Anthemis Group, the leading digital financial services venture capital and strategic advisory firm, has announced it will expand its presence in North America with the opening of a New York office effective 1st January.
The office will be led by Tom Ryan who has been appointed as Head of North American Operations, reporting to Nadeem Shaikh, founder and CEO of Anthemis Group.
The new location is an obvious next step for Anthemis, which currently advises clients across Europe and Asia and counts a significant number of U.S. companies in its investment portfolio, including Betterment in New York, Trov and Automatic in San Francisco, Payoff in Los Angeles, Blueleaf in Boston and Simple Bank in Portland, which sold to BBVA in 2014.
Nadeem Shaikh, founder and CEO of Anthemis Group said: “Anthemis has built an investment portfolio that includes a who’s-who of top financial start-ups, and a client base of global institutions that rely on our creativity and foresight to adapt to the digital age of financial services. Tom’s experience in building digitally native businesses and products and relationships in the U.S. will be key to our continued growth and momentum.”
Ryan was a Director in the electronic trading sales business at Barclays investment bank for nine years, overseeing multiple technology, product and marketing initiatives within the firm’s BARX electronic markets business. Prior to joining Anthemis, Ryan oversaw the venture capital arm of Archer Gray, a NY-based media investment company. He currently serves as a mentor to the Barclays Accelerator New York powered by Techstars.
In addition to driving the North American efforts, Mr. Ryan while also oversee Anthemis’ strategy and marketing globally.
Commenting on Tom’s appointment Amy Nauiokas, President of Anthemis said; “We’re excited to leverage Tom’s network and expertise in financial services and technology to build Anthemis’ brand in North America. Since our founding in 2010, Anthemis has been building a valuable ecosystem of startups, incumbents, investors and academics that together are creating the digitally native future of financial services that Anthemis believes in. We look forward to bringing more U.S. based partners and thought-leaders into that ecosystem.”
The new Anthemis New York offices will be located in Soho, at 142 Greene Street.