We will seek to capitalize on the significant contacts and experience of our management team and board of directors to identify, evaluate and acquire a target business. In addition, we anticipate that target business candidates may be brought to our attention from various unaffiliated sources, including investment market participants, private equity groups, investment banking firms, consultants, accounting firms and large business enterprises.
Martin Jaskel, our Executive Chairman, has over 40 years’ experience within financial services encompassing both non-executive and executive roles. In particular, he has in-depth exposure to capital markets, debt financing, foreign exchange and trade finance. Previously, Mr. Jaskel held non-executive roles within the fintech sector and was involved in raising capital for investments in both real estate property technology (or “prop tech”) and fintech companies. Mr. Jaskel has worked closely with regulators, including the Bank of England, throughout his career and is frequently consulted on issues involving FX, trade finance and strategic development. Mr. Jaskel began in the UK government bond market as a broker with leading firms, latterly as a Partner in W. Greenwell & Co. In January 1990 he was appointed Director of Global Sales at National Westminster Bank Treasury. In March 1994, he was promoted to Managing Director of Global Trade and Banking Services and was responsible for restructuring and rebuilding the firm’s previously neglected global trade finance franchise, which distributed treasury, and capital markets products. In April 1997 he left National Westminster Bank and founded a financial services consultancy, which included a consultancy at KPMG Corporate Finance and the corporate FX division of Travelex plc, and an interim appointment as the Managing Director of Property Secure, a private real estate company with a £500 million portfolio of commercial and residential property. In June 2005 he joined European American Capital Limited, an FCA authorized and regulated specialized advisory bank as a Senior Advisor and Investment Banker. From January 2015 to January 2017, he was a Director of N-VIRO International Corporation. Mr. Jaskel has been a Non-Executive Director of Spectra Systems Corporation (LON: SPSY) since March 2007, and is the Chair of its Audit and Compensation Committees. Additionally, Mr. Jaskel has been a Director of European American Capital Services Limited since January 2008. He has extensive experience as a Non-Executive Director of both publicly quoted and private companies.
Rick Maurer will serve on our board of directors following the completion of this offering and has been our Chief Executive Officer since April 2019. For more than 40 years Mr. Maurer has been actively involved in: private equity; corporate governance; executive, financial and operational management; formulating and executing strategic business plans; formulating and executing acquisitive and market-focused organic growth strategies; sourcing, analyzing, negotiating, structuring, financing, and executing corporate mergers & acquisitions; creating joint ventures, partnerships and strategic alliances; as well as, the executive, financial and operational management of the integration of these companies, entities and alliances; public and private capital raising; and managing the relationship with investors, associates, suppliers, bankers, investment bankers, lawyers, accountants and other professional service firms. Since January 2012, Mr. Maurer has been actively seeking and making private equity investments for his own account in Asia and South East Asia, including India, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. During November 2016, Mr. Maurer founded Longview Resources Group, a Hong Kong based and headquartered international commodity trading group. Since Longview’s founding, it has amalgamated three (via acquisition) formerly separate international commodity trading companies (in Hong Kong, Singapore & Malaysia) and formed three additional commodity trading companies (in the USA, UK and Australia). Mr. Maurer was a Founder and Managing Partner of WESMAR Partners Limited Partnership (“WESMAR”), a private equity/leveraged buyout firm. Mr. Maurer was also an executive member of the Hillman family’s venture capital team (“Hillman Ventures”), which had offices in Silicon Valley. During his time associated with Hillman Ventures, it was (a) a direct investor in technology and life science companies (e.g., Tandem Computers, Genentech and Hybritech), (b) a founding investor in a number of venture capital firms (e.g., Kleiner Perkins) and (c) one of the leading single venture capital investors in the United States. Mr. Maurer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Point Park University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from The Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at The University of Pittsburgh.
