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Meet our team of experts and professionals who share EquitiesFirst’s values and vision.

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SENIOR MANAGER, OPERATIONS & ADMINISTRATION
Gek Theng Ang

Gek Theng Ang is Senior Manager of Operations and Administration at EquitiesFirstTM.

Gek Theng’s primary responsibilities include overseeing operational and administrative activities in the firm’s Singapore office.

With over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry, Gek Theng brings knowledge and expertise in private banking, accounting management and client servicing.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Gek Theng held senior administrative and relationship management roles at Standard Chartered Bank, JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank and Citibank, with a focus on Southeast Asia and Australia. Gek Theng holds a Bachelor’s degree in finance from University College Dublin, Ireland and a diploma in banking and finance from Singapore Polytechnic.

Gek Theng is based in the Singapore office.

ASSOCIATE
Alex Baboolal

Alex Baboolal is an Associate at EquitiesFirstTM.

Alex is responsible for business development and origination support functions across EquitiesFirst’s Europe operations.

Bringing with him over seven years of investment and finance experience, Alex specializes in institutional sales and relationship management.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Alex held several account management positions at Fisher Investments. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Birmingham in Edgbaston.

Alex is based at the Europe headquarters in London, United Kingdom.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Andy Chen

Andy Chen is the Executive Director at EquitiesFirstTM.

Andy is responsible for driving business growth and overseeing the firm’s strategic relationships, with a primary focus on Shanghai and the East China region.  

With more than a decade of experience in financial services and management consultancy across China, Andy brings a well-established expertise in cross-border financing, serving corporates, institutions and ultra-high-net-worth individuals.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Andy held leadership positions at both US and China-based investment firms including Viking Investments and Jiangsu Sannong Investment, managing a number of listing and financing projects. He began his career as a journalist in China. Andy holds a Bachelor’s degree in history from the East China Normal University.

Andy is based in the Shanghai office in China.

SALES MANAGER
Ken Chong, CFA

Ken Chong is Sales Manager at EquitiesFirstTM.

Working closely with the origination team across Asia, Ken develops bespoke analysis and reports, and assists the team across various supporting functions. 

With over five years of experience in equity research and management consultation, Ken brings with his extensive knowledge in fundamental analysis, corporate valuation, and financial modeling.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Ken was a publishing research analyst at Jefferies. He also held positions at Daiwa Capital Markets and Accenture. Ken is a CFA charterholder and holds a Bachelor’s degree in finance and operating management from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. 

Ken is based at the Asia headquarters in Hong Kong, China.

MANAGER, OFFICE MANAGEMENT
Connie Chow

Connie Chow is Manager of Office Management at EquitiesFirstTM.

Connie is primarily responsible for the overall management and administration of EquitiesFirst’s Asia headquarters in Hong Kong, ensuring smooth operations across all office functions.

Connie brings with her more than 13 years of experience in executive management, with vast knowledge of workplace administration and facility management.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Connie held several administrative roles in a global reinsurance company. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in statistics and a graduate diploma in commerce from University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Connie is based at the Asia headquarters in Hong Kong, China.

FOUNDER AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Al Christy, Jr.

Alexander “Al” Christy, Jr. is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of EquitiesFirstTM.  

Since establishing the firm in 2002, Al leads global strategies and oversees operational activities within EquitiesFirst and its business units across North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania.  

Drawing on over 20 years of industry experience, Al has emerged as a successful pioneer in progressive financing solutions, growing EquitiesFirst into a leading innovator in the private credit space. He specializes in long-term strategic planning, emerging market expansion, innovative cash-flow management as well as global resource development and allocation. 

Prior to EquitiesFirst, Al held senior roles in Diversified Financial Group and Fidelity Investments, driving business in commercial and residential mortgage and loan origination. 

Al is based at the global headquarters in Indianapolis, United States and frequently travels to EquitiesFirst offices across Europe and Asia-Pacific. 

TRANSACTION ADMINISTRATION SPECIALIST
Elisse Cornell

Elisse Cornell is the Transaction Administration Specialist at EquitiesFirstTM.  

Elisse oversees all transaction settlements completed by EquitiesFirst as well as the tracking of loan positions. She also maintains the firm’s loan pipeline throughout the transaction cycle and supports Directors in ensuring they receive accurate and comprehensive loan terms for partners.  

