Investment pioneer Henry Swieca founded Talpion in 2010 after building Highbridge Capital Management into one of the world's most successful alternative asset managers and ultimately selling it to JP Morgan. Talpion is a New York-based single family office focused on four asset classes: public securities, real estate, private equity, and venture capital. Talpion combines an institutional infrastructure with family values of patience, prudence and integrity. The name of the company derives from the Biblical word 'Talpiot', meaning a castle's turret, and is also the name of a highly elite intelligence unit of the IDF.
Mr. Swieca began his career in 1980 at Merrill Lynch & Co. as a registered representative. In 1982, he was one of the original floor traders at the New York Futures Exchange, where he traded equity index options. In 1984, while at E.F. Hutton & Co., he co-founded Dubin & Swieca Capital Management, an alternative investment management firm that preceded Highbridge Capital. Over the course of his career, Mr. Swieca has held senior-level positions at various financial services firms, including serving as advisor to institutional investors at Dillon Read and as senior vice president specializing in asset allocation and portfolio management at E.F. Hutton.
A child of Holocaust survivors, Mr. Swieca grew up in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. In addition to his MBA from Columbia Business School, he holds a BA from Stony Brook University.
As a family firm, Talpion is a strong believer in the importance of strategic philanthropy and the ability to positively impact a variety of causes. Taking a similar approach to its financial investments, the family looks to engage directly with organizations to help drive ROI. Through the family's foundations, they support a number of important causes, such as the National WWII Museum, AIEF, Columbia University, Meor, and the Frisch School.