Top fintech bankers helping startups make deals and IPO

Top fintech bankers helping startups make deals and IPO
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12 top fintech bankers helping startups go public and make deals detail how they approach the sizzling market and the trends they're most excited about

Some of the industry's top fintech dealmakers gave us the scoop on the trends grabbing their attention.


Here is what excites them most.

The deal whisperer

Jeff Sine is an under-the-radar dealmaker who is quietly one of the most trusted advisors to SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, as well as other corporate titans like Rupert Murdoch and Ari Emanuel. Check out our profile on the unorthodox banker.

Credit Suisse has hired a credit-trading exec from HSBC after losing a whole team to the bank, as the battle over bond traders remains at a fever pitch

Credit Suisse has nabbed HSBC's Truls Engebretsen as a senior credit trader in the latest update on the war for talent. Here's what we know.


Deutsche Bank hires a veteran credit trader from Credit Suisse as it looks to build momentum in investment-grade bonds

Speaking of people moves in the credit space, Michael Lattarulo is on his way to the German lender. Find out more here.

Wells Fargo is confidentially surveying US employees about their vaccination status ahead of a broader return to office in September

Wells Fargo is asking employees to let the bank know if they've gotten the jab. Here's how, and why, the bank is collecting data.

Citi Ventures is poised to have its biggest year yet. Its global head details how the firm is tackling growing competition.


We sat down with Citi Ventures' Arvind Purushotham, who told us how the firm's strategy is evolving as a result of increased competition. Take a look at what else he said.

Hedge funds piled into the first-ever junk bond tied to bitcoin to avoid 'high-yield FOMO'

Software company MicroStrategy has raised $500 million in bonds that it will use to buy bitcoin. The deal, dubbed "hedge fund heavy," obtained about $1.6 billion in demand, and many hedge funds got in at the last minute to avoid feeling left out. Get the full rundown here.

Katapult is the latest fintech to go public during the buy now, pay later boom. CEO Orlando Zayas on how the pandemic fast-tracked the firm's plans despite him knowing zero about SPACs 9 months ago.

Zayas shared how Katapult has thrived during the pandemic - starting with accepting customers who were rejected by other lenders. Here's what he told us.


Goldman Sachs has asked US employees to report whether they've had a COVID-19 shot by midday today

It's mandatory for bankers to submit their vaccination status on an app, Goldman Sachs said in a memo seen by Insider. Here's what else the memo said.

Prolific cannabis investment firm Merida Capital is raising $250 million for a new fund. Managing partner Mitch Baruchowitz shares why he's betting big on medical cannabis and the 'normalization' of the industry.

Baruchowitz said the company is looking "to capture the largest component of cannabis' natural growth." Read more from our interview with the managing partner.

Odd lots:

Online Broker Webull Considers $400 Million U.S. IPO (Bloomberg)


Interactive Brokers to Offer Crypto Trading in Coming Months (Bloomberg)

Cryptocurrency Comes to Retirement Plans as Coinbase Teams Up With 401(k) Provider (WSJ)

Subway cofounder Fred DeLuca ruled the company like a demigod and pursued wives of franchisees. How one man sent the world's biggest fast-food chain into a tailspin. (Insider)

Insider investigation reveals officials helped sell access to California public schools to Chinese elite (Insider)