Felix Hartmann - Managing General Partner & Chief Investment Officer
Felix Hartmann is the founder of Hartmann Digital Assets Fund (HDAF), a multi-strategy crypto asset hedge fund. Prior to HDAF, Hartmann has lived at the intersection of tech and investments for over a decade. Since 2012 Hartmann has been an equities and derivatives trader. Few years later Hartmann had added his first private equity deals via angel investments in the tech space (notably Everipedia ~25x). From 2016-2017 Hartmann briefly served as CEO at FundThis, a crowdfunding portal that had built integrations with BitPay and Coinbase to be the worlds first reward/equity crowdfunding portal with virtual currency integrations. Being an early mover in the digital assets and virtual currency space, Hartmann was sought out by several startups as well as major merchant banks like Forbes & Manhattan, to help them at integrating blockchain solutions into their legacy systems.
A native technologist, Hartmann had been developing websites and working on robotics since the age of 9, at a time when that was still rather uncommon. In 2017 he was invited by Consensys to further his study in Ethereum Development. Though his technical skills took backseat to his financial and managerial strengths in the 2010’s, it has proven a powerful asset in reviewing digital projects from their core, their code.
Hartmann has spoken at countless industry events like Blockchain Connect, Blockchain Beach, and even a panel on Blockchain and the Fine Arts during New York Art Week, as well as having his thoughts, insights and predictions featured anywhere from Forbes to BuzzFeed.
A futurist by heart, Hartmann lives to help the world progress into a thriving utopia and steer it away from a potentially hazardous path of corruption and centralization.
Senior External Team LeadS
Tax - Eric Essian (via Richey May)
Eric Essian joined Richey May in 2017 and serves as a Tax Manager within the Alternative Investments Practice, specializing in the taxation of hedge, fund of funds, private equity and cryptocurrency funds. Eric consults with clients, administrators, and attorneys on many types of fund tax issues, including the startup, formation and ongoing operational issues of a fund, state tax issues, taxation of financial products, and tax law changes. Eric is also actively involved in the research of tax reform and the applicability of tax law as it relates to cryptocurrencies and digital assets. Prior to joining Richey May, Eric spent five years in Big 4 alternative investment groups in Chicago and the Cayman Islands, specializing in the tax treatments of wealth management, hedge funds, and offshore special purpose vehicles.
Legal - Simon Riveles (via Riveles Wahab llp)
Simon represents alternative investment funds, including hedge, private equity and venture capital funds and their sponsors, managers and investors in a broad range of matters relating to their structuring, formation, corporate governance, operations and regulatory compliance. His clients include SEC and state registered investment advisers, commodity pool operators, broker dealers, and managers based in foreign jurisdictions.
Having launched in excess of 175 funds since 2011, he represents funds pursuing a diverse range of liquid and illiquid strategies. Simon has broad experience representing issuers in private offerings under Regulation D, private funds in M&A transactions, issues related to fund advertising and general solicitation, preparation of policies and procedures manuals, response to SEC and CFTC audits and general corporate and securities matters and routinely advises on legal issues arising under the Investment Advisers Act, the Investment Company Act, the Securities Act, the Securities Exchange Act, the Commodity Exchange Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Simon is Chairman of the Hedge Fund Association’s government lobbying committee. He is an honors graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law and has practiced corporate and securities law since 1999.
ADMINISTRATION - CLAIRE ROBINSON (VIA TRIDENT TRUST)
Claire took over as Hartmann Digital Assets’ Senior Account Manager in 2019, guiding the Hartmann Digital Assets team at Trident Trust. Claire has previously been an accountant/auditor at major firms like Ernst & Young and Jackson Thornton. She received her Bachelor in Accounting at Auburn University and her Masters at Troy University.
Her team at Trident is one of the many thoroughly trained and selected accounting teams that together manage over 500 funds worldwide, with AUM exceeding $35bn.
Trident Trust has been named a Global Outperformer for hedge fund administration in Global Custodian’s annual survey of fund administrators and also ranked as a Global Outperformer for private equity fund administration.
Junior Associates - 2019 Term
Mario Baumgärtner - JUnior Research Lead
Mario Baumgärtner studied business administration at the University of Applied Sciences in Neu-Ulm with a focus on treasury, controlling and annual accounts. As part of his Bachelor thesis, which deals with the topic of alternative forms of financing for start-ups, he decided to write a book on how to raise capital through crowd-investing and its jurisdictions in different countries. This started him down the rabbit hole of researching the space of token sales and ICOs.
Marc Von Sichert - Junior Quantitative Engineer
Marc currently studies Business Informatics at the Technical University of Munich, ranked globally above Princeton and Yale. A tech native, Marc has been involved in Bitcoin since it was still in the three figures, and specializes in building trading technologies, ranging from indicators to trading automation. A former trading mentee of Hartmann, Marc has now joined the team as Junior Quant, working closely with Hartmann to build cutting edge predictive models and algorithms for bitcoin and other digital assets.
Sebastian Erdt - Junior team Lead
Sebastian is currently studying Business Informatics with a focus on Business Engineering at DHBW Heidenheim. Before his studies he completed an apprenticeship at a decentralized commercial bank in Germany.
Sebastian is helping manage the Junior Associate team, with a focus on opening up the capital markets in Europe, with a particular focus on Germany where he is based out of, and introducing them to digital and crypto assets.
Manuel Pulci - Junior Communications Lead
Manuel Pulci studies business administration at the University of Augsburg with a focus on investment and financing. He’s part of the initiative securities-forum Augsburg in which he is supporting events for education on securities, derivatives, and markets. Manuel has traded stocks and options for a few years. During his Junior Associate internship, Manuel will be doing a foreign exchange year from France and oversee our European expansion.