Mariana Investment Partners brings together a highly experienced executive team with a long track record of alternative investing. Our team has decades of experience managing long-only and absolute return investment portfolios and has a long track record of evidence-based and opportunistic investing. The partners also represent significant investors in our investment strategies and funds.

Daniel Hawkins – Managing Partner, Chief Executive Officer

Daniel attained a first class Masters Degree in Theoretical Physics from the University of Durham, is a CFA Charterholder and also holds the Certificate of Quantitative Finance Designation. Daniel started his career in fund management, specialising in Equity Derivatives at F&C Asset Management (where he worked with Stephen Dolbear and Sebastien Krol). He then joined the sell-side to head up the Derivative Strategy unit for two major investment banks. In 2009 Daniel co-founded Mariana Capital Markets, a diversified independent financial services firm. Having successfully set up and run this business for several years, Daniel co-founded Mariana Investment Partners and focuses on developing the business and managing quantitative investment portfolios.

Alexandre Capez – Portfolio Manager

Alexandre Capez is a Portfolio Manager at Mariana Investment Partners focusing on Equity Derivatives Systematic Trading joining recently from Alpha BGC, where he was in charge of Quantitative Research in the Equity Derivatives space.
Prior to that role, he was a Managing Director in the Investment Banking division of Credit Suisse heading the Quantitative Risk Strategies team. He has worked at top tier investment banks for over 15 years including Nomura International, Lehman Brothers and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.
Mr. Capez holds a Master's degree in Economics and Finance from Essec in France and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Stochastic Calculation from Paris VI University.

Elton James – Portfolio Manager

Elton attended the London School of Economics 1992-1995.Bsc (Hons) Economics. After graduating Elton the US investment bank JPMorgan on the graduate program. At JPMorgan Elton worked on the internal treasury, funding and liquidity management trading desks. Elton left JP Morgan to join Barclays de Zoete Wedd (BZW, later Barclays Capital) to become a specialist in derivative trading. Elton then spent 15 years as a senior derivative trader and later portfolio manager at Barclays Capital, Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch, managing the proprietary trading teams at Lehman and Barclays Capital.
In early 2010 Elton founded Mariana Capital Markets Ltd (now Mariana UFP), a bespoke financial services firm based in London where Elton served as CEO until 2016. In 2016 Elton decided to focus developing the firm’s investment offering “Mariana Investment Partners LLP”. Mariana now has a long track record in offering both fixed return products and structured capital at risk products to the broader market, as well as trading and advisory services to a number of investment funds.

Sholto Toner – Execution Trader

Sholto began his career in 2013 on the Operations side at the boutique broking firm Mariana UFP, primarily focused on the Clearing and Settlement side of the firms Futures/Options and Bond trading activities. Sholto quickly progressed to be responsible for all of Middle Office at Mariana.
As the fund offering at Mariana Investment Partners began to grow, he moved onto the investment side and joined the team as an Execution Trader focused on Fixed Income products, reporting directly to Elton James as a Founding Partner and the Senior Portfolio Manager.