Experts
Thinkers
Operators

Where others see risk outweighing
reward, we see opportunity.

 
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People 

We are an interdisciplinary team of capital markets experts, financial structuring professionals, policy wonks, researchers, and builders. Our team has built and run finance, investment, and consulting companies. We’ve led field teams in crisis zones, advised governments and leaders, and opened new markets to investment.

We are practitioners, thinkers, and operators.  

 

Gene has more than 20 years of experience working with companies to raise capital from a full spectrum of the world’s leading investors, including mutual funds, hedge funds, foundations, family offices and private equity firms. Gene has raised more than $20 billion in capital.

As head of the New York office and head of US sales for Renaissance Capital, Gene coordinated well over 100 transactions, from multi-billion-dollar IPOs to small private placements across the globe.  He helped to design, coordinate and sell ground-breaking deals and products in Georgia, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Rwanda, Russia and Zimbabwe. 

While at Renaissance, Gene built the NY office from 1 person (himself, and, yes, it was lonely at times) to a team of 30 professionals. He supervised all areas of this expansion, including business development, hiring, regulatory compliance and marketing.

He began his career as an M&A analyst at Salomon Brothers.  While at Salomon, Gene learned that there are only 168 hours in a week.

Gene particularly enjoys finding unconventional solutions to bringing capital to frontier markets, where lack of infrastructure necessitates invention and innovation.

Gene has an MA in International Finance and a BA in Economics and Political Science from Brandeis University, where he was on the Dean's List. Gene speaks Russian and Italian and is a Series 7 and Series 63 licensed broker.

 

During his more than 20-years in the capital markets, Steve helped to build and run three asset management firms, developed four research businesses on three different continents and restructured and turned around a multi-billion-dollar division of a major bank, post a major scandal. As a portfolio manager at several large funds, he sourced, analyzed, structured and successfully exited more than $10 billion in investments across most asset classes and markets around the globe.

In international development, Steve has successfully led high-profile projects around capital market development, public financial management, entrepreneurship, access to finance, economic growth, investment promotion and has structured many significant innovative financial transactions. Clients have included DFIs, foundations, non-profits and other consulting firms.

Steve began his career as a journalist and continues to write about economics, finance, entrepreneurship, development, innovation and, uh, hockey. His work has appeared in The Economist, The Financial Times, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, Stanford Social Innovation Review and The Hockey Digest.

On a pro-bono basis, he is a mentor at the 1776 incubator in DC and is a special advisor to 118 Capital, an impact investment firm associated with Columbia University.

Steve has a BA, with high honors, from NYU, where he was the recipient of the Founder’s Day Award and a University Scholar. He has a Master’s Degree in International Finance and Business from Columbia University, where he was an International Fellow and Dean’s Scholar.


Advisors

 

Andrew, before moving to project management, worked at world-renowned think tanks, major trade associations, in the political realm providing in-depth research and policy analysis on a range of transnational issues. Andrew exemplifies our research methodology and approach to problem solving, focusing on understanding the conflicting and congruent motivations for groups of actors in complex environments.

At OFFICE:FMA, Andrew focused on managing projects with our corporate, governmental, or foundation clients, ensuring that, from selecting the experts appropriate for each engagement to completing deliverables within deadlines, we always meet our clients’ high standards. Recently, Andrew spent time expanding OFFICE:FMA’s competency in development tools to boost access to finance for SMEs in emerging markets—specifically the appropriate structuring and applications of partial credit guarantee schemes.

Andrew joined OFFICE:MG, the predecessor to OFFICE:FMA, to focus on the issue of growth in environments where the state has lost the capacity to act effectively and where other social, economic, and transnational forces have become predominant. He leverages his past work experience at the confluence of the political, non-governmental, and academic worlds to support a broad understanding of the myriad factors that may impact a given region to help produce an action plan for growth and development.

Prior to OFFICE:MG, Andrew was a Fellow at Special Project Office where he conducted research on Big Data utilization in conflict zones, and helped to establish the company’s competency in domestic and international urban economic revitalization platforms and the financial investment experiences of technology start ups. He spent two years in Turkey studying the intersecting governmental, social, and economic forces that affected the domestic environment and regional politics. While there, he pursued a Masters Degree in Turkish Studies and worked at the Istanbul Policy Center and the Global Relations Forum.

Before moving to Turkey, Andrew worked at the National Foreign Trade Council responding to potential changes in EU procurement policies and the ramifications of the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations.

He also spent time at the US House Foreign Affairs Committee focused on Middle Eastern Policy and the Euro Crisis, and the Center for Strategic and International Study’s Turkey Project investigating the intersecting relations between Russia, Iran, and Turkey and the long-standing US-Turkish relationship.


Co-Conspirators