Patrick O’Meara is the Chairman and CEO of Inveniam Capital Partners, a finance and technology firm.
Inveniam is transforming middle-market debt: where midsized companies like family-owned manufacturers or real estate developers borrow money from large investors like insurance companies and endowments.
In the US today, such deals happen in the so-called “Reg D” or “shadow banking” markets and are highly inefficient.
Inveniam is curing this using blockchain and distributed ledger technologies originally developed for Bitcoins, but now refined by others for smart contracts, data sharing, and peer-to-peer transactions.
Mr. O’Meara also leads business development and is the product manager for the firm’s proprietary and patent-pending transaction platform.
Over more than 20 years, Mr. O’Meara has been directly responsible for over:
- 1 Billion dollars of equity financing
- 800 million dollars of merger and acquisition transactions
- 2 Billion dollars of new debt financing
- 1 billion dollars of debt re-financing
Mr. O’Meara began his finance career at Raymond James and Bear Stearns & Co before founding his own financial advisory firm and building it into a leader within its niche for more than 14 years, employing over 80 finance professionals.
As founder and President of O’Meara, Ferguson, Whelan & Conway he ran the firm’s advisory services and the structuring and execution of transactions for 42 Catholic dioceses in the U.S. and countless smaller faith-based, donation-driven nonprofits. Prior to founding Inveniam Capital, Mr. O’Meara also served as Chief Investment Officer for the University of Mary.
Mr. O’Meara has gained particular recognition for his innovations serving the Catholic institutional market:
- The largest, longest term and lowest cost borrowings for a Catholic diocese.
- The Diocese of Austin’s ground-breaking sale of $79.8 million in tax-exempt revenue bonds, a breakthrough for all faith-based organizations, since, for the first time, it rated donations to be a reliable recurring source of revenue.
- $150 million financing for the Archdiocese of Chicago which achieved a higher rating than the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago
- $110 million financing for the Diocese of Oakland, California
Each was unique and groundbreaking at their time. The Diocese of Austin transaction was nominated for Deal of the Year in 2005 by Bond Buyer Magazine.
As an internationally recognized thought leader on the functioning of the Capital Markets, Mr. O’Meara is frequently called upon to provide insight on the subjects of finance, strategic planning and the intersection of the capital markets with underserved market segments. He has delivered talks for numerous civic and non-profit organizations in more than 45 states and provinces in the U.S. & Canada and several other countries around the world including regular lecturing at the Vatican on the connections between canon and civil law on Church financings and addressing over 600 economists from five continents, discussing a more robust understanding of risk and the allocation of capital.
Mr. O’Meara has regularly appeared on EWTN, Fox, CBS and ABC affiliates and Catholic Answers Live. He has been quoted and profiled on the front page of the Wall Street Journal as well as in Bloomberg, TIME, The Chicago Tribune, The Bond Buyer, The National Catholic Register, and many others.
Mr. O’Meara earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville.