Saturday, November 01, 2008

Catastrophe bonds

Next week's physics colloquium speaker is physicist turned hedge fund manager John Seo. John was profiled in the NYTimes magazine by Michael Lewis.

Fibonacci, Fermat, and Finance: How a Biophysicist
Built a Multi-Billion Dollar Catastrophe Bond Fund after
Re-Reading the Foundations of Modern Finance

John Seo

Fermat Capital Management, LLC

Dr. John Seo is Co-Founder and Managing Principal at
Fermat Capital Management, LLC. Based in Westport,
Connecticut, Fermat Capital manages over $2 billion in
catastrophe bond investments, making it one of the
leading catastrophe bond investors in the world. Prior to
forming Fermat Capital with his brother Nelson in August
of 2001, John was Senior Trader in the Insurance Products
Group at Lehman Brothers, an officer of Lehman Re, and
a state-appointed advisor to the Florida Hurricane
Catastrophe Fund. John received a B.S. in physics from
M.I.T. in 1988 and a Ph.D. in biophysics from Harvard
University in 1991.

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