“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” - Theodore Roosevelt


RAS Capital Partners, the holding company for R. Adam Smith and partners, provides long-term capital and advice to family-owned and entrepreneurial businesses through a multi-dimensional merchant banking and advisory platform founded in 2002 (“RASCP”).

  • Family Office Private Advisors LLC, a wholly-owned affiliate, provides in-house, advisory services to established family office and founder-led companies.

  • Big Sky Partners LLC, a wholly-owned affiliate, offers strategic and corporate development services to entrepreneurs and their high-growth companies.

  • Circle Peak Capital LLC, a wholly-owned affiliate, is a private direct investment company focused on consumer and financial services related companies with up to $250 million in sales.

RASCP, its affiliates and clients may also co-invest in selected principal opportunities. The firm is headquartered in New York City.



R. Adam Smith is an experienced financier of, advisor to, tens of venture, startup, and private equity-backed companies. Seasoned principal investor (Caxton-Iseman Capital LLC, Castle Harlan, Inc., Columbus Advisors LLC) and veteran of Wall Street (Salomon Brothers Inc., J.P. Morgan, and Lehman Brothers Inc).

  • Founder & CEO, Circle Peak Capital LLC, a private investment merchant banking partnership formed 2002.

  • Founder & CEO, Big Sky Partners LLC, a global strategic & creative advisory partnership formed in 2013.

  • Founder & CEO, Family Office Private Advisors LLC, a global private investment banking and alternative assets partnership formed 2013.

  • Founder, Leukemia Fighters, leading oncology philanthropy formed in 2009 in collaboration with New York-Presbyterian Hospital & Weill Cornell.

  • Advisor, NY Fashion Tech Lab (a non-profit division of Springboard Enterprises).

  • Founding member, Dean’s Advisory Board of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies of Boston University. 

MBA, Beta Gamma Sigma, Graduate School of Business at Columbia University. BA, cum laude, International Relations, and Economics, Boston University. Entrepreneur, mentor, philanthropist, collector.