Following his graduation with honors from Oxford University, Sam Tabar went on to Columbia Law School, where he served as Associate Editor of the Columbia Business Law Review. He joined Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher & Flom LLP, one of the world’s most prestigious law firms, as an Associate shortly after his graduation from Columbia in 2001. While at Skadden, he counseled clients on hedge fund formation and structure, investment management agreements, private placement memoranda, side letters, employment issues, and regulatory and compliance issues. Sam worked at Skadden until 2004, when he left his budding legal career to join the world of high finance at PMA Investment Advisors, a unit of Sparx Group Co. based in Hong Kong.
Tabar joined Sparx Group/PMA Investment Advisors in September 2004 as counsel and was eventually promoted to Managing Director & Co-Head of Business Development. While at PMA Investment Advisers, he worked on and managed all facets of global marketing and investor relations for a $2 billion hedge fund. Additionally, he designed and executed a strategic marketing plan for his firm that targeted institutional investors, large family offices, and ultra high-net-worth clients globally. He also provided the firm with a personal rolodex of over 2000 potential qualified investors and developed over 400 additional investor introductions. Other highlights include assisting the firm raise $1.2 billion in assets under management and working closely with its Founding Partners and CEO on all business-development related matters.
In February 2011, Tabar joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch as its Director and Head of Capital Strategy for the Asia-Pacific region. In that role, he provided the firm’s hedge fund clients with counsel and also targeted and meaningful introductions to institutional investors including endowments, foundations, pensions, funds of funds, and large family offices. He also assisted and managed the entire capital allocations cycle between fund managers and investors. Over the course of his tenure at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Tabar built a supplemental rolodex of over 1,250 institutional investors. Tabar left the firm in September 2012 to serve as the Director of Adanac LLC, BVI. At Adanac, Tabar invested in properties and American start-ups including Thinx and Verboten.
Tabar reentered the legal world in September 2013 when he joined Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP as a Senior Associate catering to hedge funds. While at Schulte Roth & Zabel, he provided counsel on fund formation and structure, investment management agreements, private placement memoranda, side letters, employment issues, and regulatory and compliance issues. He left the firm in March 2014.