SS&C - Luxembourg
Luxembourg Country Head
Balancing fund services with the call of the mountains
Luxembourg-born Briton Nick Curwen studied astrophysics at university and has made his career in investment fund administration, but the real passion of his life is mountains and snowboarding.
A Luxembourg upbringing
As a Briton, Nick Curwen knows the grand duchy better than most – having been born here in 1976 and educated at the European School. His fluency in German, French and Luxembourgish serve him well in his new role as head of SS&C’s new fund administration office in Luxembourg. But there’s a lot more to Curwen than back-office fund services. He studied astrophysics at Birmingham University in England, but acknowledges he split his time there between academic work and helping to run the ski and snowboard club, and later took a career break to devote himself to winter sports. Not for nothing does he list Chamonix as one of his favourite places. Curwen began his career with Cedel (now the Luxembourg arm of Clearstream), and later worked for various fund administrators in the grand duchy. A turning point of his professional life came in 2005 when he moved to London to joined his then employer’s largest client, a European credit manager, eventually becoming head of client services.
Leading growth in Ireland
A corporate lift-out took Curwen to GlobeOp, where in 2011 he took on responsibility for the Dublin office. He saw the Irish business through a period of significant change and growth from less than $1bn in assets under administration to more than $10bn. In 2012 year Curwen was handed the task of launching the office in Luxembourg, to which he retuned in September. SS&C formally opened for business in the grand duchy in July 2013. Throughout his professional rise Curwen has continued to answer the call of the mountains; he spends over 30 days snowboarding a year and also enjoys rock climbing and bouldering. “My favourite activity is being dropped on top of a mountain with my snowboard,” he says.
Expecting the unexpected
Curwen also has a long-standing appreciation of engineering, art and elegant design, “like a Le Corbusier chaise longue”. He cites Jean-Claude Biver among the people he most admires, for his “passion for watch-making, a true commitment to his brand, and a personal touch that few executives offer”. His continued goal is to further establish SS&C as a recognized alternative fund service provider in the grand duchy, and make it a top-tier player within five years. But having spent much of his recent career helping fund firms disentangle themselves from the effects of the global financial crisis, his philosophy is to “expect the unexpected”.
Facts & Figures
Place of birth: Luxembourg
Languages: English, French, German and Luxembourgish
Hobbies: Snowboarding, Climbing
Cities: London, Paris, Dublin, Geneva, Chamonix
Restaurants: Benares (London), Yauatcha (London), Peploe’s (Dublin), Le Bouquet Garni (Luxembourg), Le Munchie (Chamonix)
Book: Too many to list
Artist: Rothko, Monet, Cezann