OUR PHILOSOPHY

The only thing
that is constant
is change

Heraclitus (500 BC)

Technology and innovation are constantly changing the world. It has been demonstrated time and time again that whole industries are being reshaped when a breakthrough innovation is introduced. Crypto assets and blockchain are such an innovation.

Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are

Franklin D. Roosevelt

While the financial industry is undergoing a tectonic shift, we believe that there are principles for financial services firms which are universal. These principles are integrity, intellectual and analytical rigour, uncompromising commitment to clients’ needs, and strict adherence to the best practices and the highest ethical standards. Intelligent regulation should enforce these principles, but responsible financial service players also adhere to them in unregulated environments.

NKB believes that the financial industry needs to embrace and integrate both new technology and the principles of traditional finance

Our firm

NKB operates as a full-service investment bank focused on blockchain technology. We are a one-stop solution for our clients - opening the new world of crypto assets and delivering it via the best practices of traditional finance.

To deliver this, NKB’s team blends the core DNA of successful innovative technology experts and seasoned investment bankers.

Our ambition is to be the trusted partner of choice for our clients, helping them to navigate through the uncertainty and capture the opportunity that crypto assets and blockchain technology represent.

Team

CHRIS BAXTER

Founder/Chief Executive Officer
Chris has more than 30 years of investment banking and investment management experience. Chris has more than 30 years of investment banking and investment management experience. He has held senior management positions at leading international institutions for over 15 years, including: Head of Investment Banking and CEO of Principal Investments at Renaissance Capital, an emerging markets investment bank; and Head of the eastern hemisphere Energy and Power sector team in Merrill Lynch, London. Chris is also a long term member of the Supervisory Board of an emerging market venture capital firm Buran VC. Chris graduated in engineering from Imperial College and received a number of awards for his outstanding academic results including an honorary Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).

BORIS ZELENY

Founder/Chairman
Boris is a serial entrepreneur and investor, active in the technology space for more than 20 years.Boris is a serial entrepreneur and investor, active in the technology space for more than 20 years. He was a core investor and a key member of the team behind the success of AVG, a central European company which developed into one of the global leaders in cyber security. He is a member of several investment committees and holds Board positions in numerous technology companies. Boris is also active in philanthropy and is the founder and Chairman of the non-profit organization Green Foundation.

CARNEGIE SMYTH

Non-executive Director
Carnegie is a CEO of Signia Wealth, a London-based wealth management firm. Carnegie is a CEO of Signia Wealth, a London-based wealth management firm. His areas of expertise include investment management, hedge funds and opportunistic investments in private equity. He previously advised ultra-high net worth individuals, sports and media clients on tax and corporate advisory issues.

ROBERT COHEN

Non-executive Chairman of Principal Investment
Robert has 25 years of experience in investment management and investment banking. Robert has 25 years of experience in investment management and investment banking. He is the Managing Partner of Benson Oak, a highly successful central European investment firm which he joined in 1996. Robert served on the Boards of several investee companies, including AVG, one of the global leaders in cyber security, where he handled strategic financing issues for the company and executed its first corporate acquisitions. He has previously managed Benson Oak’s corporate finance advisory business with a broad range of responsibilities including leading M&A advisory, private-equity financings, domestic and international capital market fund-raising and general management advisory.

MARINA TITOVA

Head of ICO Advisory
Before joining NKB Group as Head of ICO Advisory, Marina led some of the high profile ICOs in the US, such as Blockchain Capital, Storj, Civic and doc.aiBefore joining NKB Group as Head of ICO Advisory, Marina led some of the high profile ICOs in the US, such as Blockchain Capital, Storj, Civic and doc.ai. Prior to moving to digital finance and token-based capital markets, she was an investment banker for over 7 years with Morgan Stanley and Nomura in London, where she has raised billions of dollars for clients in traditional capital markets across IPOs, follow-on offerings and M&A transactions.

BEN SEBLEY

Head of Brokerage
Before joining NKB Group as Head of Brokerage, Ben was a top-ranked senior sales trader covering emerging market equities at Credit Suisse.Before joining NKB Group as Head of Brokerage, Ben was a top-ranked senior sales trader covering emerging market equities at Credit Suisse. He directly covered some of the largest global financial institutions and brings a wealth of experience from the space. Prior to that, he served as an officer in the British Army. Ben graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Business Management.

EDWARD FRICKER

Chief Investment Officer of Wealth and Asset Management
Edward Fricker has been mining and trading digital assets since 2011. He has an MBA from the University of Oxford and a Law degree from the University of Queensland...Edward Fricker has been mining and trading digital assets since 2011. He has an MBA from the University of Oxford and a Law degree from the University of Queensland, passing the New York Bar exam. Edward was a founding partner of Babbage Capital, a London-based FCA-approved crypto fund advisor and asset manager. He previously worked in the cybersecurity field, as a director and member of US security firm MedSec, and in digital assets at Zynga where he managed the economy and pricing of digital assets and currencies. Edward is a prominent member of multiple early adopter and trader networks in the cryptocurrency space.

