Nicholas' career as an investment banker stretches back
to 1981, and takes in M&A, privatisations, venture capital,
equity research and fund management. Prior to establishing
Celadon in 1996, he was attached to Crosby Group from 1992,
now a unit of Société Generale, where he oversaw
the development of its corporate finance and securities
operations in Malaysia, India, Korea and Philippines. Previously,
he held senior positions with the M&A arm of Nomura
Group in London, during which time he was, among other roles,
part of the team that privatised the Czech tobacco industry
through a US$400 million sale to Philip Morris Inc., now
Altria. In his earlier career, he was attached to the equity
research operations of SG Warburg Securities in Tokyo and
prior to that a leading London stockbroking firm, both firms
now part of UBS Group.
A regular speaker at conferences around
the region, Nicholas is a well-known figure among the financial,
venture capital and technology communities in Malaysia.
He was a co-founder of the Kuala Lumpur chapter of First
Tuesday, a global networking group for entrepreneurs and
venture capitalists, and is a Charter Member of TiE
Malaysia, the Malaysian chapter of The
IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE). TiE is a non-profit
global network of entrepreneurs and professionals, founded
in 1992 in Silicon Valley by successful entrepreneurs with
roots back to the Indian sub-continent. Since then TiE has
expanded to 46 chapters in 9 countries. TiE's mission is
to cultivate entrepreneurship through networking, mentoring
Nicholas holds Masters
Degrees in Chemical Engineering and Natural Science from
Trinity Hall, Cambridge, England.
Garry has 34 years' experience in
Asian business, including investment and commercial banking,
private equity and direct investment, consulting and corporate
management. Prior to joining Celadon in 1998, he was Chief
Operating Officer for a direct investment company in Myanmar,
and before that the Managing Director of a listed mining
and property group in Thailand. In his earlier career he
led the successful turnaround of a merchant bank in Malaysia,
and held senior positions with the Bank of New Zealand and
OCBC Group. He has also run his own consulting firm, a pioneer
in management education. Before moving to Asia in 1971 to
open the regional office of a British merchant bank, Garry
practised corporate and commercial law in London.
Garry is also a co-founder and director
of International Eurobond Consultants (IEC).
Garry holds a Master's Degree
in Business Administration from Cranfield Institute of Technology,
Hisham is an entrepreneur with interests in a number of
private companies, including Quest Group, manufacturers
of electrical and electronics components, based near Penang,
of which he is Managing Director, and Pakatan Ilham Sdn
Bhd, a consulting firm specialising in advising Malaysian
companies raising Bumiputra share capital and obtaining
stock market listings. Previously he was Director and Chief
Operating Officer of Selecta Ventures Sdn Bhd, a licensed
investment management company, and an associate company
of the Government-controlled Malaysian Technology Development
Corporation (MTDC). Prior to joining Selecta, he was attached
to Renong Group, Golden Hope Plantations and KPMG Peat Marwick.
Hisham holds a Bachelor
of Business Degree, specialising in Accountancy from University
of Southern Queensland, Australia.
Steven is the Managing Partner of Kamarudin & Partners,
which ranks as one of top five law firms in Malaysia. Kamarudin's
clientele includes a wide range of central and local Government
agencies, and many of Malaysia's leading corporations, financial
institutions and property development companies.
Steven graduated with an MA
from St. Catherine's College, University of Oxford, UK,
and has been admitted to the Bar in Malaysia, Singapore,
and England and Wales.