What I bring to the table
I bring to the table 40 years of professional experience and a variety of skills, including:
1. Critical thinking
Coupled with an old-school-gentleman approach, and an insatiable search for knowledge and innovation.
2. Entrepreneurship insights
I have set up and operated one of the first virtual multi-family offices, with access to families in business having over US$500 billion-worth of assets under management.
3. Legal strategy and risk management
I have corporate, cross-border M&A and project financing expertise, having worked at Tier-1 US and Canadian law firms, in-house at a CAC 40 listed multi-national corporation, and at a privately held global family-controlled enterprise.
4. Global network spanning across the five continents, coupled with unique communication and negotiation skills
I have lived, studied, and practiced in 8 different cities, and have managed the legal affairs of joint ventures in 11 jurisdictions spanning across the Americas, Europe, South-East Asia, China, and the Middle East. I bring to the table a wealth of experience building enduring and successful partnerships and managing stakeholder relationships.
I contributed to the institutionalization of over 160 family-controlled businesses, separating personal assets from business assets, emotions from reason, and ownership from management.
6. Inter-generational conflict management
I am an expert at devising social contracts and at reconciling feuding families, while paving the way for NextGen family entrepreneurs interested in taking over the mantle from their seniors, in an orderly fashion.
7. Coaching and Mentoring
Over the years, I was successful in coaching a number of patriarchs ‘let go’ as well as C-Suite executives ‘embrace’ family business spirit. Also, I mentored NextGen family entrepreneurs and helped them forge their own ambitions and follow their hearts.