Chairman and CEO
Saigon Asset Management (SAM)
Louis Nguyen is a Vietnam-focused investment fund manager with keen focus on equities and real estate. Since 2007, SAM’s managed funds have outperformed all indices and most peer funds, as well as deployed over US$350 million in over 60 companies and projects in Vietnam.
- Managing Director of Amber Fund Management (AFM), a Vietnam domestic licensed fund management company
- Managing Director of Sunwah Kingsway, the manager of $100 million AUM Sunwah Corporation Investment Fund
- Independent Board Director of Petro Vietnam Fertilizer and Chemical Company (DPM)
- Former Managing Director at VinaCapital, Vietnam, a fund management company with over $1.7 billion AUM.
- Founding General Partner at IDG Ventures Vietnam, a technology venture capital firm with over $200 million 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 AUM
- Held management positions in finance and operations in California at Apple and KPMG
Managing Director, Energy & Natural Resources Investments
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.
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
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
VEH Independent Non-Executive Director
VEH Independent Non-Executive Director
Kiet Truong, CFA
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/or advised on more than US$500 million worth of transactions in Vietnam over the last 15 years.
- Founder and Managing Director, Vietbridge Capital
- Founder and CEO, Five Elements Development
- Director, Indochina Capital
- Head of Execution, Andaman Capital
- Equity Research Analyst, Morgan Stanley Hong Kong
- Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University
- Masters Degree from Harvard University
- Languages: English, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Thai
Managing Director - Renewable Energy
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.