Management Team

Partner. Sameer Jain is the founder of FinTech ActiveAllocator, 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 was a capital allocator and was responsible for all illiquid investing including fund manager selection and due diligence across the platform. Prior, he headed product development & investment research at Citigroup Alternative Investments. 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.

Sameer 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.

With multiple degrees in engineering, management, public administration and policy, he 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. Brian 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, Brian 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, Brian 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. Brian also served as head of the investment banking division of Realty Capital Securities, LLC, a subsidiary of RCS Capital Corp. Brian also previously served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer and treasurer of two publicly traded real estate investment trusts. Prior to that, Brian 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, Brian was a manager in the real estate tax advisory group at Coopers & Lybrand, LLP, where he focused on REIT and partnership tax structuring. Brian 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

Dr. Ahmed is the founder of Princeton Alpha Management LP, an Investment Adviser based in Princeton Junction, New Jersey, which manages quantitative trading strategies for Private Funds. Prior to forming Princeton Alpha, Shakil was the Global Head of Market Making at Citibank N.A. and served on the Executive Committee of the Equities Division. While at Citibank, Dr. Ahmed also served as the Global Head of Quantitative Strategies and sat on the management committee of Citi Alternative Investments. Shakil started his career at Morgan Stanley, where he spent fourteen years in Process Driven Trading (PDT), a group which he ran from early 1999 until he retired from day to day responsibilities in December 2006. Shakil was retained as a Senior Adviser to Morgan Stanley, until joining Citibank in early 2008. Shakil has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Yale University, where his thesis was on parallel processing (1994). He also has M.S. and M.Phil. degrees in the same field from Yale. His undergraduate degree was in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Shakil grew up in Vienna, Austria, where he attended the Vienna International School.

Partner. Brian 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, Brian 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, Brian 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. Brian also served as head of the investment banking division of Realty Capital Securities, LLC, a subsidiary of RCS Capital Corp. Brian also previously served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer and treasurer of two publicly traded real estate investment trusts. Prior to that, Brian 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, Brian was a manager in the real estate tax advisory group at Coopers & Lybrand, LLP, where he focused on REIT and partnership tax structuring. Brian is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive), licensed in California since 1994.

Advisory Board

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.