Compass is a swiss-based company focused on the design of market benchmarks and tailor-made quantitative investment strategies.
The company was created in 2017 with our head office in Lausanne, Switzerland. Compass team provides its clients with innovative indices and accompanies them in each step of their index business development.
Based on the unique experience of our team, we are one of the most innovative and reactive index service providers.
We manage hundreds of financial indices with several billion USD of investment products linked to those indices.
COMPASS Financial Technologies (France) is registered as Benchmarks Administrator by the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) under the EU Benchmarks Regulations (🇪🇺EU BMR).
Innovative benchmark design: Our research team is constantly working on new indices with the aim of offering new investment opportunities. Focused mainly on commodity and real estate we are pioneer in the development of investable benchmarks related to tangible assets.
Index Engineering: As a specialist in Index creation, we assist our clients along the entire value chain of Index business development. Our team will help you to make your investment idea a successful Index by making our strong technical and business experience available to complete successfully your project.
Index Services: Compass provides clients with a range of index calculation services, including but not limited to rule based future indices or iNAV. As an independent index calculation agent, our services include maintenance, calculation and distribution for any systematic index across fixed income instruments, currencies or commodities. Compass is one of the most responsive index calculation agents to manage index computation issue or client request.
Guillaume LE FUR
Partner - CEO
Guillaume is co-founder of Compass and is its CEO. He began his career in 1999 at Societe Generale as a hedge fund manager, later taking over the management of the risk arbitrage and event-driven funds department. Guillaume will later be recruited by the American hedge fund Paloma Partners as fund manager. In 2003, Guillaume co-created the commodity asset manager Diapason Commodities Management and became its CEO. Diapason will become one of the world leaders in its field. Guillaume holds a Master in Mathematics from the University of Rennes, France and the Ecole Normale Supérieure in France followed by a Master in Finance from the University of Paris Dauphine, France
Partner - Head of Research
Edouard is co-founder and Head of research and quantitative strategy design at Compass. He started his career at Société Générale in Paris on the structured products commodities desk. He then worked at Total Gas & Power in 2004 as Energy business analyst. In 2005, Edouard joined Diapason Commodities Management as a quantitative analyst. Edouard soon became Head of Quantitative and Index team at Diapason supervising all commodity indices and systematic strategies (RICI®, DCI®, DCI® BNP Paribas Enhanced, UBS Biofuel Index). Edouard is a Mathematics Engineer from Ecole Centrale, Marseille, France and holds an MSc in Finance from ESCP-EAP, Paris, France
Head of Index Platform Development
Valentin is responsible for managing the Index calculation platform. Before joining Compass, he worked as a data scientist in a consulting company specialized in Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. He was especially in charge of developing machine learning softwares. Between 2013 and 2016, he was preparing a PhD at the French atomic energy commission (CEA Saclay) and DESY Zeuthen (Berlin). His work on dark matter in the galactic halo and the H.E.S.S. telescope camera upgrade grant him a PhD from Paris Saclay University. Valentin also holds a Master in High Energy Physics of the university of Paris Saclay.
Partner - Legal & Compliance Counsel
Thomas is partner and Legal and Compliance counsel at Compass. He has been a partner with the Geneva based law firm Python since 1995, where he previously worked as an associate since 1987. He specializes in international contracts, financial and corporate law. In 1990 and 1991 he worked as an associate with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in their New York office. Since 1995, Mr. Steinmann has been a Professor at the Business School of the University of Lausanne (HEC) where he teaches International Legal Strategy. Thomas launched in 1998 one of the first e-banks of Switzerland, Synthesis Bank, which was sold to Saxo Bank to become its Swiss subsidiary in 2005. He was member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the audit committee of Synthesis/Saxo Bank from 1998 to 2007. Thomas holds two master degrees in law and in political sciences from the University of Lausanne (1983) and a PhD in law from the University of Lausanne (1991).