About Capbridge 2018-02-08T05:41:43+00:00

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CapBridge is a Private Institutional
Market that
facilitates transactions
among investors and companies.

ABOUT US

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CapBridge offers institutional and accredited investors private and exclusive access to high-quality deals through a secure digital platform.

Established in 2015 in partnership with the Singapore Exchange, the CapBridge platform improves the fundraising efforts of emerging growth companies with efficient exposure to capital. Powered by industry leading and enterprise-grade technology, the platform also offers institutional and accredited investors curated growth opportunities, tailored to specific criteria. Beyond growth opportunities, participants on the CapBridge platform have access to tools and processes that support their fundraising and investment activities – all within a robust and secure deal space.

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WHY US

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Growth and late-stage companies often face challenges in capital raising. Options commonly available include private financing, which can often be highly dilutive, a premature M&A, or an IPO. Investors are often concerned about exit pathways for these companies, in addition to less-than-ideal valuations.

CapBridge was developed to address these challenges. It is a world-class online platform that provides the best institutional investor experience with the latest analytic and processing features. We have built and integrated industry-leading software to enable enterprise-level security, accessibility, and availability. The CapBridge platform accelerates private information flow to a discreet audience and provides a tailored deal-flow process enabled by technology – offering companies and investors an alternative and more efficient fundraising pathway.

Headquartered in Singapore, CapBridge is the conduit to Asia investors seeking private opportunities. We connect to the demand for diversified, uncorrelated assets, as the wealth in Asia-Pacific continues to grow. Our platform enables the deal-flow process from origination and onwards, while also helping companies building investor engagement and brand visibility among their stakeholders.

OUR PARTNERS

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1Exchange (formerly of Clearbridge Accelerator, one of Singapore’s leading incubation firms) invests in game-changing technology companies.

Singapore Exchange (SGX) is the Asian Gateway, connecting investors in search of Asian growth to corporate issuers in search of global capital.

Healthios Exchange is a Premier Global Investment Bank focused on the Emerging Growth Healthcare Community.

OUR TEAM

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Johnson Chen

CEO & Founder

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Johnson Chen is the Founder & CEO of CapBridge, a global private capital raising platform formed in partnership with the Singapore Exchange (SGX).

An active angel investor with more than 18 years of entrepreneurship experience, Johnson previously co-founded and successfully exited two start-ups. He sits on the Singapore National Research Foundation Proof-of-Concept grant panel and is a member of the Strategic Research Innovation Fund committee of NTUitive, Nanyang Technological University’s innovation and enterprise company.

Johnson is also the Founder and Non-Executive Chairman of SGX-listed Clearbridge Health (Bloomberg ticker: CBH.SP) and medical technology company Clearbridge BioMedics. Clearbridge Health is a precision healthcare company with a clinical presence in Asia; Clearbridge BioMedics is a specialised provider of medical applications and equipment for tumor diagnosis – its products have received regulatory approvals and are marketed and sold in Asia, Europe, and North America.

Johnson began his career with Pacific Century CyberWorks Limited (PCCW) as one of its early team members. He later became President of CyberWorks Ventures, the direct investment arm of PCCW. As President, Johnson’s responsibilities included building CyberWorks Ventures’ direct investments & venture capital team, as well as overseeing a multi-million investment portfolio. The youngest member of PCCW’s M&A/investment executive committee at that time, he was responsible for much of PCCW’s strategic expansion, including its successful acquisitions and investments.

Johnson was awarded the prestigious Sword of Honour by the President of Singapore, for being the top graduate in the officer cadet course during his National Service with the Singapore Armed Forces.

Johnson holds a Master’s degree and a Bachelor degree in Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET) from the University of Cambridge, UK.

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MANAGEMENT TEAM

Scott Duncan

Placement Lead, Private Wealth

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Scott’s early banking career started in Jersey, Channel Islands with the Royal Bank of Scotland in 1985 and then he moved to Luxembourg in 1989 where he helped set up a new Private Banking and Fund Management office of Lloyds Bank.  Scott was then transferred to Singapore in order to help build the Private Banking business of Lloyds Bank in March of 1993 and has remained in Singapore since with various Private Banking and Private Wealth institutions as follows:

1996 to 2005 Credit Suisse Private Banking – Managed and grew considerably a successful team covering the Malaysian HNWI market, provided and advised clients with a full Private Banking solution including Trust and discretionary management services.

2005 to 2009 Goldman Sachs Wealth Management – Relationship Manager looking after Ultra High Net Individuals from the SEA region predominately from Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.  Through the Goldman platform, we focused on Private Equity and Hedge Fund opportunities along with the use of propriety linked products along with stock and bond trading.  There was also a close interaction with the Investment Banking Group for institutional type deals.

