Black Swift Group is an investment manager and SEC registered investment adviser managing equity, fixed income, and alternative investment strategies.

History

Black Swift Group was founded in 2016 to build a diverse platform of investment strategies serving private client, family office, and institutional investors.

Leadership

Investment Team Leadership

Greg Casals, CFA, CMT

Chief Investment Officer

Mr. Casals is the Managing Member and Chief Investment Officer of Black Swift Group, LLC and the Portfolio Manager for the Black Swift’s private funds. Mr. Casals began his career in fixed income in the capital markets group for Morgan Keegan and First Union. Mr. Casals was a Senior Consultant for Barra’s Equity Trading Services Group and a Portfolio Manager and Head of Risk Management for Firsthand Capital Management. Prior to launching Black Swift’s first private fund in 2016, Mr. Casals was a Portfolio Manager for Paceline Capital managing a portfolio of alternative investments and RMBS and CLO securities.

Mr. Casals holds a B.A. from Boston College and is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Market Technician.

Eric Crown, CFA

Senior Investment Analyst

Mr. Crown is a Senior Investment Analyst and a member of Black Swift’s investment management team. His efforts are focused on the analysis and monitoring of current and prospective investments, as well as assisting in portfolio management responsibilities.  

Mr. Crown’s prior experience includes serving as a quantitative analyst on the Strategic Investments team of the Florida State Board of Administration, as well as working as an investment analyst for Prime Holdings in New York. Mr. Crown holds a B.S. in Finance from Siena College in Loudonville, New York and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Denver Simmermon

Senior Investment Analyst

Mr. Simmermon is a Senior Investment Analyst and a member of Black Swift’s investment management team. Primary responsibilities include security analysis, thematic research, and portfolio optimization for equities. Prior to joining Black Swift, Mr. Simmermon was an analyst at Warren Street Capital and Santander Corporate & Investment Banking.

Mr. Simmermon received a B.S. in Economics-Finance and M.S. in Finance from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts and is a licensed Series 65 Investment Advisor Representative.

Donald Byrne

Managing Director

Mr. Byrne is a Managing Director at Black Swift  with a dual role on both the investment committee and business development.  Mr. Byrne began his career at Bear Stearns on the International Institutional Equity Desk.  He rose to Managing Director and ran Asian Equity Sales and Trading in New York for the firm.  Mr. Byrne’s most recent role was with Mission Capital in New York on the Asset Sales desk where he concentrated on whole loan and REO sales among other asset types.  He also worked closely with the Mission debt and equity finance team to fund large real estate transactions.  

Mr. Byrne is based in New York where he lives with his wife and three boys.  He has a BS from Boston College in Economics and Finance.   

Mr. Byrne is a licensed Series 66 Investment Advisor Representative.