With over 15 years of experience in business development and human resources, Elisse has a proven track record in team management and commercial development.  

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Elisse was a successful entrepreneur with her own business in Chicago. She is a licensed family law mediator and holds a Bachelor’s degrees in psychology from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and DePauw University in Greencastle.  

Elisse is based at the global headquarters in Indianapolis, United States.  

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, ASIA
Gordon Crosbie-Walsh

Gordon Crosbie-Walsh is the Chief Executive Officer, Asia at EquitiesFirstTM.  

Gordon oversees all EquitiesFirst operations throughout the Asian region, focusing on business development across the firm’s six offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea and China. 

With over three decades of financial services experience, Gordon’s expertise spans chartered accounting, equity research, equity sales as well as investment banking and capital markets analysis. 

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Gordon was part of the leadership team at several investment banking businesses, including CM Financial and Jefferies Asia, as well as the successful equity capital markets (ECM)/syndicate team at JP Morgan. Previously, he was also Managing Director and Head of Equities and Equity Sales in Hong Kong and China for Deutsche Bank and Salomon Smith Barney. Gordon holds a Bachelor’s degree from Monash University (Chisholm) in Melbourne, Australia. 

Gordon is based at the Asia headquarters in Hong Kong, China. 

HEAD TRADER
Reuben Flack

Reuben Flack is the Head Trader at EquitiesFirstTM

Overseeing all trader and analyst functions at EquitiesFirst, Reuben’s primary responsibilities include managing the firm’s global portfolio, as well as strategic risk management and ongoing market and quantitative analysis.  

With over two decades of professional experience in stock market trading, Reuben brings a wealth of knowledge to EquitiesFirst, growing the firm’s trade operations and partner relationships.  

Reuben is based at the global headquarters in Indianapolis, United States. 

MANAGING DIRECTOR, SINGAPORE
Belinda Fraser

Belinda Fraser is the Managing Director, Singapore at EquitiesFirstTM.

Belinda leads the development and management of relationships with both partners and intermediaries across Southeast Asia, while serving as Team Head of the Singapore office.

With over 25 years of banking and finance experience across Singapore and Australia, Belinda brings deep knowledge and expertise in banking, private wealth management and financing structures.

Before joining EquitiesFirst, Belinda held leadership and management roles at Credit Suisse, Standard Chartered Bank and Macquarie Group. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in banking and finance from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.

Belinda is based in the Singapore office.

TRADER
Christopher Gey

Christopher Gey is a Trader at EquitiesFirstTM

Christopher assists in the overall strategic management of EquitiesFirst’s global portfolio and risk management functions.  

With nearly 15 years of professional experience in stock market trading, Christopher specializes in equity market analysis and trading strategies. 

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Christopher held trader, analyst and private wealth management roles at financial institutions such as First New York Securities, ECHOtrade, Viking Global Investors, Citigroup, UBS Financial Services and Merrill Lynch. He holds Series 7, 55 and 63 licenses from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.   

Christopher is based at the global headquarters in Indianapolis, United States.   

MANAGING DIRECTOR, AUSTRALIA
Mitchell Hopwood

Mitchell Hopwood is the Managing Director, Australia at EquitiesFirstTM.

Mitchell drives origination strategies, oversees operations for business units based in Sydney, Perth and Melbourne, Australia and provides governance as the Responsible Manager for the Australian Financial Services Licence.

He brings over 30 years of professional experience in banking and financial services, with extensive knowledge and expertise in finance, family office advisory services and wealth management.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Mitchell held management positions at Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He holds an MBA in strategic management from University of New South Wales and a Bachelor’s degree in economics, accounting and financial management from Macquarie University.

Mitchell is based at the Australia headquarters in Sydney.

ACCOUNTING MANAGER
Brianna Jones

Brianna Jones is the Accounting Manager at EquitiesFirstTM

Brianna is primarily responsible for overseeing accounting and banking operations at all EquitesFirst business units across North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania, ensuring transaction efficiency and service quality. 

With over 13 years of professional accounting experience, Brianna manages the firm’s external accounts and third-party relationships while supporting transaction funding. She also works closely with the executive team to analyze financial data and manage human resources functions.  

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Brianna held accounting roles across construction, medical and non-profit sectors. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion. 

