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The 2016 Fintech Finance 35: Jane Gladstone

  • By Peter Vasiliev

3. Jane Gladstone
Head, Financial Services Corporate Advisory Practice
Evercore Partners
Last year: 2

At Morgan Stanley in the 1990s and early 2000s, Jane Gladstone helped to define and design financial technology M&A. At Evercore Partners since 2005, as a senior managing director heading the financial services corporate advisory practice, she has continued to build on that track record, stressing the need for invention and creativity as the sector now known as fintech has taken shape and matured. “Clients want us to see where the hockey puck is going in fintech,” says Gladstone, who turns 48 in November. “To do that, you can’t be the 15th firm to do the same idea.” When Gladstone joined Evercore, many of her clients had never heard of the New York–based firm, which was founded in 1995 by former U.S. Treasury official and Blackstone Group vice chairman Roger Altman. But Gladstone and her team have put together a string of high-profile deals, among them last year’s $314 million initial public offering of high frequency trading firm Virtu Financial, and she advised ICAP on the merger of its voice brokering business with Tullett Prebon. Evercore also advised financial software company ION Investment Group on the sale of a $400 million stake to private equity firm Carlyle Group, announced in May of this year, and the parent of OptionsHouse on its $725 million purchase by E*TRADE Financial Corp. out of the General Atlantic portfolio (see Jonathan Korngold, No. 1), announced in July. An art history major at the University of Virginia whose first job out of college was at London private equity firm Hambro Magan, Gladstone was drawn to finance from an early age. As children growing up in New York and Los Angeles, she and her sister devised a game with a currency they called passes, which they traded for favors, such as allowing one sister into the other’s room. The rules of the game went into precocious detail. “We even set out guidelines for quantitative easing,” Gladstone says. Of a more momentous currency development, Bitcoin and its blockchain, Gladstone notes that more money has been invested in it “than went into Internet investments during the 1990s. You know that when 60 Minutes devotes time to blockchain, it’s become a thing.”


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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