Daniel G. Cohen is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cohen & Company Inc. and of the board of managers of Cohen & Company’s majority owned subsidiary, Cohen & Company LLC. Mr. Cohen is Chief Investment Officer of Cohen & Company’s Asset Management Business, and is President, a director and the Chief Investment Officer of Cohen & Company’s indirect majority owned subsidiary, Cohen & Company Financial Limited. Mr. Cohen also currently serves as Executive Chairman of The Bancorp, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of FinTech Acquisition Corp II. In these capacities, Mr. Cohen has overseen the financing, acquisition and placement of billions of dollars of ABS, commercial mortgage-backed securities, corporate and financial technology related assets. Mr. Cohen is a member of the Academy of the University of Pennsylvania, a member of the Visiting Committees for the Humanities of the University of Chicago, and a member of the board for the Paris Center of Columbia University. Mr. Cohen is also the Chairman of the Board of the Paideia Institute, which promotes classical studies, and a Trustee of the Arete Foundation. Mr. Cohen holds a B.A. in East Asian History from University of Chicago.
Andrew K. Davilman serves as Chief Operating Officer of Cohen & Company’s Asset Management business and is a Managing Director, Sales and Special Projects with J.V.B. Financial Group, LLC, Cohen & Company’s broker-dealer subsidiary. Mr. Davilman spent 16 years at Goldman, Sachs & Co. (“Goldman Sachs”) in a variety of positions. As a Managing Director, from 2006 to 2010, Mr. Davilman founded and co-ran the Structured Credit Sales desk. Prior to that, Mr. Davilman worked in institutional mortgage sales from 1998 to 2006. From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Davilman traded mortgage-backed security derivatives including, inverse floaters, inverse IOs, IOs and POs, and CMO residuals. Before joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Davilman traded mortgage-backed security derivatives at Lehman Brothers from 1989 to 1994. Mr. Davilman has expertise in credit default swaps, collateralized debt obligations and collateralized loan obligations, as well as other derivatives and cash instruments typically traded across the fixed income universe. Mr. Davilman holds an A.B. in Religion from Dartmouth College and holds an M.B.A from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Plamen Mitrikov is a Managing Director, Head of Business Development and Structured Credit Asset Management at Cohen & Company. Prior to re-joining Cohen & Company, Mr. Mitrikov was a deal leader in Morgan Stanley’s New Issue CLO group and was responsible for all aspects of CLO structuring and execution. Mr. Mitrikov specialized in bringing to market newer CLO management platforms, and was also actively involved in analyzing and marketing CLO equity. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Mr. Mitrikov served as Co-Head of the ABS and Special Situations group at Cohen & Company, where he was responsible for new issue securitizations and secondary trading of trust preferred and ABS collateralized debt obligations. From April 2003 to February 2006, Mr. Mitrikov held various positions, including that of Vice President and Director, in the structured credit products group at Merrill Lynch, specializing in the origination and execution of trust preferred and ABS collateralized debt obligations. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Mitrikov worked in structured credit at Credit Suisse First Boston. Mr. Mitrikov holds an M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Columbia University and a B.A in Economics and Physics from Franklin and Marshall College.
John Butler is a Managing Director and Head of Cohen & Company’s U.S. Insurance Asset Management Platform and Global ILS Program. For the last five years Mr. Butler worked for Twelve Capital, a European asset manager specializing in investment in the insurance sector, where he served in various senior roles including Managing Partner & Head of Investment Management. In these roles, Mr. Butler oversaw the investment of $4 billion principally in fixed income and insurance linked securities. Prior to this, Mr. Butler worked as Senior Underwriter managing the International Catastrophe and Terrorism reinsurance portfolios of Hannover Re Bermuda, where he was responsible for managing the company’s position as a lead reinsurer particularly in European and Asia-Pacific markets. Prior to this, Mr. Butler spent seven years with the White Mountains Insurance Group, both in Dublin and Bermuda, managing the underwriting of the international non-marine treaty portfolio. Earlier in his career, Mr. Butler worked for entities in the London reinsurance market, underwriting a broad range of business lines. Mr. Butler holds an honors degree in Law from the University of London, is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute of the UK, a member of the Insurance Institute of Ireland and is qualified as a Chartered Insurer.
Paul Vernhes is a Managing Director and Responsible in France for Cohen & Company Financial Limited, Cohen & Company, LLC’s wholly-owned U.K. subsidiary, and is President of Cohen & Compagnie SAS. He has 23 years of insurance related experience. Mr. Vernhes has been with Cohen & Company since 2005 and is responsible for the insurance credit analysis for the Dekania Europe and the PriDe programmes. Mr. Vernhes also served as Chief Financial Officer of Dekania Corp., a publicly held business combination company established by Cohen & Company, LLC, focused on acquiring businesses that operate within the insurance industry, from February 2006 until March 2009. From January 2004 to April 2005, Mr. Vernhes was the Chief Financial Officer of Corifrance, the French reinsurance subsidiary of Markel Corp. Prior to and in addition to his role as Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Vernhes served as a treaty and facultative reinsurance underwriter for Corifrance in Europe and Latin America. Previously, Mr. Vernhes served as a strategy and management consultant to the insurance industry at A.T. Kearney and Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group. Mr. Vernhes is a graduate of the Ecole de Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) and holds a M.Sc. in Finance from the London School of Economics.
Amédée de Clermont-Tonnerre is a Director of the French branch of Cohen & Company Financial Limited, Cohen & Company, LLC’s wholly-owned U.K. subsidiary. Mr. de Clermont-Tonnerre who joined Cohen & Company Financial Limited in February 2011, has 17 years of experience in Debt Capital Markets and 9 years of experience in Asset Management. Mr. de Clermont-Tonnerre joined Natixis Asset Management in 2005 as Head of Structured Credit Investments. From 2009 until he joined Cohen & Company Financial Limited, Mr. de Clermont-Tonnerre was in charge of a EUR 4 billion Credit and Structured Credit legacy book. Prior to that, Mr. de Clermont-Tonnerre worked at CDC Ixis Capital Markets, first as Head of Fixed Income Risk Management and then as Senior Credit Risk Manager. Mr. de Clermont-Tonnerre began his career in 1997 at the French bank Credit Industriel et Commercial where he first worked in front office risk management and then became an Interest Rate Derivative Proprietary Trader. Mr. de Clermont-Tonnerre is a certified Actuary from EURIA (Euro Institute of Actuary).
Solomon Cohen is Portfolio Manager for the Vellar Opportunities Funds which invest in SPAC equity. Previously, Mr. Cohen held internship positions at Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. in the investment bank’s equity capital markets division for several periods from March 2014 to September 2015. At Cantor, Mr. Cohen participated in the firm’s leading SPAC market initiative where he worked on the banking teams for more than ten SPAC IPOs and six SPAC acquisitions. Mr. Cohen has also held an internship position at GreensLedge, a structured finance boutique advisory firm in New York City from May to September 2016. At GreensLedge, Mr. Cohen worked in credit facilities, warehouse financing and CLO structuring and advisory. Mr. Cohen is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Economic History at the University of Edinburgh. Mr. Cohen is also the Co-Founder of Unlock, LLC (NV) which operates a travel agency and tour operator in the United States.