Global sourcing and recruiting of capital raising executives

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360° investor referencing™ methodology

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Market mapping and investigative intelligence

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strategic advisory and consulting

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Context Jensen Partners is a global advisory, corporate development and executive search firm that leverages its extensive relationships in the investor and alternative asset management community to source and recruit leading capital raising candidates. By utilizing a customized, scientific approach, proprietary 360° Investor Referencing™ methodology and advanced behavioral analytics, we assist our clients in raising capital by identifying and securing the ideal human capital.

Who We Are

Our success is the result of 50+ years of experience, focused on investigative pre-screening, intelligence gathering, trend following and a proprietary 360° investor referencing™ methodology. The firm offers a unique perspective and tailored service, while leveraging a proven, investor-focused model to align the goals of the firm with those of each client and candidate. In 2015, Jensen Partners formed in a strategic alliance with Context Capital Partners LLC with the objective of delivering an unparalleled, investor-centric experience. Context Capital Partners is a seeding firm focused on alternative investment strategies across hedge funds, liquid alternatives mutual funds and private equity.

50+years of expertise
360°investor referencing™ methodology

Our Differentiated Approach

Global Sourcing and Recruiting of Capital Raising Executives

Context Jensen Partners advises and executes in the sourcing of strategic recruitment of leading capital raising executives. With the insight, knowledge, institutional strength, professionalism and confidentiality, the team has been able to fulfill the industry’s most demanding roles with attention to detail on every mandate. We manage our assignments by sourcing the best-performing, methodically aligned and strategically minded candidates.

360° Investor Referencing™ Methodology

The Context Jensen Partners’ 360° Investor Referencing™ utilizes a proprietary qualitative and quantitative scientific approach that analyzes each candidate’s asset-raising capabilities and individual style. This analytical method ensures that we track our candidates’ total asset-raising trajectory. Alongside intelligence gathering and peer referencing, we understand that a key to successful long-term placements is also the data we mine from our diverse and far-reaching network that these professionals are targeting. Our research team tracks the full asset-raising history of a candidate to verify the critical background and credentials provided. In addition, through our behavioral analysis we are able to discern the approach of each candidate by scrutinizing how they raise capital in detail.

Market Mapping and Investigative Intelligence

Market mapping provides our clients with a customized, confidential, in-depth analysis of the best performing candidates in each industry, sector and distribution channel. Our “deep dive” due-diligence is focused on providing information on key industry trends, variables and internal/external requirements that may influence the decision-making process and strategic hiring decisions. The firm’s extensive industry knowledge combined with long-term investor relationships helps generate accurate, actionable market intelligence that meet the unique need of every client. Jensen also evaluates how a firm compares with competitors, focusing on areas related to culture, philosophy and management style, as related to a pay-out formula. This information enables each client to enhance their competitive positioning to support successful on-going asset-raising.

Strategic Advisory and Consulting

Context Jensen Partners consults with both clients and candidates to ensure high caliber identification, securing and retention of human capital. As a trusted advisor, Context Jensen Partners offers specialized, strategic advisory on compensation structure and pay-out formulation, product launches and guidance on how to manage these topics internally. The firm also advises our candidates on compensation in the ever changing industry environment. CJP also provides experienced executive career coaching on request for executives, high-profile potential candidates, management team members and key employees. Our approach to executive career coaching starts with a thorough review and analysis of salary requirements, bonus negotiations, strategy/leadership development and interview skills.

Our Team

The accomplished leadership of Context Jensen Partners brings a level of knowledge and inside perspective, which allows us to understand the needs, process and culture of our clients and act as an advisor to our candidates.

Sasha Jensen
Chief Executive Officer
Currently Ms. Jensen leads a team of recruitment specialists dedicated exclusively to capital raising executive search. Prior to founding Jensen Partners (formerly HFE Search), Sasha Jensen was the Director of Alternative Asset Management Recruiting for The Gerson Group in New York and London, where she specialized in placing marketing teams for hedge funds and investment banking platforms. Before joining Gerson, Sasha was Global Head of Fund Distribution for Kinsey Allen International, after being a senior asset raising recruiter for Rice and Dore. Ms. Jensen was previously an investigative journalist on Fleet Street, and worked as Head of Investigations on the Saturday Star and Sunday Independent in Johannesburg, South Africa. Sasha graduated with an upper class double-honors in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Warwick, and she holds a BACP-accredited diploma, specific to recruitment, in Counseling and Counseling Skills. Ms. Jensen currently sits on the Board of High Water Women, a hedge fund children’s charity.
Ron Biscardi
Chairman of the Board
Ron Biscardi is the Chairman of the Board of Context Jensen Partners. Mr. Biscardi has over 15 years of business management, strategy, and investment experience in private equity and the alternative asset management space. Mr. Biscardi is also the Chairman of the Board for Context Summits, a preeminent producer of events for the alternative asset management industry and the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Context Capital Partners, a seeding firm focused on the hedge fund, liquid alternatives and private equity sectors. At Context Capital Partners, he is responsible for overall firm management, including growth initiatives, strategic partnerships, and investment activities. In 2006, Mr. Biscardi led the effort to create Context BH Partners, LP, a family of funds that invests in the community and regional banking sectors. He is the Chairman of Context BH Equity Funds I and II. Currently, Mr. Biscardi serves on the board of Context Liberty Bell Capital, a real estate investment partnership, and is on the Investment Committee of the Titan Loan Investment Fund, which invests in distressed commercial real estate loans in the eastern half of the United States. He is on the board of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and is the Secretary of the Mastery Charter School’s Board of Trustees.Mr. Biscardi graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University.

