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September 2017


Meet Felix Recht

Associate Partner

This month, Transom welcomes   Felix Recht as Associate Partner. In this role, Felix will assist clients with strategy development, M&A, and operational transformation.

Felix’s industry experience spans semiconductors, industrial goods, banking and healthcare technology, consumer luxury goods, and agricultural processing.
Previously, Felix worked as an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company and as a manager at Transphorm, a power electronics start-up company backed by Google Venture, Soros, and others.

Felix holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from RWTH Aachen University, as well as a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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How the Insurance Industry Can Push Us to Prepare for Climate Change

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Florida’s Private Flood Insurers Could Face Big Test from Hurrican Irma

September 6, 2017

Hurricane Irma could test a nascent private flood insurance market in Florida that some advocates say is a model for making U.S. flood coverage more affordable and commonplace in high-risk areas… more »

Banking, Lending & Payments

‘Too Big to Fail’ Label May Shrink for Firms Under Trump

September 4, 2017

The Trump administration is examining the labeling of large non-bank financial institutions as “too big to fail,” with a closely anticipated Treasury Department report on the initiative expected next month… more »

Fintech Firm Square Seeks to Establish Bank

September 6, 2017

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Asset Management

SEC Chief says Cyber-Crime Risks are Substantial and Systemic

September 5, 2017

Regulators must do more to help mom-and-pop investors better understand the potential risks posed by cyber crime and new technologies used to commit fraud, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton said on Tuesday… more »

A Decade After Crisis, Investors Have Stopped Hunting for Black Swans

September 5, 2017

In the wake of the global financial crisis, fear of such “black-swan” events drove some investors into hedge funds that offered protection should markets plunge. But the swans have yet to return, and such strategies have fallen out of favor…. more »

Private Equity

Private Equity Returns Can Be Replicated With Public Shares

August 24, 2017

It is hard for individual investors to match the returns achieved by private-equity funds. But what if their success in outperforming the public markets could be tracked and replicated? A few pioneering firms claim to have done it… more »

Bridgewater’s Ray Dalio Dives Deeper into the Principles of Tough Love

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Tech, Media & Telecom