Pantera Capital COO leaves after just two months with the firm

Quick Take

  • Samir Shah joined Pantera Capital in July, having spent almost 13 years with JPMorgan prior to that.
  • Shah’s exit comes just two months after he assumed the role and a month after the firm lost its general counsel Joe Cisewski.

Samir Shah has stepped down as chief operating officer at Pantera Capital after just two months in the job, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Shah only joined the firm in July, having spent nearly 13 years at the investment bank JPMorgan, most recently serving as head of asset management sales. Pantera Capital is a crypto-focused venture capital and hedge fund with over $4.7 billion in assets under management, according to its website. The fund recently also lost its general counsel, Joe Cisewski. 

Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Commissioner Christy Goldsmith Romero announced on July 26 that Cisewski was joining the agency as chief of staff and senior counsel. Cisewski previously worked for the CFTC under former Commissioner Mark Wetjen.

Earlier in the summer, Pantera made headlines as it cashed out nearly 80% of its investment in the Terra ecosystem before the TerraUSD stablecoin collapsed at the beginning of May. More recently, in July, the firm co-led a seed round in NFT fraud fighters Optic with Kleiner Perkins.

Pantera Capital did not immediately respond to request for comment from The Block, nor did Shah when contacted on LinkedIn.

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