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Gerard von Dohlen
Partner, Broadhaven Capital Partners

Previously Ranked: 5

 

Venture capitalists and investment bankers both make important contributions to the cause of financial technology innovation. Broadhaven Capital Partners “plays at the intersection” of those communities, “which is fairly unique,” says partner and co-founder Gerard von Dohlen, 49. Compared with those who are “pure banker” or “pure VC,” he adds, “we’ve been the most active in the sector on both fronts this year.”

Two transactions involved exchange company diversification: Broadhaven advised fixed-income trading platform TMC Bonds on its $685 million sale to Intercontinental Exchange and collateral management consortium AcadiaSoft on a minority investment by London Stock Exchange Group.

Consortia and joint ventures can be difficult to wrangle; they’re something of a specialty for Broadhaven, which has advised multibank blockchain enterprise R3 and messaging and collaboration venture Symphony Communication Services. In early-stage venture investing, led by co-founder Greg Phillips, Broadhaven made 12 investments in the past year and has more than 30 in total, von Dohlen says.

Meanwhile, there were several deals in the firm’s asset management industry wheelhouse. For example, Broadhaven advised Cambridge Associates on its sale of a minority stake to Belgium’s Sofina and Adhesion Wealth Advisor Solutions on its acquisition by Vestmark.

Founded in 2009, Broadhaven has grown to 50 people in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. On October 1 it announced that Greenhill & Co. managing director Kirk Wilson had joined as a partner. Broadhaven attracts “top-tier banking talent looking for a more entrepreneurial opportunity,” notes von Dohlen, formerly of Goldman Sachs.

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