Digital Asset
Trading and Lending

VersiFi connects institutional investors to digital asset markets with a high-tech platform and high-touch services.

Vision

Trading and
Lending Focused

At VersiFi, we focus on trading and lending. We are not an exchange, custodian or prime broker. Instead, our sole objective is to provide institutions with the best crypto spot and derivatives trading and lending experience possible.

Approach

High-Tech.
High-Touch.

The value of VersiFi lies in the collective power of our platform and our people. We deliver low-latency technology, integrated risk management, algorithmic smart order routing and bespoke loan terms and structures – and an array of services from market structure and liquidity experts.

Platform

A Plug-and-Trade Platform

Our platform provides institutions with a single point of access for trading, borrowing and lending fiat or digital assets, as well as custody services provided by third-party partners.

High-quality, easily accessible liquidity, direct market access (DMA) and algorithmic smart order routing for spot crypto and OTC derivatives, with an intuitive UI or API access

Powerful tools for real-time P&L, exposure monitoring, NAV, portfolio analytics, collateral and margin management, reconciliation and reporting

Extensive inventory with bespoke loan terms and structures for a wide variety of digital assets, with an approach defined by steadfast transparency and sound risk and collateral management

Comprehensive inventory of assets to borrow at competitive rates with lender matching. Full management of the lifecycle of each loan, including tracking collateral requirements in a fully segregated account, issuing margin calls and liquidating assets as appropriate

A full range of KYC and AML protocols to pass internal compliance reviews and lay the groundwork for a regulated digital asset market

Team

Proven Leadership

Our team is comprised of a diverse group of fintech, trading and hedge fund practitioners who have long track records of successfully building and scaling businesses in both traditional and digital asset markets.

Sameer Shalaby

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Martin Garcia

Co-CEO

Alexander “Sasha” Kouperman

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Valentin Zhigulin

Head of Product Strategy

Sol Zlotchenko

Chief Product & Technology Officer

Daniel Zayfman

Chief Information & Security Officer

Anthony Magliacca

Head of Operations

Adam Hoffman

Chief Compliance Officer

Sidharth Sankhe

Head of Quant Trading Technologies

Advisors

Adam Guren

Chief Investment Officer,
Hunting Hill Global Capital

Dimitri Sogoloff

Chief Executive Officer,
Horton Point

Dougal Brech

Entrepreneur,
Prime Brokerage Veteran

News

Inside Our Vision

Our research, insights and media hits dive deep into our vision for helping digital assets reach their fullest potential.

Careers

Careers @ VersiFi

We’re working tirelessly to help digital assets reach their fullest potential – and we’re looking for experienced finance professionals and expert technologists who share this passion. Send us your resume to learn what a career at VersiFi could look like for you.

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Sameer Shalaby

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Sameer Shalaby oversees all non-trading/sales functions at VersiFi, with a focus on maximizing value for the company’s clients, employees and shareholders. Prior to founding VersiFi, Mr. Shalaby spent five years as President and CEO of HazelTree Fund Services, a treasury management solutions provider for asset managers, where he oversaw the addition of over 200 of the world’s largest hedge fund managers and private equity managers as clients, resulting in explosive revenue growth. Before HazelTree, Mr. Shalaby was the founder and CEO of Paladyne Systems, an investment management solutions provider that was acquired by Broadridge Financial Solutions in 2011. Previous ventures include founding Cogency Systems, an investor operational management and accounting solutions provider later acquired by BackStop Solutions, and co-founding TenFold Corporation, a technology and vertical applications provider he piloted to an IPO in 1999. Mr. Shalaby started his career at Oracle Corporation as a member of its core technology team. He holds a B.S. from The George Washington University and an M.S. from MIT. He is an active investor in software startups and serves on several technology startup boards.

