Mr. Rabin is Principal and co-Founder of Artvest Partners, a firm that offers investment advice for the art market, including custom strategies for acquiring and selling, financing, protecting art wealth and passing it on to future generations.
Prior to co-founding Artvest Partners LLC, Mr. Rabin was Vice President of Financial Services at Christie’s, where he was jointly responsible for the structuring and development of an opportunistic art fund. The fund, designed as a private equity offering, was the first to be developed by a major auction house in partnership with a leading investment bank. Its strategy incorporated an investment mandate across all sectors of the global art market, strict risk control, calculated portfolio diversification, active management, open architecture and strict governance guidelines.
Mr. Rabin began his career as an Investment Banking analyst at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. in the Financial Institutions Group and then spent most of his career in the investment management business. At Barclays Global Investors (BGI), now part of BlackRock, Inc., Mr. Rabin ran global trading for the then USD 400 billion asset manager. In 1997, he left BGI to join the hedge fund side of the industry, which ultimately led to the creation of his own firm, Rebus Capital LLC.
Mr. Rabin has extensive knowledge and experience in securities markets. He has been both Manager and Head of Trading for buy-side equity/equity derivative firms and has been responsible for worldwide trading strategy and execution across 42 markets and 15 futures exchanges. In addition, he was the driving force behind the development of systems, practices and procedures to support and enhance these businesses.
Mr. Rabin is an avid collector of fine wine and as such was featured in the Wine Spectator. The pursuit of this passion led him to Christie’s as a Wine Specialist & Business Manager in 2005, prior to joining the Financial Services Division. Throughout this time, Mr. Rabin was a sought-after charity auctioneer.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Economics, Mr. Rabin also holds an Advanced Certificate with merit from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. He is on the Board of Rite of Summer Music Festival and is a Founder and Director of the Art Investment Council, a non-profit organization that promotes a greater understanding of art as an asset class by encouraging transparency, best practices, education and consistency of terminology and reporting. He lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.
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