Brianna is based at the global headquarters in Indianapolis, United States.   

DIRECTOR
Alexander Kent

Alexander Kent is Director at EquitiesFirstTM.

Alexander is primarily responsible for the firm’s investment origination, partnership development and strategic business planning across the Asian region. 

With over a decade of financial services experience in Asia, Alexander brings extensive knowledge in the areas of business development, relationship management, marketing, digital transformation and compliance.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Alexander was Vice President of Business Development at CLSA, where he managed firm-wide strategic initiatives and client growth in the equities, banking, research, private equity and real estate sectors. He has also held positions at Pine River China Fund and Goldman Sachs. Alexander holds a Bachelor’s degree in international studies from Middlebury College in Vermont, United States. 

He is based at the Asia headquarters in Hong Kong, China. 

MANAGING DIRECTOR, THAILAND
Ratakorn Kiatikajornthada

Ratakorn Kiatikajornthada is the Managing Director, Thailand at EquitiesFirstTM.

Ratakorn leads origination strategies for EquitiesFirst in Thailand and drives operations in the market across all business lines.

Ratakorn brings over 15 years of professional experience in investment banking and private equity, specializing in business development, capital markets analysis and alternative investments strategies.

Prior to joining EquitesFirst, Ratakorn was Head of Equity Capital Markets at Macquarie in Thailand. He has also held senior roles at RHB Securities and Daiwa Securities. Ratakorn holds two Master’s degrees in accounting and finance respectively from University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, United States and a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mahawithayalai Thammasat in Bangkok.

Ratakorn is based in the Bangkok office in Thailand.

DIRECTOR
Jenny Jung-Yeon Kim

Jenny Jung-Yeon Kim is Director at EquitiesFirstTM.

Jenny mainly focuses on the development of origination and marketing strategies for EquitiesFirst in the South Korean market.

Bringing 13 years of experience in the financial industry, Jenny has deep knowledge of the Korean equity market as well as experience in client relationship management.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Jenny held a senior equity sales role at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for over 10 years, with extensive client coverage in markets such as South Korea, United States, Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore. Previously, she worked at UBS Securities Korea. Jenny holds a Bachelor’s degree in finance from Indiana University in Bloomington, United States.

Jenny is based in the Seoul office in South Korea.

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, ASIA
Renuka Kuech

Renuka Kuech is the Chief Operating Officer, Asia at EquitiesFirstTM.

Working with EquitiesFirst’s Asia CEO, Renuka is primarily responsible for driving business operations and development across the Asian region. She works closely with the global operations team in the United States to develop and implement operational best practice, both domestically and internationally. 

With more than 15 years of financial services experience, Renuka is an operational risk specialist with expertise spanning equity platforms, operational development, risk management and regulatory compliance. 

Before joining EquitiesFirst, Renuka held senior global and regional roles at CLSA, Macquarie Bank, Australian Stock Exchange, Commonwealth Bank and KPMG. Renuka is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and holds a Bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Renuka is based at the Asia headquarters in Hong Kong, China.

DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL OPERATIONS
Julie LaPoint

Julie LaPoint is the Director of Global Operations at EquitiesFirstTM

Julie leads the procedural execution of all EquitiesFirst transactions, overseeing legal, compliance and funding mechanisms. In addition to managing accounting and human resources functions at EquitiesFirst and its business units across North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania, Julie also serves as Chief Compliance Officer for the firm. 

With nearly 30 years of experience in executive business management, Julie brings an established expertise in strategic corporate operations, regulatory compliance and global resource management. 

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Julie served in various senior management roles in the accounting, construction, and service industries. 

Julie is based at the global headquarters in Indianapolis, United States.   

HEAD OF ADMINISTRATION, ASIA
Edwina Lau

Edwina Lau is the Head of Administration, Asia at EquitiesFirstTM.

Edwina oversees all administrative and business support functions at EquitiesFirst’s Asia headquarters in Hong Kong as well as business units across the region.

Edwina brings with her more than 25 years of executive management experience, focusing on office management and executive support. 

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Edwina held senior administrative management roles at financial institutions including Lombard Odier Hong Kong, Sail Advisors, ABN AMRO Bank and DBS Bank.

Edwina is based at the Asia headquarters in Hong Kong, China.

