Team Bio

Julien Gervaz


Julien runs all facets of Palico and is responsible for designing its unique vision, aiming at transforming the PE industry. Thanks to a career at the intersection of finance, strategy and technology, he spearheads business and tech teams, and formulates the key principles to build a leading-edge company.

He started his career in trading at Raymond James, followed by roles as a strategy consultant, buy-side investor at PE and VC shops, before shifting into operating roles across e-commerce and digital platforms.

Julien received his Masters degree from EM Lyon and an MBA from Wharton.

Claire Commons

COO & Head of Strategy

Claire leads commercial operations and oversees partnerships with institutions and key stakeholders. Her career spans 20 years in the investment management industry, handling private assets portfolios and advising pensions, endowments, families, and other institutions.

Claire started her career at Cambridge Associates, followed by the Williams College Investment Office and New England Pension Consultants (NEPC). She later joined Wilshire Private Markets. Most recently she was a portfolio manager at Brown Advisory.

Claire received her BA from Yale University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Christopher Jeffrey

Head of Marketing

Chris is the acting Head of Marketing. Christopher joined Palico as Head of Marketing responsible for building the brand narrative, drive awareness and accelerate adoption of the tool amongst private equity GPs and LPs. Prior to Palico Chris was a Director at a startup experiential marketing agency that he helped grow from 25 employees to an established player with over 100 employees that was ultimately acquired in 2019.  In total, he has over ten years experience working in marketing and advertising in New York having also worked at international communications conglomerate, WPP.

Chris received an MBA from INSEAD and a B.A. in Management and Marketing from the Purdue University.

Hugo Hasson

Head of Tech & Engineering

Hugo is responsible for the platform development activities in the position of Head of Engineering and Tech.  With several years of experience in startups and cloud engineering, Hugo joined Palico after taking up roles as a software engineer at companies such as AODocs and Viavoo. His previous experiences involve the design and implementation of microservices specifically involving information technology services for software companies in the B2B industry. 

Hugo holds an engineering degree from EFREI – Ecole Française d’Electronique et d’Informatique.

Lucas Lin

Head of Client Experience

Head of Client  Experience focusing on building strategic partnerships with placement agents, brokers, and other financial intermediaries. Prior to joining Palico, Lucas worked in interest rate sales at JPMorgan, where he advised US corporate clients on interest rate and FX hedging solutions. He has also worked in product management at PIMCO, where he helped launch fixed income funds in the US, Canada, and Australia.

Lucas received an MBA from INSEAD and a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.