Managing Partner at SenaHill Partners, LP
Startupbootcamp FinTech New York Mentor
Justin brings the unique experience of both executive management and investment banking to the Capital Markets, Financial Services, FinTech and Software sectors.
Prior to starting SenaHill, Brownhill was the award-winning founder, CEO and Chairman of The Receivables Exchange (TRE), the first-to-market, real-time online institutional marketplace for the purchase and sale of working capital—a $17 trillion market. Named the most innovative e-commerce company in the world for 2010 by The Wall Street Journal, TRE launched a joint strategic initiative with the NYSE, with investors such as NYSE and Bain Capital. He earned accolades from major news outlets and business organizations, including Institutional Investor (as a “Top 50” financial technology disruptor in 2011 and a “Top 40” innovator in 2010), Business Insider’s “Coolest People in Tech” in NYC, Silicon Alley’s “Top 100” list, Silicon Bayou’s“Top 100” list, the American Business (“Stevie”) Awards, and Ernst & Young as a 2010 finalist for “Entrepreneur of the Year”.
Prior to founding TRE, he was a managing director at Citigroup’s Corporate & Investment Bank, involved with their global electronic trading, market structure, and exchange strategy teams. Before Citigroup, he was on the executive team at Lava Trading as head of all Corporate and Business units – from product management to sales & marketing for its core Sell-side product solution, and was also responsible for founding LavaFX (ECN), ColorPalette (OMS) and its Buy-side (Institutional) trading unit, and was instrumental to its acquisition by Citigroup in 2004.
Justin also began his own strategic advisory firm, JAB Advisors, Inc., and within one year he was hired by many of the leading Financial Technology players:
• Private Equity shops, including Lightyear Capital and TA Associates
• Trading Technology firms, including Capstone, EWT/Madison Tyler, FTEN, Knight Capital, LaBranche, Torc and Title Trading.
Previously, Justin was an investment banker in the Financial Institutions practice at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ), Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) and Salomon Brothers Inc, where he worked on over $100 billion in executed M&A transactions, and participated in many of the largest underwritings on behalf of his clients in the banking, brokerage and financial technology arena. Transactions included:
• Commercial Banks, including Fleet Bank (BoA), Banc One (JP Morgan), Norwest (Wells Fargo), NatCity, NatWest, etc.
• Financial Technology, including Instinet, LaBranche & Co., FirstUSA, Lava Trading, Autranet, etc.
• Investment Banks, including the Goldman Sachs IPO, DLJ sale, E*Trade/TIR, KBW IPO, UBS Securities, etc.
A native of London, Justin received his BCOMM in Financewith distinction from the University of Calgary, Canada. Shortly upon arriving to NYC in 1994, he helped launch an inner-city youth program called Minds Matter of NYC, Inc.
He still enjoys many philanthropic efforts, primarily focused on children and communities in need. He was a former international-level swimmer, and is involved as Director on a number of corporate boards. He has been an active member of the Business Council of New Orleans and the Association of Trade Finance in the Americas (ATFA). He is a member of FinTech Innovation Lab’s Entrepreneurial Network, and currently serves on the Vestry of Grace Church in New York City. Justin lives with his wife and daughter in New York City.
Justin holds series 7, 24, 63 and 79 licenses.