Sam Tabar: Experience Pays Dividends

Some things we know about commodity purchases make sense, for instance, that they require a lot of research and careful decision-making. Nobody can deny the spell cast by commodities when knowledge is limited to demand and potential market behavior. Knowledge of the quality of management behind the commodities draws smart investors to Sam Tabar. Sam is a prominent New York-based attorney and financial strategist who in 2014 served as Managing Director and Co-Head of Business Development at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP in New York. Sam is an attorney who meets the demands of investing with remarkable success.

From Oxford to Japan
Few people start so auspiciously as Sam, but as you can see on his LinkedIn, Sam has made big strides to get where he is. He graduated from Oxford in 2000 and went on to Columbia Law School, where he graduated in 2001. He got his start lawyering as an associate with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher & Flom LLP. There he counseled clients on hedge fund formation, investment management agreements, private placement memoranda, side letters, employment issues and regulatory and compliance issues.

In 2004, Sam quit the law and entered the world of high finance. He moved to the SPARX Group/PMA Investment Advisers, working in Tokyo, Hong Kong, London and New York as Managing Director and Co-Head of Business Development. There he managed global marketing and investor relations for a billion dollar hedge fund while simultaneously designing and executing a strategic marketing plan for SPARX that targeted institutional investors, large family offices and ultra-rich clients. He also brought over 2000 potential qualified investors and developed over 400 additional investor introductions. He also helped the firm raise over a billion dollars in assets and worked closely with senior partners and management on growing the business.

Capital Strategy in Asia
In 2010, he took a position at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong and New York as a Director, Head of Capital Strategy in the Asia Pacific region. He counseled the firm’s hedge fund clients and provided introductions to institutional investors he targeted, including endowments, foundations, pensions, funds and large family offices. He also assisted and managed the capital allocations cycle between fund managers and investors. While at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Sam developed contacts with over 1,249 institutional investors. In September 2012, Sam left to accept the role as Director of Adanac LLC, BVI. He invested in start-ups with new companies like Thinx and Verboten.

In the fall of 2013, he joined Schulte Roth & Zapel LLP as a senior associate practicing law again. He provided counsel on fund formation and structure, investment management agreements, private placement memoranda, side letters, employment issues, and regulatory and compliance issues until he left the firm in March 2014.

As somebody said, research is the name of the game in commodities. Sam’s focus on how markets perform historically comes from experience, and he takes the process seriously. The investment pays off. Poorly managed funds are a threat to return on investment, and without understanding how the funds are managed, investors can act poorly and often with bad results.

Life with Sam
Sam’s work has taken him across the globe and his knowledge of the French language is complimented by his conversational Japanese. What does Sam do when he’s not catering to hedge funds? Traveling and tweeting about traveling. His business travels have given him the bug to see the world. He also enjoys managing events. It brings out his kindness and he gets great satisfaction from successfully handling an important day in the life of a corporation or a family, as in a wedding event. He is also a huge dog lover and often posts videos of them together on YouTube.

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