A MESSAGE FROM TOM MAHALA, PRESIDENT
I launched Layton Road Group, LLC in late 2017 with the belief that there was a better way to offer capital introduction services to alternative investment managers, institutional investors and prime brokerage divisions within investment banks. On January 2, 2018 my belief became a reality, as Layton Road Group was engaged to provide capital introduction services for BNP Paribas Prime Service’s clients. As a 10-year veteran of BNP Paribas, where I most recently served as the Global Head of Capital Introduction and formerly, Deputy Head of Prime Brokerage Sales, I leverage almost 30 years of prime brokerage experience to provide a meaningful and impactful menu of capital introduction services to Alternative Investment Managers, Institutional Investors and other Investment Banks. These services range from capital introduction to placement agent services to targeted events and novel outsourced solutions for the prime brokerage industry. Today, Layton Road Group consists of seven professionals situated in multiple geographies, with diverse capital markets, asset management and capital introduction backgrounds, engaged in thoughtful and consultative interactions with the various constituents in the alternative investment management industry. We look forward to the opportunity to work with and serve your organization.
TOM MAHALA, President of Layton Road Group, LLC
Tom graduated from Wagner College in 1983, where he was a member of the Men’s Division I Basketball and Golf teams. He began his career at Deloitte & Touche, a large public accounting and consulting firm before moving to the floor of the American Stock Exchange as a member for Drexel Burnham Lambert. Mr. Mahala left the floor of the AMEX to join Bear Stearns’ Prime Brokerage team in the early 90’s and returned in 2001 after a brief stint as an institutional equity salesman and later as a Director in the Capital Markets consulting practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Tom re-joined Bear Stearns to pioneer the firms Hedge Fund Relationship Management team, known as ‘Calling Officers’.
Tom personally covered many of Bears’ top 25 hedge fund relationships that represented approximately $250 billion in AUM. Tom left Bear Stearns in 2007 to join Banc of America Securities to lead the Hedge Fund Senior Relationship Management team. Mr. Mahala moved to BNP Paribas after its 2008 acquisition of Banc of America’s prime brokerage business.
Tom has led several businesses at BNP Paribas including; Head of Americas, Hedge Fund Relationship Management team, Deputy Head of Prime Brokerage Sales and Global Head of Capital Introduction. Tom has been married for 26 years and is the father of 7 boys, ages 11 to 24 and a 9-year old daughter. He and his wife Bonnie live in Far Hills, NJ.
Anthony Lombardi, Managing Director
Anthony joined Layton Road Group, LLC as a Managing Director. He brings extensive experience, spanning multiple investment strategies, having worked in various managed account platform and prime brokerage functions including risk, finance, operation due diligence, structuring, sales, relationship management, and operations. Anthony works with institutional investors and family offices, connecting them with alternative investment managers on the Layton Road platform.
Anthony joined Layton Road Group from Aon where he was an Associate Partner and led the emerging manager managed account platform there. His responsibilities there included operations, sales, counterparty risk management, and relationship management.
Prior to Aon, Anthony was a Vice President at Wilshire Associates in operations and risk for their hedge fund managed account platform. Before Wilshire, he worked in the hedge fund managed account space for HedgeMark and Man Investments in NYC, London and Zurich. Prior to Man, Anthony worked at Bear Stearns in Prime Brokerage relationship management. Anthony is a frequent panelist and moderator at industry events and has guest lectured at the De Paul and USC business schools on hedge funds, risk management and operational due diligence.
Anthony graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in Linguistics and also has a Masters in Strategic Intelligence and a Masters in International Relations from American Military University as well as an LLM from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
Anthony spent six years in the United States Army. Anthony currently resides in Chicago.
Jim Kelly, Managing Director
Jim Kelly joined Layton Road Group from Citigroup, where he was Head of Capital Introductions for the Americas within Citi Prime Finance, specializing in work with pension clients. At Layton Road, Jim will focus on select pension, foundation and endowment allocator relationships to gain a keen understanding of their individual investment needs and objectives to bridge the gap between these investor segments and Layton Road’s alternative investment manager clients.
Jim brings over 40 years of experience in financial services to Layton Road. Prior to Citigroup, he was at Morgan Stanley where he initiated and developed the Pension Solutions Group and served as Head of Transition Management in the Americas, covering pension funds. Jim was a Member of the New York Stock Exchange for 28 years, where he served as a Floor Official for 18 years, and he is a proud member of the Buttonwood Club. He currently serves as an elected member of the New York Stock Exchange’s Judiciary Hearing panel. Jim also is an Advisory Board Member of the Texas Alternative Investment Association.
Jim has a B.A. in economics from Fairfield University.
JOHN SERVICE, CAIA, Managing Director
John joined Layton Road Group, LLC as a Managing Director and founding member of the team. John is a current member of CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst) and brings many years of experience as an allocator to hedge funds. He is responsible for supporting the performance and development of the Firm’s Capital Introduction team.
Prior to joining Layton Road, John served as a Head of Investments at IGW Trust where he lead the investment program driving asset allocation with a focus on alternative investments. Before joining IGW Trust, John was a Portfolio Manager at Slome Capital LLC, a single-family office. In his role at Slome Capital LLC, he helped oversee the investment portfolio – allocating to a wide variety of alternative strategies. Prior to joining Slome Capital LLC, he served as a Portfolio Manager at Portland House Advisors Inc., the investment arm of a large single-family office where he focused on the external manager investment portfolio. John was also a Portfolio Manager and Investment Committee Member at ThreeAM Inc., a Fund of Hedge Funds.
John developed his deep alternative investment experience while serving as a Director and Head of Hedge Fund Structured Products at Wachovia Securities, a business he launched after several years at RBC Capital Markets where he also served as a Director in the Alternative Assets Group.
John received a B.A. in Economics from Gettysburg College.
THOMAS MAHALA JR., Associate
Based in NY and responsible for supporting the performance and professional development of the Firms’ Senior Marketing Professionals.
Tom joined the Layton Road team in June 2021 after spending time at Wells Fargo Securities, where he worked in Corporate Risk and Financial Crimes Compliance. Prior to Wells Fargo, Tom spent time working at Capitol Hill in both the House of Representatives and US Senate.
Tom received a B.A. in Political Science from Seton Hall University.