Mark Bower, Finance Expert in Miami Beach, FL, United States
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Mark Bower

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Finance Expert

Location
Miami Beach, FL, United States
Toptal Member Since
August 3, 2021

Mark has a background in emerging markets. He has led the research and marketing for funds focused on Argentina and Brazil, and now on global equities for Helm Partners. He has also worked with over a dozen startups internationally in marketing, fundraising, and corporate strategy. With 20 years of experience on both sides, he is a key bridge between companies and investors and is very passionate about working with talented entrepreneurs to help grow their businesses.

Career Highlights

Advisor
Helm Partners
Private Investor
Private Investor and Advisor
Partner, Head of Emerging Markets
Bienville Capital Management

Case Studies

Work Experience

Writer

2022 - PRESENT
Substack
  • Produced a 15-20pp monthly report on topics all around the world.
  • Performed a deep dive into Argentina's pre-election changes.
  • Focused extensively on the risks in Taiwan and the underrated from China.
Focus areas: Politics, Policy, Geography, Economics, Finance, Financial Writer

Advisor

2020 - PRESENT
Helm Partners
  • Completely overhauled company marketing materials and message to restate the core focus and simplify the takeaways. Dramatically increased potential client interaction. The firm has grown AUM by 50% in 2021.
  • Led the research into various emerging markets and equities. Avoided Turkey and Argentina and heavily invested in South Africa and energy companies. Published research on many countries, including China/Taiwan relations.
  • Led industry research into banks globally (Italy, Spain, Turkey, South Africa, etc.), into steel producers, and led macro research on a host of topics from volatility to US elections.
Focus areas: Fundraising, Pitch Books, Marketing, Politics, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Asset Management, Financial Analysis, Financial Modeling, Forecasting, Excel 365, Microsoft PowerPoint, Middle East, Valuation, Pitch Deck Consultant, Investor Presentations, Capital Raising, Latin America (LATAM), Finance, Financial Services, Alternative Investments, Investment Analysis, Growth Equity, Equity Research Analysis, Equity Research, Real Estate, Investments, Capital Markets, Stock Market, Policy, Geography

Private Investor

2015 - PRESENT
Private Investor and Advisor
  • Created marketing materials for Collective Equity, helped plan the business model, and led the fundraising for the first $15 million fund.
  • Helped raise several hundred thousand dollars in startup funding for Claimfound. Helped the company in an exit to a pre-IPO healthcare company and various other endeavors.
  • Invested in and exited into several successful startup such as Qualia Labs and Medefer Inc.
  • Became a partner at Life & Soul Pictures, a UK-based film production company focused on developing content. Raised several hundred thousand dollars for various projects.
Focus areas: Early-stage Venture Capital, Politics, Asset Management, Financial Analysis, Forecasting, Excel 365, Microsoft PowerPoint, Venture Capital, Middle East, Startups, Startup Funding, Financial Modeling, Valuation, Seed Fundraising, Investor Presentations, Capital Raising, Finance, Media, Film & Television, Movies, Business Plan Consulting, Investment Analysis, Growth Equity, Equity Research Analysis, Equity Research, Revenue & Expense Projections, Stock Market

Partner, Head of Emerging Markets

2013 - 2020
Bienville Capital Management
  • Led the creation of the Argentina fund (2014-2018). Raised $240 million, invested in public equities, and returned 90%+.
  • Managed a team of analysts focused on finding values in emerging market equities.
  • Led the creation of a Brazil-focused fund, which returned 40% from 2016-2018.
  • Researched and successfully traded on many major macro and political cycles—India 2014/15, Brazil 2016-18, Argentina 2013-18, and Middle East 2013 and 2017-2019.
Focus areas: Argentina, Brazil, Emerging Markets, Equity Markets, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Financials, Politics, Financial Analysis, Financial Modeling, Forecasting, Early-stage Venture Capital, Excel 365, Microsoft PowerPoint, Venture Capital, Middle East, Startups, Startup Funding, Valuation, Seed Fundraising, Investor Presentations, Capital Raising, Latin America (LATAM), Finance, Financial Services, Alternative Investments, Investment Analysis, Growth Equity, Equity Research Analysis, Real Estate, Stock Market, Policy, Geography
1999 - 2003

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Philosophy

Emory University - Atlanta, GA, USA

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