Last updated: 04:01 / Tuesday, 9 November 2021
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Mariano Belinky Joins Motive Partners as Industry Partner

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  • Belinky will focus on originating and diligencing transactions across financial technology, seeking to spot trends ahead of time
  • He will be based primarily in Motive's London offices
  • Prior to joining Motive Partners, Belinky was the Global CEO of Santander Asset Management

The private equity firm Motive Partners, focused on financial technology, has announced the appointment of Mariano Belinky as an Industry Partner. The company has revealed in a press release that he will focus on areas that bring "strategic value" to its investment mandate.

Based primarily in the London offices, Belinky 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.

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". This appointment demonstrates its intent to continue building capabilities to support its platform's mission of outsized returns, focusing on operator and innovator led value creation.

"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", commented Rob Heyvaert, Founder & Managing Partner at Motive Partners. In this sense, through Motive Create and Belinky's appointment, they are seeking to extend their edge, as they "weaponize financial technology ideas" to empower their operations and portfolio companies by embedding these new financial capabilities to transform operations and gain scale. 

Meanwhile, Belinky claimed to be "extremely excited" to join the firm and contribute 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", he added.

Prior to joining Motive Partners, Belinky 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, he co-founded and ran InnoVentures, Santander Group’s $400m fintech-focused global venture capital fund. Belinky has also been a junior partner with McKinsey and Company, where he advised global banks and asset managers across Europe and the Americas, and he was previously part of the research technology team at Bridgewater Associates.

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