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Corestone Capital is a merchant bank focused on investing in and advancing the growth of businesses at the core of a rapidly changing global economy, in such sectors as financial services, consumer goods and experiences, disruptive technology, and strategic materials. From seed investments to successful exits, our unique strength is the ability to bring together capital, operational expertise, and industry connections as catalysts for exciting businesses. Founder and Chairman Will McDonough has launched business ventures across five continents, has listed companies on the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and London Stock Exchange, and has exited several businesses via sales to Fortune 50 companies.

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Notable Exits

ACQUIRED BY

Zico: Seed Investor and Strategic Advisor

ACQUIRED BY

Avion: Seed Investor and Strategic Advisor

IPO NASDAQ:GNUS

Genius Brands International: Original Co-Founder

ACQUIRED BY

55ip: Seed Investor and Strategic Advisor

$825mm Public Listing (LSE)

Atlas Mara: Co-Founder

In today’s world there is no shortage of capital chasing good ideas, but our ability to add institutional leadership and global execution to our investments sets us apart.
Will McDonough - Founder
In today’s world there is no shortage of capital chasing good ideas, but our ability to add institutional leadership and global execution to our investments sets us apart.
Will McDonough - Founder
About the Founder

Will McDonough – Founder, Chairman and CEO – Corestone Capital

At Corestone Capital, a merchant bank that he launched in 2014, Will McDonough applies his diverse investment experience, entrepreneurial vision, and hands-on operational skills to develop compelling ideas into exciting businesses. He has launched business ventures across five continents, has listed companies on the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and London Stock Exchange, and has exited several businesses via sales to Fortune 50 companies. Will has led or partnered in investments across sectors as diverse as financial services, consumer goods, social media, technology and natural resources, and has guided several of his portfolio companies to successful IPOs.

Will is also the founder of MMG, a management company that has represented prominent individuals in the sports, entertainment and geopolitical worlds. Through his work with such figures as Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen, Martha Stewart and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Will has gained a unique perspective that enables him to envision and capitalize on opportunities at the intersection of core business needs and societal trends, guiding companies from seed rounds to successful exits.

Will’s financial industry experience has included the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs, where he managed more than $17 billion in private capital for the firm’s current and retired partners; Avenue Capital Group, where he co-founded a $250 million distressed debt fund-of-funds; and Atlas Mara (ATMA: LSE), a banking group serving sub-Saharan Africa, which he co-founded with former Barclays CEO Bob Diamond.

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About the Founder

Will McDonough

Will McDonough is Chairman and CEO of Corestone Capital. As an investor and entrepreneur, Will’s career ranges from sports and entertainment to global finance and technology. Will has been an early adopter of blockchain technology, creating the first ever smart contract adjudication protocol for blockchain transactions in 2017. Prior to that, he led the IPO for Atlas Mara (ATMA:LSE), which he co-founded with former Barclays CEO, Bob Diamond, acquiring banks across Africa. Prior to founding Atlas, Will and his team in the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs managed more than $17 billion in private capital of the firm’s current and retired partners. Before that, he partnered with New York-based Avenue Capital Group to co-found a $250 million distressed debt fund of funds.

Since 2001, he has run his own highly successful management company called MMG, where he has represented The Estate of Nelson Mandela, New England Patriots Quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady, ESPN analyst and Patriot Hall of Famer Tedy Bruschi, and supermodel/activist Gisele Bundchen. MMG also co-founded a children’s entertainment company with the creator of Inspector Gadget, Andy Heyward, partnering with Warren Buffett, Martha Stewart, Stan Lee and Arnold Schwarzenegger to build educational content for children (NASDAQ:GNUS).

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