Sam Tabar has changed focus a few times in his career from law to investment banking, marketing, seed funding and now to clean energy. He was hired as Chief Operating Officer to FullCycle Energy Fund led by Ibrahim AlHusseini and Caitlin Sparks and is currently managing the firm’s investments and strategic planning and growth.
FullCycle Energy Fund is dedicated to finding technologies that convert waste to energy and help cut down on fossil fuel releases and eliminate toxic disposals. FullCycle will benefit a lot from Tabar’s knowledge of corporate regulations and his ability to attract investors, something he’s done at his previous stops.
Sam Tabar was raised in New York and had the privilege to attend Oxford University in England. He originally intended to enter journalism and writing but later decided to enter corporate law, though he did contribute to the Columbia University Law Review while attending law school there. After completing his J.D., Tabar joined Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher & Flom law firm and began guiding clients in financial operations.
As with several other corporate lawyers at notable law firms, Tabar became noticed by investment firms who valued his knowledge and legal expertise, and the company that won him over was Sparx Group’s PMA Advisors. So in 2004 Tabar left the firm to manage PMA’s Asia-Pacific Division.
Tabar was responsible for global marketing strategies at PMA and he was able to attract over $2 billion in assets under management to the company. He became especially adept at working with institutional investors and large corporations, and during his time at PMA the company brought in an additional $1.2 billion in investor funds. He moved from PMA to Merrill Lynch where he continued in global marketing and institutional investing though he also covered strategic planning and endowments for these client and worked on the investment bank’s rolodex.
Tabar left investment banking in 2012 and decided to go into venture capital and seeding. Two companies he invested in were Verboten and SheThinx.
He went back into the legal field for a short time in 2013 when he became a senior associate for Schulte Roth & Zabel but then left again to focus on other fields. He joined the team at FullCycle Energy Fund just this last year.