David Drake is the founder and Chairman of LDJ Capital, a private equity firm in New York City USA, and of its subsidiary, The Soho Loft, an event-driven financial media company that covers education and creation of financial innovation programs for the private company marketplace (PCM).
His investment in The Soho Loft educates start-ups and small & medium-sized enterprises in the areas of capital formation and access through crowdfunding, angel investing, eb5 green card programs, microfinance, venture capital and private equity. His proclivity towards impact investments interleaves directly with the private company marketplace and his TMT investment strategies and family office clients at his holding company LDJ Capital. His network extends across all continents and allows access to financing in the private company marketplace from hedge funds, high net-worth investors, sovereign wealth funds, private equity firms, family offices to institutional pension funds and fund of funds.
This geographical capital market access is in, but not limited to, the US market and London with exceptional relationships and focus supported by regular roadshows to Amsterdam, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bahrain, Zurich, Geneva, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Hong Kong. LDJ Capital is headquartered in New York, with partner offices in Zurich, Stockholm, London, Abu Dhabi and Singapore.
Mr Drake is the founder and former Executive Board member of Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) and the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA) which are the leading global organizations in this space. The nascent crowdfunding phenomena is the largest new financial instrument SMEs and start-ups have ever seen. David was a pioneer and staunch advocate of the USA JOBS Act which President Obama signed into law April 5, 2012. The Securities and Exchange Commission and FINRA works with Mr. Drake through CFIRA to identify best practices in the crowdfunding industry. He was a member of the U.S. Commerce Department’s delegation to Brussels and Rome where he met with european ministers and national legislators at the Transatlantic Economic Council forum of July 2012.
As a thought leader on the JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act) including Reg A+, Reg D 506, Crowdfunding Capital and Onramp IPO, he speaks and writes extensively on these topics all over the USA and globally. He presented on the JOBS Act and Dodd-Frank Act at the Thomson Reuters Conference in Dallas (alongside KKR, Carlyle, Texas Retirement Fund, Deutsche Bank), at the World Entrepreneurship Forum in Lyon, France, and at the Puerto Rico Venture Forum including other 150+ events globally in the last 18 months. He also writes extensively on these topics and has editorials published in leading global industry websites such as: www.forbes.com, www.pehub.com, www.equities.com, www.crowdsourcing.org, www.cfira.org, and www.sme-world.com to name a few.
For charity, Mr. Drake hosted the Harvard Club and Boston Symphony performances at his home and sat on the advisory board of Best Buddies Charity for autistic kids. Mr. Drake has been behind raising money for charities through his participation in producing the Carnegie Hall concert series.
Mr. Drake speaks six languages and holds Bachelor’s Degrees in both Chemistry and Marketing from the American University in Washington, D.C. He has an MBA in Finance and an MA in International Law and Economics from George Washington University where he was awarded the Wallenberg Scholarship for academic merit.