Managing Director, Energy & Natural Resources Investments

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Kevin Flaherty has been active in the SE Asia region for more than 20 years and is a recognized specialist in energy and natural resources. He has an established private equity track record of identifying attractive projects, establishing companies, executing valuation growth and structuring exits.  In his current role as Managing Director – Energy & Natural Resources, he is responsible for direct investments and advisory services in the energy and natural resources sector.

Kevin brings extensive operational experience to his role at SAM. In 1996, he co-founded Tiberon Minerals, a TSE-listed mineral exploration company that discovered Vietnam’s Nui Phao tungsten deposit, during his tenure as an officer & director of the firm. The company was later acquired by an Asian-based investment fund for $270 million and taken private. The Nui Phao deposit is now the world’s largest tungsten producer.  Kevin was also a Founder & Director of Keeper Resources, a TSXV-listed company that held two oil & gas properties in Vietnam and was later acquired by an Asian-based investment fund for $60 million and taken private.

Kevin was a founding shareholder and Director of Sunshine Oilsands, a Hong Kong listed Canadian oil sands company with 5 billion barrels in contingent resources. Established in 2007, the firm went from a start-up to a Hong Kong listing in five years, raising $1.4 billion in the process.

In 2012, Kevin helped structure Canadian Foresight Group Pte. Ltd. (“CFG”), which was established to participate in Myanmar’s inaugural offshore oil & gas bidding round.  CFG was successful in the 2013 bidding round and was awarded offshore Block M15, a 13,500 sq km license, directly adjacent to the producing Yetagun gas field.  In his role as Executive Director, Mr. Flaherty was responsible for the bid submission and subsequent negotiation of the Production Sharing Contract and Joint Operating Agreement. 

Another proprietary investment spearheaded by Mr. Flaherty has been the structuring and establishment of Savitar Exploration Ltd., a private company that has mining exploration projects in Laos and Myanmar.  Savitar has brought together the former technical team from Tiberon Minerals and is charting a similar path.  

As part of SAM Energy’s advisory initiatives Kevin has acted in an advisory capacity for a Chinese iron ore venture in the Philippines, a mid-tier gold producer with projects in Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam, and a Chinese solar power company.  Kevin has specific expertise in the valuation and financial modeling of electricity power generation projects; structuring and negotiating mining JV & petroleum production sharing contracts with the various authorities in the region, and is more than familiar with the region’s natural resource laws. In addition, he has led and advised a number of private equity bids for resource projects throughout the Indochina region.

Kevin received both a B.A. in Economics and a MBA in Finance from the University of Calgary.

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Senior Advisor- HD Bank Board of Directors

Vice Chairman- How Yu Construction and Development Group

Independent Board Director- DreamHouse Saigon Investment Group (Listed code: DRH)

Inspection Board Member- Phu My Bridge Investment Company Board

Former Managing Director- Saigon Asset Management, Real Estate Investments

Former Managing Director- GrandFord Venture Capital, an investment fund based in Vietnam and Taiwan

Former CEO- Momentum Information Technology Vietnam, a service provider for core banking and payment systems

Former Deputy General Director at various landmark projects and joint ventures in Vietnam including the Legend Hotel, Saigon Riverside Office Building, Hai Thanh Kotobuki, FeiYei and Dat Viet

Senior management positions at Hallyard Resort, Peito and WuLai Taiwan, and How Yu Construction Corporation

Over 17 years of on-the-ground experience in Vietnam

MBA, University of Southern California

BS in Finance, University of Oregon

Fluent in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Vietnamese

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Chairman of the Private Equity Group and Deputy Managing Partner- Reed Smith, New York 

Represents private equity funds, venture capital funds, sovereign wealth funds, international funds, asset managers, credit funds, hedge funds, investment banks, family offices, financiers (and their portfolio companies) in various types of complex domestic and cross border investment and financing transactions

Areas of practice are private equity, mergers and acquisitions, securities and capital markets with a focus on public and private mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, recapitalizations, joint ventures and management buyouts, particularly in the financial services, technology, media and telecommunications, real estate and hospitality, life sciences and healthcare, manufacturing and industrials, consumer and retail, apparel, restaurant and entertainment industries 

