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Motive Partners appoints Industry Partner

Motive Partners (Motive), a specialist private equity firm focused on growth equity and buyout investments in software and information services companies that serve the financial services industry (financial technology), has appointed Mariano Belinky as an Industry Partner. 

Belinky will focus on areas that bring strategic value to Motive Partners’ investment mandate.
Motive Partners believes the adoption of new digital channels, innovative processes and game-changing technologies will yield value-creating opportunities for forward-thinking alternative investment firms. The appointment of Mariano demonstrates Motive’s intent to continue building capabilities to support the Motive platform’s mission of outsized returns, focusing on operator and innovator led value creation.
Based primarily from Motive Partners’ London offices, Mariano will focus on originating and diligencing transactions across financial technology, seeking to spot trends ahead of time, and sourcing deals and capabilities that can support the growth of Motive’s portfolio companies, ultimately benefitting the Motive investor ecosystem.
Rob Heyvaert, Founder & Managing Partner at Motive Partners, says: “We believe technology has the ability to unlock huge value for investment firms. All aspects will evolve, from how we invest to how we interact with our portfolio companies and clients.
Through Motive Create and Mariano’s appointment, we are seeking to extend our edge, as we ‘weaponise’ financial technology ideas to empower our operations and our portfolio companies by embedding these new financial capabilities to transform operations and gain scale. Mariano’s depth of expertise as an Investor, Operator and Innovator across major financial technology areas are extremely well suited to Motive and the journey we have ahead in achieving our vision on behalf of our investors.”
Prior to joining Motive Partners, Mariano was the Global CEO of Santander Asset Management where he led the turnaround of the company since its re-acquisition from Warburg Pincus and General Atlantic.
Prior to this, Mariano co-founded and ran InnoVentures, Santander Group’s $400m fintech-focused global venture capital fund, defining the investment approach, building the team and leading over twenty investments in portfolio companies
Before joining Santander InnoVentures, Mariano was a junior partner with McKinsey and Company, where he advised global banks and asset managers across Europe and the Americas. He was previously part of the research technology team at Bridgewater Associates.
Mariano holds a degree In Computer Science and Philosophy from NYU, and conducted doctoral studies In Artificial Intelligence at Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya.
Mariano Belinky, Industry Partner at Motive Partners, says: “I’m extremely excited to join Motive Partners, and contribute my experience to further accelerate its growth and those of its portfolio companies. Fintech has reached a maturity point as an industry, and I believe Motive as a platform is uniquely positioned to capture the immense opportunities the space has created. I’m looking forward to joining forces with a terrific team of Investors, Operations and Innovators to make it happen.”

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