ABOUT US

Laz Partners is a trusted advisor to prominent hedge funds, asset managers, and sell-side institutions worldwide. Our data-driven, insight-led approach sets us apart, delivering efficient and effective search results faster than many of our competitors. With a strong network of candidates and clients in major financial hubs including London, New York, Paris, Miami, and Dubai, we are primed to deliver on searches globally.

We specialize in connecting high-caliber portfolio management and research talent with a select group of clients, including leading hedge funds, global asset managers, sovereign wealth funds, and sell-side institutions.

Our reputation matters. We are proud to be a trusted partner for a number of the world’s most well-respected financial institutions. Whether working on single hires or full team build-outs in portfolio management, trading, or research, our exceptional results keep us at the forefront of the industry.

The Laz Partners Difference.

Our firm takes pride in meticulously identifying and pursuing the highest echelon of talent, comprising of the top performers in the industry with a track record of generating market-leading returns.

We follow a data-led and insight-driven search process, which when combined with our in-house financial markets expertise allows us to deliver on our searches more quickly and effectively than many of our competitors.

Our primary areas of expertise include Global and EM Macro, Credit, Equities, and Multi-Asset. Our tireless pursuit of talent, combined with our in-depth understanding of these markets, allows us to deliver an unparalleled expreience for both our clients and candidates.

Exceptional Track Record:

 

  • 160+ successful senior-to-mid level portfolio management and research placements made.
  • 100% of our retained search candidates remain in their roles at 12 months post-placement.
  • 100% success rate on all retained search assignments undertaken for our clients
  • 97% success rate on all exclusive non-retained searches where we partner with a client from Day 1 of the search
  • The majority of our clients are repeat clients, and we generate 80% of our business through referrals.

Recent successful placements

 

Meet our team

Alex Lazaridis, Founder, Laz Partners

Alex Lazaridis founded Laz Partners in 2017, after spending nearly nearly a decade in macro research sales covering buy-side clients in London, Paris, and New York. His decision to move from the sell-side to executive search was driven by a desire to deliver a top-level, targeted search service for his clients that had expressed they were unhappy with the search firms they were currently working with.

Previously, Alex was part of the macro sales team at MRB Partners, a top-ranked investment strategy firm, where he played a key role in helping expand MRB’s client base and was a consistent top performer. Before MRB, Alex worked in macro research sales at BMI Research (a Fitch Group Company), where he helped grow team revenues by over 200%.

Alex holds a BA in Economics from Davidson College, USA. Outside of work Alex enjoys reading, anything fitness-related, sailing, cycling and travelling.

Orla Louden, Senior Associate, Laz Partners

Orla Louden joined Laz Partners in 2024 as a Senior Associate, having previous experience in hedge fund recruitment, covering the UK and US.

Orla is responsible for expanding our presence across Continental Europe and MENA in Macro (Rates/FX/cross-asset/Vol/Systematic) and collaborating with US-based clients to identify talent within the Credit space (Fundamental and Systematic).
                                                                                Orla specializes in placing portfolio managers, traders, and analysts within a client base comprising hedge funds, asset managers, and asset owners.
                                                                            Before starting her career in recruitment, Orla spent 8 years at Citi, where her most recent role was in EMEA FX Institutional Sales. She holds a BSc in Economics and Management from Queen’s University Belfast.                                       

Outside of work, Orla enjoys reading thrillers, watching films, stand-up comedy, and traveling.

Sven Dwars, Associate, Laz Partners

Sven Dwars joined Laz Partners in 2022 as an Associate and is responsible for our Hedge Fund, Asset Management, Pension Fund and Banking clients across continental Europe.

His primary focus from a talent perspective is on placing Portfolio Managers, Strategists, and Analysts in the Macro, Rates, Multi-Asset, and Global Credit space.

Prior to joining Laz Partners, Sven has been an active investor in real estate projects in South Africa since 2016, developing and building affordable housing and commercial units in Cape Town Area with local partners.

Sven started his corporate career in The Netherlands in 2011, where he worked in Commercial & Merchant banking at ABN Amro and as an Account Executive at P&G.

Sven moved to London in 2020 and holds a LLM in Financial law from the University of Amsterdam.

Besides working at Laz Partners, Sven enjoys kitesurfing, paragliding, downhill mountain biking, Muay Thai, and reading.

Amar Bharwani, Associate, Laz Partners

Amar Bharwani joined Laz Partners in 2023 as a new member of the Global Macro Executive Search team. Originally from Hong Kong, Amar graduated in 2022 from The University of Warwick with a degree in law and has spent the past year in the cyber security recruitment space.

Amar’s role at Laz Partners will involve growing our presence in the Global Macro space through working with Traders, Strategists, Economists and Portfolio Managers. He looks forward to connecting Macro professionals with remarkable existing and new clients.

Outside of work, Amar enjoys playing chess, researching finance and reading non-fiction books.

Belén Gomez, Associate, Laz Partners

Belén Gomez joined Laz Partners in 2023 as an Associate and is responsible for growing our presence in the Equities space through working closely with Equity Portfolio Managers, Analysts, and Traders, across long-only and long-short strategies. Her geographical focus is on the UK, as well as Continental Europe and the MENA region, with a client base comprising of hedge funds, asset managers and asset owners.

Belén graduated in 2021 from the University of St Andrews with a degree in Arabic and Spanish. As part of her studies she spent time living in both Qatar and Spain. In 2022 she then completed a Master’s degree from the University of Edinburgh in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies.

Outside of work, Belén enjoys travelling, surfing, athletics and cooking. 

Tom Jenkins, Associate, Laz Partners

Tom Jenkins joined Laz Partners in 2023 as an Associate and works as part of our Private Debt & Real Assets practice.

Tom is responsible for expanding our presence in the Private Debt & Real Assets space in the UK and Continental Europe, while also enabling us to deliver increased capacity with some of the market-leading clients that we are already working with in the space.

Tom graduated in 2021 from The University of Manchester with a BA in French and Spanish and has prior recruitment experience within the renewable energy sector, specialising in investment and finance roles.

Outside of work, Tom has a passion for football, rugby and cricket, whilst also hosting a podcast.

Zoe Birri, Head of Operations

Zoe Birri joined Laz Partners in 2023 as Head of Operations. Zoe’s role at Laz Partners involves overseeing operational activities and collaborating with senior staff on strategic planning, ensuring the achievement of performance goals and long-term operational objectives.

Zoe’s extensive background includes her experience at Royal Dutch Shell, where she worked in the Middle East as part of the communications team, with a focus on marketing, investor relations, social investment, budget management and external affairs. 

She is also the creator and founder of one of the UK’s most successful children’s etiquette and social skills schools, with multiple locations across the South East. 

Zoe is a mum to three children and enjoys baking and going on bike rides with her family.

Praveen Pandey, CRM and Data Analyst

Praveen Pandey joined Laz Partners in 2024 as CRM and Data Analyst.  Praveen brings extensive expertise in data quality assurance, integrity, and security.

His role will be important in maintaining the accuracy and consistency of our data, while also optimizing our technological infrastructure and AI capabilities. Praveen also holds a postgraduate degree in computer science. 

Outside of work, he enjoys playing cricket, football, and traveling with his wife and son. 

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