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Amanda Abrams

Chief Executive Officer
Amanda leads Cohen Circle's SPAC and venture deals spanning fintech and health.
Previously, she was the General Counsel of CardConnect Corp. (formerly NASDAQ: CCN) following the company’s merger with FinTech Acquisition Corp. Amanda is a former Partner of the corporate transactions group at Ledgewood and an Attorney at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. LLP, where she advised public and private companies in capital markets transactions, M&A and general corporate matters. She has represented clients in the issuance of billions of dollars of debt and equity securities, in M&A transactions spanning various industries and served as key business and legal advisor through all stages of the SPAC process.

In 2022, Amanda was recognized as an Inspiring FinTech Female Leader by NYC FinTech Women, and a Top 25 Women Leader in Financial Technology.

She holds a B.A. in Finance with honors from Penn State Schreyer Honors College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Betsy Cohen
Co-Founder
Betsy has 50+ years experience running companies and investing across the capital markets. She founded three banks, including the Bancorp, where she was CEO for 15 years before founding Cohen Circle to support the next generation of fintech leaders.
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Daniel Cohen
Co-Founder
Daniel is the co-founder of Cohen Circle and The Bancorp. He has over 20 years of experience as an operator and investor. Daniel also founded Cohen & Company, an asset manager with $2.2 billion of AUM.
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Amanda Abrams
Chief Executive Officer
Amanda is the CEO of Cohen Circle and joined the team from CardConnect after she and the Cohens took the integrated payments company public in 2016. She has 15+ years’ experience as an investor, operator, advisor, and lawyer with companies in both the public and private sectors.
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Mehar Jagota
General Counsel & Chief Operating Officer
Mehar oversees all legal and operational matters across Cohen Circle. Mehar began his legal career as a corporate associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and has also worked at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.
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Max Smeal
Head of Finance
Max oversees all finance and reporting matters across Cohen Circle. Previously, Max was a Director in Deal Advisory at KPMG LLP, having spent more than 9 years with the Big-4 Accounting firm.
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Dina Lyon
Chief Marketing Officer
Dina leads all marketing and brand efforts at Cohen Circle. Previously, she built out GTM strategies at high-growth technology start-ups and managed media relations across hundreds of national publications.
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Sheldon Sussman
Head of Europe
Sheldon has been an investor and operator of fintech/financial services businesses for 30+ years with senior investment roles at Elliott and TowerBrook Capital, and Board Member/CEO overseeing financial markets and asset management at Rabobank.
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Dan Long
Managing Director - Venture Growth
Dan leads growth investments at Cohen Circle. He has been an investor and fintech founder for over 18 years with roles at Barclays Capital, Resource America, and PeerIQ (which was acquired by CrossRiver Bank).
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Jeffrey Blomstrom
Managing Director
Jeff focuses on alternative investment strategies and deal structuring at Cohen Circle. Previously, he co-founded a $10bn asset management platform and founded numerous companies during his time at Resource America.
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Shami Patel
Managing Director
Shami is involved in all aspects of Cohen Circle with a focus on origination. He has served as a senior executive and board member of a number of public and private financial services companies working with Betsy and Daniel Cohen for over 25 years.
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Corinne Bortniker
Director
Corinne joined Cohen Circle from Wells Fargo Securities, where she was a Vice President focused on technology equity capital markets. Corinne has extensive experience executing equity transactions, raising capital for private and public companies.
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Nathan Pontician
Associate
Nate supports various businesses at Cohen Circle, including venture and SPAC deals. Prior to Cohen Circle, Nate was at UBS where he worked on numerous SPAC M&A, public capital market, and private financing transactions.
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Jeremy Kuiper
Advisor
Jeremy Kuiper heads up Enterprise Development within Pathward, which includes Enterprise Revenue Development and Innovation, Emerging Markets, Enterprise Relationships and Pathward Ventures, the investment arm of Pathward.
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