In today’s world, it is rare to find people multi-talented in law and financial management. While both are similar in many ways, they are also vastly different. They require the ability to communicate well with others both verbally and through the written word, to put others at ease and gain their confidence and have a strong desire to help others. Yet they are very different in that many people believe one area requires only a head for numbers, while the other focuses more on communication. However, the truth is many people are able to do both quite well, with some more skilled than others. Of the people able to do well in both areas, one of the best for the past decade has been my friend, Sam Tabar.
Graduating from Oxford University with Honors, Sam took his next step in higher education at Columbia Law School, where he again excelled in the classroom. While there, he put his communication skills to the test by serving as Editor of the Columbia Law Business Review. After receiving his law degree, he worked for some of the world’s most prestigious law firms. In these positions, he developed an interest in hedge funds and the steps involved in their formation. Working with various clients, he helped form investment management agreements, offered guidance on compliance issues and counseled clients on various other matters.
Realizing his career path was best suited for financial management, he took his talents to the financial management firm of PMA Investment Advisors in 2004. It was here where his flair for global marketing and connecting with potential investors got him numerous promotions, eventually leading to being named Head of Business Development. While in this position, Sam worked with many international clients and managed all aspects of a hedge fund worth more than $2 billion. Using his legal and financial knowledge along with his ability to win over people with his personality, Sam attracted many new investors to the hedge fund. Within seven years he was able to develop almost 2,500 investor introductions, demonstrating his knack for knowing how to find just the right people that had the money and vision needed to invest in hedge funds.
Over the past several years, Sam has continued to use his legal and financial talents in various ways. After a stint with Merrill Lynch, he made the decision to return to the legal field by becoming a Senior Associate with Schulte, Roth and Zabel LLP. Here he again focused on hedge funds, working with clients by providing counsel on fund formation and structure.
Sam’s Facebook page indicates that he has the ability to speak French and Japanese in addition to his native English, thus he is a man of many talents. Having an interest in world travel and in hosting various events, Sam is always on the lookout for a new task that challenges him in as many ways possible. He is also an avid social media user of Twitter, and has a popular channel on Vimeo. With his experience and knowledge in legal and financial matters, I’m confident my friend Sam is poised yet again to climb the highest mountain and find success.