Tommy Byrne - Founder / CEO of Anchorage Capital Partners Ltd. (“ACP”) and is jointly responsible for managing the Company's daily operation. He is also responsible for ACP's private equity investments and manages their global fixed income fund. Mr. Byrne has been directly involved with structuring, advising and distributing global private equity deals over his 30+ years in the financial markets.
Tommy is the Architect of The Guitar Fund and will be responsible for managing the Fund's investments as its CIO.
ACP's Global fixed income fund invests in Investment Grade, High Yield and Emerging Market debt. The Fund acts as an SPV for a Single Family Office in the US.
In 2004 he began testing new sustainable hardwoods for building guitars. He began manufacturing hand made British electric guitars under his and his partner's own brand name (BJ & Byrne Guitars) out of a workshop on Denmark Street, London in 2006. He is an avid amateur Luthier and builds acoustic guitars in his spare time.
Before he co-orchestrated a Management-Buy-Out of BlueStone Capital Partners (UK) Ltd. in January 2001 and renaming the company Anchorage Capital Partners Ltd., he joined BlueStone Capital Partners in New York in early 1997 as Senior Vice President in the Institutional Sales and Trading department, eventually running the bank’s Fixed Income department. He began his career in 1981 at Irving Trust Co. in the International Private Banking Division and was responsible for developing the division’s gold and precious metals customer trading department. In 1984 he moved to Fundamental Brokers Inc., in the US Treas. repo dept. before forming and staffing the interest rate swap desk. Tommy formed and ran non-dollar repo for Euro Brokers before starting up his own fixed income consulting business. He was also Manager of the foreign bond department at Security Pacific National Bank (New York).
David Noble MBA ACCA MSI - COO / CFO - David shares the day-to-day management responsibilities of ACP and heads up corporate finance. He also serves as the Company's Chief Financial Officer and is an investment manager for The Guitar Fund. David has over 12 years experience in the private equity and venture capital markets and over 10 years CEO experience in the Engineering and Media industries with an outstanding record of successful turnarounds.
During the 10 years leading up to 2008, David was at 3i plc, a FTSE 100 company and Europe's largest listed private equity house. While at 3i, David was Sector Partner on deals to €1 billion EV, globally, across early stage technology, growth capital and buyouts. He covered all Media sectors including associated equipment and software. David was responsible for backing 68 investments over 10 years with maximum returns of 234% IRR and 9.85x Money Multiple, of which 43 were first investments. He also gained portfolio management experience at 3i with investments in Huntsworth plc (UK/PR), The Imagination Group (UK/Marketing Services), and Shine (UK/TV). Board representation during his time at 3i was on their first Indian investment, Nimbus Communications (TV/film/sports rights).
David is Board adviser to two early stage mobile services businesses and non-executive director of a British publicly listed business, First Artist Corporation plc.
David successfully designed, manufactured and marketed a range of hand-made premium guitars under the head-stock label Noble Guitars. He is also a joint owner of one of the UK's leading online guitar parts retailers.
He holds a BSc (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA, is a Chartered Certified Accountant, has a Diploma in Marketing and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Securities & Investments Institute. David is a UK citizen with extensive business and personal experience in the US.
Simon Taylor - General Counsel - Simon provides expertise in three complementary areas: (a) law, in the fields of corporate, securities, general business, technology, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital law; (b) investment banking and venture capital finance; and (c) consulting to companies, executive teams, entrepreneurs and inventors and holders of intellectual property. In addition to his long experience as a corporate, technology and international practice attorney, Simon is President of a licensed investment banking firm and principal in a consulting firm.
From 1988 to 2004, Simon was an attorney with the law firm Snow Becker Krauss in New York, which he joined as a partner and where he became of counsel in 1995, when he founded a venture capital advisory firm. He formed his own law firm in July 2004 as an outgrowth of the practice he built at Snow Becker. Prior to Snow Becker, Simon was an attorney with Finley, Kumble, Wagner, then the largest law firm in the United States.
Since April 2000, Simon has served as President and principal of the investment bank ACN Securities Inc., which has offices in New York and California. ACN is a member of FINRA and is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
His law practice has included, for more than twenty-five years, extensive involvement in intellectual property. Ever since the development of the Bowie Bonds, which was the first instance of securitization of intellectual property rights, Simon has been very involved in innovative strategies surrounding IPR . David Bowie's landmark strategy has been a key factor in the development of online digital music distribution which has made Simon's expertise invaluable.
Simon graduated from Columbia University (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude and John Jay Scholar) and from Harvard Law School. He was born in England and grew up in California.
Robbin Thompson - principal - (After a 15 year battle with cancer, we lost Robbin in October 2015. Robbin brought a dynamic to our team which cannot be replaced and will be sorely missed. We continue to work on and finish the development of Robbin's last novel idea, which was an invention within the accessories line of the guitar manufacturing industry and we hope to unveil it in 2019.)
Robbin is in charge of deal origination for the music industry and associated technologies in the U.S. His responsibilities include sourcing deal flow and advising on the practical applications of the related technologies. He is also chairman of the Advisory Board for The Guitar Fund.
He is the Vice President and co-founder of In Your Ear Music And Recording Corp, a Richmond, Virginia based company that composes and produces music for commercials and films. Founded in 1991, In Your Ear supports all types of audio and visual production services. Their impressive roster of clients include, Exxon/Mobile, Walmart, Miller Beer, Holiday Inn and many more.
Robbin's musical career expands over 40 years and is still going strong. He was the lead singer in the Bruce Springsteen band Steel Mill, has won The American Song Festival twice and so far has recorded 12 albums. He co-authored the song Sweet Virginia Breeze, which is the official state song of Virginia. He has penned and recorded a number of hit songs both as a solo artist and with his '70s/'80s group The Robbin Thompson Band. He has also written and recorded songs with The Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit and has shared the stage with many recording artists including Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Bruce Hornsby and many others.
Robbin holds a BS in Advertising Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a US citizen from Richmond, Virginia.
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