Grasshopper Bank Launches with Seasoned Leadership Team

Grasshopper Bank, a newly chartered national bank, has completed its private placement offering and the receipt of all final regulatory approvals for the bank to open for business.

The company raised approximately $116.2 million in its private placement offering, which followed an earlier seed round offering in which it raised $15 million in connection with the organization of the bank. At a combined capital raise of more than $131 million, this is believed to be the largest capital raise for a start-up bank in the U.S.

“With the approval of our national charter, Grasshopper is poised to deliver banking services custom-designed for today’s entrepreneurial companies and their venture capital backers,” said Judith Erwin, CEO of Grasshopper Bank.

Grasshopper Bank CFO Sangeeta Kishore is former executive vice president and CFO of Metropolitan Commercial Bank. Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder Minerva Tantoco has held senior positions at UBS, Merrill Lynch and Fannie Mae and has served as the first chief technology officer of the City of New York. Albert Sun, chief credit officer, was most recently the CCO for East West Bank. Chief Risk Officer Sally Myers, has extensive CRO experience, most recently with Plaza Bank. Gary Blumenthal, COO, has held senior positions at UBS and Morgan Stanley.

Lead investors in the company’s private placement offering included Patriot Financial Partners III, funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Endeavour Capital Advisors, funds managed and advised by FJ Capital Management and Hamilton Lane Advisors, on behalf of New York State Common Retirement Fund.

Burch to Lead Huntington New Medical Practices Unit

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