Marat Rosenberg will serve on our board of directors following the completion of this offering and has been our President since April 2019. Mr. Rosenberg has over 20 years of experience in capital markets, investment and management of multinational private and publicly traded companies focusing on finance, technology, energy and entertainment. Mr. Rosenberg has brought over 50 companies public and has been both a fintech investor and operator. He is currently the Managing Partner of HFG Partners, LLC. Between January 2002 and April 2018 as the Senior Managing Director and Principal of Halter Financial Group (“HFG”), a leading merchant bank specializing in public listing and financing for emerging market companies, Mr. Rosenberg oversaw the listing of the firm’s clients on US exchanges, including China Biologic Products Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBPO), a biopharmaceutical products company that completed both a financing and contemporaneous reverse take over through an HFG affiliate in 2006 at approximately $1.90 per share, began trading on Nasdaq in December 2009 and which had a closing price of $93.75 on July 8, 2019. Also during this time, through Halter Financial Investments, HFG’s investment business, Mr. Rosenberg co-founded and managed the Halter Global Opportunity Fund from May 2006 to December 2011, and was a Partner in the Pinnacle China Fund from January 2006 to February 2012, both specializing in pre-IPO and PIPE investments. In March 2004 Mr.Rosenberg co-founded the Halter USX China Index, partnering with Invesco Powershares to create the PowerShares Golden Dragon China ETF (NASD: PGJ). Before HFG, from April 1999 to February 2001, Mr.Rosenberg established and headed business development for Alladvantage, a dotcom that raised nearly $200million in venture capital, and grew users to more than 10 million in over 50 countries in its first 18 months of operation. Alladvantage’s Viewbar software was one of the earliest desktop data tracking and artificial intelligence based ad targeting/behavioral marketing technologies and was also an online financial platform that integrated with third-party online banks, payment systems and other online financial service providers but which ceased such operations and liquidated much of its related assets following a withdrawn initial public offering in 2001 after the overall crash of Internet stocks beginning in March 2000. Mr. Rosenberg served as a VP with Citigroup Asset Management’s Institutional Sales Group from September 1996 to April 1999. Mr. Rosenberg began his career in September 1995 as a Management Consultant in Andersen Consulting’s Strategy Practice, specializing in financial services and tech clients. He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Vadim Komissarov will serve on our board of directors following the completion of this offering and has been our Advisor since April 2019. Mr. Komissarov is a seasoned investment banker with extensive international experience in Asia, Europe, and US. Mr. Komissarov started his investment banking career in 1998 in New York working for international banks, including Merrill and The Bank of New York Mellon, handling private equity transactions and alternative dispute resolution programs for Eastern European clients. From 1999 to 2014, Mr. Komissarov has held senior level management positions with Russian investment banks such as Troika Dialog and Vnesheconombank (“VEB”). In his role as Executive Director of Globex Capital and Chairman of VEB Capital Americas, Mr. Komissarov was responsible for its worldwide corporate finance practice from September 2009 to March 2014. In 2014 and 2015, Mr. Komissarov represented The UMW Holdings Berhad as an Investment Advisor. Mr. Komissarov is the Founder and has been the Chief Executive Officer of VK Consulting since May 2015. Since March 2016, Mr. Komissarov has been Director, President and Chief Financial Officer of Trident Acquisitions Corp (Nasdaq: TDACU). Mr. Komissarov has extensive experience in the fields of technology and telecommunications, including advising companies in large investments in the hi-tech telecom industry. Mr. Komissarov holds an MBA degree from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Will O’Brien will serve on our board of directors following the completion of this offering. Mr. O’Brien is a veteran angel investor and serial entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. Mr. O’Brien’s portfolio and expertise spans a broad range of sectors including fintech and blockchain, gaming and VR, media, healthtech, data and analytics, and cloud services. He has extensive experience in scaling organizations, managing corporate financings and M&A, and structuring strategic partnerships. From March 2016 to December 2017, Mr. O’Brien was Chief Operating Officer at Keen Labs, Inc. (which was acquired by ScaleWorks Associates in December 2017), an analytics platform for developers. From December 2013 to April 2015, Mr. O’Brien was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of BitGo, Inc., a leading bitcoin security company. Mr. O’Brien has helped to grow positive awareness of blockchain through public speaking, strategic partnerships with incumbents, and policy work. Mr. O’Brien has extensive experience in building and running high growth technology firms, including as Chief Executive Officer of BitGo, Inc., Senior Vice President at Big Fish Games, Inc. (acquired by Churchill Downs, Nasdaq: CHDN, in November 2014) from January 2010 to August 2013, and General Manager of TrialPay, Inc. (acquired by Visa, NSYE: V, in February 2015) from 2009 to 2010. He is also an active investor and advisor for early stage startups and foundational blockchain projects in the US, Europe, and South Korea. Mr. O’Brien earned a B.A. in Computer Science from Harvard University and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. We believe Mr. O’Brien is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive expertise in blockchain and fintech.