MANAGING DIRECTOR AND SOUTH KOREA CEO
James Gee-Chul Lee

James Gee-Chul Lee is the Managing Director and South Korea CEO of EquitiesFirstTM.  

In his role, James is responsible for overseeing EquitiesFirst's Seoul operations as well as leading its origination development and deal execution efforts in conjunction with the firm's global operations team. James is also responsible for formulating and driving the firm's business strategies and initiatives in line with regulatory requirements.    

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, James worked at Kim & Chang as a senior finance lawyer and primary relationship manager for the firm’s key global institutional clients. James started his career as a currency trader at Hyundai International Merchant Bank in 1996 in Seoul. After graduating from law school in the US, he spent eight years across New York, Hong Kong and London as an M&A and capital markets lawyer for law firms Sidley Austin, Skadden Arps and Clifford Chance. After returning to South Korea in 2010, he served as Korea General Counsel for Bank of America Merrill Lynch for six years before joining Kim & Chang. 

James earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Korea University and JD from Vanderbilt University Law School.     

James is based in the Seoul office in South Korea. 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND HEAD OF SALES, SOUTH KOREA
Dong-Lyul Lee

Dong-Lyul Lee is the Executive Director and Head of Sales, South Korea at EquitiesFirstTM.

Dong-Lyul is responsible for overseeing the firm’s strategic relationships with corporates, institutions and high-net-worth individuals in the South Korean market.

With more than 30 years of experience, Dong-Lyul brings deep industry knowledge and expertise in financial markets and products, including equities, bonds, derivatives and structured products, with a primary focus on asset-backed financing.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Dong-Lyul was a senior sales advisor at Shinhan Financial Investment. He began his career at SK Securities and has worked for respected global institutions, namely Citibank, Salomon Smith Barney and Merrill Lynch. He has also served as Head of Private Banking Group at NH Investment & Securities. Dong-Lyul earned his PhD in business administration from Soongsil University. He also holds an MBA and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Yonsei University and Korea University respectively.

Dong-Lyul is based in the Seoul office in South Korea.

MANAGER, OPERATION AND ADMINISTRATION
Minyoung Lee

Minyoung Lee is Manager of Operations and Administration at EquitiesFirstTM.

Minyoung supervises operations and administration in the firm’s Seoul office, working closely with executive teams to ensure all functions and procedures are aligned with global standards.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Minyoung held administrative and instructor roles at Kim & Chang. She had previously served as a research assistant at Roland Berger and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in business management from Kings’ College London, United Kingdom.

Minyoung is based in the Seoul office in South Korea.

DIRECTOR AND HEAD OF OPERATIONS, SOUTH KOREA
Seunglip Albert Lee

Seunglip Albert Lee is Director and Head of Operations, South Korea at EquitiesFirstTM.

Responsible for directing transaction settlements for EquitiesFirst in the South Korean market, Albert oversees all procedural operations across transaction cycles. He also works closely with the global operations team in the United States to develop and implement operational best practice.

Albert has more than two decades of professional experience. He is an expert in business development and trading operations, specializing in direct market access (DMA) for global institutional investors and cross-border deal sourcing.

Before joining EquitiesFirst, Albert held senior roles at Shinhan Financial Investment, Hana Financial Investment and KB Securities. He was most recently Director of International Finance Division and Head of Sales at KB Securities in Korea. Albert holds a Master’s degree in finance and a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Yonsei University.

Albert is based in the Seoul office in South Korea.

DIRECTOR, EUROPE
Oliver Lis

Oliver Lis is Director, Europe at EquitiesFirstTM

Oliver mainly focuses on the development of origination and marketing strategies for EquitiesFirst across the United Kingdom, Scandinavia and the Benelux region. 

With nearly 15 years of experience in financial services, Oliver brings extensive knowledge and expertise in wealth and portfolio management for high-net-worth individuals. 

Prior to EquitiesFirst, Oliver worked as a private banker at Barclays Wealth and Investment Management. He is a CFA charterholder and holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) from the CFA Society of the United Kingdom. Oliver also has a Bachelor’s degree in politics from the University of Bristol.  

Oliver is based at the Europe headquarters in London, United Kingdom. 

