James River capital was founded under the umbrella of Kidder, Peabody as KP futures management operating as an alternative investment department in 1986. In 1995, the two senior managers in the KP future management, Kelvin Brandt and Paul Saunders acquired the investment registering it as James River capital. Paul Saunders operates as the Chairman and the Chief Executive, while Kevin Brandt is the president and director of James River capital. The two top managers have a wealth of experience in finance and leadership.
James River capital has tremendously expanded its products with an estimated $ 570 million worth assets under its management as at 1st July 2018. Registered as a commodity trading advisor as well as an investment advisor with CFTC and SEC respectively, James River Capital provides investment advisory services to various companies in the US.
James River Capital philosophy is to diversify on multi-manager products by adding alternative investment exposure to traditional investments. James River has specialized on strategic sectors such as Distress credit, Equity strategies, convertible arbitrage, global Macroeconomy Strategies, Asset-Backed securities, fixed income arbitrage, management future trading, event-driven strategies, corporate lending, and multi-strategy investing to achieve broad diversification of risk.
James River capital opened an insurance company in 2003 to diversify on capital mobilization and investments. The insurance company is operating as surplus and excess carrier in Washington DC while James River Casualty Company as a subsidiary owned by James River, underwrites policies in Ohio. The company has increased in size with time. In 2009, James River insurance company had increased insurance policyholders’ surplus from $ 250 million to $ 500 Million and $750 million by 2018. AM Best Company did this increased financial rating.
James River Capital holding was first listed on US global electronic stock market, National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations Exchange (NASDAQ) in an Initial Public Offer (IPO) in 2005 under JRVR symbol. In 2007 , a private investor group led by Shaw Group, Goldman Sachs among others acquired all outstanding shares of James River Group Holding naming it Franklin holding Ltd. In 2014, it reverted to original trademark James River Holding listed again in NASDAQ under JRVR symbol in the same year. Learn more: https://paulsaundersjrcc.wordpress.com/
Paul Saunders, a seasoned investment banker with outstanding experience in finance and investment. His able leadership, together with Kevin Brandt, the company have moved from glory to glory. Paul is an active philanthropist and recently formed the Saunders Family Foundation with the aim of making an impact in the community. James River capital Inc received several awards including, the FM awards in 2014. In the same year, they won the Invest Hedge Fund Performance of the year. One year later, the firm won the Global Fund Awards and the Investors Choice Awards. James River capital is on the positive growth trajectory and has made a mark in the investment world.