CHARLIE FORREST

Portfolio Manager of Wealth and Asset Management
Charlie has a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering and is a Chartered Engineer. He served in the British Army before moving into Institutional Asset Management in London.Charlie has a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering and is a Chartered Engineer. He served in the British Army before moving into Institutional Asset Management in London. Graduating his Investment Analyst intake he went on to work directly for the Head of Investment structuring new fund products. Having managed cryptocurrency portfolios since 2013, Charlie interned in frontier market merchant banks before completing an MBA at the University of Oxford and launching Babbage Capital.

MIROSLAV SKOVAJSA

Head of Principal Investment
Miro’s experience spans across investment banking, investment management and entrepreneurship. Miro’s experience spans across investment banking, investment management and entrepreneurship. He spent 10 years in JP Morgan in New York in Credit Strategy as a Research Analyst in the #1 ranked team in High Grade Strategy and Credit Derivatives. He later served as a COO and CFO of a health-tech start-up before moving to an investment management role as a Director in a family office in Slovakia. Miro has a degree in Computer Science from Amherst College.

MARINA ALEKSEENKOVA

Research Partner
Marina has a strong background in investment research, covering a wide universe of industries with a focus on emerging markets.Marina has a strong background in investment research, covering a wide universe of industries with a focus on emerging markets. For several years she was ranked among the top Chemicals and Industrials analysts in EMEA. Her experience also includes investment management and equity capital markets roles. She worked for Renaissance Capital before founding an independent research firm Hypothesis Research in London, in which she has focused on crypto-assets.

MIROSLAV PIKUS

Chief Technology Officer
Miro has a rich experience in working in IT for over two decades. He started in the 90s as a part of the emerging community focused on the internet technologies and later moved into corporate roles. Miro has a rich experience in working in IT for over two decades. He started in the 90s as a part of the emerging community focused on the internet technologies and later moved into corporate roles. He developed his specific expertise at leading technology companies including ESET, Deutsche Telekom and Sun Microsystems. He writes regularly about IT trends and innovation, including blockchain technology.

LUKAS HARUSTIAK

Chief Operating Officer
Lukas has 10 years of experience in investment banking and investment management.Lukas has 10 years of experience in investment banking and investment management. His most recent role was the Head of Corporate Finance at MODE, an emerging markets FinTech company. Prior to that, he held a position of Investment Director at Valiance, a London-based investment firm focused on growth capital. Lukas spent several years in M&A and capital structure advisory with RBS/ABN Amro in London. He graduated with Félicitations du Jury from ESCP Europe in Paris.

DAVID SCHERHAUFER

Chief Financial Officer
David has an extensive experience in finance, spending more than a decade at finance director roles of various companies.David has an extensive experience in finance, spending more than a decade at finance director roles of various companies. He currently serves as the CFO of a family office in Slovakia. He has previously held the positions of Finance Director and Group Controller at Araver, a Slovak car retailer, and Finance and Operations Director at Olympus in Slovakia and Hungary. David has started his career in audit at KPMG.

RADOSLAV TOTH

General Counsel
Radoslav has pursued a career in law with a focus on compliance and international transactions. Radoslav has pursued a career in law with a focus on compliance and international transactions. In his practice he has developed a particular expertise in AML requirements and regulation. Radoslav studied law at Comenius University in Bratislava and London School of Economics. He is also a former Vice-Chairman of the Slovak Competition Authority.

KATE COOPER

Group Compliance
Prior to joining NKB, Kate was a founding member of Signia Wealth where she aided in the setup of the businessesPrior to joining NKB, Kate was a founding member of Signia Wealth where she aided in the setup of the businesses while establishing a robust Compliance framework as Chief Compliance Officer. Before Signia, Kate worked at HSBC Private Bank, as Head of Client Services in the UK where her focus was to ensure successful outcomes for clients with a continued world-class service. Prior to 2010, Kate started her career in the UK as an Analyst at JPMorgan Private Bank for 6 years in the UK UHNW team and then joined Coutts in the newly formed Private Office servicing UHNW clients.

MICHAL BLAHA

Marketing Partner
Michal's areas of experience range from brand development & management to consumer insights & behaviour as well as strategic consultancy.Michal's areas of experience range from brand development & management to consumer insights & behaviour as well as strategic consultancy. He has been providing marketing and communication services for many successful clients for the past 25 years.

SAM SHRAGER

Digital Marketing
With over 20 years of experience, Sam has an extensive knowledge of digital marketing and communicationsWith over 20 years of experience, Sam has an extensive knowledge of digital marketing and communications blended with a good grounding in the more traditional media of newspapers, radio and outdoor, from her roles at Associated Newspapers and Clear Channel Communications. More recently she has managed digital projects for companies in the oil and energy sector, as well as brand building and development for a global content and cryptocurrency app.