Extensive debt and equity capital markets experience, representing both issuers and investors in public offerings and private placements

Author of numerous articles on securities law and mergers and acquisitions

VEH Chairman, Independent Non-Executive Director

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VEH Independent Non-Executive Director

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VEH Independent Non-Executive Director

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Managing Director - Renewable Energy

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Mr. Thomas Jakobsen has over 10 years of experience in Indochina, focused on renewable energy. He brings a strong and well-established track record in clean development including projects in energy efficiency, solar and wind energy, biofuel, environmental surveying, and infrastructure

Mr. Jakobsen co-founded Gate to Asia Trading and Consulting Company in 2007 performing investment consulting services for Renewable Energy and Environmental projects in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Additionally, activities have included finding suitable technology suppliers for Renewable Energy and Environmental projects and conducting ESG assessments of projects in Vietnam for foreign investors.

From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Jakobsen was Investment Director at Anpha Capital, originating and analyzing potential investments in Renewable Energy, Real Estate and Infrastructure projects; advising the potential investment companies/projects on Financial Structuring and Corporate Finance and performing due diligence on potential investments. Prior to that, he held General Management and Financial Management positions in industrial companies in Europe and Asia.

In Apr 2009, Mr. Jakobsen acquired control of CSR Vietnam Co. Ltd., a Vietnamese company specialized in environmental assessment of foreign investment (particularly Danish), to ensure compliance to the highest of local, Danish and IFC performance standards.

He holds M.Sc. in Economics and Business Administration from University of Aarhus in Denmark, including six months at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium from 1990 to 1995.

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Louis Nguyen
Chairman and CEO
Saigon Asset Management (SAM)

Louis Nguyen is a Vietnam-focused investment banker and fund manager specialized in the capital markets, real estate, and impact investments.  Since 2007, SAM’s managed funds have outperformed all indices and most peer funds, as well as deployed over US$500 million in over 70 companies and projects in Vietnam.

 

 

Experience:

  • Managing Director of Amber Fund Management (AFM), a Vietnam domestic licensed fund management company
  • Managing Director of Sunwah Kingsway, the manager of $100 million in AUM Sunwah Corporation Investment Fund
  • Former Managing Director at VinaCapital, Vietnam, a fund management company  with over $3 billion in AUM.
  • Founding General Partner at IDG Ventures Vietnam, a technology venture capital firm with over $200 million in AUM
  • Former Director at Intelligent Capital, San Francisco, California, a technology M&A firm with over $1 billion in transactions closed
  • Former Managing Director at Osprey Ventures, Menlo Park, California, a Silicon Valley technology venture capital firm with $100 million in AUM
  • Held management positions in finance and operations in California at Apple,Nec and KPMG
  • Member of the Board of Petro Vietnam Fertilizer and Chemical Company (DPM), one of the largest listed agriculture companies/SOE in Vietnam
  • Co-chairman, Capital Markets Committee, American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in Vietnam
  • BS in Accounting, San Jose State University, San Jose, California
  •  Languages: English and Vietnamese

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Kiet Truong
Managing Director
Saigon Asset Management (SAM)

Kiet Truong has over 20 years of experience in fund management, equities (listed and pre-IPO) and real estate development/investment. He has invested and advised on more than US$500mn worth of transactions in Vietnam over the last 15 years. At SAM, Kiet leads the investments and fund formation in listed equity, fixed income, and debt instruments

 

 

 

Experience:

  • Founder and CEO, Five Elements Development
  • Founder and Managing Director, Vietbridge Capital, Equities and pre-IPO fund with US$50 million in AUM
  • Director, Indochina Capital, Vietnam. The first real estate fund in Vietnam with over US$250 million in AUM
  • Head of Execution, Andaman Capital, Thailand. Private equity real estate fund with US$150 million in AUM
  • Equity Research Analyst, Morgan Stanley Hong Kong
  • Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University
  • MS from Harvard University
  • Languages: English and Vietnamese

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Nguyen Truong
Chief Financial Officer
Saigon Asset Management (SAM)

