Brandon Levin fell in love with trading on the floor of the
New York Stock Exchange. The Potomac, Maryland, native started
out as a premed student at the University of
WisconsinMadison, thinking he would follow in the
footsteps of his dad, a thoracic and cardiac surgeon. But his
heart wasnt in it. So, having always been good at math,
Levin switched his major to economics. His uncle, who headed
the trading desk at investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin &
Jenrette, set him up with a summer internship at the NYSE.
Levin, now 39, had found his calling.
In 1999 he joined the Merrill Lynch & Co. analyst
training program in New York. Levin requested to go into, and
was picked by, the equities business, which returned him to the
NYSEs trading floor for a year. He enjoyed his work so
much that he even convinced
his younger brother (and fellow Hedge Fund Rising Star),
Jonathan, to go into the industry.
After four years in equity trading with Merrill Lynch, Levin
was ready for a bigger challenge. Keen to be more than a
sector-focused execution trader, he wanted to expand his range
and contribute to a profit-and-loss bottom line. He found a job
at Och-Ziff Capital Management, where as the hedge fund
firms No. 2 trader in the U.S. he spanned every equities
sector and learned the syndication business. When former SAC
Capital Advisors star trader Matthew Grossman launched his own
firm, Plural Investments, in 2008, he tapped Levin. Within a
few months Levin was running the trading desk at Plural; he got
his own tactical trading allocation and built up a syndication
In 2012, Levin moved to event-driven hedge fund firm JANA
Partners, which manages approximately $10 billion, as head of
trading and syndicate. Over the past four years at New
Yorkbased JANA, he has operationally restructured and
greatly improved the efficiency of the trading desk.
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