• Atlas Merchant Capital.

    Atlas Merchant Capital LLC was founded in 2013 to participate in compelling market opportunities in the financial services sector. Based in New York, Atlas was founded by Bob Diamond and David Schamis, who together form a complementary partnership with extensive operating and investing expertise across the financial services landscape. The financial services industry is currently undergoing a dramatic transformation to address a demanding marketplace and an evolving regulatory landscape. Atlas brings a competitive advantage to areas of growth and opportunity. Due to our industry expertise and extensive network, we believe that Atlas is strategically positioned to deploy leadership and capital to the financial services industry.

  • 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. We bring a competitive advantage to areas of growth and opportunity. The financial services industry has seen increasing regulation and subsequent market fragmentation, events which have created 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 experience. Because of our expertise, Atlas is uniquely positioned to supply leadership and capital to attractive investment opportunities.

  • Execution: Minimized risk, maximized returns.

    Atlas Merchant Capital holds a significant advantage in identifying investment opportunities and generating proprietary deal flow due to its extensive network in the financial services industry. We will use our experience in the industry to structure transactions that minimize financial risks, while maximizing financial returns.

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  • Principal Investments: Compelling Opportunities.

    The financial services industry is currently undergoing a dramatic transformation to address a demanding marketplace and an evolving regulatory landscape. Atlas Merchant Capital believes there are unprecedented opportunities to acquire financial services businesses around the globe.

    We are focused on capital-intensive businesses in developed markets, specifically in the United States, Canada, Western Europe and Japan.  Due to our industry expertise and extensive network, we believe that Atlas is strategically positioned to deploy active leadership in the financial services industry.

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    Emerging Markets: Atlas Mara.
    Atlas Mara Co-Nvest Limited (“Atlas Mara”) is a London Stock Exchange listed company founded in 2013 by Bob Diamond and entrepreneur Ashish Thakkar. Atlas Mara was founded to create a leading Sub-Saharan African (“SSA”) financial services institution that provides leadership, liquidity, access to investors, and technology to support economic growth and strengthen financial systems. Through acquisitions, Atlas Mara is establishing a presence in three major trading blocs in Africa, providing the company with a strategic advantage in accessing markets across the continent.
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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. A large and diverse continent, Africa is comprised of 54 countries and a landmass that is larger than the United States, China, India, Japan and Western Europe combined. Among emerging markets, Africa, and in particular 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, a relatively strong fiscal position and improved political stability.
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LEADERSHIP

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    Bob Diamond

    Founder & CEO

    Bob Diamond is Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner of Atlas Merchant Capital. Bob is also a founder and non-executive director of Atlas Mara Co-Nvest Limited. Previously, Bob was Chief Executive of Barclays PLC and prior to that CEO of Barclays Capital, where he built the investment bank. He also served as Chairman of Barclays Global Investors, the asset management division of Barclays. Prior to Barclays, Bob held senior executive positions at Credit Suisse First Boston and Morgan Stanley in the United States, Europe and Asia.

    Bob is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is involved in several not-for-profit initiatives. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Colby College, a Trustee of the Mayor’s Fund for London, President of the New York Chapter of Invest Africa and a Director of the Diamond Family Foundation.

    A native of Concord, Massachusetts, Bob holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Colby College in Maine and an MBA degree from the University of Connecticut, where he ranked first in his class. 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 Founding Partner and Chairman of the Investment Committee at Atlas Merchant Capital. Previously, David worked at J.C. Flowers & Co. LLC, most recently as a Managing Director and member of the five-person Management Committee. David was the first employee hired at J.C. Flowers and has had significant experience investing in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Prior to J.C. Flowers, David worked in the financial institutions investment banking group at Salomon Smith Barney LLC.

    David 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 David to its “40 Under 40” list.

    A native of Plainview, New York, David earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Yale University. He served as Co-Chairman of the Class of 1995’s Reunion Gift Committees in 2005 and 2010 and will serve again in 2015.

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    Jeffrey Sonnenfeld

    Jeffrey Sonnenfeld is Senior Associate Dean for Executive Programs and Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management at Yale School of Management where he has taught since 1999. Before joining Yale, he taught for ten years as a professor at the Harvard Business School and nine years as a professor at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. Sonnenfeld is the founder of Chief Executive Leadership Institute, a non-profit educational and research institute focused on CEO leadership and corporate governance, and the world's first school for chief executives. Sonnenfeld has served on the editorial boards of several journals, and his professional activities also include membership on various non-profit organization and public company boards. Sonnenfeld was listed by Business Week as one of the “ten B-school professors who are influencing contemporary business thinking” and one of the “100 most influential players in corporate governance” by National Association of Corporate Director’s Directorship.

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    Larry Summers

    Larry Summers is President Emeritus of Harvard University. During the past two decades he has served in a series of senior policy positions, including Vice President of development economics and chief economist of the World Bank, Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, Director of the National Economic Council for the Obama Administration from 2009 to 2011, and 71st Secretary of the Treasury for President Clinton from 1999 to 2001. He received a bachelor’s of science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975 and was awarded a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1982. In 1983, he became one of the youngest individuals in recent history to be named as a tenured member of the Harvard University faculty. In 1993, he was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal, given every two years to the outstanding American economist under the age of 40. He is currently the Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University.

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    Louis Susman

    Ambassador Louis Susman is an American lawyer, retired investment banker, and the former United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Prior to his appointment, Susman was the managing director and vice chairman of Citigroup Corporate and Investment Banking. He practiced law for 27 years and was a senior partner at the St. Louis-based law firm of Thompson & Mitchell, focusing on mergers and acquisitions and general corporate law. Susman was appointed to the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy in 1988, and served as a director of the Center for National Policy in Washington, D.C. He retired in 2009 as vice chairman of Citigroup Global Markets in Chicago. Susman is a member of the Secretary of State's Foreign Affairs Policy Board. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and earned his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

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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
375 Park Avenue, Floor 21
New York, NY 10152

Tel: 212.883.4330
Fax: 646.786.3711
Email: info@atlasmerchantcapital.com

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