DIRECTOR
Tong Liu

Tong Liu is Director at EquitiesFirstTM

Tong is primarily responsible for the development and management of strategic relationships with external partners across the Greater China region. 

With extensive financial services experience in China, Tong’s areas of expertise include corporate finance, investment banking and marketing strategies.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Tong held various senior roles in wealth management and equity sales at UBS Securities, Dakuo Yinuo Investments Corporation and UBS AG. He holds an MBA and a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from University College London, United Kingdom. 

Tong is based in the Beijing office in China.

CHIEF RISK OFFICER
Simon Moore

Simon Moore is the Chief Risk Officer at EquitiesFirstTM.  

Simon oversees the firm’s risk management functions, including the administration of EquitiesFirst’s global strategic risk management plan across business units in North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania.  

Simon brings over 20 years of global derivatives and structuring experience, spanning risk assessment and management, quantitative analysis, strategic planning, and operational optimization.  

Prior to his role at EquitiesFirst, Simon was the founder and director of Moore Quantitative Solutions. He also previously led the teams at Commerzbank and ING Barings. Simon holds a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computing from the University of Bath in Somerset, United Kingdom. 

SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR
Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith is the Senior Managing Director at EquitiesFirstTM.  

Driving the development of origination at EquitiesFirst as well as its business units across North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania, Jeff is primarily responsible for the firm’s global client acquisition and marketing functions. He also oversees all underwriting activities within the organization. 

Jeff brings over 30 years of extensive institutional experience and knowledge to EquitiesFirst, particularly in the areas of innovative financing, professional accounting and derivatives management. 

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Jeff held key executive roles at Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Prudential and Salomon Brothers. He has also served as a Certified Public Accountant at Deloitte. Jeff holds an MBA in finance and a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  

Jeff is based at the global headquarters in Indianapolis, United States.   

ASSOCIATE
Gonzalo León Morenés

Gonzalo León Morenés is an Associate at EquitiesFirstTM.

Gonzalo primarily focuses on the firm’s business development and origination support across Spain and Portugal.

Having worked in financial services for over five years, Gonzalo brings experience in the areas of financial analysis, strategic business planning and customer relationship management.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Gonzalo was a private banker at atl Capital Gestión de Patrimonios. Before that, he held positions at Catella and KPMG Spain. Gonzalo holds a Bachelor’s degree in business management from Dublin Business School, Ireland.

Gonzalo is based in the Madrid office in Spain.

MANAGING DIRECTOR, EUROPE
James Mungovan

James Mungovan is the Managing Director, Europe at EquitiesFirstTM

James oversees origination strategies and operational functions for all EquitiesFirst business units across Europe, Africa and Canada. He also serves as Chief of Staff for the firm’s London office.  

With over 15 years in corporate finance, James brings a well-established expertise in serving diverse clients, including corporates, institutional advisors, ultra-high-net-worth individuals, and family offices. 

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, James was a solicitor at Baker McKenzie London, where he specialized in cross-border M&A and capital market transactions, and Memery Crystal LLP, advising public companies and market institutions. James completed the Legal Practice Course at University of West England in Bristol and holds a Bachelor’s degree in law from Manchester University. 

James is based at the Europe headquarters in London, United Kingdom. 

MARKETING MANAGER, GLOBAL MARKETS
Juliana Ng

Juliana Ng is the Marketing Manager for all markets at EquitiesFirstTM.

Juliana is responsible for the strategic development and effective implementation of EquitiesFirst’s marketing activities, corporate communications and public relations initiatives globally. 

With over six years of industry experience, Juliana is a specialist in financial and corporate communications. She brings extensive knowledge in brand marketing, communications strategy and media relations.

Prior to joining EquitesFirst, Juliana held positions at international communications consultancies including FleishmanHillard and Citigate Dewe Rogerson. Juliana holds a Bachelor’s degree in social science from University of Southampton, United Kingdom.

Juliana is based at the Asia headquarters in Hong Kong, China.

IT MANAGER/ SYSTEMS ANALYST
Chris Ohman

Chris Ohman is the IT Manager and Systems Analyst at EquitiesFirstTM

Overseeing technology systems for all EquitiesFirst business units across North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania, Chris ensures the firm operates efficiently and that all technologies comply with regulatory and security requirements. 

Having worked in the industry for more than 10 years, Chris brings with him vast knowledge and expertise in IT management, systems analysis and software development.  

