At Axonic we aim for excellence across the firm through integrity, innovation and teamwork. We have assembled a team of seasoned professionals in portfolio management, client services, operations and accounting.
Founder, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer
Prior to forming Axonic, Mr. DeGiacinto was responsible for building out the mortgage investment platform at Tower Research Capital LLC and was the Senior Portfolio Manager for Split Level LLC. He previously led a mortgage trading desk in the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities division at Goldman Sachs & Co. Mr. DeGiacinto’s duties included the securitization and retention of bonds backed by adjustable rate and negatively amortizing residential mortgages. He was also responsible for running the RMBS credit book for all prime, alt-A and negatively amortizing structures. Mr. DeGiacinto previously served as a Captain in the U.S. Army in the 25th Infantry Division (Hawaii) after completing the U.S. Army Ranger School, Airborne School and Air Assault Course. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager
Mr. Engineer leads our residential and asset backed securities strategies. Prior to joining Axonic, Mr. Engineer worked at Tower Research Capital as Vice President of Mortgage Trading. Prior to Tower, he worked in the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities group at Goldman Sachs & Co. with responsibilities including structuring, valuing and advising on diverse securitization products for both principal and third party transactions. Prior to Goldman, Mr. Engineer was at KPMG where he structured various securitization transactions in the structured products group.
Mr. Engineer was previously employed at Tata TD Waterhouse and Tata Finance in Mumbai. Mr. Engineer received his Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Accounting from University of Mumbai and holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Southern California.
Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager
Mr. Weinstein leads our Commercial Real Estate and Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities strategies. Prior to joining Axonic, Mr. Weinstein was a Vice President at Macquarie Capital where he managed a CMBS principal investment strategy. Prior to Macquarie, Mr. Weinstein was an Associate Director in CMBS at Bear Sterns.
Mr. Weinstein received his B.S. in Industrial Labor Relations from Cornell University and holds an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business.
Partner and Portfolio Manager
Peter Schendel is a Partner and Portfolio Manager. Prior to working at Axonic, Peter was a portfolio manager at Diversified Global Asset Management in New York and a founder of Good Hill Partners, a Westport-based asset manager. He was a portfolio manager and fixed-income strategy specialist at Northwater Capital Management from 2001-2006. Peter is a CFA charterholder and received an MBA degree from the University of Western Ontario and an undergraduate degree from McGill University.
CFO / COO
Prior to joining Axonic, Mr. Flaws was the Deputy Chief Financial Officer at BlueMountain Capital Management. During his nine years at BlueMountain Capital, Mr. Flaws was a member of the valuation and compliance committees and managed the financial operations of the Firm’s Tokyo, London and New York offices. Before joining BlueMountain, Mr. Flaws was a Managing Director at Columbus Avenue Consulting, a boutique hedge fund administrator. Prior to Columbus Avenue Consulting, Mr. Flaws was a Senior Account Manager at Fortis Fund Services, a Cayman Islands based hedge fund administrator. Mr. Flaws began his career in public accounting at Deloitte, first in Canada and then in their Cayman Islands office. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Alberta and Ontario, and also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation (CFA). Mr. Flaws received his Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Alberta.