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BKCoin further institutionalizes with president, CTO and BD/IR appointments

Wednesday, June 08, 2022
Opalesque Industry Update - BKCoin Capital, the institutional crypto investment firm at the forefront of the digital assets revolution, announces three senior appointments: Paul Magahis, as President, Adriano Caloiaro, as Chief Technology Officer, and Leanna Haakons, as Director of Business Development & Investor Relations.

The appointments come as BKCoin's Founding Principals, Carlos Betancourt and Kevin Kang, continue to scale BKCoin following strong institutional demand for quantitative crypto investment solutions.

Mr. Magahis will oversee BKCoin's corporate strategy, development, and operations, and will be a key member of the investment committee. He brings over 22 years of experience in the alternative investments industry to the role. He joins from Coinbase, the trusted cryptocurrency exchange platform, where he was the Head of Capital Strategy and was responsible for building relationships with institutional allocators. Prior to this, he was a Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Capital Introduction at StoneX Group Inc., and spent five years at Stifel as a Director, investing in hedge funds, private equity and other alternative investments. Mr. Magahis was also an SVP and Head of Business Development in the Prime Services group at Lazard, where he concentrated on strategically increasing revenues and market share. He began his career as an investment buy-side analyst, working for hedge funds Merlin BioMed Group, Paloma Partners/SBZ Partners, and Merrill Lynch, within the firm's internal hedge fund.

Mr. Caloiaro will build and maintain BKCoin's computation and strategy execution platform, while also setting and implementing the vision for the future of the firm's technology stack. An experienced software engineer, he joins BKCoin from Greenhouse Software, the fastest growing provider of enterprise talent acquisition software. Mr. Caloiaro spent over five years at Greenhouse Software building many of the systems and teams critical to the company's success. Prior to this, he was a Partner and Software Engineer at Myatt & Johnson, Inc., building a high-performance computational biology platform funded by a grant from the National Institute of Health.

Ms. Haakons will manage the firm's sales, marketing and investor reporting, as well as BKCoin's client and consultant relationships. Prior to joining BKCoin, she was the Founder and President of Black Hawk Financial, a financial marketing and consulting firm, which she formed in 2014 following her previous role working for the only FCA authorized investor relations firm in the UK. She has over 13 years' experience consulting and facilitating transactions alongside multi-billion-dollar funds, as well as both private and public companies listed worldwide. Ms. Haakons is a recognized leader in financial literacy following the publication of her bestselling book 'Young, Fun & Financially Free', of which 100% of the proceeds are donated to the WE Charity. Her passion for education and business has led to her being requested to speak, adjudicate and host at hundreds of international conferences, media outlets, podcasts, and blogs.

Kevin Kang, Founding Principal of BKCoin Capital, said: "At BKCoin, our goal has always been to innovate at the forefront of the digital assets revolution while providing peace of mind to institutional allocators investing in digital assets. Paul brings with him a deep understanding of the cryptocurrency market and other alternative assets, and a wealth of experience in building relationships with institutional clients. The firm will benefit from his direction and leadership as we continue to build a sustainable diversified investment platform that can be a partner to institutional allocators."

Carlos Betancourt, Founding Principal of BKCoin Capital, said: "Our approach at BKCoin relies heavily on a proprietary quantitative research and investment process; as such, we are delighted to bring Adriano on to the team, as his breath and depth of experience in software engineering will be a huge addition to the firm and our quant capabilities.

"We have known Leanna for many years, not just from her media appearances, but also from the dozens of investment conferences where she has been a moderator and panelist. As we continue to deepen and widen our institutional investor base, Leanna's expertise in investor relations will be invaluable, and we are excited to welcome her to the team."

These appointments follow the hiring of Mark Treinkman as Head of Quantitative Trading in April 2021. BKCoin's team has over 50 years' experience managing and trading over $40 billion of multi-asset portfolios at some of the largest financial institutions, including AllianceBernstein, J.P. Morgan, Merrill Lynch, Evercore ISI and numerous multi-strategy hedge funds.

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