Meet Our Team Of Experts And Professionals

AMERICAS
ASIA
AUSTRALIA
MIDDLE EAST
EUROPE
ALL
US
CN/HK
KR
SG
TH
AU
UK
ME
DIRECTOR
Alex Baboolal

Alex Baboolal is Director at EquitiesFirst.

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.

ACCOUNTING ASSISTANT
Davenee Benge

Davenee Benge is an Accounting Assistant at EquitiesFirst.

In her role, Davenee oversees workplace management, primarily focusing on administrative and accounting support to ensure smooth operations across all office functions.

She brings over 20 years of experience and knowledge in corporate administration, specializing in account payables and receivables processing, as well as systematic documentation.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Davenee was most recently an Executive Assistant and Office Manager at a real estate and mortgage solutions company. She has also held a number of administrative and accounting roles previously.

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

ACCOUNTING ASSISTANT
Stacy Carroll

Stacy Carroll is an Accounting Assistant at EquitiesFirst.

Stacy supports all accounting and banking operations across the firm’s business units, ensuring transaction efficiency and service quality.

She brings over 15 years of experience in accounting and administrative management, with a focus on corporate administration and customer service.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Stacy held various accounting and administrative roles across a range of industries, including financial services, medical and wellness.

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

RESEARCH MANAGER
Henry Chan

Henry Chan is the Research Manager at EquitiesFirst.

Henry is responsible for equity research, data analysis and supporting the business development team in Hong Kong.

With more than seven years of experience in equity and cryptocurrency research, Henry brings with him solid expertise in the areas of company research, fundamental analysis, investment, portfolio management and risk management.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Henry served as an Assistant Portfolio Manager at LBN Advisers. He is a CFA charterholder and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Honours) from the Hang Seng University of Hong Kong.

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

MANAGER, OPERATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION
Cholticha Charoenrat

Cholticha Charoenrat is Manager of Operations and Administration at EquitiesFirst.

Cholticha is responsible for the overall management and administration of the firm’s Bangkok office. Working closely with director teams, Cholticha ensures smooth and efficient operations.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Cholticha held a primary customer care associate role at Schneider Electric, a global energy management and automation company. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in communication arts from Silpakorn University.

Cholticha is based in the Bangkok office in Thailand.

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Jessica Cheng

Jessica Cheng is the Marketing Director for all markets at EquitiesFirst.

Jessica is primarily responsible for driving the overall strategic planning and efficient implementation of EquitiesFirst's global marketing, corporate communications, and public relations initiatives across international markets.

With over 15 years of professional experience in marketing and corporate communications, Jessica is an accomplished all-round marketing specialist with extensive expertise in strategic marketing, media relations, stakeholder engagement and digital marketing across multiple sectors.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Jessica served as part of the Group Communications and Brand team at Home Credit International where she led successful online and offline marketing and communications campaigns. She also held senior marketing and communications positions across industries including fashion, entertainment and property firms. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Hong Kong.

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

DIRECTOR
Ken Chong, CFA

Ken Chong is Director at EquitiesFirst.

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.

SENIOR MANAGER, OFFICE MANAGEMENT
Connie Chow

Connie Chow is Senior Manager of Office Management at EquitiesFirst.

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 EquitiesFirst.  

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. 

SENIOR MANAGER, OPERATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION
Jules Clark

Jules Clark is Senior Manager of Operations and Administration at EquitiesFirst.

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

She brings with her more than 15 years of professional experience providing executive support to C-Suite management across various industries in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Jules was executive assistant to the chief executive officer at Eversheds Sutherland, an international legal firm and executive assistant to Cantor Fitzgerald’s General Counsel for Europe. She has also served in executive assistant and secretarial roles for numerous financial services and technology companies.

Jules is based at the Australia headquarters in Sydney.

TRANSACTION ADMINISTRATION SPECIALIST
Elisse Cornell

Elisse Cornell is the Transaction Administration Specialist at EquitiesFirst.  

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 EquitiesFirst.  

Gordon oversees all EquitiesFirst operations throughout the Asian region, focusing on business development across the firm’s five offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Beijing and Shanghai.

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. 

TRADER
David Fabian

David Fabian is a Trader at EquitiesFirst.

David’s primary responsibilities include assisting the overall strategic management of EquitiesFirst’s global portfolio.

With over 25 years of experience in the capital markets, David brings with him extensive knowledge in the areas of trading, sales and operations.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, David was a Spartan Brokerage Trader and Nasdaq Principal Trader at Fidelity Investments. He also served as a Sales Trader at Longbow Research. David holds Series 4, 7, 55 and 63 licenses from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. He also holds an MBA from Xavier University and a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio University, both in finance.

