Managing Director of SAM Energy

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Kevin Flaherty

Managing Director of SAM Energy

  • 25 years of private equity and special situations investment in Vietnam.
  • Director of Indochina Energy Partners Pte. Ltd. (IEP), a solar power development firm, operating in joint venture with Norsk Solar AS, Norfund and Finnfund in the Greater Mekong.
  • Director of Norsk Solar Vietnam Ltd. (UK), a SPV between IEP, Norsk Solar AS, Norfund and Finnfund established to hold the Vietnam solar power assets with project debt financing sourced from ResponAbility.
  • Managing Director of Savitar Exploration Limited, Myanmar.
  • Co-founder of Tiberon Minerals, a Vietnam mining exploration company, exited on a $270 million takeover.
  • Co-founder of Keeper Resources, a Vietnam oil & gas company, exited on a $60 million takeover.
  • BA in Economics and a MBA in Finance, from the University of Calgary.
  • Canadian citizen.

Advisor

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.

CEO and Founder

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Louis Nguyen

CEO and Founder of Saigon Asset Management (SAM)

  • Founder and CEO of Saigon Asset Management (SAM) – fund manager company with a track record of outperformance. 
  • Former Director of Vietnam Equity Holding (VEH), which invested over $185m in 65 companies and projects in Vietnam. 
  • Former Managing Director at VinaCapital, led DFJ VinaCapital Fund.
  • Founding General Partner at IDG Ventures Vietnam, the first venture capital fund in Vietnam.
  • Former Principal at Intelligent Capital in San Francisco, a technology M&A firm in San Francisco.
  • Former Principal at Osprey Ventures, a technology VC fund in Silicon Valley.
  • Chairman of AmCham Vietnam’s Capital Markets and Financial Services Committee.
  • BS in Accounting at San Jose State University, San Jose, California.
  • US citizen.

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Nguyen Truong

Chief Financial Officer

Nguyen Truong has over 10 years of experience in Big 4 finance and accounting, auditing and advisory. Prior to SAM, he was at Ernst & 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
Research Director – Capital Markets

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, CMA
Investment Director – Real Estate

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 Head of Operation at Freedom Developer, a real estate company specializes in office, retail and residential development in Australia.
  • Former Portfolio Manager in VEH, which outperformed all indices and peer funds since inception
  • 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, Banking University, Vietnam
  • CFA level 3 candidate
  • Languages: Vietnamese and English

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Lilly Phuong Do

Investment Director – Healthcare and Aviation

Lilly Phuong Do has over 9 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: 

  • Deputy Director at PrimeMed JSC, a medical device company.
  • 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.
  • Language: Vietnamese and English

 

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Annie Van Ngo
Investor Relations Director

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
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, RMIT
  • Languages: Vietnamese, English, Mandarin Chinese

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Hoang Nghiem
Director – Energy and Infrastructure

Hoang has involved actively in the screening, development, execution and completion of various power and energy projects in Vietnam since 2010. With a strong technical and project management background, he is leading SAM’s energy and infrastructure focus team and splits his time between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh offices.

Experience:  

  • Former Business and Project Development Manager, Gen X Energy (a portfolio company of Blackstone).
  • Former Project Developer and Country Representative, Hero Future Energies.
  • Former Project Manager, Andritz Hydro.
  • Former Deputy Project Director, Thai Binh 2 Power Plant Project Execution Board, Petro Vietnam Construction JSC.
  • Master of Energy Systems, University of Melbourne.
  • Master of Engineering Project Management, University of Melbourne.
  • Bachelor of Electronic and Communication Engineering, University of Tasmania.
  • Languages: Vietnamese, English and Spanish (basic).

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Robert Vong
Director – Digital Transformation

Robert Vong has over 14 years of experience in software engineering, blockchain technology startups, as well has institutional investment experience. At SAM, Robert focuses on technology opportunities, specifically blockchain and financial inclusion targets.

Experience

  • Recognized blockchain expert within the Southeast Asia Region
  • Covered technology small cap listed equities in Melbourne and New York City as a hedge fund analyst
  • Invented two worldwide patents while developing early 3G mobile network technologies
  • MBA, New York University, B.Eng., RMIT University, Australia.

 

Chairman of Saigon Asset Management (SAM)

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Dr. Lee George Lam

Chairman of Saigon Asset Management (SAM)

  • Chairman of Saigon Asset Management (SAM), a fund management company with a track record of outperformance. 
  • Chairman, Cyberport, Hong Kong.
  • Chairman of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) Sustainable Business Network (ESBN) and its Task Force on Banking and Finance.
  • Held senior management roles at Macquarie Capital, A.T. Kearney, Singapore Technologies (Temasek Holdings), BOC International Holdings, CP Group, and Hong Kong Telecom. 
  • BSc in Sciences and Mathematics, an MSc in Systems Science and an MBA from the University of Ottawa in Canada; an LLB (Hons) in law from Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK, a LLM in Law from the University of Wolverhampton in the UK; an MPA and a PhD from the University of Hong Kong.
  • Canadian citizen.

  • Louis Nguyen 
  • CEO and Founder of Saigon Asset Management (SAM)
      • CEO and Founder of Saigon Asset Management (SAM), a fund management company with a track record of outperformance.
      • Former Director of Vietnam Equity Holding (VEH), which invested over $185m in 65 companies and projects in Vietnam. 
      • Former Managing Director at VinaCapital, led DFJ VinaCapital venture capital fund.
      • Founding General Partner at IDG Ventures Vietnam, the first venture capital fund in Vietnam.
      • Former Principal at Intelligent Capital, a technology M&A firm in San Francisco.
      • Former Principal at Osprey Ventures, a technology VC fund in Silicon Valley.
      • Chairman of AmCham Vietnam’s Capital Markets and Financial Services Committee
      • BS in Accounting at San Jose State University, San Jose, California.