Chris Neidow, Head of Americas, Energy & Commodities


Chris Neidow is the Managing Partner, Head of Americas, for Principal Search.  Based in New York, Chris is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of the franchise across the Americas.  Most recently Head of J.P. Morgan’s U.S. Energy Sales franchise, he will call upon his significant market knowledge and industry contacts in the commodity markets to advise and execute searches for Principal Search’s core clients.

Chris brings twenty-three years of experience building businesses, servicing clients, and managing risks while working in some of the world’s leading financial institutions, including J.P. Morgan, Deutsche Bank, and Bankers Trust.  Over the last seventeen years of his career, Chris built and led successful commodity franchises in the Americas and Asia.

Chris will leverage his expertise in commodity derivatives, physical commodities, and commodity structured finance across energy, metals, agriculture, softs, and renewables for Principal’s clients.  In particular, he structured and executed multi-decade natural gas supply deals and refinery intermediations under which his team handled the crude supply and product offtake.  His roles placed him in the heart of the commodity landscape and allowed him to develop relationships within trade houses, majors, producers, midstream, refiners, utilities, transportation companies, growers, industrials, hedge funds, and private equity.

Prior to his focus in commodities, Chris spent time in interest rate derivatives, defined benefit swaps, mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities.  He holds a B.A. in International Business from Franklin and Marshall College and a M.B.A. in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business.