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

HEAD TRADER
Reuben Flack

Reuben Flack is the Head Trader at EquitiesFirst. 

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. 

TRADER
Christopher Gey

Christopher Gey is a Trader at EquitiesFirst. 

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.   

DIRECTOR OF SALES
Yunseok Heo

Yunseok is the Director of Sales, South Korea at EquitiesFirst.

Yunseok is responsible for originating new business and leading product development for South Korea. He also manages the firm’s strategic relationships with companies, institutions and high-net-worth individuals in the market.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Yunseok drove the sales and management of Korean Won and foreign currency bonds, as well as private wealth management with a focus on financial products, at Dongyang Investment Bank and Merrill Lynch Securities. With extensive experience in real estate project financing and M&A advisory, Yunseok is a seasoned expert in asset allocation and asset succession.Yunseok holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Korea University.

Yunseok is based in the Seoul office in South Korea.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, AUSTRALIA
Mitchell Hopwood

Mitchell Hopwood is the Chief Executive Officer, Australia at EquitiesFirst.

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 EquitiesFirst. 

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.   

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, ASIA-PACIFIC & MENA
Renuka Kuech

Renuka Kuech is the Chief Operating Officer, Asia-Pacific & MENA at EquitiesFirst.

Renuka is primarily responsible for driving business operations and development across Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and North Africa. 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 in the Singapore office.

DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL OPERATIONS
Julie LaPoint

Julie LaPoint is the Director of Global Operations at EquitiesFirst. 

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.   

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO ASIA CEO & HEAD OF ADMINISTRATION, ASIA
Julie Leung

Julie Leung is the Executive Assistant to Asia CEO & Head of Administration, Asia at EquitiesFirst.

In her role, Julie provides executive support to the Asia CEO while overseeing all administrative functions at the EquitiesFirst’s Asia headquarters in Hong Kong, as well as other regional business units.

With over 21 years of experience in executive management, Julie brings with her a vast knowledge in executive support and operational management for many international companies.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Julie held senior administrative management roles at a wide range of professional multinational corporate companies, including WarnerMedia, Credit Suisse, Rogers & Wells and Baker McKenzie among others. She holds a Higher Diploma in legal studies from The University of Hong Kong.

Julie is based at the Asia headquarters of EquitiesFirst in Hong Kong, China.

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 EquitiesFirst.

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.

MANAGING DIRECTOR
Edwin Lee

Edwin Lee is the Managing Director of EquitiesFirst.

Edwin focuses on managing strategic origination, client relationships and the development of EquitiesFirst’s business across the Greater China region. 

With over 15 years of experience in international investment banking and financial services, Edwin brings a well-established expertise in strategic transaction advisory across public and private markets, as well as fundraising and management with an extensive network of corporate, institutional and high-net-worth individual clients.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Edwin held senior leadership positions at China Industrial Securities International Capital and Mason Group. He also served at Citigroup Global Markets Asia and Haitong International Capital. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Indiana University, United States. Edwin 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 at EquitiesFirst. 

In his role, James oversees EquitiesFirst's Seoul operations as well as leads 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 was a senior finance lawyer and primary relationship manager at Kim & Chang 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 worked as General Counsel for Bank of America Merrill Lynch Korea for six years before joining Kim & Chang.

James earned his Bachelor of holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business AdministrationManagement from Korea University and earned a JD from Vanderbilt University Law School.

James is based in the Seoul office in South Korea. 

DIRECTOR, EUROPE
Oliver Lis

Oliver Lis is Director, Europe at EquitiesFirst. 

Oliver mainly focuses on the development of origination and marketing strategies for EquitiesFirst in the United Kingdom. 

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. 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. 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Tong Liu

Tong Liu is Executive Director at EquitiesFirst. 

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 EquitiesFirst.  

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. 

ASSOCIATE
Gonzalo León Morenés

Gonzalo León Morenés is an Associate at EquitiesFirst.

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.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, EUROPE
James Mungovan

James Mungovan is the Chief Executive Officer, Europe at EquitiesFirst. 

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. 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
David Oh

David Oh is the Executive Director at EquitiesFirst.

David is primarily responsible for building a robust client network and cultivating strong relationships to drive business opportunities in Singapore and across Asia. In addition to focusing on the development and promotion of the firm’s financing solutions for deal origination, he also collaborates closely with global company executives in establishing client connections in Asia with a strategic focus on Singapore and Korea.

