Paul Burke


Chairman and Co-founder

Paul Burke currently serves as the Chairman and a Director of Optisure Risk Partners, LLC. He has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry – as a corporate finance professional, public market long/short investor, private equity investor and/or board member.  Paul has particular strength in banking, property and casualty insurance, reinsurance, and specialty finance.

In 1995, Paul co-founded Northaven Management, Inc., an investment management firm focusing exclusively on equity investments in the financial services industry. Northaven has successfully operated in both the public and private equity markets for more than 20 years.  Several notable investments in the insurance industry include investments in White Mountains Insurance Group (acquisition-related capital), Eastern Insurance Holdings (growth capital), Axis Capital (formation capital), Montpelier Re (formation capital), Rockhill Insurance Holdings (formation capital), and providing corporate capital to Beazley Fulong’s Syndicate 623 at Lloyds (growth capital).  Prior to co-founding Northaven, Paul was a Vice President in Bankers Trust’s Financial Services Group, where he spent 10 years involved in the origination and execution of mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and principal transactions for a wide array of financial services firms.

In addition to serving as Chairman of Optisure, Paul currently serves as a director of PacWest Bancorp.  Prior directorships include Eastern Insurance Holdings, Inc., Rockhill Insurance Holdings, and Square 1 Financial, Inc.

In his free time, Paul enjoys playing basketball, listening to the blues, and rooting on his three kids in basketball, lacrosse, and rowing.

Paul holds a BA in Economics from Columbia College, and an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School.