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Chris worked as a systems analyst and software developer for various technology companies. Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from Northern Michigan University in Marquette. 

Chris is based at the global headquarters in Indianapolis, United States.   

FINANCE DIRECTOR, EUROPE
Alan Pereira, FCA

Alan Pereira is the Finance Director, Europe at EquitiesFirstTM.

Alan oversees all financial operations of the firm across its business units in Europe.

As a Chartered Accountant, Alan brings extensive experience in professional accounting and commerce, both domestically and internationally, to the firm.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Alan was involved in a number of financial projects under The Raven & Santon Group, where he assisted in a number of flotations on the AIM market including Raven Russia Limited. Previously, Alan was the Financial Director of a reputable chain of health and fitness clubs which was later sold to First Leisure.

Alan is based at the Europe headquarters in London, United Kingdom.

ASSISTANT
Ángela García Rivillos

Ángela García Rivillos is an Assistant at EquitiesFirstTM.

Ángela is primarily responsible for all administrative tasks at the firm’s Spain office, as well as ensuring quality services across the firm.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Ángela was most recently an Assistant Manager at a private banking firm, after previously holding administrative roles in the Accounting and Marketing Departments. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in foreign language from Cardenal Cisneros University in Alcalá de Henares.

Ángela is based in the Madrid office in Spain.

SENIOR OPERATIONS MANAGER
Katie Shore

Katie Shore is the Senior Operations Manager at EquitiesFirstTM.

Directing all transaction settlements at EquitiesFirst, Katie is responsible for logistical efficiency throughout the transaction cycle. She is also Office Manager at the firm’s global headquarters, providing executive support to Founder and CEO, Al Christy.

Katie brings with her over 20 years of management experience, with vast knowledge in organizational management, sales operations and customer service.

Prior to EquitiesFirst, Katie held several executive positions in the areas of operations and logistics.

Katie is based at the global headquarters in Indianapolis, United States.

DIRECTOR, AUSTRALIA & MIDDLE EAST
Andrew Stevens

Andrew Stevens is Director, Australia and Middle East at EquitiesFirstTM.

Andrew is primarily responsible for managing origination and marketing functions across Australia and New Zealand. He also oversees these functions in the firm’s Middle East operations.

With over a decade of experience in international financial services, Andrew specializes in business development and complex financing solutions aligned to equity-based portfolios.

Prior to EquitiesFirst, Andrew held key management roles in the financial industry, where he provided consultation to wealth management professionals, high-net-worth individuals and brokerage firms on alternative financing solutions.

Andrew is based in the Perth office in Australia.

DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION
John Thoe

John Thoe is the Director of Production at EquitiesFirstTM.

John leads global underwriting and transaction development across EquitiesFirst’s business units in North America, Europe and Oceania, in addition to partnership relationship management.

With years of experience in the financial services industry, John brings an expertise in corporate portfolio management, wealth management and equity market analysis.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, John held senior advisory roles at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, and served as an aide in the office of United States Senator Richard Lugar. John holds Series 3, 7, 63 and 65 licenses from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and a Bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Indiana University in Bloomington.

John is based at the global headquarters in Indianapolis, United States.

DIRECTOR
Marcos Ussia

Marcos Ussia is Director at EquitiesFirstTM.

Marcos oversees the development of origination and marketing strategies for EquitiesFirst across Spain and Portugal.

Marcos has over 20 years of experience in international investment banking and financial services. He brings to the firm a wealth of knowledge in business development, equity markets analysis and debt structuring.

Before joining EquitiesFirst, Marcos held senior management roles at different banks and financial consulting firms, including Citibank, Schroders and Crédit Agricole CIB, leading institutional equity sales, equities and derivatives trading as well as wealth management consultation. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in law from Universidad Complutense de Madrid UCM.

Marcos is based in the Madrid office in Spain.

DIRECTOR
Nattira Vahatoranavee
Nattira Vahatoranavee, Ploy is Director at EquitiesFirstTM.

Leading professional investment processes at EquitiesFirst’s Thailand office, Ploy oversees the development, execution and maturity of each transaction and also supports business development functions for origination growth.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Ploy held several positions relating to customer lifecycle development and management. She has also worked in statistical analysis for government licensing and regulatory agencies. Ploy holds a Bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Silpakorn University in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand.

