Management Team

Partner. Sameer Jain is founder of FinTech ActiveAllocator.com, the world’s first portal that seamlessly integrates traditional, illiquid and alternative investments within portfolios. Prior to this he was Chief Economist & Managing Director at AR Capital. Before that he headed Investment Content & Strategy at UBS Alternative Investments. At UBS, he served as a non-voting member of the Wealth Management Research investment committee, and as a capital allocator was responsible for all illiquid investing including fund manager selection and due diligence across the platform. Prior to UBS he headed product development & investment research at Citigroup Alternative Investments that managed over $75 billion of alternative investments across hedge funds, managed futures, private equity, credit structures, infrastructure and real estate. Here he led a team that developed proprietary models for portfolio strategy and asset allocation with alternative investments, provided investment support and research to pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, endowments as well as internal clients including Citi Private Bank. Before this he was with Cambridge Alternative Investments and SunGard (System Access) where he travelled to over 80 countries for work across Europe, Asia, Middle-East and Africa.

He has written over 30 academic and practitioner articles on alternative investments with thousands of downloads at SSRN, presented at over a hundred industry conferences and has coauthored a book, Active Equity Management.

Mr. Jain has multiple degrees in engineering, management, public administration and policy and is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. He is a recipient of the Alfred Sloan Fellowship and subsequently was a Fellow of Public Policy and Management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government for a year. He holds Series 7 and 66 securities licenses.

Partner. 10 years’ experience. Systems development, product engineering, and technology consulting roles at Avata, IBM Global Business Services, Oracle, Deloitte Consulting. Multiple degrees from New York University, MIT & Xiamen University.

Partner. Mr. Jones has over 25 years of experience operating and advising public and private real estate and financial services companies and executing a broad range of complex strategic and capital markets transactions, including approximately $10 billion of capital markets transactions, $10 billion of real estate acquisitions and dispositions and $40 billion of corporate mergers and acquisitions. In February 2016, Mr. Jones founded Windmill Capital Management, an investment management firm focused on connecting high net worth investors with opportunities in real assets including real estate and alternative energy.

Previously, Mr. Jones was director, Chief Financial Officer and assistant secretary of RCS Capital Corp, a NYSE-listed full-service diversified financial services firm with more than 9,000 independent financial advisors, from December 2013 to January 2016. Mr. Jones also served as head of the investment banking division of Realty Capital Securities, LLC, a subsidiary of RCS Capital Corp. Mr. Jones also previously served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer and treasurer of two publicly traded real estate investment trusts. Prior to that, Mr. Jones served in a number of investment banking positions with Robert W. Baird & Co., Morgan Stanley & Co., RBC Capital Markets, UBS and PaineWebber, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Jones was a manager in the real estate tax advisory group at Coopers & Lybrand, LLP, where he focused on REIT and partnership tax structuring. Mr. Jones is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive), licensed in California since 1994.

Partner. Manoj Shahi has over two decades of experience in the financial services industry in Japan. He has worked in various capacities across the financial services value chain at Shinsei Bank, Deutsche Securities and Citibank all in Tokyo. He brings with him a wealth of expertise in the design, development and implementation of technology systems for pricing, valuation, risk management and processing of a broad range of capital market instruments.

He has a SB in engineering and a SB in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was a graduate research student at the University of Tokyo, and has received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy and a PhD in international relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He also holds the CFA designation.

Board of Directors

Partner. Mr. Jones has over 25 years of experience operating and advising public and private real estate and financial services companies and executing a broad range of complex strategic and capital markets transactions, including approximately $10 billion of capital markets transactions, $10 billion of real estate acquisitions and dispositions and $40 billion of corporate mergers and acquisitions. In February 2016, Mr. Jones founded Windmill Capital Management, an investment management firm focused on connecting high net worth investors with opportunities in real assets including real estate and alternative energy.

Previously, Mr. Jones was director, Chief Financial Officer and assistant secretary of RCS Capital Corp, a NYSE-listed full-service diversified financial services firm with more than 9,000 independent financial advisors, from December 2013 to January 2016. Mr. Jones also served as head of the investment banking division of Realty Capital Securities, LLC, a subsidiary of RCS Capital Corp. Mr. Jones also previously served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer and treasurer of two publicly traded real estate investment trusts. Prior to that, Mr. Jones served in a number of investment banking positions with Robert W. Baird & Co., Morgan Stanley & Co., RBC Capital Markets, UBS and PaineWebber, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Jones was a manager in the real estate tax advisory group at Coopers & Lybrand, LLP, where he focused on REIT and partnership tax structuring. Mr. Jones is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive), licensed in California since 1994.

John Grady is a Partner with DLA Piper and concentrates his practice on the investment management industry. He works with investment companies (including mutual funds and interval funds), commodity pools, private funds, real estate investment trusts and business development companies, among other pooled vehicles.  He also counsels investment advisors, broker-dealers, transfer agents and commodity pool operators on a range of issues, from fund formation to mergers and acquisitions involving these highly regulated firms.

With 30 years of investment management experience, John has overseen multiple securities offerings for funds and other investment vehicles, and led or managed the development and operation of various new investment products and services.  He has accomplished several fund "adoptions" and reorganizations, and has handled numerous M&A transactions involving investment advisors, broker-dealers and investment funds. His experience ranges from structuring and negotiating such transactions to handling shareholder and regulatory approvals as well as associated governance, financial, public relations and integration issues.  Most recently, he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Regulatory Officer of Aretec Corporation, the parent company of Cetera Financial Group, one of the nation’s largest independent financial adviser networks.  John helped the company form or acquire numerous regulated subsidiaries and affiliates, including multiple investment companies and advisors as well as several FINRA member firms.

John has served many professional associations during the course of his career. Currently, he serves as President of the Alternative & Direct Investment Securities Association, as well as the Chair of its Legislative and Regulatory Committee.

Ken Shoji is a Managing Director and the Chief Investment Officer of View Capital Advisors, LLC. Prior to joining View Capital, Ken was the founder and Managing Partner of Stissing Lake Advisors, an investment advisory firm working with family offices and institutional investors. Ken has over 30 years of experience in asset management and investment banking. He has served as the Chief Operating Officer of GSB Podium Advisors, a SEC-registered hedge fund, Head of the Alternative Investment Group for Dresdner Kleinwort, and a Managing Director at The Mayfair Group, a private alternative investment firm. He has also held positions in derivative sales and trading at Deutsche Bank, Bankers Trust Company and J.P. Morgan, in New York, London and Tokyo.

Ken is a CFA charter holder and graduated with a MA with Honours from the University of Edinburgh and a MBA from the Harvard Business School.