We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Justin Fogarty - Chairman & Partner
Known for his creativity and a founder of Pivotas he has been one of the Globe’s top internationally legal counsel in corporate finance, banking, M & A, restructuring and corporate governance. He has been a senior advisor to major corporations, financial institutions and governments dealing with complex policy and business issues. He has been an investment banker in London and has founded two successful investment funds and is a Swiss FINMA registered Client Advisor. His global experience as a top lawyer, advisor, board member and entrepreneur provides Pivotas’ clients an experienced international perspective that brings creative value solutions to achieve winning outcomes.
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Shawn Murphy - Managing Partner
A serial entrepreneur with successful careers in aerospace engineering and investment management. Chief investment officer and investment fund manager of funds in Luxembourg, Cayman and Bermuda. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Swiss FINMA registered Client Advisor. Shawn is also a CEO of digital media firm and well versed in information technologies.
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Donato Pinto - Managing Partner
A senior executive, entrepreneur and strategic advisor with a track record of profitably repositioning and developing financial service and industrial businesses in Europe and Asia. Divisional CEO of large international corporates with in depth expertise in strategy, operations, business development and M&A.
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Leon Raubenheimer - Managing Director
Leon Raubenheimer has over 35 years of international experience as a corporate advisor and financier. He is the founder and Managing Partner with ZED Financial Partners, founded in 2002 and based in Toronto, Ontario and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. ZED is focused on large transactions globally across several sectors needing Private Equity, Debt or Strategic investments to fuel growth.
He was one of the founding partners of GMP Securities (“GMP”), one of the largest independent investment banks in Canada. During the mid-part of the 1990’s, he headed the Mining Group which raised in excess of $3.2 billion in equity financing for mining companies in Canada. Thereafter, he specialized in complex financial structuring and headed the Structured Finance Group at GMP. He led the structuring and sales efforts for over $700 million of structured products for a number of Canada’s leading companies in a variety of industries.
Prior to co-founding GMP, Leon was employed as a manager with a large merchant bank in South Africa. He has a Masters degree in Company Law from the University of South Africa. He is an avid powder skier, shooter, golfer and fly-fisherman. Leon's LinkedIn Profile
Malcolm Williamson - Managing Director
A visionary, after decades in senior roles in international finance, sales and administration with several of Canada’s largest companies, Williamson set out to purchase or create and manage over a dozen companies in Canada and the US in manufacturing, service, technology and the arts. He continues to apply his broad experience and creativity in business turnarounds, building wealth for companies in a variety of industries.
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Andrew Leslie - Managing Director
Lt-General (ret’d) the Honourable Andrew Leslie, PC, CMM, MSC, MSM, CD, RCA, RCA, BA, MA, PhD (hc) was a soldier and led the 57,000 people in the Canadian Army in fires, floods, earthquakes, security missions, peacekeeping and war (Cyprus, Germany, Croatia, Serbia, Afghanistan and elsewhere), being awarded numerous national and international honours and decorations. He has also been a Senior Vice President of a very large multinational corporation, a Federal Member of Parliament, the Chief Government Whip, the Parliamentary Secretary focused on Canada-US Relations and Trade during the time of NAFTA and was included on several Federal cabinet committees. He now sits on various corporate boards with expertise in strategy, international affairs, leadership, governance, mentoring, and crisis response.
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Matteo Insabato - Managing Director
A dynamic business developer and entrepreneur with a background in finance, real estate and law. He has been a finance lawyer for major law firms in Milan and an investment bank in London. He founded two successful strategic real estate advisory companies with a focus on European markets and international investors, both institutional and private.
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Dr. Denis Cronson - Managing Director
Dr. Denis Cronson is an experienced senior executive, entrepreneur and critical thinker. In a hands-on career he has founded, led and exited international technology, service and product companies across the healthtech - wellness - insuretech spectrum. In an advisory capacity his combined medical qualifications and business experience provides clients in relevant industries with astute strategic design and compelling commercial mentorship. Denis is an obsessive health enthusiast, Judo black belt, competitive cyclist and three times Iron Man.
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Marc Tassé - Managing Director
World-renowned expert in the field of forensic accounting and in the fight against corruption and financial crime, Mr. Tassé has acted as an external consultant and advisor for senior executives of various departments and agencies of the federal, provincial and foreign governments, as well as for civil society organizations and Fortune 500 companies.
Mr. Tassé was selected as an independent expert by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to perform the mid-term evaluation of its “Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism Thematic Trust Fund”, and testified before the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance on the “Statutory Review of the Proceeds of Crime and Terrorist Financing Act”. Marc's LinkedIn Profile
Ken Chadder - Managing Director
Colonel (ret'd) Ken Chadder, OMM, MSM, CD served as an engineer officer for 36 years in the Canadian Armed Forces. He has commanded at all levels including leading the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) deployment to Turkey, Commandant of the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering, Director Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence, Commanding Officer of CFB Gagetown and Commanding Officer of the Canadian Forces Warfare Centre.
