James B. Rybakoff
President and CEO
Phone: +1-212-583-9800 Ext. 110
Mr. Rybakoff is the Co-Founder of Akin Bay. He has led Akin Bay’s transactions since 1993, including new client development, structuring and execution for over 170 transactions, which have included: BFY Holdings, Wham-O, Sportime, VitalChek Network, MediaMath, Omni Surgical, Horizon AG, CulinArt Group, and Quantum Information Resources. From 2003-2006, he advised a large Chinese conglomerate based in Hong Kong, (which owned the master product license from Marvel Entertainment as well as being a major investor in Marvel) on several buy-side/ sell-side acquisitions and financing covering consumer products, textiles, toys, put door activities, sport equipment, plastic injection molding manufacturing, and packaging. During this period he lived in Kowloon, China. From 1999-2002, Mr. Rybakoff was co-founder, CFO and equity sponsor of Ceres Capital LLC, which managed over $2.0 billion in assets before it was sold in 2002 to a financial services company. From 1991-1992, he was associated with a merchant bank focused on mergers and acquisitions, for several Australian based conglomerates, which included: Pacific Dunlop, Goodman Fielder, Western Mining Ltd., GNB Batteries, and Eastman Office Products. In 1990, he was an analyst in the M&A group of R.D. Capital, Inc. /ADCO Group, Inc., a distressed real estate hedge fund. Mr. Rybakoff is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania /The Wharton School of Business. He has served as a director for several private companies and over 10 years of a public company.
Phone: +1-212-583-9800 Ext. 116
Mr. Moore is a Financial Analyst at Akin Bay. He is primarily focused on sourcing transactions, due diligence, developing memorandums and pitchbooks, industry research, structuring and executing transactions in addition to supporting the team’s ongoing strategic and financial advisory mandates for M&A and debt/ equity raises. Mr. Moore joined Akin Bay in 2021. From 2016 to 2021, Mr. Moore was an Investment Banking Analyst at BCMS, where he specialized in lower middle market sell-side and growth capital engagements across a variety of industries. He holds a B.S. from Skidmore College in Management & Business.