Our Team

We develop multiyear relationships and partner with our clients to identify the right opportunities for long-term success

Our team leverages decades of experience in top financial firms across trading, quantitative investments and trading technology.

Founded in 2013, GSR is a global crypto market maker with 200 employees in 10 countries. We specialize in providing liquidity, risk management strategies and structured products to sophisticated global investors in the digital assets industry. Our leadership team of veteran finance and technology executives from Goldman Sachs, Citadel, J.P. Morgan, and Two Sigma, among others, has created one of the world’s fastest and most robust digital asset trading systems.

GSR is deeply embedded in every major sector of the cryptocurrency ecosystem. We work with leading cryptocurrency projects, exchanges, funds, and miners as well as financial institutions taking their first steps into the world of digital assets. 

GSR’s trading technology is integrated with 60 cryptocurrency trading venues and trades over $4 billion a day.

Management

Jakob Palmstierna

Jakob Palmstierna

CEO

Jakob is the global CEO of GSR. Prior to joining GSR, he was Head of EMEA business at Two Sigma Investments and a board director of Two Sigma International. He has over a decade of experience developing business and investment solutions in systematic investment management, including roles at Winton Capital Management and Barclays Global Investors (BGI). Jakob earned a BSc in Economics from Lund University where he also completed the MSc coursework in Economics (without dissertation). He also holds a Ships Officers Degree, Class VIII from Chalmers University of Technology.

Rich Rosenblum

Richard Rosenblum

Co-Founder and President of GSR

Rich is a Co-Founder and the President of GSR, and leads the group across strategic initiatives and growth. He began his career at Goldman Sachs where he spent 11 years between New York and London in commodities trading as a Managing Director and Global Head of Crude Oil and Derivatives Trading. Prior to joining GSR, he spent a few years on the buy-side, running energy trading teams at two New York-based hedge funds. Rich earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Columbia University.

Christian Gil

Cristian Gil

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman

Cris is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of GSR. Before co-founding GSR in 2013, he worked as a commodities trader for 9 years at Goldman Sachs in New York. Since then he has managed an active portfolio of investments across the technology, real estate, hospitality and media sectors. Cris obtained a degree in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Anthony Vince

Anthony Vince

Head of Trading

Anthony is Head of Trading at GSR and is responsible for developing trading strategies and platforms for the cryptocurrency markets. Anthony has over 24 years experience in trading across global financial markets, including developing systematic high frequency trading algorithms on global futures and options. He has worked at leading institutions such as Nomura International, Liquid Capital Markets and Tower Research Capital. Anthony graduated with a degree in Management from the University of London, Royal Holloway.

David Sola

Chief Operating Officer

David is the Chief Operating Officer of GSR and oversees the firm's Finance, Operations and Legal teams. Prior to joining GSR, Mr. Sola spent a decade as the head of Houlihan Lokey’s deal-making team in London. His work has centered around the convergence of traditional and digital finance and other industries, helping firms navigate the technological, financial and regulatory aspects of this fast-growing space. He has been the lead M&A banker on over $80 billion of completed transactions across multiple geographies. He also spearheaded equity and debt financings for clients in the public and private markets and advised on financial restructurings and joint ventures. Prior to his time at Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Sola was a Managing Director for SoftBank Europe, overseeing the conglomerate’s technology investments in the region. He also spent seven years at UBS Investment Bank, where he was the co-head of European M&A.

John MacDonald

Chief Technology Officer

John is Chief Technology Officer of GSR. Prior to joining GSR, John spent five and a half years at Citadel Securities, where he was European CTO and held various technology leadership roles including Global Head of Derivatives Technology, and Global Head of Fixed Income Technology. Prior to this he spent 10 years at J.P. Morgan where he was a Managing Director running Global Electronic Market Making Technology group. He started his career at Goldman Sachs, before joining Citadel to build out an Options trading business. John graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Mathematics & Computation.

Michael Bressler

Global Head of Sales

Michael is the Global Head of Sales at GSR. Prior to joining GSR, he was a Managing Director and Head of Western Region Sales & Marketing at J.P. Morgan, where he oversaw many of the bank’s top institutional relationships. Prior to this, Mr. Bressler also spent seven years as a Managing Director for Global Commodities at the bank. He began his career in commodity derivatives at Goldman Sachs (J. Aron) and also worked on the bank’s equities desk, before joining derivatives trading teams at Barclays Capital and Millennium Partners. Michael graduated with a degree in Economics from Duke University.

Eva Sanchez

Chief Legal Officer

Eva is the Chief Legal Officer of GSR and oversees the firm’s legal, compliance and regulatory policy affairs. Prior to joining GSR, she was at AQR Capital Management and led the firm’s international legal and compliance teams and at Citadel where she oversaw the growth of Citadel’s hedge fund and securities business in Europe at a time of significant market structure and regulatory change. Eva started her legal career at Clifford Chance and obtained a First Class Business & Law Degree from City University, London.

Gilberto Mokbel

Gilberto Mokbel

Senior Advisor

Gilberto is a Senior Advisor to the board of GSR as well as the General Director and representative for the Portuguese office. Previously, he played a key role in developing client portfolios for start-ups and multinationals, including Holmen and M-Real (Metsä Board). He holds degrees in Business Administration from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas and the University of Hull, as well as a master’s degree in eCommerce from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

Jonathan Hugh

Chief Financial Officer

Jonathan is Chief Financial Officer at GSR. Jonathan has more than 25 years of experience in Finance across energy, commodity trading and financial services and is based at the company’s London office. Prior to GSR, he was at ED&F Man Group Ltd, where he served as Managing Director in Agri-Industrials and Business Development. Previously, Jonathan held CFO and Finance Director roles across energy and commodity trading firms. Jonathan holds an MA in Law from the University of Cambridge and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

 

GSR is a founding member of ADAM, the leading SRO in the US dedicated to the development of fair and orderly markets in crypto. GSR is a member of the Defi Alliance, an organization established to expand the reach of Defi globally. Additionally, GSR is a President’s Circle member of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, a leading trade association representing the digital asset and blockchain industry.