Portage, Sagard | August 01, 2022
Global fintech investor Portage announced today the launch of a late-stage, fintech-focused Portage Capital Solutions (“PCS”) Fund. Co-Heads Daniel Ballen and Devon Kirk will lead the strategy, focusing on structured opportunities in fintech and financial services companies globally and targeting investments over $50 million.
Devon Kirk has nearly two decades of experience in private equity and structured solutions with a focus on financials. Devon spent over ten years at CPP Investments, based in Toronto. She was most recently Managing Director & Head of Capital Solutions, overseeing financials, special situations and esoteric investments. Prior to that, she was a Managing Director in their Direct Private Equity group, focused on financials.
“We see many great companies that are looking for the right partner. Portage’s expertise and network in fintech and financial services are real differentiators as businesses look to navigate this market. We will deliver more than just capital,” said Devon Kirk.
Daniel Ballen has spent nearly twenty years investing in private equity, structured equity and special situations focused on the financial services, fintech and real estate technology sectors. Prior to Portage, he served as a Portfolio Manager at PIMCO, based in New York, where he led a team focused on structured equity and private equity investments in both North America and Europe for the firm’s alternatives franchise. Daniel has also served on the investment teams of Bain Capital and Pine Brook Partners, partnering with growing businesses across the fintech and financials landscape.
“In this market environment, we’re seeing accelerated demand for flexible capital solutions as entrepreneurs and shareholders look to continue the strong growth trajectory of their business,” said Daniel Ballen.
Portage believes PCS’ strategy is well-positioned to meet the demand for capital across all cycles in both public and private markets, whether for organic growth, M&A, or recapitalizations. PCS will leverage Portage’s existing platform, one of the largest global fintech specialist investment firms with over $3 billion in AUM, and benefit from its deep fintech experience, established sourcing network and proven value-creation expertise.
“Daniel and Devon bring extensive sourcing and transaction execution experience across asset classes,” said Adam Felesky, Co-Founder and CEO of Portage.
“Daniel and Devon bring extensive sourcing and transaction execution experience across asset classes,” said Adam Felesky, Co-Founder and CEO of Portage. “Together, we can expand our efforts to partner with later stage visionary fintech entrepreneurs providing both capital and a value creation network that supports them throughout the life of their business.”
"Portage is building a global platform investing in what we view as the top financial services leaders across the globe,” said Paul Desmarais III, Chairman and CEO of Sagard. “With talented professionals such as Daniel and Devon, we are excited to support companies from early-stage to growth.”
The PCS team is based in New York and Toronto, with plans for further expansion over time. The team will be active in the third quarter of 2022, with fundraising efforts already underway.
Portage is a global fintech investor with US$3 billion under management* that partners with some of the world’s most innovative financial technology companies. Portage's mission is to be the leading fintech investor globally, empowering entrepreneurs and attracting top talent motivated to reshape financial services. The Portage team has deep entrepreneurial and industry experience and provides founders with privileged access to the firm’s partners, in-house value creation experts, and a broader global fintech ecosystem. Portage is a subsidiary of multi-strategy alternative asset manager Sagard. The firm has offices in Toronto, Montreal, New York, Paris and London.
Sagard is a multi-strategy alternative asset manager with more than US$14 billion under management** and professionals located in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Sagard seeks attractive investment returns by combining its entrepreneurial and disciplined culture with flexible capital and a unique global network of portfolio companies, limited partners, advisors and other valued relationships. As a firm, Sagard operates platforms that invest across five asset classes: venture capital, private equity, private credit, real estate and healthcare royalties. Sagard also engages in private wealth management and new venture creation through its ecosystem partners.
Fieldpoint Private | July 29, 2022
Fieldpoint Private, the fast-growing private bank serving entrepreneurs, families, businesses and institutions, received three honors from the Global Private Banking Innovation Awards, 2022. The firm was recognized as Best Boutique Private Bank – global, Best Pure Play Private Bank - United States, and honored in the Strategy and Technology award category for Most Innovative Business Model.
Collectively, the awards recognize innovation in advisor capabilities, the use of technology to nurture long-term client engagement, strength in digital solutions, and performance. The Best Boutique award is Fieldpoint Private’s second such global recognition in 2022.
“It is extremely gratifying to be recognized among the top private banks, wealth managers and asset managers in the world,” said Russ Holland, President and CEO of Fieldpoint Private.
“It is extremely gratifying to be recognized among the top private banks, wealth managers and asset managers in the world,” said Russ Holland, President and CEO of Fieldpoint Private. “These awards, judged by an esteemed panel of our peers, underscore our commitment to using digital innovation to empower human advice in meeting the sophisticated needs of our ultra-high-net worth clients in all categories. We are beyond honored to be selected.”
Presented annually by the Global Private Banker and sister publication, The Digital Banker, the Global Private Banking Innovation Awards recognize and celebrate the world’s best private banks, wealth managers and asset managers that champion innovation across advisory, services, product, customer experience and more. The awards are co-judged by senior leaders from consultancies, family offices, tax service providers, fund houses and asset managers from around the world.
About Fieldpoint Private
Headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut, Fieldpoint Private (www.fieldpointprivate.com) has more than $1.6 billion in bank assets and provides personalized, custom private banking and wealth transfer services. Catering to successful individuals, families, entrepreneurs, businesses and institutions, Fieldpoint Private develops a comprehensive understanding of our clients’ individual financial circumstances and furnishes comprehensive advice and personal service to free up the one resource that regardless of means no one can ever have enough of: time.
S&P Global Market Intelligence | September 15, 2022
S&P Global Market Intelligence, a division of S&P Global and provider of information services and solutions to the global markets, has integrated the Onboarding Accelerator tool into its Securities Finance platform. The automated solution is designed to overcome the inefficiencies of the legacy, manual process, currently faced by borrowers and lenders when onboarding new lenders and accounts. The new tool will automate the process, allowing for improved transparency and efficiency.
"The legacy onboarding processes tends to rely on spreadsheets, emails, and phone calls with risks of human errors, miscommunication, and delays. The new automated onboarding solution will greatly enhance efficiencies and improve client experience by allowing users to exchange, view and update documents whilst monitoring the status of the process from initiation through to execution seamlessly."
-Kabin George, Global Head of Securities Finance Product Management, S&P Global Market Intelligence
The tool offers several innovative features, including improved controls and standards and advanced portfolio assessment reports that identifies potential lending revenues and asset qualities in a portfolio. The Portfolio Assessment Report (PAR), a key feature, will allow front office and business management functions to evaluate portfolios and select accounts for prioritisation. The PAR is a unique interactive product offering which places S&P Global Market Intelligence's Securities Finance data into an easily accessible format providing key information on a portfolio's composition and potential value.
At a functional level the onboarding tool will enable users to specify documentation requirements, request additional data and raise questions all within the platform, submit to multiple brokers with the ability to mask any critical account information from specific front office functions and backfill historical accounts to acquire one single source copy of all accounts.
About S&P Global Market Intelligence
At S&P Global Market Intelligence, we understand the importance of accurate, deep and insightful information. Our team of experts delivers unrivaled insights and leading data and technology solutions, partnering with customers to expand their perspective, operate with confidence, and make decisions with conviction. S&P Global Market Intelligence is a division of S&P Global. S&P Global is the world's foremost provider of credit ratings, benchmarks, analytics and workflow solutions in the global capital, commodity and automotive markets. With every one of our offerings, we help many of the world's leading organizations navigate the economic landscape so they can plan for tomorrow, today.