Martin Garcia

Co-CEO

Martin Garcia oversees all sales and trading functions at VersiFi, with a focus on maximizing value for the company’s clients, employees and shareholders. Before joining VersiFi, Mr. Garcia was among the pioneering employees at SecondMarket, which evolved into Digital Currency Group (DCG). Notably, he played a foundational role in establishing DCG’s wholly owned trading business, Genesis Global Trading. Beginning his professional journey in Bitcoin and other digital assets in 2013, Mr. Garcia steered Genesis to prominence as one of the world’s largest digital currency trading and lending desks before departing in 2021. He earned a B.E. from Vanderbilt University and holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 63 and 53 licenses.

Alexander “Sasha” Kouperman

Co-Founder & Managing Director
Sasha Kouperman is an entrepreneur, networker, fintech executive, company and culture builder, investor and mentor. As Co-Founder & Managing Director at VersiFi, he focuses on strategic, corporate and business development. Before joining VersiFi, Mr. Kouperman spent 27 years in the hedge fund industry. He founded, grew and exited InfoHedge Technologies, a well-known MSP in the hedge fund space. Before founding InfoHedge, he spent 10 years as CTO of a large hedge fund, where he architected and built what became known as Paladyne Systems. It was around this time that Mr. Kouperman met VersiFi co-founder Sameer Shalaby, with whom he continued to collaborate on various projects throughout the next 15 years. Over the course of his career, Mr. Kouperman has become an expert on architecting, building and implementing systems and platforms for hedge funds, asset managers, broker-dealers, fintechs and prime brokerages. He holds a B.S. from Brooklyn College and is an alumni of executive education programs from Harvard Business School and MIT.

Valentin Zhigulin

Head of Product Strategy
Dr. Valentin Zhigulin has over 15 years of investment management experience in traditional and digital assets. Since 2007, he has worked as an equity portfolio manager at multiple hedge funds, including Visium Asset Management and Citadel Investment Group. Over the last five years, he has focused on investing and trading in digital assets, most recently serving as Chief Investment Officer of a crypto-focused hedge fund. Dr. Zhigulin received a PhD in Physics from the California Institute of Technology.

Sol Zlotchenko

Chief Product & Technology Officer
Sol Zlotchenko helps oversee VersiFi’s engineering and product teams. He brings over 25 years of experience driving growth and innovation across the financial services and technology sectors, most recently at Hazeltree Fund Services, a treasury management solutions provider for asset managers, and Paladyne Systems, an investment management solutions provider that was acquired by Broadridge Financial Solutions in 2011. With deep knowledge of buy-side operations, financial engineering and risk management, Mr. Zlotchenko is a proven technology leader whose solutions have consistently delivered value to the world’s foremost financial institutions. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University.

Daniel Zayfman

Chief Information & Security Officer
Daniel Zayfman oversees all systems, networks, security and applications infrastructure at VersiFi, with a focus on protecting assets and minimizing cybersecurity threats. Prior to joining VersiFi, Mr. Zayfman spent six years at Hazeltree Fund Services, a treasury management solutions provider for asset managers, where he oversaw the continued development of an innovative, robust and secure IT environment. Prior to joining Hazeltree, Mr. Zayfman was Vice President of IT and Operations at Paladyne Systems, an investment management solutions provider that was acquired by Broadridge Financial Solutions in 2011, where he played a key role in building its hosted Application Service Provider (ASP) solution. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Touro University.

Anthony Magliacca

Head of Operations

Anthony Magliacca oversees all operational functions at VersiFi, bringing two decades of experience in capital markets operations. Before joining VersiFi, he spent over six years at NYDIG as Head of Operations and Head of Asset Servicing, where he was responsible for the architecture and management of the firm’s custody, asset management and execution operations. Prior to that, he managed FX operations at Stone Ridge Asset Management and held various roles at Two Sigma and Millennium. He earned a BBA from Pace University and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.

