Erich Bonnet

CIO & CEO (Founder)

Erich has 35 years of experience in trading, asset management and private investments. Erich started his career in 1986 as a trader of interest rate derivatives at Banque Indosuez. He became Head of the interest rates derivatives team, that became one of the most profitable ones of the bank. He left Banque Indosuez in 1989 to create Transoptions Finance, a market making company specialised in derivatives. Transoptions became a leader in several European markets (France, Germany, Spain, UK, etc.) competing with the biggest European banks.

In 1998, Erich launched ADI Alternative Investments, a Paris-based alternative asset management company specialized in arbitrage strategies (Convertible Bonds, High Yield and Credit, Merger Arbitrage and Special Situations in particular). ADI has been awarded multiple times and became the largest independent alternative investment manager in Paris with more than 400 institutional clients and up to €6.5bn AUM. The company has been sold between 2005 and 2008 and Erich exited the business in 2009.

Prior to founding Smart Lenders AM in 2014, Erich launched a couple of investment vehicles with personal and friends & family money in Distressed Assets, Real Estate, Containers, Life Settlements, Loans, and Private Equity. Cumulative investments amount to €200m. Having started investing privately in Marketplace Lending two years before, Erich launched Smart Lenders AM in 2014 to offer access to this investment opportunity to institutional investors.

Erich graduated with an MsC from ESSEC Business School in Paris.