of Execution Services in 2009, before assuming his current position as Chief Operating Officer of AK Jensen Limited in 2018.
Geir Arne holds a MA (Hons) in Business and Finance from Heriot-Watt University.
David joined AK Jensen as an Associate in Execution Services in 2006 and was promoted to Head of Execution Services in 2018. Prior to joining AK Jensen, David gained over 10 years equity markets experience serving institutional clients at BNP and Citigroup in Australia.
David holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from Macquarie University.
In 1994, Anita co-founded Securion AS before she became the Chief Financial Officer of a major venture development company, where she and the management team worked in partnership with entrepreneurs to develop and transform early stage businesses for high value growth.
Anita holds a Master of Science from the Norwegian School of Management.
Anita joined AK Jensen in 2001 as Head of Accounting.
Prior to AKJ, Alexandra worked as a consultant for EUNITE assisting Western organizations in establishing new local businesses and partnerships. Alexandra joined AK Jensen in 2006 as an Associate in the Client Services department and was promoted to Head of Client Services in 2011.
Alexandra holds a Master’s in Financial and Portfolio Management from the University of Economic Studies, Bucharest.
Head of Sales CH/FR/CEE
Formerly with Merrill Lynch Private Bank in Switzerland, Alfredo previously worked for the United Nations.
A polyglot, Alfredo most likely speaks your language. He holds a Bachelor’s in Political Economy, an MBA as well as a Series 7 from the National Association of Securities Dealers.
In 2001, he joined AK Jensen as a Relationship Manager and assumed the position of Head of Sales CH/FR/CEE in 2012.
In his career, Alan has been Chairman of 3i, Head of Price Waterhouse London, and Deputy Chairman of Cable and Wireless.
Alan joined AK Jensen in 2001 as Chairman of the Advisory Committee.
Antoine held positions in institutional sales for several companies including Dupont Denant S.A. (part of Natixis) and Nivard Flornoy S.A. (a brokerage firm owned by JP Morgan SA), and was previously an independent financial consultant in Switzerland. He holds a BSc in Business Administration majoring in Finance, from Northeastern University (Boston, USA).
Antoine joined AK Jensen as Sales Associate in 2001 and assumed the Managing Director Switzerland position of AK Jensen Investment Management Limited in 2017.
Alasdair Younie currently works as a chartered accountant for ICM Limited, a Bermuda based investment adviser, specializing in corporate finance. Prior to this, Alasdair qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC in London where he spent six years within the forensic services department focusing on litigation support and anti-money laundering. He then went on to join the corporate finance department of Arbuthnot Securities, a small and mid cap focused investment bank based in London, where he specialized in capital raisings and mergers and acquisitions for a number of listed companies.
Alasdair holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Bristol and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Zaid’s financial expertise ranges over 30 years in global institutional brokerage and investment banking.
Formerly a Business Developer for Rabo Securities and Head of Financial for Eduard de Graaff & Co B.V. in Amsterdam, Zaid joined AK Jensen in 2008 and became Head of Sales Benelux in 2010.
Zaid holds a B.S. degree in accounting and business administration.
Ross became the Compliance Officer (CF10) and Money Laundering Reporting Officer (CF11) for AK Jensen in August 2018.
Prior to that he worked at Ernst & Young in their Regulatory Team. Ross is an experienced regulatory professional who has held various CF10 and CF11 roles throughout his career. He has worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and also at the UK regulator, the FCA, where he worked in the Supervision Department.
Ross started his career in the banking sector 30 years ago and spent the last 20 years working in regulation and compliance across a variety of market players. He is a director of FM Consult
Our localised structure serves your global needs
We couldn‘t predict the future, but we knew how we‘d get there
Since our earliest days, we have evolved AK Jensen by putting clients first.
In 1995, we founded AK Jensen as a brokerage and became a member of the National Association of Securities Dealers (now FINRA). In its early years, AK Jensen serviced European hedge funds and brokerages trading into the United States.
1996. Building our infrastructure
Before long these same clients asked for help to access the notoriously fragmented European markets. With each request, we created new infrastructure to help them trade in the newly requested market and developed intelligent software to manage institutional order flow. As new exchanges were added, our order routing system (AKJ ExNet™), grew into a powerful and sophisticated tool.
2001. Increased market connectivity in global markets
By late 2000 we were providing market connectivity and order routing in a large number of global markets using our proprietary technology. Our focus was on attracting institutional clients and hedge funds through efficient and extensive connectivity, while maintaining our independence and flexibility. AK Jensen integrated a wide range of trading systems and products with AKJ ExNet™, tapped global pools of liquidity, and focused on straight-through processing.
2004: Establishing the AKJ Network™
In 2004, Transaction Network Services (NYSE:TNS), one of the world’s major FIX communication providers, took a stake in the company and together we established the AKJ Network™.
2012: The birth of AKJ Hedge Fund Platform
By late 2011, we were in a unique position. The regulatory landscape was changing, and the company was providing all the components required for a tier-one hedge fund in the new environment. Realising our first-mover advantage in Europe, we began focusing on attracting emerging hedge fund managers using our scale, established systems, industry-leading connectivity, and a specialist legal and regulatory umbrella.
In June 2012, AK Jensen launched its first fund in Malta – and AKJ Hedge Fund Platform was born.
2018: A global player
Today, AK Jensen is a leading hedge fund platform provider through AKJ Hedge Fund Platform and serve institutional clients on the AKJ Network™. Clients are served through AK Jensen Group Limited (our software and parent company), AK Jensen Limited (our European brokerage and small authorised UK investment manager subsidiary), AK Jensen Investment Management Limited (our UK AIFM), AKJ Crypto plc (our platform for fund managers trading crypto assets), AKJ Simplon RICC Limited (our main fund vehicle in Malta), and AK Jensen Inc. (our US subsidiary). Together, under the AK Jensen brand, these companies provide legal and regulatory infrastructure that supports AKJ Hedge Fund Platform, software and technology, connectivity solutions and executions for more than 100 exchanges worldwide.
A global sales force
AK Jensen’s global sales force serves a wide range of clients in 35 countries. Whether our client is a major investment bank, a hedge fund, brokerage, asset manager or professional investor, we continue to put their needs first and to set new standards for global trading.