Chris Harmse, Managing Director at BVNK (www.bvnk.com) has a decade’s experience in analyzing and trading financial markets to identify investment and commercial opportunities across multiple asset classes for corporate and private clients. 

In that time, he has held trading, analyst and fund management roles with BNP Paribas, Centaur Asset Management, Excelsia Capital and Asymmetry Asset Management. Clients benefit from his diverse cross-asset experience which allows him to tune out the noise, understand the macro drivers and identify commercial and product opportunities. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst who holds a postgraduate degree in Investment Management.

Chris began his career as an equity trader at Renaissance Capital, before joining the buy-side team of Rezco Asset Management, where he focused on preserving clients’ capital, while creating wealth. As an equity analyst Chris has focused on deep analytical research, equity valuation, and financial modeling.  His experience as a buy-side equity analyst highlighted how digital asset infrastructure can be applied to reduce the inefficiencies of traditional financial services and improve on incumbent business models.

In 2014, he joined BNP Paribas, working in the London and Johannesburg offices, with responsibility for marketing and structuring financial products for institutional clients and multinational corporates. In 2017, he joined Asymmetry Asset Management as a hedge fund analyst and partner where he helped to set-up and manage a crypto asset fund. 

Chris joined Coindirect in May 2020 where he built the cryptocurrency and FX OTC desk, in addition to playing a key role in the ongoing scope and development of the business’ strategic product roadmap. Chris is also the P&L lead for several core product lines. 

Most recently, Chris has joined the BVNK team – working out of the London office as Managing Director. Chris is leveraging his extensive industry experience to bring BVNK’s digital asset banking platform to market to address a critical and exciting sector gap.