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Zak Maymin joins Gerstein Fisher investment strategy group


Zak Maymin has joined independent investment management firm Gerstein Fisher as a full-time employee and member of the firm’s investment strategy group.

Maymin’s role will straddle Gerstein Fisher’s internal research effort and the Gerstein Fisher Research Centre, which was established in 2009 as a collaboration between the firm and a select group of leading academics in the areas of finance, risk engineering and economics. The centre’s mission is to investigate critical issues in finance and risk faced by individual investors through research that bridges the gap between academic theory and real-world financial practice.

Maymin will help direct and manage research initiatives for the Gerstein Fisher Research Centre, with a particular focus on those that will be directly applied to Gerstein Fisher’s own investment strategies. He will also play a key role in selecting students to participate in Gerstein Fisher’s Research Scholars Programme, which provides grants to the top echelon of undergraduate and graduate-level students at select universities to work on investment research projects in conjunction with Gerstein Fisher.

Maymin’s background spans more than 40 years and includes both academic and practitioner experience. He launched and ran equity derivatives and statistical arbitrage trading desks at the multi-billion-dollar hedge fund Ellington Management Group and co-founded his own relative value hedge fund, Maymin Capital Management, as well as serving as director of new product development at Sakura Global Capital and a senior research associate at Susquehanna Investment Group.

"I look forward to helping to advance Gerstein Fisher’s research agenda. There are some exciting projects with significant potential, and I’m confident that the work we are doing will have direct applicability for the firm’s clients and for investors more generally," says Maymin.

Gregg S Fisher, chief investment officer of Gerstein Fisher and founder of the Gerstein Fisher Research Centre, says: "I have collaborated with Zak on research in the past and am thrilled to formalise this partnership. Zak’s background and experience as both an academic and an investment practitioner makes him a perfect fit for this role, and we anticipate that he will lend tremendous insight to our research efforts, to the ultimate benefit of our clients and future clients."

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