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John Seo

John Seo - Co-founder and Managing Director of Fermat Capital


Dr. John Seo is co-founder and a managing director of Fermat Capital.

John has over 26 years of fixed income, FX options, and interest-rate-derivatives structuring and trading experience. Prior to forming Fermat Capital with his brother Nelson in 2001, John was head insurance-risk trader at Lehman Brothers, an officer of Lehman Re Limited and a state-appointed advisor to the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund. John's work in catastrophe bonds was featured in a Michael Lewis' cover article for the New York Times Magazine ("In Nature's Casino", 26 Aug 2007). John has testified as an expert witness on alternative risk-transfer markets before the U.S. Congress and in 2015 was appointed to the Advisory Committee on Risk-Sharing Mechanisms (ACRSM) by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. John received a Ph.D. in biophysics from Harvard University (1991) and a B.S. in physics from M.I.T. (1988). He is based in Connecticut.

John Seo

My Insights

Investment Opinions 7 min read

CAT bonds and Covid-19: Business as usual

16 March 2020

As most global markets are left reeling by Covid-19, John Seo, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Fermat Capital Management, addresses why catastrophe bonds generally remain unaffected. He also considers the vital role being played by the World Health Organisation and how its statements are influencing market activity

7 min read
Outlook 2020 3 min watch

Outlook 2020: what are the benefits of non-directional strategies?

16 January 2020

In the final video of our Outlook 2020 series, our fund managers who run non-directional strategies highlight the benefits such an approach can bring.

3 min watch
Podcast 27 min listen

GAM Talks podcast Episode Three – John Seo

Thursday, November 21, 2019

GAM Talks Podcast Episode Three – John Seo

27 min listen
Investment Opinions 9 min read

Exotic ILS Perils: Why Bother?

16 July 2019

Fermat Capital’s John Seo, manager of GAM Investments’ ILS strategies, discusses exotic ILS perils, such as terrorism, and why exposure to these risks can be a useful addition to a portfolio, albeit with relatively small weightings at present.

9 min read