Statistics & Key Analytics

Distribution of Industry HiresCase Study of AUM Growth
Candidate Testimonials
"Jensen Partners runs an extremely thorough and streamlined process ensuring that from interviews to placement takes nearly no time at all. The overall service was extremely impressive. The depth of industry knowledge and investor connections Jensen Partners has in the capital raising space is totally unique for an executive recruiting firm."
- Fortress Investment Group

"Jensen Partners extensive and detailed market maps of the global prime brokerage universe and the US/UK hedge fund marketing space were absolutely crucial to selecting the right individual for this search. We wasted no time as the shortlist was short and we reached a successful outcome very quickly. Jensen Partners exceeded all our expectations."
- Bank of America Merrill Lynch

"We have been impressed with the thoughtfulness with which Jensen Partners has approached our on-going institutional sales build out. The company's market mapping is key to understanding the lay of the land in the hedge fund asset raising space. They are true experts in their field: placing capital raising candidates into alternative asset managers."
- Altima Partners

News & Press

Nov
16
Event Driven Managers See Signs of Rebound

Negative investor sentiment and redemptions have plagued the event driven hedge fund strategy space this year, but now the segment is seeing an uptick in hiring for distribution roles and better performance, presenting a possible opening for a marketing rebound.

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Nov
07
Firms Pump Up Their Marketing Muscle

Private-equity firms are hot to hire professionals who can sell their funds, an indication that the steady march of firms pitching funds probably isn’t about to stop anytime soon.

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Nov
03
Alternatives Suffer, but Not Their Marketers

Hiring activity for alternatives marketing professionals remains robust even as hedge funds fall out of favor.

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Oct
21
Context Jensen Partners Named 'Best Hedge Fund Recruitment Firm' by HFM US Hedge Fund Services Awards

Context Jensen Partners, a global executive search and corporate advisory firm specializing in sourcing capital raising talent for alternative asset managers, was named ‘Best Hedge Fund Recruitment Firm’ by HFM US Hedge Fund Services Awards. The annual awards honor firms that have demonstrated exceptional customer service, innovative product development and revenue growth over the past 12 months.

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Aug
01
Credit managers go shopping for marketers in fundraising spree

Credit hedge funds have endured a tough couple of years but buy-side firms are recruiting marketing executives for credit fundraising at a record pace.

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Jul
29
How Brexit has affected hedge fund hiring in the U.S.

There will always be demand for talent, and the U.S. is the largest market in the world. Given the uncertainty in England and across the European continent, it’s not surprising that financial services firms might be thinking about relocating.

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Jul
26
Marketing in a fee-compressed environment – beyond performance

Sasha Jensen, founder and CEO of executive search firm Context Jensen Partners, explores how investor relations teams can maintain positive dialogue with clients despite a downward trend in fees.

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Jul
14
Brexit aftermath: UK alts managers indicate cautious optimism

The question on everyone’s minds in the aftermath of the Brexit debacle is: “Now what?” This is especially true for alternative asset managers, including those based in the UK and those based elsewhere thinking about expanding their operations.

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Jul
05
Credit managers make IR marketing push

In Q1 2016, we continued to see strong fundraising movements within the credit space, across both public and private debt strategies.

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Jun
06
Hedge funds and private equity firms in a battle for asset-raisers

Hedge funds and private equity firms might be struggling currently, but there’s one part of the business where demand for skills remains high. Sales, marketing, distribution and capital-raising professionals are all highly sought-after currently.

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Jun
01
Alternatives Continue to Attract Fundraising Talent

Context Jensen Partners founder Sasha Jensen offers insights into the hiring trends currently visible in the fund marketing space.

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May
25
Private Equity Fundraisers

Hiring was up significantly for private equity cpaital raisers, just as fundraising dropped off.

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May
16
Recruiter: Marketers Are on the Move

An executive-search firm specializing in marketers of alternative investments has detected a sharp increase in hedge fund hiring.

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May
04
Hedge Fund Marketer Movement Spikes in Q1

The number of hedge fund marketers in new roles is up dramatically as hedge funds hustle to hire top talent, according to a report from executive recruitment firm Context Jensen Partners.

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Mar
30
Managers Start Shift to Control Fundraising Data

Private equity fund managers are taking their first steps to better manage data that can streamline the capital raising process, an area where it’s not rare to see entire operations still run off of Excel spreadsheets.

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Dec
17
Search Firm Links Up With Context

Context Capital has purchased a minority stake in Jensen Partners, an executive-search firm that places marketing professionals at alternative-investment shops.

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Dec
11
Jensen Partners Joins Forces with Context Capital Partners

In Establishing Context Jensen Partners, Executive Search Company Teams with Seeding Firm to Fuel Growth in Alternative Space

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Nov
25
Bigger Paychecks Loom for Private Equity Pros in '16

Recruiters and fund managers are expecting a more lush pay landscape for private equity professionals this year and next, as the industry’s stout fundraising totals and even healthier deal exit prices are making it easier

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Mar
31
As Hedge Funds Compete for Marketing and Communications Talent Deals Shift

Hedge funds have had to do a lot of maneuvering in recent years to keep up with new regulations, ever changing financial markets and investor demands.

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Mar
26
Top Hedge Funds See Big Drain of Sales Pros to Rivals

Marketing staff are jumping from big, brand-name hedge funds to smaller shops in a bid for a bigger pay package, more excitement and more control.

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Mar
11
Finding Fundraisers Not Just About The Rolodex

Private-equity firms and hedge funds are salivating over the opportunities created by bank deleveraging in Europe.

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