Mr. Sorush ‘Shawn’ Abboud has spent over a decade and a half on the institutional side of Wall Street. After coming into his own trading distressed credit situations for Goldman Sachs’ proprietary trading desk in New York City, he was recruited as a senior analyst to Och-Ziff Capital prior to their IPO in 2007. Mr. Abboud would go on to leave Och-Ziff and would eventually start the hedge fund arm at a firm called Fulcrum Capital with another senior analyst from Och-Ziff in January of 2010. His focus was on buying, selling and investing in non-securities, specifically bankruptcy trade claims, litigation claims and bank debt in bankrupt corporate estates across the globe in the years following the 2008 Financial Crisis. Mr. Abboud was Managing Partner at Fulcrum Capital for over 5 years, running the firm’s international practice in Dubai, UAE for over 3 years where he was responsible for managing a team of credit traders focused on trading credit risk in Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe.
Today, Mr. Abboud is a Portfolio Manager at Morgan Stanley where he manages private client capital for high net worth families who have experienced large liquidity events. Mr. Abboud received his Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Mr. Abboud also holds the CFA Charter from the CFA Institute.
Mr. Abboud is extremely active in the local Austin business community as a Mentor / Partner at Capital Factory, Techstars and NextGen Venture Partners. He currently serves as Board Advisor to Austin’s Helping Hand Home for Children (HHH) and has been nominated to serve on the Board of Directors for the Cory Redding Foundation (CRF). Finally, Mr. Abboud guest lectures a class on financial literacy at the University of Texas once a semester within the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation (CSLi).