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The 2015 Fintech Finance 35: Jane Gladstone, Evercore Partners

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Jane Gladstone
Head, Financial Services Corporate Advisory Practice
Evercore Partners

With postcrisis reforms and other market uncertainties clouding the financial industry’s profitability outlook, buyers and sellers of fintech companies are ever more inclined to seek out boutique investment banks for the attentiveness and niche-market expertise that they cultivate, Jane Gladstone says. Since leaving Morgan Stanley to join Evercore Partners in 2005 — ten years after former U.S. Treasury official and Blackstone Group vice chairman Roger Altman founded the New York–based firm — Gladstone has been one of the premier boutique bankers in financial technology. As head of the financial services corporate advisory practice, she has put Evercore on the map with marquee deals like high frequency trading firm Virtu Financial’s $314 million IPO in April. That was but the latest lucrative win in a sector that Gladstone, who turns 47 in November, helped to shape. Another was the $29 billion sale of First Data Corp. to KKR & Co. in 2007. When Gladstone started her 12-year stint with Morgan Stanley, she says, “there wasn’t such a thing as fintech, but it was clear to me in the late ’90s that technology was going to utterly transform financial services.” In 1995 she became an associate, advising on M&A and IPOs, and was covering such now-big names as CME Group and Intercontinental Exchange before others paid much attention to them. Opting out of the MBA track, Gladstone brought to finance a bachelor’s in art history from the University of Virginia, initially taking a job with private equity firm Hambro Magan in London. “I didn’t see much of a leap from auctioning paintings to auctioning companies,” she says.

The 2015 Fintech Finance 35

1. James Robinson III
& James Robinson IV
RRE Ventures
2. Jane Gladstone
Evercore Partners
3. Matthew Harris
Bain Capital Ventures
4. Steven McLaughlin
Financial Technology Partners
5. Jonathan Korngold
General Atlantic
6. Richard Garman &
Brad Bernstein
FTV Capital
7. Amy Nauiokas & Sean Park
Anthemis Group
8. Thomas Jessop
Goldman Sachs Group
9. Meyer (Micky) Malka
Ribbit Capital
10. Hans Morris
Nyca Partners
11. Maria Gotsch
Partnership Fund for New York City
12. Marc Andreessen
Andreessen Horowitz
13. Barry Silbert
Digital Currency Group
14. Jay Reinemann
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria
15. Mariano Belinky
Santander InnoVentures
16. François Robinet
AXA Strategic Ventures
17. Vanessa Colella
Citi Ventures
18. Alan Freudenstein & Gregory Grimaldi
Credit Suisse
19. Justin Brownhill & Neil DeSena
SenaHill Partners
20. Rodger Voorhies
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
21. Michael Schlein
Accion International
22. Kenneth Marlin
Marlin & Associates
23. Rumi Morales
CME Ventures
24. Mark Beeston
Illuminate Financial Management
25. Vladislav Solodkiy
26. Fabian Vandenreydt
Innotribe SWIFT
27. Derek White
28. Alex Batlin
29. Jeffrey Greenberg
& Vincenzo
La Ruffa
Aquiline Capital Partners
30. P. Howard Edelstein
REDI Holdings
31. Nektarios Liolios
Startupbootcamp FinTech
32. Roy Bahat
Bloomberg Beta
33. Andrew McCormack
Valar Ventures
34. Lawrence Wintermeyer
Innovate Finance
35. Janos Barberis
FinTech Hong Kong

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