Arnaud de Lasteyrie is the CIO and majority shareholder of Machina Capital, a French machine learning-driven hedge fund, which he co-founded in 2017.

Arnaud has a relatively unusual profile for a quant investor. After studying Economics at ESSEC, he embarked on a trip around the world (in 80 days) and subsequently began his career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Six years later, having just been promoted to Associate Partner, he resigned to enter the alternative investment world, joining the private equity firm BC Partners as a Principal, and then Société Générale’s proprietary trading unit. Initially in charge of a discretionary “special situations” long/short equity portfolio, he systematized his strategies and began to run an equity market-neutral quant book. Growing the team and diversifying the types of alphas along the way, he resigned eight years later to co-found Machina in Paris, with the help of four colleagues.

Machina Capital is a quantitative investment manager. Its team enjoys solving challenging problems by leveraging both innovation and technology. The firm develops programs that trade financial instruments continuously throughout the day across major financial hubs. To achieve this, it relies on a collaborative environment among passionate experts in their respective fields, along with a set of proprietary tools to develop, assess, and execute ideas.