He has spent the past eight years as a consultant, leveraging his extensive experience to support clients in the areas of C4ISR, modelling & simulation, geospatial technology and infrastructure. Ken's LinkedIn Profile
Fred Lewis - Managing Director
Fred Lewis retired from the Canadian Armed Forces at the rank of Brigadier-General, his final appointment as Commander of the 15,000-person 4th Canadian Division. His 36 years of service was marked by operational command, often on deployed missions. Secondary themes included force development and the delivery of professional military education. He holds a master degree in Military Arts and Sciences and an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering. Since retirement from the military, in addition to pursuing his many hobbies and enjoying family life, he has assisted civilian companies, the Canadian Armed Forces and NATO in their development, training and leadership. Fred's LinkedIn Profile
Apostolos Papastathopoulos - Managing Director
An Economist with extensive experience of strategy, management, financial corporate and commercial matters, particularly to both public and private companies, joint ventures, M&A, corporate reorganizations, change management. Apostolos has a Bachelor in Economics, MSc in IFRS, Bachelor in Military Studies and MSc in Military Science and Art. He started his career as a military officer in Special Forces and he was being awarded numerous national and international honours from NATO and US. He is an executive of international corporates and business advisor in multinational companies.
Apostolos says that his military experience was a better preparation for corporate competition than business school was. While business school focused on a peaceful world, the military prepared him for war and the day-today business crises he would come to face "every half hour". More specifically, he credited the military with teaching him goal-orientation and problem-solving skills. Apostolos LinkedIn Profile
Lindsay Schneider - Managing Director
Lindsay is a transformational leader who has built a reputation for successfully building and scaling organizations across multiple industries, global companies, and start-up ventures. Her diverse leadership experience has enabled companies to expand their capacity for design thinking, creating advanced strategic plans and employee empowerment programs, unlocking substantial enterprise growth. Her accomplishments have been acknowledged by being a CEO of an organization that was recognized as the Branham 300 Top 250 list, Deloitte's Technology Fast 50, and Fast 500 in North America.
Beyond her leadership honors, Lindsay’s experience across M&A transactions has resulted in her ability to extract additional value by serving in key roles throughout the due diligence process. Her deep understanding of talent and technology illuminates the importance of post-merger integrations. Lindsay’s ability to envision integration roadmaps and identify the talent to drive accountability throughout execution has produced continuously impressive results. Lindsay's LinkedIn Profile
Pascal Ravery - Senior Advisor
Since leaving JPMorgan, Mr Ravery has been running Lakeside Capital Advisers LLC which he set-up in Baar Switzerland to provide independent and unbiased advice to the shareholders, Boards and/or C-Suite of small and larger public and privately-held companies across a wide variety of subjects ranging from strategy, capital markets-related issues (including capital raising), governance, Management incentives, conflicts and compliance, valuation, M&A (including anti-raid advisory and defense).
He was involved and/advised in literally hundreds of capital markets and M&A transactions including hostile takeovers, IPOs and rights issues, debt and equity public and private placements, convertible bond offerings, sell-side and buy—side mandates, restructurings, privatizations, acquisition financings and LBOs. Pascal's LinkedIn Profile
Richard Bissonnet - Senior Advisor
Richard has been a financial advisor since 2002, initially as a founder of independent partnerships based in Geneva and Zürich.
He has advised on corporate M&A, institutional real estate transactions and venture capital funding in Switzerland, the EU and in south-east Asia.
In the earlier part of his career he was a senior executive with Reuters Holdings plc in London, Geneva, Zürich, Paris and Milan.
Richard’s current focus is on cybersecurity, and he is Executive Chair of Authentico Technologies AB, a Swedish-based provider of unique data encryption solutions.
He holds an MBA from INSEAD and is a former President of the Swiss INSEAD Alumni Association. Richard's LinkedIn Profile.
Jeffrey Emmenis - Senior Advisor
Founder of the highly successful boutique charter business Vertis Aviation, Jeffrey brings a unique understanding of the transforming requirements of business aviation users as needs evolve from charter and jet card hours to ownership. With more than twenty years in corporate aviation, Jeffrey instinctively recognizes when user patterns change and is perfectly positioned to advise on the best way to access business aircraft. Jeffrey's LinkedIn Profile
John LaCour - Chair of the Pivotas Cybersecurity Advisory Board
John is a leading technology entrepreneur who has pioneered solutions in the cybersecurity arena. In 2008 he founded PhishLabs, a threat intelligence and mitigation company that protects brands and customers from internet threats. PhishLabs was recognized as a “Best Places to Work” company for over 6 years, Inc. 5000 company for over 4 years, and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 ™ company for 2 years. Prior to founding PhishLabs, he led product management functions at several Silicon Valley cybersecurity companies.
John has been a speaker at prestigious events and conferences such as TEDX, RSA Security Conference, and Security BSides. In 2022, he was recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year following the successful sale of PhishLabs to Minneapolis-based HelpSystems. In 2016, John was inducted as a member of YPO (Young Presidents Organization), for leading CEOs under 45.
In addition to serving as Board Director for PhishLabs, with a view to “giving back,” John has been an advisory board member for multiple non-profit organizations. His reputation and experience in the technology and cybersecurity sector has enabled him to serve in various governance roles, where he provides guidance on cybersecurity trends, needs and opportunities. John is passionate about supporting emerging leaders and helping technology companies grow successfully, while also championing values for equity and the environment. John's LinkedIn Profile