2009 to 2016 J.Safra Sarasin Private Bank – Responsible for the management of a large book of client business close to USD 1.5 billion of financial assets.

Scott brings to CapBridge 24 years of Asian working experience from the financial sector and has an excellent network of potential business opportunities and contacts in a wide range of industries spanning the globe.

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Alvin Yap

Managing Director

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Alvin joined CapBridge in August 2016. He is an experienced senior investment banker with more than 18 years of extensive professional experiences in cross-border M&A, IPO, private equity, private placement, pre-IPO fundraising, etc. across the region.

Before joining CapBridge, Alvin was with the top investment bank in China – China International Capital Corporation (“CICC”) based in Beijing/Hong Kong/Singapore from April 2007 to July 2016, Credit Suisse Hong Kong from 2005 to March 2007, Ernst & Young Hong Kong from 2001 to 2005 and Arthur Andersen Malaysia 1998 to 2000.

Alvin has successfully completed in some of the high profile cross-border IPO and M&A transactions, which include but not limited to: Kazakhmys dual listing in HKEx (market cap of USD 15 billion during the transaction period); Freetech Technology’s Hong Kong IPO (market cap of USD 400 million during the transaction period); China Oilfield Services Limited’s 100% acquisition of Norwegian listed company Awilco (USD 2.5 billion); China Investment Corporation (“CIC”)’s investment in Indonesian Bumi Resources (USD 1.9 billion); CIC’s investment in a Mongolian Iron Ore Company (USD 700 million); Guangdong Rising Asset Management’s USD 200 million investment in Australian listed company PanAust (with assets based in Laos, Myanmar and Thailand); Lenovo’s 100% acquisition of Brazil based CCE (USD 200 million); China Mobile acquisition of 18% True Corp in Thailand (USD 881 million); JCET-SC’s privatisation of SGX listed STATS ChipPAC (USD 780 million), etc.

Alvin graduated from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom with a MPhil in Finance and awarded with a First Class Honours in B.A. (Hons) Accounting & Financial Management from University of Essex, United Kingdom. He is a Scholar of Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, as well as British Council British Scholarship.

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Karen Koh

Co-Head, Strategic Partnerships

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Karen Koh is Co-Head of Business Development & Partnerships at CapBridge, a global private capital raising platform formed in partnership with the Singapore Exchange (SGX).

Karen has over 20 years of investment management and private equity experience both in public and private sectors in Asia.

Prior to joining CapBridge, Karen was Fund Director & Investment Committee Member at Makara Innovation Fund, which invests in IP-heavy ventures/businesses that demonstrate compelling & defensible technology & know-how. At Makara, Karen was responsible for fund raising, fund roll-out, deal sourcing, portfolio management & investments.

Before that, Karen was Vice President of Strategic Development and Head of Strategic Investments at Asia-Pacific energy utility company Singapore Power Ltd (now renamed SP Group), overseeing corporate finance and M&A activities. During her tenure, she led the restructuring of the Group’s Australian portfolio post its multi-billion dollar Alinta acquisition in 2007.

Prior to that, Karen was Head of Equity and Advisory Asia for HSH Nordbank AG, where she launched the $1.3 billion HSH Global Aviation Fund I and grew the M&A team with a focus on transportation and logistics in select Asian economies.

Karen has been an Investment Director at Singapore investment company Temasek, where she focused on the transportation and logistics sector. She also held M&A positions at Lazard Asia and Vertex Management. She began her career with Singapore Technologies Aerospace in the engineering and business development functions.

Karen has a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also is a CFA Charterholder.

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Haiping Choo

SVP (Investments & Operations)

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Mr. Choo is the SVP (Investments & Operations) of CapBridge. His responsibilities range from managing the strategic partnerships of the CapBridge, implementation of all online/offline workflows of the platform, and executing the marketing strategy to onboard both Investors and companies.

Prior to CapBridge, Mr. Choo was Senior Investment Director at Clearbridge Accelerator, a strategic partner of CapBridge, where his responsibilities include VC deal sourcing, portfolio companies support and portfolio management. He previously worked in the Technology transfer department of the NUS Industry Liaison Office where he focused on innovation relating to Advance Materials. He started his career as an investment banking analyst at ReEx Capital Asia, where he specialized in the Asian Clean Energy sector.

Haiping is highly passionate about entrepreneurship, having founded two successful start-ups as an undergraduate. Haiping is also the recipient of several international business awards and holds a B.Eng (Material Science & Engineering) from the National University of Singapore.

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