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ANIF announces the appointment of Michael Thompson to its Investment Committee

28/12/2020

We are excited to announce that Michael Thompson will join the Investment Committee of the Armenian National Interests Fund (ANIF), effective today.

Michael is a highly successful veteran hedge fund manager. He is a co-founding member of Reinvent Capital, a technology-focused investment firm and its private investment fund. Michael is also CEO, CFO and Director of Reinvent Technology Partners and Reinvent Technology Partners Z, which are both NYSE-listed blank check companies seeking to invest in private technology companies.

In 2009, Michael founded BHR Capital, a New York-based hedge fund that grew to approximately USD 2 bn in total assets. He served as BHR Capital’s managing partner and portfolio manager through its closure in 2016. Michael has also made dozens of private investments since early 2010s, has experience as a board member and regularly advises leading companies on business and financial matters.

Chief Executive Officer of ANIF David Papazian commented: “I am very excited to have such a respected professional as Michael Thompson joining our team. His vast experience and knowledge of markets will open a new set of opportunities for ANIF, especially in North America, and all of us have the opportunity to learn from his vast experience.”

President of the Investment Committee of ANIF, Khaled Helioui added: “I have had the opportunity to co-invest with Michael a number of times & have been struck by the integrity of his thinking, his deep operational takes rooted in concrete experience supporting portfolio companies, his acute understanding & read of financial markets & his ingenuity in financial structuring. As we initiated the building of ANIF’s Investment Committee he quickly came to mind as an obvious world class contributor that will not only help us in reviewing prospect investments but also in supporting portfolio companies & daring us to be bold as we support the rebuilding of the economy.”

Michael Thompson commented: “I have been following the developments in Armenia since the velvet revolution in 2018, a country which presents unique economic opportunities with a clear intent on self determination. When David and Khaled asked for my support I could not pass on lending my experience & network to support driven entrepreneurs build the economy that can support their country’s aspirations.”

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