"You will occasionally come across people who are exceptionally talented ... you can sense that their brain processor is just going faster. If you can collaborate with them, something great is going to happen, and your life will be very interesting.”
Eric Schmidt, Former CEO of Google
At Privos, our multi-family office is comprised of experienced and seasoned professionals who are exceptionally talented and have earned the trust of our global family office partners. As a team, we have worked together for many, many years; in fact, you will not find such remarkable longevity for a team working side-by-side across multi-time zones at any other multi-family office LP.
Our people feel at home and move, with ease, between London trading floors, Arab bourses, Paris ateliers, Hollywood movie sets, Shiyara Boards, Latin America ports, Hong Kong banks, Brazilian ports, Sand Hill Road, New York buyout firms, Brazilian hospitals, Milan fashion houses, African mines, Chinese companies, Singapore banks, offshore trusts, Swiss private banks, Aurangzeb Road, Malabar Hill, and Figueria Rubaiyat. We understand the demands, motivations, unique asset classes, continents, and cultures of our family office partners. Our people have been working in the Emerging Markets long before the term BRICS was coined, or the 24 hour financial media became fascinated with Emerging Markets or the 37 Frontier Markets.
Collectively, our people, consultants, and our family office partners have experience working in all leading global financial centers from London to Hong Kong, New York to Singapore. We are active across most sectors, including financial services, banking, energy, fashion, art, water, oil and gas, alternative energy (solar, wind, geothermal, biofuel, hydroelectric), food, agriculture, mining, biotech, timber, defense, social media, healthcare, biotech, life science, medical devices, high tech, digital media, new media, real estate, hotels, internet, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, shipping, ship finance, private aviation (including charter jet and aircraft leasing), logistics, retailing, project finance, art, gaming, infrastructure, litigation funding, and transportation. In Los Angeles, we focus on film financing, entertainment, gaming, and new media; our people have deep Hollywood experience and access second to none in the family office world. We refer you to the Entertainment section of our website for more information about our family office work in Hollywood.
Our CEO has lived and worked in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East; he is the trusted partner to a global "Who's Who" list of leading international family office LP investors and a thought leader and frequent speaker at international investor, family office, wealth management, hedge fund, and private equity conferences. He is a global investor who has met with, first hand, more family offices around the world than anyone that we know. He also currently serves as a board member of international asset management firm, a key strategic advisor to one of the largest sovereign wealth funds in the world, a leading ESG private equity firm, a Sand Hill Rd venture firm, a Silicon Valley leading tech accelerator, and leading family offices around the world. You made have seen our CEO speaking on stage in New York at the Harvard Club, in Latin America at the Markets Group Panama wealth conference, at the Four Season Hotel in Hong Kong at AVCJ private equity conference; in Amsterdam at the Opal European Family Office Conference, at the INSEAD Global Family Office Conference. Our CEO has been featured and quoted extensively in the media, including Bloomberg.com.
Equally impressive, our CFO is a world class Wharton MBA, West Point grad, Stanford astronautical engineer, former Managing Director at GE Capital, and current Colonel in the US Army Reserves who flew attack Apache helicopters in Operation Desert Storm where coalition forces from 35 nations led by the United States against Iraq in response to Iraq’s invasion and annexation of Kuwait arising from oil pricing and production disputes.
Our MD and Head of Europe is a former leading investment banker and Vodafone executive based in Stockholm, Sweden. Our MD and Head of Private Equity is a South African native, Wharton MBA, and former head of the New York office of a leading London private equity firm. The head of our London office is an Oxford University and Columbia Business School MBA who, prior to joining our firm, worked for years at the World Bank / IFC before relocating to Singapore where he ran investments for one the richest tycoons in Asia before returning to London. Our Head of ESG, Sustainable Investing, and Impact Investing is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School where he was a HBS Baker Scholar (Top 1% of his class), worked for over 10 years as a senior IBM executive before becoming a principle and partner in a leading New York single family office; his family office investment work includes over 50 trips to Africa over a 15 year period allocating capital to UN sponsored projects in clean energy, as well heading a public private partnership (P3) formed between the German Development Bank (KWF), the United Nations, and other leading DFIs before joining our firm as a senior Managing Director and head of Sustainability.
