With an Irish heritage PARAGONalpha has a global reach with offices in New York, London, Asia and Dublin and the team specialises in moving elite talent to new and exciting opportunities around the globe.

PARAGONalpha is a specialist recruitment brand of Paragon Executive Intelligence, focusing on the Global Alternative Investment search and selection market.

We are effective, confidential and committed to ensuring that organisations and individuals reach and realise their potential. We strive to ensure that we customise our service to reflect the uniqueness of each client and candidate.

Our areas of expertise at PARAGONalpha:

Hedge Funds: Fundamental Strategies

  • Debt: Distressed/stressed, HY, long/short and special situations
  • Equities: Value, long/short, event driven, special situations and activist

Quant Strategies:

  • Equities, futures and options. Alpha Capture and Outsourced Alpha
  • Credit and Hybrid

We also have strong and deep relationships with sources of capital including Sovereign Wealth, Institutions, Family Offices and UHNWI.

Our Clients include:

  • Top 20 Fundamental Hedge Funds, Multistrategy, Debt, Equity, and Activist
  • Top 5 Quant funds
  • Top 3 Platforms
  • Top 2 Seeders


  • Top 4 Start-ups rolled out from above


We are proud to build long term relationships with the very best people in this wonderful and opaque industry. Many of our current clients and friends where once candidates that we placed a decade or more ago. We look forward to working with YOU!


PARAGONalpha Team

Colin McGhee

Colin is Founder and Managing Director of PARAGONalpha and Paragon Executive Intelligence and has over 18 years’ recruitment experience in financial search and selection.

Colin has worked in both the domestic and international markets including: Singapore, London, Boston, Zurich, Paris and Dublin. He started his finance career working in London's Square Mile before joining a boutique search firm in the city. After this he moved to manage the Asset Management desk at a global recruitment PLC. 

He graduated at the Dublin Institute of Technology with a Masters in Business and Finance and is a qualified life coach and a member of the coach institute of Ireland.

Colin recruits within Global Asset Management (Fixed Income & Equities), Global Hedge Funds and the Sovereign Wealth Funds sector. He has a strong track record and exposure recruiting within Developed and Global Emerging Markets, covering Research, Portfolio Management, Trading, Quantitative Analysis, Systematic & High Frequency Trading.


Mobile: +353-879597526

Thomas Hennelly

Thomas is a Director with Paragon Alpha having joined the firm in September 2018. Thomas works closely with both blue-chip clients and the brightest, most talented candidates within the area of the Global financial services sector. Thomas has successfully placed candidates within Portfolio Management (Quant & Discretionary), Systematic Trading, Quantitative Research & Development, Data Science, Trading Operations & Investment Analysis in the USA, Europe and Asia.

Hailing from Galway in the west of Ireland – Thomas is an avid sports fan and regularly makes the trip home to Galway to play GAA with his local club Athenry.


Mobile: +353 87 289 4067