THE TEAM

Our team consists of industry-leading professionals with deep domain expertise across investment banking, venture capital, technology and management consulting

LEADERSHIP
Andrew Kass MANAGING DIRECTOR AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Andrew has been a prominent technology investment banker for more than 20 years, including 19+ years of experience at large Wall Street firms like Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse. Historical clients include Alibaba, Amazon.com, Facebook, Netflix, Google, Snapchat, Spotify, Tencent, Twitter and Uber.
Iain Shovlin CHAIRMAN Iain has been a venture capital investor for over 16 years. He has been an investor in companies like Home Chef, EXL, Techstyle among others and has also been a board member with over 30 companies.
OPERATING PARTNERS
Eli Broverman OPERATING PARTNER Eli Broverman is the Co-Founder of Betterment and is an advisor to other technology startups. Eli started Betterment with a vision that technology and automation will help people plan for their financial needs better and reach their goals. As President and COO at Betterment, Eli helped scale the company from inception to growth stage, working across all facets of the business.
Stephen Collins OPERATING PARTNER Stephen is the founder of d4d2, an advisory and investment firm to early-stage technology companies. He has held CEO/CFO/CIO positions with DoubleClick (NASDAQ:DLCK), Bazaarvoice (NASDAQ:BV), etc. His current and previous board memberships include Kenshoo, iCitizen, Mediaspectrum and Spendsetter and others.
Robert Goldberg OPERATING PARTNER Robert is a seasoned entrepreneur, technology leader and investor with more than 30 years of experience building companies from early-stage startups to publicly traded enterprises. Robert is the Managing Partner at GTG Capital Partners, a Venture Partner at Raptor Ventures, and a private equity investor having had numerous successful investment exits.
Mark Harms OPERATING PARTNER Mark Harms is the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Global Leisure Partners. Mark has been involved in all aspects of GLP since inception in 2004 and has pioneered its strategic direction. This has led to GLP advising on c $60 billion of transactions to date, deploying significant capital as principal in a number of deals and developing an industry leading Operating Executive Network. Mark divides his time equally between the U.S. and the U.K.
Brian Smith OPERATING PARTNER Brian is a technology-focused strategic finance advisor and public and private equity investor. Previously, he headed finance at Main Street Hub, and was vice president of finance at Bazaarvoice (NASDAQ:BV). He has previously worked with the hedge fund Tiger Management, as an investment banker with Greenhill & Co., and as a private equity investor with Fox Paine & Co.
TEAM
Smriti Jayaraman VICE PRESIDENT Smriti brings seven years of experience from the Private Equity Group at Bain & Company, where she facilitated a wide range of M&A, hedge fund and private equity deals in the software/IT, tech, healthcare, retail, and financial services sectors.
Cathal McCarthy VICE PRESIDENT Cathal brings six years of total experience, first as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and most recently as EVP with Techweek.
Parth Popat SENIOR ANALYST Parth comes with an investment banking background at Deutsche Bank, having worked on interest rate and credit derivatives valuations. Prior to Deutsche Bank, he worked in equity sales and trading with his family-owned stock broking business.
Michael Vadakkan SENIOR ANALYST Michael brings experience in fund-raising and M&A to BlackWatch. Previously, as an investment banker, he has served various industry giants in the TMT and education space.
Sylvester Fernandes ANALYST Sylvester brings research and analysis experience across healthcare, business services, industrial growth and aerospace & defence sectors. He has previously worked with global private equity and investment banking team.

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BlackWatch Managing Director & CEO Andrew Kass also serves as a Managing Director, Operating Partner and registered representative of Global Leisure Partners LLC ("GLP"), a licensed broker-dealer registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission and a FINRA/SIPC member firm. All broker-dealer activities are conducted by Andrew in association with GLP.