• The definitive merchant bank.

    at·las merchant cap·i·tal; noun, a small, nimble, private institution with capability to invest, guide and drive assets, leveraging proven experience of bringing vision, talent, technology and execution to the financial services marketplace

  • Vision: A unique perspective in private capital.

    In a world of change, we find opportunity. Atlas Merchant Capital focuses on investing in the financial services industry, particularly in areas of growth and opportunity and in areas in which we bring a competitive advantage. The financial services industry has seen increasing regulation and market fragmentation, each of which has contributed to an attractive supply of assets and businesses.

  • Talent: True expertise with a shared vision.

    We have built a cohesive team of investment professionals with extensive and complementary operating and investing expertise uniquely positioned to supply leadership and capital to attractive investment opportunities. Our business will not only invest wisely, but guide and drive our partnerships to new heights.

  • Execution: Minimized risk, maximized returns.

    Atlas holds a significant advantage in identifying investment opportunities and generating proprietary deal flow due to its extensive network in the financial services industry. Atlas will use its experience in the industry to creatively and flexibly structure transactions that minimize financial risk while maximizing financial returns.

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  • Global Markets

    Atlas Merchant Capital’s Global Markets business focuses primarily on the financial services sector in the developed world (US, Canada, Western Europe and Japan). The fund’s primary area of expertise is in capital-intense businesses that are often overlooked or out of favor with traditional private equity.

    The firm and its partners take an active approach to all aspects of their business, namely: diligencing, investing, guiding operating efficiencies, and driving investor returns.

  • Global Markets: Principal Investments

    Within the financial services arena the firm looks at opportunities, including:

    investments in public and private companies

    investments in public and private companies

    wholly-owned, majority controlled and minority investments

    wholly-owned, majority controlled and minority investments

    high performing companies who need additional capital to meet their growth needs

    high performing companies who need additional capital to meet their growth needs

    companies that are suffering some sort of distress or seen as out of favor, and need leadership

    companies that are suffering some sort of distress or seen as out of favor, and need leadership


    We believe that our focused strategy and our partners’ deep experience in buying, managing and selling companies, gives us an advantage in an area where such an advantage is extremely unique.

  • Emerging Markets

    Among emerging markets, Africa, and in particular sub-Saharan Africa (“SSA”), has demonstrated sustained strong growth since the mid-1990s* (source: IMF Banking in SSA 2013), which has been driven by several fundamental factors including improved macroeconomic policies, trade and regulatory reforms, favorable commodity price trends, new resource discoveries, relatively strong fiscal position and improved political stability. According to the IMF, this strong growth will continue, with Real GDP growth of more than 5% annually through 2018, outpacing global growth of 2-4% annually (source: IMF World Economic Outlook 2013).

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    Emerging Markets: Atlas Mara
    Atlas Mara Co-Nvest (“Atlas Mara”) is a London Stock Exchange listed company started by our founders in 2013 to create the leading Sub-Saharan African financial services institution. Atlas Mara is focused on enhancing the operations of its businesses by leveraging operational expertise of its leadership and access to capital, liquidity, and funding.
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    Africa represents an exciting frontier market, which is in the early stages of development compared to other emerging markets around the world, such as China. Africa, a large and diverse continent, comprises 54 countries and a landmass that is larger than the United States, China, India, Japan and Western Europe combined.
    Over the past decade, the services sector has contributed over 50% of Africa’s GDP growth (source: Citi 2012)
    52 cities with populations of 1 million or more, comparable to Western Europe (source: Harvard Business Review 2013)
    Proportion of people living in cities is higher than in India and will be 50% by 2030 (source: Harvard Business Review 2013)
    Bigger than India's; 50% of Africa will have discretionary spending power by 2020 (AfDB 2011)
    60% of the world's uncultivated arable land (source: Harvard Business Review 2013)
    Intra-African trade represents only c.11% of total African trade, with significant room for growth (source: Harvard Business Review 2013)
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LEADERSHIP

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    Bob Diamond

    Founder & CEO

    Bob Diamond is Founder and CEO of Atlas Merchant Capital and a Director of Atlas Mara Co-Nvest Ltd. Mr. Diamond was previously Chief Executive of Barclays PLC (“Barclays”), and prior to that CEO of Barclays Capital, where he built the investment bank, and Barclays Global Investors, the asset management division of Barclays. Mr. Diamond also oversaw the integration of Barclays and ABSA’s African business across nine countries in Africa under one brand, and launched the pan-African corporate and investment bank, ABSA Capital. In 2009 ABSA Bank was recognized as “the most innovative bank in Africa”.  Prior to that he worked at Morgan Stanley for over ten years.