Adam Hoffman

Chief Compliance Officer
Adam Hoffman is responsible for providing strategic legal and business counsel, while overseeing VersiFi’s regulatory compliance program. Prior to joining VersiFi, Mr. Hoffman was Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer of Hunting Hill Global Capital, an SEC registered investment advisor, where he oversaw day-to-day business operations and managed all aspects of the legal, compliance and regulatory activities for crypto-related trading. Prior to Hunting Hill Mr. Hoffman was GC/CCO at Sandell Asset Management, a global activist hedge fund manager. Before Sandell, Mr. Hoffman was a member of multiple institutional legal and compliance teams and over the course of his legal career, Mr. Hoffman has performed core compliance roles including those associated with anti-money laundering, regulatory filings, marketing, trading and product development. Mr. Hoffman earned a JD from the Cardozo School of Law, an MBA from Drexel University and a BA from the University of Rochester.

Sidharth Sankhe

Head of Quant Trading Technologies
Sidharth Sankhe is a software engineer, systems designer and researcher who oversees quantitative trading and technology at VersiFi. Before joining VersiFi, Mr. Sankhe was founder and Chief Technology Officer at Ather Digital. Previous stops include high-frequency trading firm Five Rings Capital, where he built high-performance, low latency systems, and Goldman Sachs, where he was a quant developer. In addition, Mr. Sankhe’s work has been published by leading data management associations such as SIGMOD. He holds a B.E. in Computer Science with a systems concentration from the University of Pennsylvania.

Adam Guren

Chief Investment Officer, Hunting Hill Global Capital
Adam Guren is the founder and CIO of Hunting Hill Global Capital, which launched its first fund in February 2012. From 2005 to 2011, Mr. Guren managed a global event-driven arbitrage portfolio at First New York Securities, investing in ETF arbitrage, cross-border arbitrage, merger arbitrage, corporate actions and other special situations. In 2007, he was named a partner at FNYS at the age of 26, becoming the youngest partner in the firm’s history to that point. In 2008, Mr. Guren was named to Trader Monthly’s “Top 30 Traders Under 30” list. From 2009 to 2011, he continued to manage his portfolio while a full-time student at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received an M.B.A. with a focus in Entrepreneurial Management. He also holds a B.A. in Economics from Duke University. Mr. Guren has also enjoyed success on the soccer pitch – as a member of the top-ranked Duke Blue Devils varsity squad, professionally for the MLS’ Columbus Crew and Cleveland Force organizations, and with the U-18 U.S. Men’s National Team.

Dimitri Sogoloff

Chief Executive Officer, Horton Point
Dimitri Sogoloff is a founder and CEO of Horton Point, an alternative investment specialist firm. Prior to starting Horton Point in 2006, he was Co-Founder and President of a $3b relative value hedge fund investment firm, which he ran from 1992 to 2006, and a convertible arbitrage and equity derivatives trader at several trading firms, including Baring Securities and Spear Leeds. Mr. Sogoloff has helped launch a number of financial technology firms, with several highly successful exits. He holds a B.S. in Engineering and an M.B.A. in Finance, both from Columbia University.

Dougal Brech

Entrepreneur, Prime Brokerage Veteran
Dougal Brech has spent over 25 years working in prime brokerage, providing investment banking and financing services to hedge funds. He spent the first 13 years of his career at Morgan Stanley, where he learned his trade. He left in 2007 to head up Credit Suisse’s European Prime Services team, helping to establish the franchise as the region’s top service provider by AUM, a position it maintained for seven years. Mr. Brech joined Nomura in 2018 as the Global Head of Prime Finance, where he reengineered the business: increasing pre-tax income by 500%, negotiating wholesale financing rates to cheaper levels and working with the team to focus on identifying the most profitable clients on a firmwide level. He has also set up smaller entrepreneurial businesses, from listed pub groups to vegan burgers. Mr. Brech holds a degree in Environmental Chemistry from Queen Mary University of London, as well as diplomas in Sustainable Financing from Cambridge University and in Cryptocurrency from MIT.