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The 2016 Fintech Finance 35: Amy Nauiokas and Sean Park

No. 6

  • By Peter Vasiliev


6. Amy Nauiokas & Sean Park
President &
Chairman and Chief Investment Officer
Anthemis Group
Last year: 7

“Investors and advisors in digitally native financial services” are the words that greet visitors to Anthemis Group’s website. The combination sets Anthemis apart from those that either invest or advise, but the leaders of the London-based firm, who were making seed investments before the term “fintech” began to take hold, are lengthening their storyline beyond what can be contained in an elevator pitch. Amy Nauiokas and Sean Park, partners in Nauiokas Park circa 2008, were “the crazy people in the room,” Nauiokas likes to say — until their names appeared among the backers of companies like Climate Corp., a weather data provider acquired by Monsanto Co. in 2013, and U.K. property website Zoopla, which went public in 2014. Money transfer start-up Azimo, investment platforms Artivest and Betterment, and blockchain player Eris Industries are among about 40 companies currently in the portfolio of Anthemis, the successor firm that president Nauiokas and chairman and chief investment officer Park co-founded in 2010 along with CEO Nadeem Shaikh, a former First Data Corp. president who leads the advisory side of the business. Advisory isn’t limited to strategy consulting or even to helping start-ups and incumbent institutions work together — one of Anthemis’s hallmarks as it has evolved “from investor to influencer,” as Nauiokas puts it. The firm has, for example, formed an investment partnership with Exponential Ventures, which has a mandate from its South African parent, MMI Holdings, to “take advantage of opportunities created by technological disruption in the financial services, insurance, and health markets.” In July, Anthemis announced a strategic partnership with executive recruiter Erevena. “We are committed to the entire financial services technology ecosystem, and that includes helping clients to access the best available talent around the world,” explains Nauiokas, 44, a former Barclays Stockbrokers CEO and Cantor Fitzgerald partner who relocated this year from London to the growing New York office of her 40-plus-person firm. The perceived slowdown in fintech didn’t prevent Anthemis from announcing the first close of its Venture Fund I, with the European Investment Fund and UniCredit as anchor investors, on August 2. “The exuberance of 2014–’15 was not a bad thing, and the sobriety of 2016 is a good thing,” says Park, 48, a Canadian native who previously led Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein’s digital markets initiative. “Cycles drive innovation.”


The 2016 Fintech Finance 35

1. Jonathan Korngold
General Atlantic
2. Matthew Harris
Bain Capital Ventures
3. Jane Gladstone
Evercore Partners
4. James Robinson III & James
Robinson IV
RRE Ventures
5. Steven McLaughlin
Financial Technology Partners
6. Amy Nauiokas & Sean Park
Anthemis Group
7. Richard Garman &
Brad Bernstein
FTV Capital
8. Gerard
von Dohlen
Broadhaven Capital Partners
9. Darren Cohen
Goldman Sachs Group
10. Hans Morris
Nyca Partners
11. Meyer (Micky) Malka
Ribbit Capital
12. Maria Gotsch
Partnership Fund for New York City
13. Barry Silbert
Digital Currency Group
14. Jay Reinemann
Propel Venture Partners
15. Mariano Belinky
Santander InnoVentures
16. Justin Brownhill & Neil DeSena
SenaHill Partners
17. François Robinet
AXA Strategic Ventures
18. Vanessa Colella
Citi Ventures
19. Michael Schlein
Accion International
20. Kenneth Marlin
Marlin & Associates
21. Rumi Morales
CME Ventures
22. Alastair (Alex) Rampell
Andreessen Horowitz
23. Steve Gibson
Euclid Opportunities
24. Fabian Vandenreydt
SWIFT
25. Vladislav Solodkiy
Life.SREDA
26. Gardiner Garrard III
TTV Capital
27. Nektarios Liolios
Startupbootcamp Fintech
28. Lawrence Wintermeyer
Innovate Finance
29. Bina Kalola
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
30. Hyder Jaffrey
Fintech Innovation
31. Calvin Choi
AMTD Group
32. Janos Barberis
FinTech
Hong Kong
33. Jalak Jobanputra
Future Perfect Ventures
34. Sopnendu Mohanty
Monetary Authority of Singapore
35. Oskar Mielczarek
de la Miel
Rakuten
FinTech Fund

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