    Mr. Diamond is currently a Life Member of The Council on Foreign Relations, and is involved in several non-profit initiatives. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Colby College, a Trustee of The Mayor’s Fund for London, Co-Chairman and President of the New York Chapter of Invest Africa and a Director of the Diamond Family Foundation, which received the “Princeton in Africa Award” in November 2013.

    Mr. Diamond holds a B.A. in Economics from Colby College and an MBA from the University of Connecticut, where he ranked first in his class (1977). He was awarded Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Connecticut and Doctor of Laws from Colby College.

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    David Schamis

    Founding Partner

    David Schamis is a Founding Partner at Atlas Merchant Capital. Prior to joining Atlas in January 2014, Mr. Schamis was a Managing Director and member of the five-person Management Committee of J.C. Flowers & Co. LLC (“J.C. Flowers”), a private equity firm that invests solely in the financial services sector. J.C. Flowers currently has $9 billion in assets under management. Mr. Schamis joined J.C. Flowers in 2000 and was the first employee hired. Prior to J.C. Flowers, Mr. Schamis worked in the financial institutions investment banking group at Salomon Smith Barney LLC from 1995 to 2000.

    Mr. Schamis is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Affirmative Insurance Holdings, Inc. and was previously Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fox-Pitt Kelton and Ascensus Retirement Services (formerly Crump Group, Inc.). He also served on the Board of Directors for Symetra Financial Corporation and MF Global Ltd. In 2007 and 2008, Investment Dealers’ Digest magazine named Mr. Schamis to its “40 Under 40” list.

    Mr. Schamis holds a B.A. in Economics from Yale University and served as co-Chairman of the Reunion Gift Committees in 2005 and 2010.

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    Will McDonough

    Founding Partner

    Will McDonough is a Founding Partner of Atlas Merchant Capital. Prior to Atlashe worked at Goldman Sachs in the Partners' Coverage Group, managing the private capital of the current and retired Partners of the firm.  Before joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. McDonough worked at Avenue Capital where he was a member of the founding team of Avenue Strategic Partners, a distressed debt and credit hedge fund of funds.  Preceeding Mr. McDonough's work in the investment business, he worked in the front office of the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL).  A serial entrepreneur, Mr. McDonough started his first business at age 16.

    Mr. McDonough is also active with various charities, serving as Chairman of the Board for Word Above the Street’s The Water Tank Project, and is a member of the Board of the Massachusetts Boys' State Foundation. Mr. McDonough also headed the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Committee for United States Presidential nominee Mitt Romney's 2012 Campaign.  He continues to be active in many leadership initiatives.

    Mr. McDonough holds a B.A. in Marketing and Pre-Law from Boston College.

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COMMUNITY

THE DIAMOND FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Diamond Family Foundation (“DFF”) is a not-for-profit organization that is privately funded by Bob Diamond and his family; the foundation is led by his wife, Jennifer Diamond, who is President of DFF. DFF’s principal purpose is to make grants to organizations that provide access to outstanding educational opportunities for those who lack access in the US, UK, and Sub-Saharan Africa. DFF has a special focus on Africa, and supports organizations that span multiple countries on the continent. DFF supports these organizations because of their efforts in working to end the cycles of illiteracy, poverty, hunger, disease, and child labor that plague some in Africa. Additionally, DFF supports organizations whose missions are to strengthen African governments’ capacity to deliver effective programs to the people through public services, infrastructure development, and job creation, and to promote strong political leadership.

Contact Us

Atlas Merchant Capital LLC
135 E 57th Street, Floor 25
New York, NY 10022

Tel: 212.883.4330
fax: 646.786.3711
email: info@atlasmerchantcapital.com

Atlas Merchant Capital focuses on investing in the financial services industry, particularly in areas of growth and opportunity and in areas in which we bring a competitive advantage. The financial services industry has seen increasing regulation and market fragmentation, each of which has contributed to an attractive supply of assets and businesses.