With over 15 years of experience in investment banking and tech finance, David specializes in capital markets and investor relations in M&A, IPOs, as well as private fundraising. His skill sets and extensive network have been pivotal in fostering significant corporate and financial growth. He also brings his expertise in managing high-net-worth individual assets in Korea and Singapore.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, David led one of Korea's most acclaimed tech startup M&A transactions, the acquisition of Woowa Brothers Corp by Delivery Hero. He also made significant contributions at J.P. Morgan Securities in investment banking and equity sales, at Standard Chartered Korea in private banking strategy, and led the IPO of Innocean Worldwide, a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Group. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Boston University Questrom School of Business.

David is based in the Singapore office.

CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR
Youshin Oh

Youshin Oh is the Chief Administrative Director, South Korea at EquitiesFirst.

Youshin oversees media relations, corporate communications and marketing. His role also encompasses collaborating with individual and institutional partners to support business development with a focus on the corporate sector. Furthermore, he is responsible for managing the firm’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Youshin worked as a reporter for major media groups covering various areas including politics, law, securities, venture, international and real estate. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Laws from Korea University.

Youshin is based in the Seoul office in South Korea.

ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER
Jiwon Park

Jiwon Park is the Administrative Manager, South Korea at EquitiesFirst.

Jiwon manages overall administration of the Seoul office and actively contributes towards enhancing the efficiency of office operations that adhere to global standards.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Jiwon undertook manager roles at Samsung C&T Resort, Coex and OurHome in various fields such as administration, talent development, customer service and human resources. Jiwon holds a Master's degree in Tourism Management from the Graduate School of Tourism, Sejong University.

Jiwon is based in the Seoul office in South Korea.

FINANCE DIRECTOR, EUROPE
Alan Pereira, FCA

Alan Pereira is the Finance Director, Europe at EquitiesFirst.

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 EquitiesFirst.

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.

MANAGING DIRECTOR
Hyou Setsu

Hyou Setsu is the Managing Director at EquitiesFirst.

Hyou is responsible for overseeing strategic business relationships for the firm, with a primary focus on the Japan market. 

With nearly two decades of experience in investment banking and corporate finance, Hyou brings extensive expertise and has led successful equity fundraising deals for corporates across Asia.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Hyou worked at CITIC CLSA Securities (Hong Kong), Mizuho Securities Asia (Hong Kong) and Goldman Sachs (Japan) among others. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Hitotsubashi University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Hiroshima University in Japan.

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

ASSISTANT
Wani Shannon

Wani Shannon is an Assistant at EquitiesFirst.

Wani primarily focuses on all administrative tasks at the firm’s London office to ensure smooth operations across all business functions. She is also responsible for the completion of compliance checklists and documentation handling and submission.

Wani brings over seven years of experience and extensive knowledge in corporate administration.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, she was most recently a Corporate Assistant at an intelligence, technology and human expertise company. She has also previously held various administrative roles.

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

SENIOR OPERATIONS MANAGER
Katie Shore

Katie Shore is the Senior Operations Manager at EquitiesFirst.

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.

SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR
Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith is the Senior Managing Director at EquitiesFirst.  

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.   

PRINCIPAL REPRESENTATIVE, MENA
Andrew Stevens

Andrew Stevens is the Principal Representative, MENA at EquitiesFirst*.

Andrew is primarily responsible for managing marketing functions across the Middle East and North Africa.

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 Dubai office in the United Arab Emirates.

*EquitiesFirst is the trade name of Equities First Holdings Hong Kong Ltd (DIFC Representative Office) on Gate Precinct Building 4, 6th Floor, Office 7, Dubai International Financial Centre. EquitiesFirst is regulated by the DFSA as a Representative Office.

DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION
John Thoe

John Thoe is the Director of Production at EquitiesFirst.

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.

SENIOR MANAGER, OPERATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION
Daphne Tong

Daphne Tong is the Senior Manager of Operations and Administration at EquitiesFirst.

Daphne's primary responsibilities include managing all operational and administrative functions within the Singapore office of the firm.

With over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, Daphne specializes in administrative management that ensures smooth business operations. She also brings with her well-established expertise in high-net-worth client servicing.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Daphne held senior client servicing positions at the wealth management arms of JPMorgan Private Bank and Citibank Singapore. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Nanyang Technological University and a Diploma in Banking and Financial Services from Singapore Polytechnic.

Daphne is based in the Singapore office.

DIRECTOR
Marcos Ussia

Marcos Ussia is Director at EquitiesFirst.

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.

