Michael Baumstein is a member of Barings Alternative Investments, a global real estate, private equity and real assets platform. Mike is part of the Private Equity / Real Assets team and is responsible for sourcing and underwriting Financial Services investments. Mike has worked in the industry since 1993 and has extensive experience with financial institutions and investing. Prior to joining the firm in 2013, Mike was Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer and Head of Corporate Strategy at Scottish Re Group Limited. Before Scottish Re, he was an investment banker, with a specialty in financial institutions corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions at Bear Stearns and Prudential Securities. He also held finance and strategy positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Scudder Kemper Investments. Mike holds a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.