Justin brings the unique combination of both executive management and investment banking experience to the capital markets, financial services, fintech, and software sectors. He is currently the general partner and cofounder of SenaHill Partners LP, the leading merchant bank focused exclusively on fintech, based in NYC.
Previously, Justin was the award-winning founder, CEO, and chairman of The Receivables Exchange (TRE), the first-to-market, real-time, online institutional marketplace for the purchase and sale of working capital, a $17 trillion market. Named the most innovative ecommerce company in the world for 2010 by The Wall Street Journal, TRE launched a joint strategic initiative with investors such as NYSE and Bain Capital. He earned accolades from major news outlets and business organizations, including Institutional Investor (as a “Top 50” financial technology disruptor in 2011 and a “Top 40” innovator in 2010), Business Insider’s “Coolest People in Tech” in NYC, Silicon Alley’s “Top 100” list, Silicon Bayou’s “Top 100” list, the American Business (“Stevie”) Awards, and as a 2010 finalist for Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year.”
Prior to founding TRE, he was a managing director at Citigroup’s Corporate & Investment Bank, involved with their global electronic trading, market structure, and exchange strategy teams. Before Citigroup, he was on the executive team at Lava Trading as head of all corporate and business units, from product management to sales and marketing for its core sell-side product solution, and was also responsible for founding LavaFX (ECN), ColorPalette (OMS), and its buy-side (institutional) trading unit; he was instrumental in its acquisition by Citigroup in 2004.
Justin also began his own strategic advisory firm, JAB Advisors, Inc., and within one year he was hired by many of the leading financial technology players in private equity and trading technology firms.
Previously, Justin was an investment banker in the financial institutions practice at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ), Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS), and Salomon Brothers Inc., where he worked on over $100 billion in executed M&A transactions and participated in many of the largest underwritings on behalf of his clients in the banking, brokerage, and financial technology arena.
A native of London, Justin received his BComm in Finance with distinction from the University of Calgary, Canada. Shortly upon arriving to NYC in 1994, he helped launch an inner-city youth program called Minds Matter of NYC, Inc. He still enjoys many philanthropic efforts, primarily focused on children and communities in need. He was a former international-level swimmer and is involved as a director on a number of corporate boards. He has been an active member of the Business Council of New Orleans and the Association of Trade Finance in the Americas (ATFA). He is a member of FinTech Innovation Lab’s Entrepreneurial Network, Barclays Techstars, and Startup Bootcamp, and currently serves on the Vestry of Grace Church in New York City. Justin lives with his family in New York City.