Life and work experiences have given Pascal an unmatched vantage point, seeing things as both venture capitalist and aspiring entrepreneur. He currently is a Venture Partner with Santander Innoventures – Santander Group’s Global Fintech fund. Previously he was General Partner with Route 66 Ventures where he built the firm’s venture arm into a top 20 global fintech investor. Pascal puts his experience to work managing early and late stage equity investments (VC/PE). This perspective and his knowledge of banking, financial services and software services have made Pascal a true innovator in the VC arena. His current focus is on emerging and high-growth FinServ and FinTech companies in consensus ledger technology (his term for blockchain and distributed ledger technology), banking as a platform, insurance, and AI applied to the financial services industry in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
Pascal launched his career as a commercial banker for Europe’s Banque Paribas, in Paris. During the late 1980s, he moved to managing investments at Dai Ichi Kangyo Bank, the world’s largest commercial bank based in Tokyo. Here, he built a diverse, $500+ million portfolio in senior, subordinated loans, and equity investments. Pascal moved to the U.S. in 1990, where he cemented his passion for operating early stage ventures and investing.
More on his background:
Pascal has served as CFO for the Dante Group, an EAS (Enterprise Application Software) company, and, VP Finance/Business Development for International Language Engineering, Inc. (ILE). He has also co-owned and operated a chain of Washington-based gourmet food stores that employed over 250 people, serving both as CFO and COO. Most recently, he was CIO for The American Home, a provider of single-family residences for rent.
Born and raised in Paris, Pascal still has roots in France’s peaceful Burgundy countryside, where he appreciates both the wine and views from his family home. Married with two daughters, Pascal is an avid moviegoer, or when the mood suits him, watching test rugby and playing online speed chess.
Pascal calls the world his workplace as he continues to grow and advance new opportunities in the FinTech market.