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  • Credit derivatives
  • Equity derivatives
  • Fixed income derivatives
  • Private Equity and Private Credit
  • Risk management
  • Trading
  • Venture Capital

Kent Kurtz

Kent A. Kurtz, a seasoned executive, brings a wealth of expertise in financial markets, risk management, financial engineering, and portfolio management. With a successful career at investment banks HSBC, Nomura Securities, and Deutsche Bank, Kent has demonstrated a consistent ability to manage businesses, drive revenue, and foster sustainable growth.
As an original founding member and partner at Tribeca Early-Stage Partners (TESP), Kent helped build the team and oversee the coordination of 65 members. The group evaluates ~1,000 start-ups annually and built a successful investing platform.
As a director at Pacific Advantage Capital, Kent focused on early-stage investment opportunities in health technology, medical devices, and renewable energy. Kent served as Board Chairman for an AI/ML Health Tech Software company, Pieces Technologies, and successfully led Series A and B funding rounds.
While at HSBC Bank USA, Kent served as Senior Managing Director and Head of U.S. Credit Trading, contributing significantly to the trading group’s success while redesigning the trading and risk management platforms for global credit trading.
At Nomura Securities International, Kent was a Senior Portfolio Manager and Managing Director and headed proprietary trading for the equity options & volatility group.
Kent’s expertise includes derivative trading, risk management, financial engineering, and strategic business development at Bankers Trust/Deutsche Bank.
Kent holds a B.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Industry Experience
Areas of Expertise
Registrations and Memberships

Industry Experience

Tribeca Early-Stage Partners/ New York

TESP Partner, Founding Member

Pacific Advantage Capital Partners/ New York

Director, Private Investment Partnership

Pieces Technologies/ Dallas, TX

Board Chair & Operating Committee

Flashback Technologies/ Boulder, CO

Co-President, Adviser

HSBC Securities USA/ New York

Senior Managing Director, Head of U.S. Credit Trading

Nomura Securities International/ New York

Senior Portfolio Manager, Head Of Proprietary Volatility Trading

Deutsche Bank/Bankers Trust/ NY, London, Tokyo

Co-Head European Equity Derivatives

Deputy Head, US Fixed Income Derivatives

Structuring, Financial engineering, Trader


University of Wisconsin/ Madison

B.S., Industrial & Systems Engineering

Areas of Expertise

Business Development

Leadership, Management, Business Strategy, Teamwork, Strategic Planning, Risk Assessment, Financial Analysis, Product Development.

Derivatives Trading & Risk Management

Fixed Income, FX, Credit, and Equity markets

Structured Products, financial engineering, market making, proprietary trading.

Systems design, Risk management, investment management, and global business management

Private Equity / Venture Capital

Evaluation, selection, and portfolio investment.

Finance and financial analysis, budgeting

Fundraising, diligence, licensing agreements, financial structuring.

Operational management, staffing,

Board chair, member, advisor.

Registrations and Memberships


Series 17, 24, 55, 63 (lapsed)

Expert Keywords

  • advisory
  • Black-Scholes
  • board of directors
  • budgeting
  • CDS
  • CDS indices
  • complex securities
  • credit derivatives
  • delta
  • derivatives
  • due diligence
  • early-stage funding
  • equities
  • equity derivatives
  • equity swaps
  • Equity-linked swaps (ELS)
  • exotics
  • financial analysis
  • financial engineering
  • financial planning & analysis (FP&A)
  • FINRA Series 24 Principal
  • fixed income
  • Fixed-Income derivatives
  • foreign exchange
  • forwards
  • fund raising
  • futures & options
  • FX
  • FX derivatives
  • FX forwards
  • FX options
  • gamma
  • Greeks
  • hedge funds
  • hedging
  • interest rate curves
  • interest rate swaps
  • interest rates
  • investment
  • licensing agreements
  • listed derivatives
  • market making
  • operational development
  • operational management
  • option exercise
  • option pricing
  • option settlement
  • options
  • over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives
  • personnel management
  • portfolio management
  • post-mortems
  • private investment partnership
  • proprietary trading
  • put-call parity
  • quantitative investments
  • quantitative research
  • relative value
  • return on investments (ROI)
  • risk management
  • series A
  • strategic business development
  • structured products
  • structuring
  • swaps
  • total return swaps (TRS)
  • trader
  • trading
  • trading strategies
  • USD rates options
  • valuation
  • venture capital investing
  • VIX
  • volatility
  • warrants
  • yield curve
  • yield curve construction

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