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Warun Kumar

Warun Kumar

Senior Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, Alternative Investments, Virtus Investment Partners
Portfolio Manager, Cliffwater Investments LLC

Warun Kumar is senior managing director and portfolio manager of alternative investments at Virtus Investment Partners, where he oversees the development of alternative investment solutions for institutional and individual investors. Mr. Kumar also serves as portfolio manager of the Virtus Alternative Income Solution Fund, Virtus Alternative Inflation Solution Fund, and Virtus Alternative Total Solution Fund, which are subadvised by Cliffwater Investments LLC, a Virtus affiliate.

Mr. Kumar has over 20 years of experience in both portfolio management and capital markets, with a concentration in alternative investments and derivative strategies. Prior to joining Virtus in 2014, he was founder and managing partner of Varick Asset Management, an independent alternative manager focused on the development of innovative portfolio solutions and investment strategies for high net worth investors and institutional clients.

Before forming Varick, Mr. Kumar was the U.S. head of Barclays Capital Fund Solutions, where he led the investment committee and managed business expansion throughout the Americas. His investment management career began at Volaris Advisors, where he was a partner and headed the derivative advisory business. In addition to these roles, Mr. Kumar has held senior positions in the capital markets divisions of Lehman Brothers and Robertson Stephens, and was a founding partner of Sigma Advisors, an alternative investment advisory firm. He began his financial services career as a member of J.P. Morgan’s equity derivatives business. 

Mr. Kumar earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Columbia University. He began his career in the investment industry in 1993.