Laura Taylor, CA, CPA, CFA
Laura is President of the Bermuda office and Head of the Fund Management Group. Her main responsibilities are to oversee strategy, portfolio management and operational functions for Nephila’s group of investment vehicles. Throughout her time at Nephila she has held various positions including Chief Operations Officer, Chief Financial Officer, member of the Management Executive Committee and Head of Technology. She has been responsible for overseeing and structuring of strategic partnerships and was also responsible for the execution of the company’s insurance initiatives, including the creation and launch of Nephila’s internal MGA. Laura is the chair of the Capital Allocation and Mandate Compliance Committee, is a member of the Valuation Committee and has held positions on the Investment and Allocation Committee as well as head of the Compliance Committee.
Prior to joining Nephila in 2004, Ms. Taylor worked with KPMG's Alternative Investment and Banking Practice as an Audit Manager. Some of her main responsibilities included the analysis of financial instruments for correct valuation and accounting treatment along with the review of internal procedures for compliance and improvements. Ms. Taylor also has experience in assessing compliance with the reporting requirements of several stock exchanges and regulatory organizations. Her clients included hedge funds, broker dealers, financial institutions, investment managers and venture capital companies.
Adolfo Peña, MFE, MEng
Adolfo is the Co-Head of Nephila Capital. Previously, he had the role of Chief Investment Officer, working as the Chair of the Investment Committee and ultimately responsible for strategy, trading and portfolio construction. He joined the company in September 2005. He previously worked at Risk Management Solutions where he worked in model development and special analysis projects such as Catastrophe Bonds, giving him an entry into what was then the new field of Insurance Linked Securities. Adolfo has a BSc/MSc in Civil Engineering from UNAM, and an MEng in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials from UC Berkeley, and an MSc in Financial Engineering from UC Berkeley.
Chris is a Partner and responsible for the Technology group. Prior to this he was the Head of the Fund Management group with Nephila in Bermuda, responsible for all aspects of portfolio management within the company. He joined Nephila Capital in February 2012. Chris has over 15 years' experience in the reinsurance marketplace. Prior to Nephila he worked at Aon Benfield. Chris holds degrees in Financial Economics (MSc) from the University of London and Physics (BSc) from Imperial College.
Guy is Head of Market Relationships. He focuses on management of cedants and brokers, with a key supporting role with external fronting and facility partners. Guy joined Nephila Capital in 2013. Prior to joining Nephila, Guy was Executive Vice President and a member of Flagstone Re’s Executive Committee. Before that, he was Executive Vice President of ACE Insurance from 2000-2005 working in Bermuda and London. In 2005, he was appointed Chief Underwriter (International) for ACE Tempest Re. Guy began his career at CT Bowring in London before moving to John Poland & Co at Lloyds in London in 1987, where he worked as Deputy Underwriter. In 1993, he left to join Willis in New York as a Vice President responsible for the production, design and placement of treaty programs for both domestic U.S. and international clients.
Simon is a Partner and has the role of Chief Technology Officer, and his primary responsibilities are information technology and data warehousing. Simon has been with Nephila Capital since 2005 but began his career as an Information Technology / Operations Research Management graduate for Pepsi Cola Foods & Beverages Europe. He transitioned into financial services working for UBS Warburg, Credit Swiss, First Boston and Merrill Lynch on various projects. In 2000, Simon moved to Bermuda and worked for Ernst & Young as the Manager of Consulting Services. In 2002, he moved to PRP Performa Ltd, one of the largest non-bank financial service institutions in Bermuda, on their trading desk performing modeling, data warehousing, system design, and programming. He was responsible for the implementation of the Charles River trading system. Simon received his BEng in Electronic Engineering specializing in Software Design from the University of Central England in 1994.
Nephila Advisors LLC
Mr. Hagood is a Co-Founder of Nephila Capital Ltd. and is a Managing Principal at its affiliate, Nephila Advisors LLC. Mr. Hagood has been involved in all aspects of the business but is currently focused on risk management, firm strategy and investor relations. Mr. Hagood is also a Director of Nephila Capital Ltd. and Nephila Holdings Ltd.
Mr. Hagood began his financial career in December 1993 when he joined Bear, Stearns & Co. in New York. He managed the mortgage servicing trading desk and was responsible for trading and brokering mortgage servicing portfolios, advising on mortgage banking mergers and acquisitions, and structuring hedging instruments for institutional clients. Mr. Hagood left Bear Stearns & Co. in February 1997 to join Willis Group Ltd. in London to specifically start what is now Nephila Capital Ltd.
Mr. Hagood has been a licensed broker at Lloyd's of London and received his B.S. in Finance from the University of Tennessee in 1990.
Frank Majors, CFA
Frank Majors is a Co-Founder of Nephila Capital Ltd. and is a Managing Principal at its affiliate, Nephila Advisors LLC. Since 1997, Mr. Majors has been involved in most aspects of the business but is currently focused on risk management and firm strategy. Mr. Majors is also a Director of Nephila Capital Ltd. and Nephila Holdings Ltd.
Mr. Majors attended Vanderbilt University, receiving his B.A. in Economics in 1990 and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University in 1991. Mr. Majors also is a holder of the CFA designation.
Mr. Schauble joined Nephila in 2004 as a Managing Principal and moved to San Francisco in 2010 to set up Nephila Advisors, LLC. Mr. Schauble’s primary responsibilities include investor relations, strategic and business development projects and oversight of Nephila’s weather fund.
Mr. Schauble began working in re/insurance in New York in 1993 as a broker for Marsh and Guy Carpenter. He left in 1996 to join Goldman, Sachs & Co. in their Risk Markets group, where he spent six years working on development and distribution of catastrophe and weather-linked products. Mr. Schauble joined XL Capital in 2003 and was head of marketing for the weather risk management business.
Mr. Schauble attended Harvard College and received his B.A. in Economics in 1995; he wrote his senior thesis to explore investing in bonds linked to property catastrophe reinsurance risk. He served as a Director of The Climate Corporation (2007-2012), and MetroMile (2009-2011). He has been a Director of Ceres (a non-profit devoted to sustainable capitalism) since 2011, and a Director of Advisen Ltd (an insurance analytics business) since 2014.
Steven works within the Office of the President (OOP) and is responsible for executing both internal and external strategic initiatives. Steven joined Nephila Capital in 2010 as a Managing Principal and served as the Chief Management Officer and Chief Compliance Officer (until 2018). He has been involved in all aspects of Nephila's business, with a focus on strategy, structured products, compliance oversight and the management of human resources and business processes.
Steven joined Nephila after spending 22 years with Merrill Lynch/Bank of America in New York, working in the real estate group, primarily in the commercial real estate space. He was most recently the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Global Real Estate Principal Investments (GREPI) group; working with all infrastructure and support partners to ensure that proper controls, infrastructure and management was in place to support the global real estate platform. In addition, up until March 2009, Steven was the head of Asset Management (Americas) for GREPI for approximately ten years. Prior to these responsibilities, he managed the Structuring and Transaction Management group for GREPI (Americas) structuring and executing senior debt, mezzanine debt, bridge equity and equity investments. He has structured transactions and managed assets in the US, Europe, Asia, Mexico and Canada. Prior to joining GREPI, he managed a team of Merrill Lynch professionals in advising clients in the disposition of sub- and non-performing residential loans and real estate. Steven was a co-founder of Bayhead Advisors, LLC, which was formed in 1995 to invest in CBOT PCS Catastrophe Options.
Steven received his BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University, Tennessee in 1986.
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