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Our team has diversified experience and comes from diverse and complementary backgrounds.

FOUNDERS AND DIRECTORS

Andrei Smirnov, PhD Founder and Principal of Mars Capital SA, Chairman of the Board

His area of expertise covers Investment Management, Structuring, Risk Management, Distressed Situations, Liability Management and Large Fund Projects.
Before launching MARS Capital, Andrei was Managing Director & Head of Emerging Markets Investments at Calyon, Paris, where he engineered a number of highly profitable investments and successfully worked out a large distressed portfolio in emerging markets.
His previous position included Managing Director & Head of Emerging Markets Sales at Société Générale, Paris, where he developed a large scale business with Eastern European clients and helped the bank to manage multi-billion dollar portfolio of financial instruments in the aftermath of the Russian financial crisis of 1998.
He holds a PhD degree (with honors) in economics from University Paris-I-Sorbonne and Diploma of Higher University Education in Economics (with honors) from Lomonosov Moscow State University.



Hicham Hammoud Investment Manager, Managing Director

Hicham joined MARS Capital in 2011 where he is responsible for the investment strategy.
His previous positions included Emerging Markets Credit specialist at Aurel BGC (Paris), Emerging Markets Clients Solution Group for Middle East and Africa at Credit Suisse Investment Bank (London), Exotic Rates Structurer at HSBC Global Markets (Dubai). He started his career in 2003 as a Fixed Income Credit Proprietary Trader at CDC Ixis Capital Markets (now Natixis, Paris).
Hicham is graduated in Banking from University Paris Dauphine and Portfolio Management from IAE Gustave Eiffel.