|Two former Goldman Sachs traders, Thomas de Garidel-Thoron and Herve Gallo, have teamed up to found their first hedge fund venture, Occitan Capital Partners. According to HFM Week, the two men were both senior equity derivatives traders at Goldman Sachs until 2007; after 2007, Mr. Garidel-Thoron worked the equity-based and UK and financials volatility desks at alternative long-only asset manager Boussard & Gavaudan Gestion as head trader. Earlier in his career, he also worked as a trader at Salomon Brothers.|
Occitan Capital Partners plans to launch its flagship Occitan Fund in November of this year. The fund will invest in arbitrage and directional opportunities in the derivatives and equity markets and will focus on Europe.