Because of the popularity of startups around the world, people everywhere now seem to know about venture capitalists. Called VC’s for short, these financial individuals are sometimes known as angel investors as well. However, while VC’s get a lot of attention, it seems that another kind of individual does not: the investment banker.
Who is an investment banker? Firstly, they have been around far longer than VC’s and have also fostered important trade relationships in that time. They can be of great help to those looking to raise money, especially entrepreneurs. But again, what exactly is an investment banker?
An investment banker is someone who helps companies or governments raise funds by selling financial assets on the market. This often includes the issuing of securities. They also provide fundraising for capital markets such as debt or equity. Perhaps more importantly they also offer advising and consulting services for strategic mergers, acquisitions, and other kinds of important financial actions on behalf of a company, organization, or individual.
A great investment banker can help companies decide where and how to raise their money. They also prepare important documents and prevent misunderstandings that can be costly. They follow regulations to ensure compliance as well. But aside from the financial benefits, investment bankers help people in a larger sense of the word. They can create situations that allow people with difficult circumstances to rise above them and create success.
One such example of an investment banker who uses his intellgience and financial resources to help people is Martin Lustgarten. Lustgarten is a dual national of Austria and Venezuela.
For example, Lustgarten has used his purchase order financing company to help those in certain areas who are having difficulties gaining access to global trade. He allowed them to engage in American trade by providing U.S. dollars in a location that was difficult to come by them in Venezuela.