The Team

Navigating through today’s changing landscape of regulations, industry requirements, economic and political uncertainty requires expertise. RiskCap understands these challenges and it is the team’s focus to work with firms operating in the financial services industry around the world, to help evolve the way governance, risk and compliance is managed.

Paul Magro

Founder & Group Managing Director

Paul is RiskCap’s Founder and Managing Director. He has been involved in the financial industry for over a decade across various segments of the industry including the fund industry. During this time he has acquired skills in quantitative analysis, risk management, compliance and governance. He founded RiskCap after completing his PhD in Finance at the University of Bangor in 2013. Paul has been approached and engaged to sit on boards, act as the risk manager and compliance officer to, various financial services firms including funds and managers licensed in multiple jurisdictions. He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta's Banking and Finance department lecturing on alternative investments and financial modelling.

Thalius Hecksher

CEO - RiskCap International Inc

Thalius joins as the CEO of the RiskCap’s US subsidiary, RiskCap International Inc. He brings with him over 20 years’ experience in global financial markets with an emphasis on the Asset Management, Private Equity, Hedge Funds, Capital Raising, Emerging Managers, Technology Platforms focusing on high potential growth companies. Throughout his career he has established strong relationships globally in over 100 countries including North America, Canada, LATAM, Caribbean offshore, Africa, Europe, UK, Channel Islands, Poland, Hungary, the Nordics, Russia, Middle East, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Australia. Thalius has significant C-suite relationships across major financial institutions including International Banks, Global Brokerage Firms, Audit and Legal firms. Over the years has developed extensive relationships with Family Offices, Institutional Capital and UHNI in the wealth management arena. Prior to joining RiskCap, Thalius was Global Director at Trident Fund Services part of the Trident Trust Group, a 40 year old privately held company with over 30 offices and 1000 employees globally. Thalius delivered by bringing Trident Fund Services to front and center in the fund administration business globally, delivered double digit growth per annum, developed and devised new process and procedure and established new offices as players in the funds space.

Charles Cantlie

Director - London

Charles is responsible for operations and business development out of our London office. His career in sales and business developments spans across various industries including financial services, aviation and travel. This has led Charles travelling around the world gaining exposure to different cultures including Asia. Prior to joining RiskCap Charles spent over 15 years in fund management working for a number of fund houses selling traditional and alternative investments.

Romina Lauri

Head of Compliance

Romina Lauri is Head of Compliance responsible for the compliance services provided by RiskCap to financial services firms. She joined RiskCap after an extensive experience in financial services and regulatory compliance including heading the regulatory compliance function with HSBC Bank Malta plc’s main subsidiary, HSBC Life Assurance (Malta) Ltd. Romina has in-depth knowledge of both local and foreign regulations including the MIFID II, AIFIM, UCITS and Solvency II and the Conduct Rule Book, amongst others. She has also lectured at the University of Malta and currently sits as a director with a local non-financial services company. Romina has read B.Comm (Hons). Econ and MA Economics, both obtained with a distinction, and several studies on regulatory compliance.

Jean Paul Gauci

Senior Risk Manager

Jean Paul is a Senior Risk Manager, responsible for, alongside the Managing Director, overseeing the risk management team and reporting to clients on the various risk exposures of funds and providing recommendations. Prior to joining RiskCap in 2015 he has been involved in the fund industry with experience across various areas. Jean Paul graduated with B.Com (Hons) degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Malta in 2011 and then in 2012 he furthered his studies abroad at Strathclyde University where he obtained an MSc in Investments & Finance with Distinction. He is PQed by the MFSA as a risk manager.

Matthew Giusti

Senior Risk Associate, London

Matthew is a Senior Risk Associate out of our London office. He joined RiskCap in 2015 after successfully completing RiskCap’s internship programme. Matthew has successfully graduated from the University of Malta in B.Com (Hons) degree in Banking and Finance. He also has an Advanced Certificate in Fund Administration from Master Business School. Matthew is responsible for the monitoring of risk exposures for funds by applying various risk measurement tools and reporting. He is currently studying for the FRM qualification.

Martina Bascetta

Junior Lawyer

Martina as RiskCap’s lawyer is responsible for various legal affairs. She joined RiskCap after experiences with a corporate services company and a law firm in Malta. Martina graduated in Law from LUISS Guido Carli of Rome in Italy and has a warrant to practice law in Malta.

Julia Melkozerova

Risk Associate

Julia is a Risk Associate after successfully graduating in Economics, Management and Statistic degree from the Alma Mater University of Bologna in Italy. Julia is responsible for the monitoring of risk exposures of various UCITS, AIFs and PIFs by applying various risk measurement tools and reporting back to fund managers. She aspires to complete the PRMIA and FRM programs.

Ludovica Nicastro

Junior Risk Associate

Ludovica is a Junior Risk Associate. She joined RiskCap after successfully graduating with a Master’s degree in Economics (Finance and International Markets) in Catholic University in Milan (Italy). She previously worked as intern at Banca Generali in Milan, where she was responsible of budget analysis and preparation of periodic business reports. She is now responsible of the monitoring and valuations of risk exposures of various UCITS, AIFs and PIFs by applying various risk measurement tools and reporting back to fund managers. She aims to complete FRM program.

Fabio Beninato

Junior Compliance Associate

Fabio joins RiskCap as Junior Compliance Associate after successfully completing RiskCap’s internship programme and B.Com (Hons) Banking and Finance (Second Upper) at the University of Malta. He works with the Head of Compliance on all compliance services involving financial services firms. Fabio also has a degree in Business Economics from the University of Catania (Italy) and will participate in the M.Sc. in Banking and Finance at the University of Malta in October 2018.

Vanessa Vassallo

Executive Assistant

Vanessa is the Personal Assistant to the Managing Director. She is responsible for the day-to-day administration duties in the Malta office. Vanessa has various work experiences in different sectors which have given her valuable experience to assist the Managing Director. Vanessa has read BA (Hons) in Tourism Studies at the University of Malta and was also awarded a Diploma in French and Italian. She speaks four languages fluently including Maltese, English, Italian and French.

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