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

Sean Sweeney

Sean is a Manager and is responsible for our European operation, overseeing London, Dublin, Zurich, Frankfurt, Dubai and Amsterdam. He is also a member of the company’s Management Committee.

Sean joined Paragon in 2015, and has been a key figure in establishing and managing Paragons Funds and Investment business in the continent. He also has familiarity with senior-level placements on a global basis.

While Sean has vast experience with Funds and Operations, his particular expertise lies in the Investment Trading world and Front Office services.


Mobile: +353-867799870


Desmond Hartigan

Desmond is a Senior Associate with PARAGONalpha and specialises in international quant search mandates.

Desmond specialises in Quantitative Hedge Fund Space working closely with both blue-chip clients and the brightest, most talented quantitative candidates.
Desmond partners with some of the world’s most high profile and prestigious clients within Hedge Funds and Proprietary Trading groups within the statistical arbitrage space.


Mobile: +353-870688433


Alan Hartley

Alan has worked as a Senior Derivatives Trader for 15 years within the Hedge Fund sector.

His global presence has spanned from South East Asia to Europe specializing in Relative Value Trading, Stat Arb, Directional and Merger/Div Arb in Equity Index  Futures and Options markets as well as UK and European Fixed Income. His unique insight and depth of knowledge provides Paragon and there clients with unrivalled expertise in satisfying there unique and demanding needs.

All Senior Traders and Portfolio Managers  should enquire in the strictest of confidence.


Office: +353-1-874-6770


Gareth Fleming

Gareth is a Director and specialises in senior hires within Technology.

Gareth joined Paragon Executive Intelligence in 2016 as a Director heading up the Technology Division. Gareth has specialised in the IT recruitment space for 10+ years working across all IT verticals. With a core competency in people management and with in-depth industry knowledge Gareth currently focuses on international retained technology mandated within Hedge Fund sector.


Mobile: +353-867799890