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Raphael Rottgen, CFA

Raphael Rottgen, CFA

Zürich, Switzerland
Member since August 22, 2017
Raphael was the co-founder of a fintech company which he grew to 50 employees and merged with a competitor after only four years. He's is currently a partner in a cryptocurrency hedge fund and worked for 15 years as a global equity investor and an investment banker at firms like Deutsche Bank and J.P. Morgan. He holds a master's in AI. As a consultant, he's passionate about analyzing innovative businesses and helping them grow.
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Career Highlights
Academic Highlights
Case studies
Industry Expertise
  • Financial Services
Software Expertise
  • R
Other Expertise
  • Brazil
  • Data Science
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Equity Research
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Strategy
Employment
  • Head of Research | Chief Data Scientist
    Q2Q Capital
    2017 - PRESENT
    • Built a web-based data analysis tool for the top cryptocurrencies, considering both technical and fundamental data.
    • Developed algorithms to automatically monitor a number of trading hypotheses for cryptocurrencies.
    • Developed and wrote up specific investment hypotheses.
    Focus areas: Valuation, Cryptocurrency, ICOs, Investment Thesis
  • Financial Analyst to Evaluate SpaceX
    Investment Fund (via Toptal)
    2017 - 2017
    • Built a financial model for the business based on public information.
    Focus areas: Financial Modeling, Valuation
  • Chief Investment Officer
    SVM Capital
    2015 - 2017
    • Designed an investment process that augments human investment judgment with machine intelligence, for use in concentrated, fundamental long-short equity investment.
    • Developed and maintained a suite of investment algorithms using machine learning techniques.
    • Invested successfully in a current universe of over 1,300 stocks across all industries.
    Focus areas: Equity Research, Equity Valuation, Private Equity, Valuation
  • Seed Investor | Chairman
    Financiar Casa S/A
    2008 - 2013
    • Co-founded one of Brazil's first nationwide online mortgage brokerages, pioneering the concept in the local market wherein we were one of the first two companies.
    • Developed some of the first-ever mortgage distribution partnerships with major banks (e.g., HSBC, Citibank, Santander, Itaú) and real estate developers.
    • Specified and developed (with external IT support) a custom IT platform—including the public web portal—for mortgage marketing and processing.
    • Successfully led two fundraising rounds—including fundraising meetings, negotiation, and closing documentation—with local and international investors.
    • Recruited and managed up to 50 employees, in addition to outsourced service providers, across all of the company's functions, including sales, IT, finance, and HR.
    • Conceived and negotiated the merger of the company with one of its competitors.
    Focus areas: Financial Strategy, Fundraising
  • Investment Analyst
    Gandhara Capital
    2005 - 2007
    • Generated and analyzed equity investment ideas globally and across sectors as a senior investment professional, helping the fund generate annual net returns in the mid-teens.
    • Oversaw up to USD 750 million gross exposure (i.e., long and short), monitoring investment positions on a real-time basis.
    • Conducted all the necessary primary and secondary research (including senior management meetings), financial modeling and other due diligence in order to develop conviction on investment ideas.
    • Regularly updated fund's investors on investment positions via written reports and one-on-one meetings.
    • Co-founded the firm with a team that had left Deutsche Bank where I had acted as a director of proprietary trading in essentially the same functional role.
    Focus areas: Equity Research, Equity Valuation, Valuation
  • Director of Proprietary Trading
    Deutsche Bank
    2002 - 2005
    • Joined a newly-formed proprietary investment team as a founding member focused on fundamental investment in global equities (based in Tokyo and London).
    • Generated and analyzed equity investment ideas globally and across sectors as a senior investment professional, helping the team achieve investment returns in the mid-teens.
    • Oversaw investment positions on a real-time basis, interacting with sell-side trading desks.
    Focus areas: Equity Research, Equity Valuation, Valuation
  • Associate
    Greenhill & Co.
    1998 - 2002
    • Served as the lead associate on the distressed restructuring of Marconi plc, advising the bondholders.
    • Managed substantial parts of the local day-to-day processes during the sale of Optus (the second-largest Australian telecom at the time) to Singapore Telecom; it was one of the largest M&A transactions in Australia.
    • Served as the associate on the team advising C&W on the sale of Hong Kong Telecom to PCCW which was the largest ever non-Japan Asia M&A transaction at the time; I performed tasks such as financial modeling and due diligence.
    • Participated in tens of billions of dollars in deal value of other transactions globally.
    Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Financial Restructuring
  • Financial Analyst
    J.P. Morgan
    1997 - 1998
    • Served on various advisory assignments for industrial and defense clients in the Americas.
    • Performed in-depth financial modeling, including forecasts, valuations, and pro forma merger analyses.
    Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
Other Experience
  • Investing in Cryptocurrencies: The Ultimate Guide (Publication)
    So, you’ve decided to get exposure to cryptocurrencies. In this newer space, a personal financial advisor may not be of great help. Neither will your banker, unless you are a customer of a limited number of progressive Swiss private banks, which facilitate crypto trading. What now? This article provides practical information and resources around passive vs. active cryptocurrency investing, how to buy, sell, store, and monitor cryptocurrencies, as well as tax regulations in the space.
Education
  • Master's degree in Computer Science
    PUC | Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    2013 - 2015
  • Bachelor's degree in Psychology
    University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA, USA
    1993 - 1997
  • Bachelor's degree in Finance
    The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA, USA
    1993 - 1997
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