Our Team

Banyan’s investment professionals have an average experience of 20 years and over a 100 years of experience throughout the alternative investment industry.

Marcus Novacheck 

Chief Investment Officer

Marcus has almost two decades of experience in the institutional asset management industry. Prior to founding Banyan Court, Marcus spent seven years trading special situations at Cubist Systematic Strategies, a subsidiary of Point72 (formerly SAC Capital). He was responsible for idea generation, analysis, and trading. He previously traded in a similar role at Credit Suisse on the Global Arbitrage Trading desk, focusing on special situations and inefficiencies across stocks, indexes, ETFs, futures, options and swaps. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Community State Bank in Bradley, Arkansas and is a member of Astoria Portfolio Advisors’ Investment Committee. Marcus earned his B.S. in Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served as a Captain in the 25th Infantry Division (Hawaii). He also holds an MBA in Finance from Stern School of Business at NYU.

Derick Murway 

Managing Director 

Derick has twenty years of experience in real estate across land acquisition, construction, development, and value add projects. He founded Montage Development in 2011. Montage has grossed over $30 million of sales in single family housing, land development, and commercial construction. Prior to Montage, Derick developed sub-divisions and mixed use projects, built homes and multi-family units across North Texas, and managed portfolios of rental homes.

Farrukh Azim 

Managing Director 

Farrukh has spent most of his career in real estate development and construction, including value-add residential projects, sub-division development, and single family and multi-family construction. He previously worked for American Airlines as a computer analyst and for Al Ovaidah Est, where he was part of a team of engineers responsible for building the Riyadh to Mecca highway. Farrukh holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Aligarh, India and a certificate in the management of urban planning and development from Aligarh University. 

Jay White 

Managing Director 

Jay has over two decades of experience in originating, managing, and divesting of various investment opportunities throughout Europe and the US. He primarily focuses on originating life settlements and has analyzed thousands of cases worth over $3 billion in face value. He has represented funds, institutions, and family offices in the purchase of hundreds of millions of dollars in death benefit proceeds. 

Brandon Chu 



Brandon oversees all marketing and business development functions. Before joining Banyan Court in 2020, Brandon was responsible for business development at Alcentra where he focused on high yield, leveraged loans and direct lending. Prior to Alcentra, he was an Investor Relations Associate at Ellington Management Group, where he covered alternative credit and private debt. Brandon began his career as a structured credit specialist at Bloomberg LP after earning his B.S. in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh. He serves as Co-Chair to the NYC Associate Board for UPchieve, an EdTech nonprofit that provides free online tutoring services to low-income high school students across the United States.