Mr. Rabin is Principal and Co-Founder of Artvest Partners LLC, an art advisory firm that counsels private clients, museums, foundations, and Fortune 500 companies on valuations, market projections, acquisitions, dispositions, and business strategies related to art. Additionally, Artvest arranges art financing for private collectors and dealers.
Since its founding in 2009, Artvest has guided clients from around the globe on projects in the billions of dollars. In 2013, while consulting for Citibank’s Equity Research Group, Mr. Rabin and Artvest concluded a groundbreaking, thirteen-year analysis of Sotheby’s that quickly led to activist investors taking sizeable positions in the company. In 2014, Artvest was retained by the Detroit Institute of Arts and the City of Detroit to provide a valuation analysis of the entire collection and to then further serve as an Expert Witness in the City’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy trial.
In 2013, Mr. Rabin and Co-Founder of Artvest, Michael Plummer, acquired an art fair held annually in May at the historic Park Avenue Armory and rebranded it Spring Masters New York. Bringing together sixty-five leading dealers across collecting categories and from around the world, the fair introduced a radical new hexagonal floor plan designed by architect Rafael Viñoly—the first of its kind in the art industry and a dramatic transformation for art fair programming in New York. Mr. Rabin is Co-Director of the fair.
Mr. Rabin continues to be one of the leading speakers in the art industry and has lectured at New York University, Christie’s Education, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and The MoneyShow San Francisco and has been featured on FOX Business News and CNBC Asia. Additionally, his observations on the art market are frequently quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Barron’s, the Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, The Washington Post, and The Art Newspaper, among others.
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 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 much 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.
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