Bart Baum is the Co-Founder and Co-CIO of Ionic Capital Management, a firm that focuses on trading volatility. He has extensive experience managing relative value arbitrage strategies across multiple asset classes globally. Prior to starting Ionic in 2006, he was a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager in the US and European Volatility and Credit Arbitrage Group at Highbridge Capital Management LLC. He started working at Highbridge in its first month, September 1992. Focusing on equity options, warrants and mandatory convertibles, Mr. Baum developed and implemented many of Highbridge’s equity arbitrage trading strategies. Mr. Baum received an MBA from Fordham University and a BA in Political Science from SUNY Albany.