Patrick Tracey

Senior Vice President, Business Development


Bringing 35+ years investor relations experience to non-exchange listed companies, funding portals, and private entities of all types.

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Patrick, located in our Hauppauge and New York offices, is responsible for the business development for Computershare’s private markets group. This includes non-exchange listed companies, crowdfunding portal relationships, privately held financial institutions and private entities of all types. In addition, Pat has worked with several hundred mutual insurance and thrift institutions with their demutualization, special and annual meetings, mutual holding company formation and related transactions. He has also done business development work for transfer agent, proxy solicitation, corporate actions, stock plans and related programs for large cap and mid cap public companies

Before joining Computershare in 2000, Patrick spent 17 years with the predecessor companies of BNY Mellon Shareowner Services in a variety of relationship management and business development capacities.

Patrick is the Immediate Past President for the New York Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI). He is also a member of the Crowdunding Professional Association (CfPA) , Society of Corporate Secretaries & Corporate Governance Professionals, the Shareholder Services Association, and the Securities Transfer Association.

Patrick manages the internship program for NIRI NY’s partnership with Tuesday’s Children, the official 9/11 family victim charity. This program places member students in paid internships in investor relations and corporate communication departments in the Tri-State area. Patrick also mentors DePaul University (Chicago) students through the alumni mentorship program, and has given lectures on governance and IR topics at the Graduate Schools of Business at Fordham, NYU and CUNY-Baruch College. Patrick is on the advisory committee for Investor Relations program at the Gabelli Graduate School of Business at Fordham University. 

Patrick earned a bachelor’s degree from New York University’s College of Business and Public Administration.

4/7/2017 9:14:43 PM,
Patrick Tracey replied:

Official answer = I don't know.  A best guess?  Have to look at this in a few ways.   Large corporate banks like BNY, JPM and the like are already embracing crowdfunding and other related Fintech startups in many ways.  One way is to sponsor young entities. I attended an event hosted by Barclays accelerator - where Barclays helps nurture startups with office space and mentoring. In a perfect world - banks that sponsor young companies that have a chance to grow into micro caps, and rise up to be the next Unicorn and IPO and go forward.  Think of it like the "NBA Development League" of of prospective growing companies who could - as they grow - have an ongoing relationship with the large bank and with each succeeding year potentially consume more and more banking services.

With regard to Equity Crowdfunding  - I would think the large banks would continue to push issuers to pursue an IPO than say a JOBS Act / Reg A transaction.  I see the large banks being a "me too" entrant into the equity crowdfunding space.   Can they make enough money working on a small capital raise - unless there is a large ongoing dealflow?  Hard to say.  There are many niche players who are working in the Equity Crowdfunding space, as well as equity crowdfunding portals, some of whom have broker dealer arrangements.  If there becomes a steady stream of "sexy" Reg A and A+ transactions - and more having a high visibility in the market - I could see large cap banks perhaps making an acquisition to enter the space.

Just my $0.02 - and a guess.