Ploy is based in the Bangkok office in Thailand.
DIRECTOR
Sanjay Vallabh

Sanjay Vallabh is Director at EquitiesFirstTM.

Sanjay is responsible for the development and management of institutional and private partnerships for the firm’s business across Australia.

Bringing with him more than 15 years of experience in customer service, private banking and margin lending, Sanjay specializes primarily in innovative financing solutions.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Sanjay held relationship management roles at Leveraged Equities, ANZ Margin Lending and the software company MYOB. He holds a Certificate IV in Microcomputer Technology from Spherion Technology Training Institute and a Certificate in Scientific Computing and C++ Programming from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.

Sanjay is based in the Melbourne office in Australia.

SENIOR MANAGER, OPERATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION
Yonlada Wachira-anan

Yonlada Wachira-anan is Senior Manager of Operations and Administration at EquitiesFirstTM.

Yonlada supervises operational and administrative activities in the firm’s Bangkok office, ensuring all functions and procedures are in line with global standards as well as regulatory requirements.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Yonlada worked in administration at Baker Tilly Thailand, with previous experience in the healthcare industry serving online content development and marketing roles. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in communication arts from Silpakorn University.

Yonlada is based in the Bangkok office in Thailand.

OPERATIONS SPECIALIST
Amy Wittenauer

Amy Wittenauer is the Operations Specialist at EquitiesFirstTM.  

Amy is responsible for supporting the procedural execution of transactions across EquitiesFirst’s global business units in North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania.  

Amy brings over a decade of experience in financial services, specializing in corporate operations, regulatory compliance and client servicing.  

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Amy held operational roles at Western International Securities, PNC Investments and other financing institutions. She holds Series 7, 63 and 66 licenses from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and a Bachelor’s degree in science from Purdue University in West Lafayette. 

Amy is based at the global headquarters in Indianapolis, United States.   

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Kok Min Wong

Kok Min Wong is the Executive Director at EquitiesFirstTM.

Kok Min is primarily responsible for strategic relationship development and management with institutions, family offices and ultra-high-net-worth individuals across ASEAN.

Bringing with him over 20 years of experience in global investment banking and corporate finance, Kok Min has deep knowledge and extensive networks in deal origination, cross-border M&A, IPO and private equity, including early stage investing and fundraising initiatives.

Before joining EquitiesFirst, Kok Min held various senior leadership positions at Fundnel, a leading Asian private investment platform, JM Financial, KPMG Corporate Finance, JP Morgan and private equity start-up, Blue Ocean Capital Partners. He holds a Bachelor's degree in accounting and finance from University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Kok Min is based in the Singapore office.

MANAGER, OPERATIONS
Jason Wong

Jason Wong is Manager of Operations at EquitiesFirstTM.

Working with EquitiesFirst’s Asia CEO, Jason is primarily responsible for ensuring operational efficiency of the firm across all business lines.  

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Jason had extensive experience in the areas of administration and office management. He is also a licensed Responsible Officer under the Securities and Futures Commission to supervise Type 1 regulated activities. He holds a Bachelor's degree in international economics and trade from Wuhan University.

Jason is based at the Asia headquarters in Hong Kong, China.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Vincent Xu

Vincent Xu is the Executive Director at EquitiesFirstTM

Vincent is responsible for overseeing strategic business relationships for the firm, with a primary focus on the Greater China region.  

With more than a decade of experience in financial services, Vincent is an expert in developing collaborative partnerships and managing core investment strategy. 

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Vincent held leadership positions at Strategic Capital Management, Well & Well JP Capital Group, Chen Young Oil Trading and CORPACC Australia. Vincent is licensed under the Securities and Futures Ordinance to conduct Type 1 regulated activities. He holds an MBA in applied finance from Queensland University of Technology and a Bachelor's degree in accounting from Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. 

Vincent is based at the Asia headquarters in Hong Kong, China.  

SENIOR MANAGER, OPERATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION
Haiyang Xu

Haiyang Xu is Senior Manager of Operations and Administration at EquitiesFirstTM.

Haiyang is responsible for overseeing all operational and administrative activities in the firm’s Beijing office. 

