A Tailor-MadeProblem-Solving Approach
Our strategy is to identify isolated or systemic problems within the private equity and venture capital asset class, and structure ad hoc transactions to address individual situations.Once we have a workable solution for a systemic problem, we package it as a product, and offer it to other market players facing the same issues.
We have built our success in structuring transactions using a problem-solving approach. We have distinguished ourselves through our market expertise, creativity and innovation. We have built a reputation for timeliness, discretion and integrity.
RainMakers is a modern organization highly relying on virtual collaboration and state of the art infrastructure. Most middle and back office functions are outsourced so that we can focus on what we are good at.
Founder and Managing Partner
Jim founded RainMakers in 2004 and has been behind the development of the firm and the execution of each transaction.
Prior to founding RainMakers in 2004, Jim held various positions in the field of interest rate and equity derivatives.
Jim started his career in 1988 as a derivatives technologist, working with Sophis and SociétéGénérale CIB, developing trading and risk management models.
From 1994 to 2003, Jim held senior management positions at companies such as Opt4 Derivatives in Berkeley, California, as well as Login SA and SunGard in Paris, France. In 2003-04, Jim served as an Expert Witness for the French Department of Justice.
Jim holds an MSc in Computer Science from University of Paris VI, and an MBA from University of Chicago.
Dr. Michael J. Nowak
Dr. Michael J. Nowak is an
experienced investment banker and healthcare and high
tech investor in both public and private companies. He
has prior experience with healthcare and life sciences
focused investment funds, family offices and boutique
investment banks. He was previously a Managing Director
and Head of Healthcare Investments for $B multinational
hedge fund Yorkville Advisors. Before that he led
investments and sat on numerous Boards of Directors
while a General Partner at leading $B Euro-US fund TVM Capital. He was also a corporate venture capitalist and business development executive at Xerox PARC in Palo Alto,
where he was CEO of two startups, a strategic management consultant and Vice President at McKinsey & Co., and a Program Manager at the Advanced Technology Program,
National Institute of Standards and Technology, US Department of Commerce.
Mike earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He worked as a
post-doctoral scientist at Bell Labs (Bellcore), Princeton University,
and at the CEA research labs in Saclay and the University of Paris VI (Jussieu) in France. He received his BA in Physics from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY,
where he was a College Scholar.