Mr. Blum previously ran Channel Capital LLC, a firm he founded in 2001 to provide venture capital and financial advisory services to emerging companies. While with Channel Capital, he became an active angel investor, backing eleven companies. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Blum was a Managing Director with the private equity firm, Columbia Financial Partners, during which time he helped manage the reorganization and liquidation of ContiFinancial Corp., an $11 billion mortgage company. Mr. Blum spent 14 years as an investment banker with Salomon Brothers Inc. and Bear Stearns & Co. where he was actively involved in mergers & acquisitions, IPOs, securitization, high-yield and investment grade debt and corporate advisory for banks, insurance and specialty finance companies. From 1989 to 1992, he was based in Tokyo and oversaw the Salomon Brothers' Japanese and Asian Financial Institutions activities.
Mr. Blum serves on the Board of Directors of Landauer Metropolitan Inc., SkyFuel, Inc. , Helios Coatings Inc., m2m Imaging and Interactive Frontiers, Inc. He is also a director of the New York Angels and The Heart & Soul Charitable Fund. Mr. Blum received a BS in Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from The Harvard Business School.
G.C. Andersen Partners, LLC is a premier, New York City based boutique merchant bank that advises and invests in emerging growth and middle market companies.
The firm was founded in 1996 by G. Chris Andersen, a former Vice Chairman of PaineWebber and a former head of the Investment Banking Group at Drexel Burnham Lambert. The firm's six partners, five of whom were senior bankers at Drexel, have an average of over 25 years of investment banking and principal investing experience and have worked together extensively over their careers. During their partners' and professionals' careers, acting as both agents and principals, the team at G.C. Andersen Partners has consummated hundreds of transactions, representing over $100 billion in value.
In contrast to most boutique investment banks, the firm is structured as a merchant bank and can serve as both an advisor to and an investor in its clients. G.C. Andersen Partners takes pride in and are recognized for developing creative solutions, providing unparalleled service and getting the difficult deals done.