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The 2016 Fintech Finance 35: Steven McLaughlin

< Fintech's Most Powerful Dealmakers of 20165. Steven McLaughlinManaging Partner and Chief Executive OfficerFinancial Technology PartnersLast year: 4

“The only investment bank focused exclusively on fintech,” as Financial Technology Partners bills itself, doesn’t rise to the top of traditional league tables based on number of M&A deals and their dollar amounts. Although it has some big numbers in its column — it advised Heartland Payment Systems on its $4.5 billion sale to Global Payments in April — that’s but one dimension of the San Francisco–based boutique that former Goldman Sachs Group banker Steven McLaughlin founded in 2002. FT Partners goes where its rivals do not, scouting out and establishing relationships with entrepreneurs at their early stages — “almost like venture capital,” the 47-year-old managing partner and CEO says — and staying with them as they grow. “That’s the real fintech action,” adds McLaughlin, and there may be no firm so extensively involved in it. A few 2016 transactions indicate how 75-person FT Partners climbs the fintech financing ladder: It advised capital-raising platform Axial on a $14 million financing from Edison Partners; financial search-engine company AlphaSense on a $33 million investment round that included participation from Soros Fund Management’s Quantum Strategic Partners; and IRA custodian PENSCO Trust Co. on its $104 million sale to Irvine, California–based Opus Bank. Last year FT Partners was AvidXchange’s adviser on a $225 million investment led by Bain Capital Ventures (see Matthew Harris, No. 2). McLaughlin places North Carolina–based AvidXchange, an invoice automation company, and Chrome River Technologies, a Los Angeles–based corporate expense management software supplier that FT Partners helped raise $100 million in June 2015, in a newly defined fintech category called financial management solutions. Besides stoking its transaction flow, FT Partners contributes research to the public domain, including a comprehensive database of fintech deals, monthly updates, and, in September, a 200-plus-page report on insurance technology trends. McLaughlin says 2016 is the firm’s biggest year ever; a highlight was the hiring in June of Stephen Stout, a former JPMorgan Chase & Co. investment banker and global head of strategy at payments processor First Data Corp., as a managing director in New York. Stout “represents everything we’ve tried to do in building FT partners — attracting the deepest domain and execution experts in the fintech sector,” the CEO says.


 The 2016 Fintech Finance 35 Click below to view profiles
1. Jonathan KorngoldGeneral Atlantic2. Matthew HarrisBain Capital Ventures3. Jane GladstoneEvercore Partners4. James Robinson III & James
Robinson IV
RRE Ventures5. Steven McLaughlinFinancial Technology Partners6. Amy Nauiokas & Sean ParkAnthemis Group
7. Richard Garman &
Brad Bernstein
FTV Capital8. Gerard
von Dohlen
Broadhaven Capital Partners9. Darren CohenGoldman Sachs Group10. Hans MorrisNyca Partners11. Meyer (Micky) MalkaRibbit Capital12. Maria GotschPartnership Fund for New York City
13. Barry SilbertDigital Currency Group14. Jay ReinemannPropel Venture Partners15. Mariano BelinkySantander InnoVentures16. Justin Brownhill & Neil DeSenaSenaHill Partners17. François RobinetAXA Strategic Ventures18. Vanessa ColellaCiti Ventures
19. Michael SchleinAccion International20. Kenneth MarlinMarlin & Associates21. Rumi MoralesCME Ventures22. Alastair (Alex) RampellAndreessen Horowitz23. Steve GibsonEuclid Opportunities24. Fabian VandenreydtSWIFT
25. Vladislav SolodkiyLife.SREDA26. Gardiner Garrard IIITTV Capital27. Nektarios LioliosStartupbootcamp Fintech28. Lawrence WintermeyerInnovate Finance29. Bina KalolaBank of America Merrill Lynch30. Hyder JaffreyFintech Innovation
31. Calvin ChoiAMTD Group32. Janos BarberisFinTech
Hong Kong33. Jalak JobanputraFuture Perfect Ventures34. Sopnendu MohantyMonetary Authority of Singapore35. Oskar Mielczarek
de la Miel
Rakuten
FinTech Fund