About us

About Quantessence

Founded in 2014, Quantessence is part of the Euroclear Group bringing together leading iCPPI specialists and world class hub developers. Quantessence has operations in the UK and continental Europe. The company aims to help financial institutions benefit from new technology in the savings market by providing flexible support in a world class infrastructure, taking care of operations and reducing the time to market.

The company is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

A Euroclear Company

Euroclear is a market-owned international infrastructure, which aims to strengthen the world’s capital markets by providing leading and secure pre-and post-trade services. Euroclear currently holds over 28 trillion euro assets for clients in over 90 countries.

Rated AA- by Fitch and AA by Standard & Poor’s.

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The team

Quantessence Board

Pierre Yves Goemans

Chairman of the Board

Pierre Yves Goemans serves as non-executive director on the board of Quantessence, representing Euroclear.

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Pierre Yves is an advisor to Euroclear Bank’s management committee. Previously, he was head of commercial, in charge of worldwide commercial development, marketing, client administration and client-related IT projects rollout at Group level. Pierre Yves joined Euroclear in 2005 to run product management for the group. He was responsible for selecting markets, instruments and client types as well as Euroclear’s pricing policy.

Prior to joining Euroclear, Pierre-Yves fulfilled senior positions in the asset management industry. Initially at Fortis Investment Management where he was member of the management committee, and subsequently at Invesco where Pierre Yves was head of business development for Western Europe and country manager for France. Pierre Yves started his career in global markets at JPMorgan in 1986 and worked for McKinsey from 1989 to 1994.

Pierre Yves is a civil engineer from the Université Catholique de Louvain where he has also obtained a postgraduate degree in management with Highest Honours. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Catherine Trempont-Henrijean

Non-executive Director

Catherine Trempont-Henrijean serves as a non-executive director on the board of Quantessence. Catherine chairs the board, representing Euroclear.

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At Euroclear, Catherine is department head of supply chain, reporting to the Group CFO. Previously, Catherine has fulfilled various senior positions in Euroclear’s finance department, amongst others as CFO of Euroclear UK and Ireland. Catherine has joined Euroclear as an employee of the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York in 1986 and has subsequently taken up positions in operations, IT and Finance.

Catherine holds a Master’s degree, cum laude, in Applied Economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain.

Wim Hautekiet

Non-executive Director

Wim Hautekiet serves as non-executive director on the board of Quantessence.

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He is General Counsel of Dexia. Prior to Dexia, Wim was Managing Director at J.P. Morgan’s Corporate and Investment Bank, based in London, responsible for world-wide Legal support for Investor Services.

Wim has been involved in finance law since 1984 as an Associate with Linklaters Belgium. Prior to re-joining J.P. Morgan, he was an Executive Vice President at BNY Mellon where he served as CEO of The Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV (Brussels) and before that as Deputy General Counsel for EMEA (London). He also served as General Counsel to Clearstream (Luxembourg) from 1998 until 2002, and was in private practice at the Brussels bar before that.

Wim holds a Lic. Iuris from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and a LL.M. from the University of Illinois (USA), as well as Postgraduate Diplomas in Financial Management from Solvay Business School (Belgium) and INSEAD (France). He is also a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (London).


Quantessence Management Committee

Peter De Clercq

Chief Executive Officer

Peter De Clercq is Chief Executive Officer of Quantessence. He runs the company and is in charge of business development and sales.

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For 8 years before joining Quantessence, Peter was Managing Director at Barclays Capital where he ran the sales and project management of the iCPPI programme commercialised by a major European insurer. At Barclays, Peter previously led the Benelux sales team, and ran solutions sales for the region, working with major financial institutions on strategic projects.

Prior to Barclays, Peter worked for Goldman Sachs, covering large financial institutions mostly in Belgium and the Netherlands. Before Goldman Sachs, Peter worked for JPMorgan from 1991 to 2002. He co-headed the Benelux trading desk until 1996, and subsequently moved to fixed income sales. He also spent a year working for the United Nations in Mozambique, running the financial management of development projects.

Peter holds a Maîtrise en Administration et en Gestion (MBA) in finance from IAG at UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), as well as an MA in Philology from the University of Leuven (Belgium).

Nikolaos Papadopoulos

Chief Strategy Officer

Nikolaos Papadopoulos is the Chief Strategy Officer of Quantessence. He has architected the system and currently runs its development centre in Prague.

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Nikolaos has more than 25 years of Innovation, Project management and Corporate Value Creation experience.

Prior to joining Quantessence Nikolaos designed and implemented several innovative systems including automated testing systems, performance enhancing systems, integrated film and entertainment platforms, lead generating and predictive systems for the real-estate industry. He has conceptualized, designed and Project Managed many mission critical systems to upper echelon clientele including P&G Europe, P&G Americas, ExxonMobil Europe and USA, Shell Netherlands Europe, Accenture France and UK, Price Waterhouse Coopers, EDS Australia and US (Plano – Texas).

Nikolaos has an MBA from Melbourne Business School, an Honors degree in Civil Engineering, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Science all from the University of Melbourne.

Giles Beale

Chief Operating Officer

Giles Beale is Chief Operating Officer of Quantessence, developing the core algorithms and processes for Quantessence.

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Giles’s experience covers both finance and technology, designing and delivering systems to manage novel financial products.

For 10 years before joining Quantessence, Giles managed risk and implemented hedging strategies, specialising in capital protected products. Giles designed the iCPPI algorithms for Barclays. He subsequently managed the CPPI trading book, and oversaw the technology implementation of the systems behind the iCPPI product.

Prior to his work on CPPI and iCPPI, Giles designed and implemented financial models to help Barclays expand into new markets, most importantly commodities. Prior to this, Giles focused on technology and built a number of systems used to price and execute transactions for a wide variety of derivative products.

Giles has a degree in Computer Science from University College London.