With nearly nine years of professional experience, Haiyang specializes in administrative operations and management.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Haiyang held positions in office administration and human resources at P3 Technical and Management Consulting Shanghai. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in German from Tangshan Teachers College in Hebei. 

Haiyang is based in the Beijing office in China.

MANAGING DIRECTOR
Alvin Yap

Alvin Yap is the Managing Director at EquitiesFirstTM.

Focusing on business origination, Alvin is primary responsible for relationship management with corporates, institutions, family offices, intermediaries, and high-net-worth individuals.

Alvin brings more than 20 years of industry experience in investment banking and finance, with an extensive professional network and knowledge of cross-border M&A, IPO, private equity, venture capital and fundraising across Asia.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Alvin held leadership roles at CapBridge Financial, China International Capital Corporation, Credit Suisse, Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen. Alvin holds an MPhil in finance from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and financial management from the University of Essex in Colchester, United Kingdom.

Alvin is based in the Singapore office.

DIRECTOR
Elsa Yu

Elsa Yu is Director at EquitiesFirstTM.

Focusing on business origination and strategy, Elsa is primarily responsible for the development and management of strategic relationships with external partners across Asia.

With over a decade of experience in financial services, Elsa is an expert in business development and relationship management, with a deep understanding of multi-asset classes, especially derivatives and fixed income products.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Elsa was an Associate Director at LianHe Ratings Global where she worked closely with major investment banks and Chinese issuers. She has also held various business development positions at ION Group, Fitch Ratings, ACE Group and Fubon Futures. Elsa holds a Master’s degree in finance and banking from University of New South Wales, Australia, and a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Soochow University, Taiwan.

Elsa is based at the Asia headquarters in Hong Kong, China.

HEAD OF BEIJING OFFICE
Didier Zheng

Didier Zheng is Head of Beijing Office for EquitiesFirstTM.

Didier is primarily responsible for exploring business opportunities in Greater China region.

With over a decade of financial services experience in Western Europe and Asia, Didier is an expert on capital market strategy and financing for listed companies, and provides great synergy when company shareholders seek EF’s service.

Didier comes with a wealth of experience as an entrepreneur, capital markets and banking. Prior to joining EF, he was Chief Executive Officers of Dots Institutional Investors, an institutional investor social network that includes Chief Investment Officers, fund managers and analysts, who manage around US$30 billion.

He was also the Deputy GM of Investor Relations and Executive Director of  Fixed Income for Fosun International (656.HK). He participated in the management of Fosun’s insurance portfolio of US$20 billion, and was part of the team that achieved equity raisings of US$3.5 billion with market capitalization growing approximately 390%. Prior to Fosun, Didier was a H-share equity research analyst for SWS (Shenyin & Wanguo Securities). He started his financial career as an M&A analyst for BNP Paribas and a credit analyst for Société Générale in Paris.

Prior to his financial career, Didier worked for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He earned his Bachelor's degree in French Literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University and a Master's in management (option finance) degree from ESCP Business School in Paris.

Didier is a Chinese national, and is fluent in Mandarin, English and French.

GLOBAL OFFICES

Bangkok

399 Interchange Building, 24 Floor
Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey-Nua
Wattana, Bangkok 10110

+66 2059 0242
Beijing

Level 24, China World Office 2,
No. 1 Jianguomenwai Avenue,
Chaoyang District,
Beijing, P.R. China

+86 10 5929 8670
Hong Kong

Suites 2903-2905, 29th Floor,
AIA Central, 1 Connaught Road,
Central, Hong Kong

+852 3958 4500
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Indianapolis, IN 46204,
United States

+1 317 429 3500
London

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London W1B 5AP

+44 203 747 3270
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Second Floor
28006 Madrid
Spain

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477 Collins Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000

+61 3 8688 7191
Perth

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77 St. Georges Terrace
Perth, WA 6000

+61 8 6141 3222
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Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu,
Seoul, 03161, Korea

+82 2 6370 5180
Shanghai

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1515 West Nanjing Road, Jing’an District,
Shanghai 200040, P.R. China

+86 21 8033 3188
Singapore

Level 37, Ocean Financial Center,
10 Collyer Quay Singapore 049315

+65 6808 6405
Sydney

Suite 33.01, Chifley Tower
2 Chifley Square,
Sydney, NSW 2000

+61 2 8880 1270
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