General Investing >> Money Manager Interviews >> July 13, 2018
Providing Exposure to the Cannabis Sector
Samuel Masucci is Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Exchange Traded Managers Group, LLC. Mr. Masucci has more than 25 years’ experience in investment banking, structured product development, sales and trading. In the last five years, he founded ETF Managers Group — ETFMG — to revolutionize the exchange-traded fund marketplace. Mr. Masucci’s leadership has already led to the successful launch of 14 funds and $4 billion in assets. His unique approach to the ETF go-to-market process and post-launch management is setting the bar in this quickly evolving industry. Prior to ETFMG, he has held senior positions at Bear Stearns, UBS, SBC Warburg and Merrill Lynch, and has a proven track record of creating, building and managing businesses for the issuance, sales and trading of: ETFs, index products, commodity products, hedge funds, ABS and OTC structured products in the U.S. and Europe. He has significant experience in asset management product sales to institutional investors, including pension funds, consultants, insurance companies and hedge funds as well as to broker/dealer networks and RIAs. Profile
Jason Wilson is ETF Managers Group, LLC’s Cannabis Banking and Research Expert and Partner of ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (NYSEARCA:MJ). Jason Wilson has held leadership and senior positions at several leading financial institutions. Most recently, Mr. Wilson was Senior Vice President at INFOR Financial Inc. INFOR is a leading boutique investment bank based in Toronto, Canada, that has worked in connection with a number of companies in the legal cannabis industry, including acting as adviser to Canopy Growth Corporation in connection with entering into its strategic relationship with Constellation Brands. Mr. Wilson has also worked at the investment banking divisions of Societe Generale, France’s third-largest bank, and at CIBC, one of the five-largest banks in Canada. While at Societe Generale and CIBC, Mr. Wilson provided asset managers and financial institutions with various capital raising, financing and risk mitigation solutions and strategies. Mr. Wilson has an LLB from the University of Western Ontario. Prior to completing his university studies, Mr. Wilson was a member of the Canadian Forces and is a recipient of the Gulf of Kuwait Medal, awarded for his engagement in direct combat during the Gulf War in 1991. Profile
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TWST: Can you first describe your firm and generally how it operates in regard to ETFs?
Mr. Masucci: ETF Managers Group issues, operates and