Taso Carayannis


Taso Carayannis is a Director and Managing Partner at Innovate International. He has been involved in the global capital markets, with a particular expertise in the emerging markets and cross border investment, for 35 years. With a back round in international finance from New York University and Securities license studies from New York Institute of Finance, he was based in the New York and served as an NASD (National Association of Securities Dealers) registered executive with both investment sales and management licenses. His Wall Street career spans 20 years as an executive for several prominent global investment banks based in New York.

As an investment bank executive, he  has held the titles of VP, Senior VP , Executive Director, Head of International and Chairman & CEO at firms such as Drexel Burnham Lambert, Smith Barney, Oppenheimer & Co, Prudential Securities and Laidlaw Global Corp. 

As a global capital markets specialist, he was responsible for assisting many emerging market companies with successful private placements and IPO listings on the NYSE and the NASDAQ Exchanges, including several from China and the broader South East Asian region, Southern Europe and South America. He has also been successful in closing certain strategic multi million dollar cross border M&A transactions and continues to focus on cross border, strategic mergers and acquisitions in certain target regions. 

For the past several years, Mr Carayannis has been advising Chinese and other emerging market companies and entrepreneurs with global private equity and M&A. More recent deals have included assisting a Chinese game developer in obtaining private placement finance and listing on the US OTC markets, a UK sports company in obtaining initial capital from a major Chinese sports institutional strategic investor, and strategic advisory and development for regional key brands distribution. 

Mr Carayannis is fluent in English, French and Greek, and has developed a Chinese business structure expertise with over twenty years investment experience on the ground in China and Hong Kong.