1512 St.Gallen Capital Management was founded by Thomas Kochanek in 2015. Thomas' professional career began at an investment bank in Germany, where he serviced institutional clients in Alternative Investments and Structured Products. Parallel to that he started comparing financial and economic crises in the context of a PhD work, which lead to his first trading strategy. He then became Director of a Malta-based Alternative Investment platform and Co-CEO of a Zurich-based quantitative hedge fund.

During his career, he served high net worth individuals, professional and institutional clients with regards to portfolio optimization and developing investment strategies.

Thomas holds a PhD from the University of St.Gallen, a MBA from Western Illinois University, a business diploma (Diplom-Kaufmann) from University of Mannheim and he is Research Professor for Financial Services at Hankou University in Wuhan, China. During his research, Thomas developed his own trading strategies, which now serve as the backbone for 1512 St.Gallen Capital Management.