Gatemore manages two distinct, highly engaged investment strategies: (1) a deep-value, turnaround strategy focused on listed small caps and (2) an early-stage clean-tech venture strategy. Our investment ethos is based on creating value through deep engagement with our portfolio companies. We believe that taking an active approach enables us not only to outperform but also to understand and control risk in a fundamental way.
In 2017, Gatemore built a substantial stake in DX Group PLC and replaced the board of directors, installing a team which has led a remarkable turnaround and return to profitability and growth
In 2018, Gatemore acquired the US sports agency of TLA Worldwide PLC, renamed it GSE Worldwide, Inc., and has since led the return to organic and acquisition-led growth
In 2019, Gatemore led the financing to spin-out Factorial, Inc. which has emerged as one of the most prominent solid-state lithium-ion battery companies in the world today, and since then has played a key role in the development of the strategy and business
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Liad Meidar oversees all aspects of portfolio management.
Prior to founding Gatemore in 2005, Liad had a background in both finance and operations, including running a Seattle-based technology company incubator. Liad began his career as an analyst in leveraged finance at BT Alex Brown in New York.
Liad has extensive experience as a board member of companies undergoing turnarounds, including Jazz Technologies, a publicly-traded semiconductor wafer foundry based in Newport, California, and MAG Industrial Automation Systems, a privately-held global machine tool builder with dual headquarters in Michigan and Germany.
Liad is a board member of four Gatemore portfolio companies: GSE Worldwide, Inc., a New York-based fully integrated sports agency where he is Chairman; Factorial, Inc., a Boston-based developer of a breakthrough solid-state, lithium-ion battery technology; DX Group plc, a UK-based freight and parcel delivery and logistics company; and SurvivorNet, Inc., a New York-based online health media company.
In addition, Liad serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council at Princeton University and on the Board of Trustees of the American School in London. He received an AB in economics from Princeton University.
George Cadbury is responsible for all aspects of business and strategic development.
His previous experience includes the Head of Business Development and President of the largest independent hedge fund platform in the UK in 2007, PCE Investors, with peak assets of $3 billion.
George was also Managing Director of an independent Irish UCITS platform – Merchant Capital. Prior to joining Merchant Capital, George was Managing Director in Europe for Ubequity Capital, a Canadian private equity firm. He was also Head of European Operations for Mondore General Trading, a physical commodity trader.
George is a board member of Gatemore portfolio company GSE Worldwide, Inc., a fully integrated talent management and sports agency. He graduated with a BA in History from Exeter University.
Brett Olsher heads Gatemore’s clean technology venture investment practice.
Until January 2019, Brett was chairman of the Global Natural Resources Group in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs. He was also co-chairman of the Russia Executive Leadership Group, as well as being a member of the Firmwide Commitments Committee, the Investment Banking Division Operating Committee and the Investment Banking Services Leadership Group. Brett joined Goldman Sachs in 2010 as a Partner and cohead of the Global Natural Resources Group.
Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Brett worked at Deutsche Bank from 2001 to 2010 during which time he was global head of Emerging Markets and prior to that, co-head of the bank’s global Mergers & Acquisitions business and global head of Natural Resources. He was also a member of the Executive Committee for the Corporate and Investment Bank. Brett also spent four years at J.P. Morgan in London as a top-ranked equity research analyst.
Before his career in investment banking, Brett spent 10 years as President of Olsher Metals Corporation, a global commodities trading, processing and logistics firm. From 1983 to 1986, he was a member of the professional staff at Price Waterhouse, where he qualified as a CPA.
During his career, Brett has advised on $410bn of M&A transactions as well as $124bn of financings, including the AUD 57bn merger of BHP and Billiton, the $100bn unification of Shell, the $3.2bn IPO of China Shenhua Energy Co., Statoil’s $2bn acquisition of Encana’s Gulf of Mexico business, the €32bn merger of Arcelor and Mittal, Xstrata’s $18.8bn acquisition of Falconbridge, Tata Steel’s $12.1bn acquisition of Corus Group, Maersk Oil’s $7.5bn sale to TOTAL, ENl’s $5.8bn acquisition of 100% of OAO Arctic Gas Company, ZAO Urengoil Inc, OAO Neftgastechnologia and 20% of OAO Gazprom Neft, Xstrata’s $90bn agreed merger with Glencore, ArcelorMittal’s $4bn combined equity and equity-linked capital raise, Caracal’s $1.4bn sale to Glencore, the $5.6bn capital raising for X2 Resources, EIG’s $1.lbn joint venture with Abengoa, First Quantum Minerals’ CAD $1.43bn followon equity offering, the $3bn rights issue for ArcelorMittal, Areva’s €2bn restructuring and creation of Orano and the Weir Group’s $1.3bn acquisition of ESCO and $500m equity offering.
