"Julian is widely recognised as one of the top commodities traders in the business. His experience and professionalism are a great addition to the Vega team," said Jon Berg, chief executive of Vega Asset Management. "We believe that adding a commodities component to Vega's overall portfolio will positively enhance our performance from a risk/reward standpoint. Julian is principally a relative-value trader, and that's completely in line with Vega's approach to other markets, making him a great fit for the firm."Barrowcliffe started his career at Shell International Trading Company in London as a crude oil trader, and has also led commodities trading teams at Bankers Trust, Merrill Lynch and Cinergy Capital & Trading.