SENIOR MANAGER, OPERATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION, MENA
Amy Webster

Amy Webster is the Senior Manager of Operations and Administration, MENA at EquitiesFirst*.

Amy is primarily responsible for overseeing all operational and administrative functions within the Dubai office of the firm.

She brings with her more than 20 years of professional experience in operations and providing executive support to C-Suite management across different sectors.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Amy was the Office Manager and Senior Executive Assistant at a Dubai-based Japanese multinational firm. She has also served in executive assistant and administration roles at several multinational institutions across financial services, real estate and hospitality.

Amy is based at the Dubai office in the United Arab Emirates.

*EquitiesFirst is the trade name of Equities First Holdings Hong Kong Ltd (DIFC Representative Office) on Gate Precinct Building 4, 6th Floor, Office 7, Dubai International Financial Centre. EquitiesFirst is regulated by the DFSA as a Representative Office.

DIRECTOR
Jason Winderbaum

Jason Winderbaum is Director at EquitiesFirst.

Jason primarily focuses on origination management and business development for the firm across Australia and New Zealand.

With nearly 20 years of financial services experience, Jason specializes in professional advisory and financing solutions for entrepreneurs, institutions, family offices and wealth advisers.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Jason was a private wealth specialist at Credit Suisse and has also held a number of management roles with other global financial services firms.
He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and financial planner with a Master’s degree in applied finance focusing on investment and wealth management. Jason is based at the Australia headquarters in Sydney.

GLOBAL CONTRACT MANAGER
Amy Wittenauer

Amy Wittenauer is the Global Contract Manager at EquitiesFirst. 

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.  

SENIOR MANAGER, OPERATIONS
Jason Wong

Jason Wong is Senior Manager of Operations at EquitiesFirst.

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.

ASSOCIATE
James Wong

James Wong is an Associate at EquitiesFirst.

Working closely with the origination team, James is responsible for developing and implementing the relevant research and strategies for target markets and segments.

Before joining EquitiesFirst, James held a strategy and corporate development role at Hang Seng Bank. Prior to that, he worked in marketing roles at notable property and petroleum firms. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in information systems and computer science from the University of Hong Kong.

James is based at the Australia headquarters in Sydney.

MANAGING DIRECTOR
Vincent Xu

Vincent Xu is the Managing Director at EquitiesFirst. 

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 EquitiesFirst.

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 of EquitiesFirst. 

Alvin primarily focuses on origination and business development for capital deployment. He is responsible for developing and managing business relationships with corporates, institutions, family offices, intermediaries and high-net-worth individuals.

With over 25 years of experience in investment banking and finance, Alvin has built extensive networks and gained professional expertise in cross-border M&A, IPO, private equity, venture capital, and fundraising across Asia.

Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Alvin held senior leadership positions at global investment bank China International Capital Corporation, Credit Suisse, Ernst & Young, Arthur Andersen and SGX-backed private capital raising platform CapBridge Financial. Alvin graduated from the University of Cambridge with a MPhil in Finance and was awarded First Class Honors in B.A. (Hons) Accounting & Financial Management at the University of Essex, United Kingdom. He is a scholar of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and the British Council.

Alvin is based in the Singapore office.

GLOBAL OFFICES

Beijing

Level 38, China World Tower B,
No. 1 Jianguomenwai Avenue,
Chaoyang District,
Beijing P.R. China

+86 010 5929 8686
Shanghai

Room 708, Level 7, Jing An Kerry Centre, Tower 2,
1515 West Nanjing Road, Jing’an District,
Shanghai 200040, P.R. China

+86 21 8017 5006
Hong Kong

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

+852 3958 4500
Bangkok

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

+66 2059 0242
Brisbane

Level 6, 200 Adelaide Street,
Brisbane QLD 4000

+61 7 2139 9696
Dubai

Gate Precinct Building 4
6th Floor, Office 7
Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

+971 (0)4 433 4893
Indianapolis

10 West Market Street, Suite 3050,
Indianapolis, IN 46204,
United States

+1 317 429 3500
London

The Prow, 1 Wilder Walk
London W1B 5AP

+44 203 747 3270
Melbourne

Suite 7145
Level 7, 180 Flinders Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

+61 3 8669 1950
Perth

Level 14
197 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000

+61 8 6187 9696
Seoul

16/F, Centropolis A, 26,
Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu,
Seoul, 03161, Korea

+82 2 6370 5180
Singapore

One Raffles Quay
North Tower, Level 49
Singapore 048583

+65 6978 9100
Sydney

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

+61 2 8880 1270
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