At Privos, we have two medical doctors, both practicing surgeons, who head up our health care and life science investments for our firm. First, our Chief Medical Officer (CMO) is a current Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, leading board certified surgeon, and graduate of Yale Medical School; he is joined by the second physician and surgeon at our firm who works with The World Health Organization and was one of the only surgeons in the world who had the courage and grit to travel to Sierra Leone and literally operate on patients during the recent outbreak of Ebola. Our medical team at Privos works globally with our family biotech and life science executives to deliver results for our LP partners investing capital in the life sciences, biotech, and health care sectors.
At the core of our business is our incredible people who provide world class intellectual capital and go-fast, bespoke solutions for our family office partners' business ambitions and global expansionist activities. We are trusted and experienced professionals with a proven track record of raising substantial capital, advising on sophisticated transactions, and serving the highly complex and confidential needs of family offices, their vast portfolio companies, funds, and global holdings around the world. Our people are experts in the rules of international engagement, including OFAC, FCPA, AML, Bank Secrecy Act, U.S. Patriot Act, and FATCA compliance.
Our people and consultants have worked at Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Union Carbide, Withers, World Health Organization, White & Case, Greenwich Capital, Harvard University, Rockefeller Foundation, GE Capital, BNP Paribas, Bank of America, KPMG, Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, McKinsey & Co., the World Bank, IFC, AES, Santander, West LB, BNP Paribas, Barclays, BGI, Citibank, Bear Sterns, Lehman, Shell Oil, Standard Oil (BP), IBM, DMR, U.S. Department of Defense, USAID, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Zurich, and Air Canada. Two of our firm leaders are U.S. service veterans of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army.
We have served in senior leadership roles at leading hedge funds, private equity firms, REITS, law firms, development finance institutions (DFIs), NGOs, investment banks, public relations, mining companies, governments, accounting, merchant banks, energy trading firm, U.S., Swiss, U.K, European, Chinese, and Asian private banks. Our people have worked as investment bankers at the top of the league tables, underwriting the best deals across all sectors. We have advised on all aspects of financial restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, raising private capital, pension matters, capital structure, leveraged finance, special committee advisory, sovereign wealth, tax and estate planning, risk management, trusteeship, shale resources, investment advice, lifestyle, and foundation management. We have worked and done deals on every continent and in every major financial center.
We are graduates of Harvard University, Harvard Business School (HBS), The University of Chicago Booth School Business School, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton), NYU Stern School of Business (Stern), Stanford, NYU, UCLA, Georgetown, U.S. Military Academy (West Point), Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Georgetown, Vassar, Northwestern, Auburn, Lehigh, and Tulane University, as well as Cambridge University, University of Geneva, the University of Iceland, University of Queensland, University of Sydney, and Universidade de São Paulo.
Our experienced team is located in multiple time zones to service our family office clients. However, more than being alumni of a leading investment bank, having raised $1B for a hedge fund, holding a MBA from Harvard Business School, being a former Merrill Lynch global executive, working in Ground Zero during Ebola outbreak, being a CFO of a leading private equity firm or focusing on the 17 SDGs at KPMG, our people have developed a sterling reputation for listening to our family office partners, guiding them through turbulent markets, including the Global Financial Crisis, and caring about their family and business for generations to come. We develop life long relationships with our clients based on mutual respect and trust as we are the stewards of family office legacies.
As you can imagine, our family office partners, some of the most prominent and wealthiest families in the world, have requested for obvious security reasons that we do not publish the list of our people and consultants on our public website; however, if you would like to learn more about our firm and the background, expertise, resumes and CVs of our people, please contact us. If appropriate, It would be our pleasure to provide you with appropriate and transparent information about our firm, including CVs and background on our people and how we could explore working with you to help you achieve your family office objectives.
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