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The 2015 Fintech Finance 35: Amy Nauiokas and Sean Park, Anthemis Group

No. 7

Amy Nauiokas & Sean Park
President &
Chief Investment Officer
Anthemis Group

Technology may be disruptive or revolutionary, but be careful about pinning those labels on Amy Nauiokas and Sean Park. Although they lead one of the trailblazing fintech-specializing venture capital firms, they are in business to ease pain rather than cause more, bringing to bear two decades of executive experience and “knowledge of how markets work,” says Anthemis Group president Nauiokas, 43. Their expertise is available to both entrepreneurs and incumbents facing “systemic changes in the financial system and the massive impact of regulatory reform,” she adds. The London-based firm’s approach has a historical antecedent; chief investment officer Sean Park, 47, calls it “a modernized model of late-19th–early-20th-century merchant banks.” Just as those institutions helped usher corporations through the upheavals of industrialization, “we are living in a time of rapid change, uncertainty and complexity in which broad and deep networks of talent are drivers of value,” he says. Nauiokas, formerly CEO of Barclays Stockbrokers and a Cantor Fitzgerald partner, and Park, who built Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein’s digital markets division, started predecessor firm Nauiokas Park in 2008. They formalized the advisory side of Anthemis under CEO Nadeem Shaikh, a former First Data Corp. president. They were ahead of the pack in key fintech subsectors, investing early in “challenger banks” Moven and Simple, robo-advice pioneer Betterment, blockchain enabler Eris Industries and insurance and asset management play Trov. Nauiokas, who recently returned from a five-year detour into entertainment financing, says, “Trend-spotting and being there first is important, but it’s not just about the companies in the portfolio — it’s what ties them together.”

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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