Virtus Partners provides solutions for asset managers, banks, hedge funds, and investors to better manage a wide variety of alternative investment strategies. We understand that different clients may require different solutions, so our services are flexible and tailored to fit your specific requirements. We work with a range of clientele, from fixed-income managers to hedge fund software providers.
Headquartered in Houston, Texas the company has grown from a four person firm in 2005 to a global leader in our industry. We have leveraged our bank debt expertise to expand beyond the CLO market and offer a comprehensive set of solutions covering the broader alternative investment landscape. Today, over 300 employees in five offices in the United States and Europe administer over $350 billion dollars worth of assets for over 100 global financial institutions.
Virtus has a large and growing client base consisting of many of the world’s largest banks, hedge funds and asset managers. The deals that Virtus administers on behalf of these clients typically have lives of 5-7 years and are recurring in nature. Virtus is administering over 750 individual portfolios for 100 different managers. Over half of our clients have multiple deals with Virtus and no client represents more than 20% of our portfolio.
Virtus Partners was started in 2005 as groundbreaking administration solution for credit managers. The name Virtus comes from ancient Rome and embodies concepts of excellence, character, and courage. It took courage for the four founding partners to step out on their own and start a new firm that would fulfill their vision of an independent company that combined cutting edge technology and exceptional customer service would better serve their customers in the structured credit industry. Partners represents the founding partners, but also the partnership between the founders and their employees and again with the firm’s clients.
Joe Elston is a Co-Founder and Partner for Virtus Partners, LLC. His primary focus includes managing Virtus’ new business, sales, and marketing efforts. Joe has over twenty years of experience in the financial services industry with assignments ranging from loan origination to trust services. Prior to founding Virtus, Joe was lead sales and deal manager at the JPMorgan CDO Trust group and a US Navy Surface Warfare Officer.
Joe earned a BBA degree in Finance from Southern Methodist University and a MA and PHD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Political Science with an emphasis in Economics.
Kelly Faykus is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner for Virtus Partners. Kelly oversees all aspects of Virtus’ daily operations and strategic relationships. He has over twenty years in the financial services industry in varying capacities from loan origination to trust services. Prior to founding Virtus, Kelly was the head of Sales and New Business for the JPMorgan CDO group.
Kelly earned a BS degree in Finance from Texas A&M and an MBA from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Mirna Herr is a Co-Founder and Partner for Virtus Partners, LLC. She is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s operational areas, management of client relationships, and services. Mirna brings over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to founding Virtus, Mirna held management positions at JPMorgan playing active roles in key client relationships and serving critical roles for process improvement and implementation.
Mirna earned a BS degree in Accounting from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.