Nguyen Truong has over 10 years of experience in Big 4 finance and accounting, auditing and advisory. Prior to SAM, he was at Ernest & Young concentrating in financial controls and management, VAS and IFRS reporting, budgeting, taxation, risk management and corporate governance with special focus in banking, investment fund, and trading. At SAM, he oversees management company and investment funds’ financial controls, portfolio post investment monitoring as well as overall global legal and tax compliance for SAM’s entities

 

Experience:

  • Former Audit Manager of Ernst & Young, Vietnam
  • BS, Accounting & Auditing, University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City
  • Qualified Vietnam CPA
  • Associate member of Australia CPA
  • Certified for practicing service on Vietnam corporate tax procedures 
  • Languages: Vietnamese and English

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Chuong Vo
Investment Director – Capital Markets
Saigon Asset Management (SAM)

Chuong Vo has over 10 years of experience in listed equity investment. At SAM, he was instrumental as the key portfolio manager in 2 of SAM’s star investment funds: Vietnam Equity Holding (VEH), which outperformed all indices and peer funds since inception, and Vietnam Property Holding (VPH), which outperformed the Vietnam Real Estate Index since inception

 

 

Experience: 

  • Former Senior Analyst at Viet Dragon Securities, Vietnam – Covering pharmacy, oil & gas, technology and natural rubber 
  • Bachelor of Corporate Finance, University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City
  • MS, Finance, Monash University, Australia
  • CFA charter holder 
  • Chuong Vo also served in the supervisory committee of listed companies in Vietnam
  • Languages: Vietnamese and English

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Trang Nguyen
Investment Director – Real Estate
Saigon Asset Management (SAM)

Trang Nguyen has over 14 years of experience in equity investment, property development, investment banking and advisory services. At SAM, she was instrumental as one of the top deal sourcing members of the management team which resulted in numerous successful closing of investment and advisory deals

 

  

 

Experience: 

  • Founder and CEO of Rise Capital Land, a real estate company which provides comprehensive financial and operational solutions to sub-US$100 million developers and landowners
  • Former Research Manager at Bao Viet Holdings, one of the largest financial conglomerates in Vietnam
  • Former Investment Officer at Vietbridge Capital, an equities and pre-IPO fund with US$50 million in AUM
  • BA from Banking University, Vietnam
  • BA, Banking University, Vietnam
  • Languages: Vietnamese and English

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Phuong Do
Investment Director – Healthcare and Aviation
Saigon Asset Management (SAM)

Phuong Do has over 7 years of experience in healthcare advisory, supplying and distributing advanced medical devices for major public hospitals and private clinics in Vietnam. At SAM, Lily leads investment projects involving development of medical centers, telemedicine, and healthcare mobile applications. Lily also leads advisory and investment opportunities in airport infrastructure and equipment

 

 

Experience: 

  • Business Development manager at Viet Long JSC, a medical device company
  • Former International Affairs Officer, Airport Corporation of Vietnam (ACV), one of the largest listed aviation companies in Vietnam
  • Former Customer Relationship Manager, Royal Plaza on Scotts, Singapore 
  • BA from International Tourism and Hospitality Management, Singapore 
  • MS, Open University Malaysia 
  • Languages: Vietnamese and English

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Annie Van Ngo
Investor Relations Director
Saigon Asset Management (SAM)

Annie Ngo has 12 years experience in private banking, wealth management and fund management at HSBC and SAM. She manages intricate relationships with key institutional investors, family offices, and UHNWI’s worldwide and is a key member of SAM’s fund formation and structuring team. 

 

Experience:

  • Former Wealth Management Sales Quality Manager, Business Risk & Compliance Management, HSBC Vietnam
  • Former Wealth Management Coach Manager, Wealth Management, HSBC Bank Vietnam
  • Former AVP-Premier Relationship Manager, Wealth Management, HSBC Bank Vietnam
  • Former Investor Relations Associate, Saigon Asset Management
  • Former Cabin Crew, Asiana Airlines, Korea
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, RMIT 
  • Languages: Vietnamese, English, Mandarin Chinese