Brett earned a Master’s Degree in International Economics and Politics from Columbia University’s Graduate School of International and Public Affairs (“SIPA”) and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts. Brett is also a Member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at SIPA and is a Member of the Executive Committee for Columbia University’s Center for Global Energy Policy.
Brett is a Senior Advisor to Trafigura, a Member of the Board of Directors of CRU International and ESM Acquisition Corporation.
Wilson started his investment career as a Research Analyst at Gatemore. Prior to joining Gatemore, Wilson served as a legal compliance and Internet abuse associate at United Online, the parent company of Juno and NetZero.
Wilson is a board member of Gatemore portfolio company GSE Worldwide, Inc., a fully integrated talent management and sports agency. He graduated from Columbia University with a BA in History and received an MBA with distinction from NYU’s Stern School of Business where he was named a Stern Scholar. He is also a CFA charterholder.
Philippe VARIN started his career in 1978. He held various R&D, plant and Business Unit Management roles at Pechiney in France and the USA and he was Group Executive Vice President for the Aluminum sector when he left Pechiney to become the CEO of the Anglo Dutch steel conglomerate Corus in 2003, based in London. The Corus turnaround led to the acquisition by the Indian Group Tata in 2007. Philippe Varin remained two years with Tata, in Mumbai and in London. He then moved to the French car making Group PSA Peugeot Citroen where he was Chairman of the Managing Board between 2009 and 2014. He was then the Chairman of the Board of the nuclear cycle and equipments companies Areva and Orano between 2015 and 2020 and he now chairs the board of Suez since May 2020.
He was also Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Board of Saint Gobain between 2013 and 2021 as well as Chairman of “France Industrie” and Vice Chairman of the “Conseil National de l’Industrie” between 2017 and 2021. He is currently a member of the Board of the International Chamber of Commerce and he chairs World Materials Forum that he co-founded in 2014.
Philippe graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines de Paris.
CEO of Gatemore portfolio company GSE Worldwide since its acquisition in 2018.
Over 20 years of experience in sports and entertainment deal making, management, and operations. Former CEO of GSE’s prior parent, TLA Worldwide plc, a global sports marketing and events company with over 170 employees out of 10 offices worldwide; former Managing Director of Blue Entertainment Sports Television; and former EVP and General Counsel of SFX Sports Group.
Through his career, Mike led or played a material role in many of the sports industry’s most considerable transactions. The transactions, which have an aggregate value of over $600 million, include BEST, Black Canyon Productions, Cambridge Golf, Dynasty Sports Group, ESP, F.A.M.E., Game Seven Sports Marketing, Greg Norman Productions, Hendricks Management Company, ISI, Legacy Sports Group, ProServ, SFX Worldwide, Speakers of Sport, Sports Management Group, TCI, Tellem & Associates, The Agency, The Legacy Agency, The Marquee Group, TLA Worldwide, plc and Worldwide Football.
Professor Abruña, Émile M. Chamot Professor of Chemistry, is Director of the Center for Alkaline Based Energy Solutions (CABES) and the Energy Materials Center at Cornell (emc2). He completed his graduate studies with Royce W. Murray and Thomas J. Meyer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980 and was a postdoctoral research associate with Allen J. Bard at the University of Texas at Austin from 1980-81. After a brief stay at the University of Puerto Rico, he joined Cornell in 1983. He was Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology from 2004-2008.
