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John joined Matthews South in December, 2014. Prior to Matthews South, John completed his Masters and Bachelors degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University with a focus in software and photonics. During his time at Stanford, John worked in multiple research groups, including STAR Lab in Stanford’s Electrical Engineering department, Stanford’s Applied Physics department and the Remote Sensing Group at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.
Co-Founder & CFO
Prior to founding Matthews South, Kevin was a Vice President in the Structured Equity Group at Goldman Sachs. At Goldman, Kevin worked with clients to buy back stock and raise capital through equity-linked securities. In 2011, Kevin relocated to Goldman’s San Francisco office to focus on advising west coast clients. Kevin graduated from Wharton with a B.S. in Economics.
Founder & CEO
Vijay founded Matthews South with a mission of leveraging technology to increase transparency in the capital markets, deliver powerful analytics and help clients have greater control over their capital markets transactions. Prior to founding Matthews South, Vijay was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and head of its Structured Equity Group and West Region Equity Capital Markets. During his 17 years at Goldman, Vijay was a member of the Technology, Investment Banking, Equity Capital Markets and Structured Equity groups. Vijay graduated from Harvard with an A.B. in Government.
Chip joined Matthews South in November 2018. Prior to joining Matthews South, Chip was a Managing Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for 16 years and was the head of the BAML’s Share Repurchase Desk responsible for advising U.S Corporates across all industries regarding open market repurchases, structured repurchases and capital structure. Chip graduated from St. Mary’s College with an B.A. in Business Administration with a focus in Economics.
Client Advisor & Business Development
Bryan joined Matthews South in May, 2017. Before joining Matthews South, Bryan was a Vice President in the Structured Equity Group at Goldman Sachs for 10 years. At Goldman, Bryan ran the advisory and execution efforts of equity derivatives and convertible bonds within the Consumer / Retail, Financial Institution and Real Estate sectors. Bryan graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S.E. in Aerospace Engineering.
Client Advisor & Head of Healthcare
Brian joined Matthews South in July 2021. Before joining Matthews South, Brian was a Managing Director and the Head of Healthcare Capital Markets at Evercore. At Evercore, Brian focused on the origination and execution of healthcare initial public offerings, secondary offerings and select private placements. Prior to Evercore, Brian led the Global Healthcare Capital Markets efforts at the New York Stock Exchange, with a primary focus on IPOs. Prior to the NYSE, Brian worked on the Healthcare Equity Capital Markets desk at J.P. Morgan, spending time both in New York City and San Francisco. Brian has executed more than 200 transactions, totaling over $40bn for healthcare issuers. Brian graduated with a B.S. in Business Economics from Brown University.
Client Advisor & Product Manager
Jared joined Matthews South in January, 2016. Before Matthews South, Jared was a Vice President in the Structured Equity Group at Goldman Sachs for 9 years. Prior to Goldman, Jared was a financing attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Jared graduated from Princeton with a B.S. in Computer Science, and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Jake joined Matthews South in March 2021. Before joining Matthews South, Jake was an Associate in Equity Capital Markets at Barclays for 3 years. At Barclays, Jake helped lead the advisory and execution efforts of equity derivatives, convertible securities, and share repurchases within the Power & Utilities, Healthcare, and Consumer Retail sectors. Jake graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Financial Mathematics and Economics. He is also a CFA charterholder.
Co-Founder & Senior Advisor
Before founding Matthews South, Vahagn was a Managing Director of Volatility Strategies at Goldman Sachs. During his 10 years at Goldman, Vahagn worked on modeling and risk management tools for share repurchase, convertible bonds and other derivative products for the Securities Division. Prior to Goldman, Vahagn was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Northwestern University and a Tamarkin Assistant Professor at Brown University. Vahagn graduated from the University of Illinois with a Ph.D in Mathematics.
Sheng joined Matthews South in February, 2015. Before Matthews South, Sheng worked at Goldman Sachs for 5 years in the Securities Division. At Goldman, Sheng helped build and improve financial models that priced and measured the risk of equities, fixed income, currency and commodities. Prior to Goldman, Sheng was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago for 3 years. Sheng graduated from Columbia University with a Ph.D in Physics.
Kristina (Blazanovic) Woodhouse
Kristina joined Matthews South in September 2020. Before joining Matthews South, Kristina was a Vice President in the Equity Linked & Hybrid Solutions Group at Barclays for 7 years. At Barclays, Kristina led the advisory, structuring and execution efforts of equity derivatives, convertible bonds, and share repurchases within the Healthcare, Industrials and Consumer Retail sectors. Originally from Bosnia, Kristina moved to the United States to attend the United World College and subsequently Dartmouth and Colby College. Kristina holds a M.S. and B.E. in Biochemical Engineering from Dartmouth College and a B.A. in Chemistry/Biochemistry from Colby College.