Prof. Abruña has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Presidential Young Investigator Award, A. P. Sloan Fellowship, J. S. Guggenheim Fellowship and J. W. Fulbright Senior Fellow. He was elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007 and Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry in 2008. He was named Fellow of the Electrochemical Society in 2013 and in 2017 was the recipient of the Gold Medal of the International Society of Electrochemistry. He was elected member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2018 and received the American Chemical Society Award in Analytical Chemistry in 2021. Prof. Abruña is the co-author of over 560 publications (h-index = 102) and has given over 670 invited lectures world-wide. He considers his 62 Ph.D. students and 75 Post-Doctoral associates, to date, as his most important professional achievement.
Prof. Abruña has been involved in a number of clean energy related start-up companies including Factorial Energy, Conamix and Ecolectro.
Bakari Sellers is a Senior Advisor to Gatemore, advising the company on its ESG initiatives and serving as a board member of select portfolio companies.
Bakari was born into an activist family. His father, civil rights leader Cleveland Sellers, instilled core values in him to continue in the tireless commitment to service.
In 2005 Bakari earned a bachelor’s degree in African-American Studies from Morehouse College. He continued his education at the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2008 earning a juris doctor. Bakari currently practices law with the Strom Law Firm, LLC in Columbia, SC where he heads the firm’s Strategic Communication and Public Affairs team and has recently added Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consulting to the list of services offered.
Bakari made history in the 2006 South Carolina state legislature as the youngest African American elected official in the nation, at the age of 22. His political career did not stop there, in 2014 he was the Democratic Nominee for Lt. Governor in the state of South Carolina. Bakari has also worked for United States Congressman James Clyburn and former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin.
His accomplishments do not go unnoticed within the Democratic Party. In 2008 he served on President Obama’s South Carolina steering committee. His ability to “reach across the aisle to get things done” has led to numerous achievements including being named TIME Magazine’s 40 Under 40 and “The Root 100” list of the nation’s most influential African-Americans in 2015, and HBCU Top 30 Under 30 in July 2014.
Bakari has served as a featured speaker at various Political Events, Universities, and National Trade Organizations across the country, such as the 2008 and 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Bakari Sellers recently released a New York Times Best Seller My Vanishing Country: A Memoir. The book has been described as part memoir, part historical and cultural analysis illustrating the lives of America’s forgotten black working-class men and women.
Bakari recently expanded his audience with the Bakari Sellers Podcast, a twice-a-week show that is part of The Ringer Podcast Network. His podcasts discuss a variety of topics from politics, race, sports, media, the presidential campaign, and much more.
Matthew is a vice president on the investment team.
Prior to joining Gatemore, Matthew was an Associate at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Division where he advised clients on a wide range of transactions including M&A and financings, as well as general corporate finance and strategy.
Matthew graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honours) in Mechatronics and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Economics) from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He also completed part of his studies at University College London.
Alexandra is a research analyst on the clean technology venture investment team.
Prior to joining Gatemore, Alexandra completed her PhD in Chemistry from Imperial College London. Her research used electrochemical techniques for ultra-low concentration biological molecule sensing.
Alexandra also graduated with a Master of Science in Advanced Chemical Engineering with Distinction from Imperial College London and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
David Cassells is responsible for finance, operations and compliance.
Prior to joining Gatemore, David worked as group Accountant for G.H. Financials Ltd, an FCA-regulated global clearing and settlements company, where he produced year-end audited statutory accounts for three entities in the UK, US and Hong Kong and ensured the firm was FCA compliant, with particular focus on client money regulations. Prior to that, David worked at Klesch Group and was responsible for the accounting function of the FCA regulated company as well as three Swiss-based entities. Previous to this David worked as an Assistant accountant for the asset management branch of Babcock & Brown.
David is a board member of Gatemore portfolio company GSE Worldwide, Inc., a fully integrated talent management and sports agency. He received a BA in Business Economics from Leicester University and is an ACCA qualified accountant.
Daisy provides administrative support to the team.
Prior to joining Gatemore, Daisy was an Executive Assistant to the Branson family at Virgin Management and held a number of personal assistant roles within the music industry and family offices.
Daisy attended the University of Manchester and has an Executive Secretarial Qualification from Quest Professional.
Laura supports brand development and communications.
Previously Laura has worked both as a freelance designer and an in-house creative lead. She started her career working in finance and has a degree from Cass Business School as well as professional qualifications from CATC Design School.
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