Our professionals excel in their respective fields of expertise. We are dedicated to integrity, sharing the ethos of the Agem Group: firm commitment to deliver with innovative creativity, providing the highest standards in expert advisory. Here at Agem, we create value for growth companies and high-potential investment firms in order to help our clients produce alpha. Our professionals do their job in the vanguard of the capital markets.



MACK KONISHI

Mack is our chief global strategy advisor and senior macro-analyst.

Mack was director of a Jersey-based investment company he founded earlier, specialising in hedge fund investments. From 2008 to 2014 he was with a highly regarded independent macro-economics consultancy house, Lombard Street Research in London, responsible for the Asian market in a senior managerial position. Mack joined Nikko Securities in 1990, and four years later GNI, a British financial institution specialising in futures and options broking. Mack made GNI the top agency servicing Japanese banks. He left GNI in 2002 to focus on investment advisory, being well versed in both public and private financial communities in Asia-Pacific as well as among European institutions. He regularly writes for economics and investment journals, having had his own column with an institution in Japan over years.

Mack always aspires to be unconventional. Since 2014 he has been invited to give his own unique analysis and comments on global economies, capital markets and politics to one of the largest securities brokerage firms in Japan on a regular basis as well as being a contributor to the thought leadership forum of Agem. Mack studied law at Sophia University in Tokyo.

PETER SOLYMAR

As managing director, Peter oversees corporate development and decision making at Agem.

Peter has more than 10-years experience in supplying capital market strategies and corporate advisory for transnational growth companies and investment firms, including IPOs on a MiFID-compliant Multilateral Trading Facility in the City of London for 3 years. Prior to his tenure at Agem, Peter advised on real estate transactions of institutional asset owners and leading property investment funds in Central East Europe as well as on UHNWI portfolios in the UK.

During the 2008 - 2009 financial crisis Peter was often asked for funding advice by his UHNWI clients regarding the clients' core business interests in different industry sectors which were affected by increased capital calls from banks and growing corporate finance issues.

It was this momentum that inspired Peter to found the Agem Group in 2010 with like-minded professionals who had extensive experience advising UHNW business owners, providing value creating capital market management consultancy solutions for globally aspiring growth companies and investment firms.

SHAWN JEE
CAIA, FRM

Shawn is our strategic Partner in the South Korean institutional capital market.

Prior to his tenure at Agem Capital, as an institutional portfolio manager, Shawn established the overseas investment process and portfolio of Lotte Insurance, a major South Korean insurance company. Previously Shawn developed the investible hedge fund universe at Mirae Asset Global Investments, one of the largest South Korean institutional asset management firms based in Seoul.

After his master's studies he worked as a quant trader based in Chicago. He also worked for Woori Investment Securities at the derivatives electronic client service and
previously for Shinhan Investment Corp. as an investment sales broker and OTC settlement specialist.

Having gained vast experience in responsible roles at several of South Korea's top institutional investors, major insurance and asset management organisations as well as at prime securities trading boutiques in portfolio management, risk management, research, securities sales & trading and settlement, more recently Shawn has also been President and CEO of Springflow Investments, a Vancouver, Canada-based corporate finance outfit. His professional background covers asset classes ranging from structured products, real assets, through commodities, open-ended funds, private equity and hedge funds to fixed income and equities.

Shawn holds a Masters Degree (MSc) in Financial Mathematics from the University of Chicago.

VICTOR CHOW

Victor Chow is our Asia Partner in the venture capital sector.

Prior to his tenure at Agem Capital, he was Head of Asia Investments for Life.SREDA Venture Capital - a leading global fintech-focused venture capital firm. Previously Victor was the former Global COO of Huawei Technologies responsible for Cloud Business & Data Centers of China's leading ICT firm. Prior to Huawei, he was the Global Business Director of NCS Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Telecommunications Ltd, where Victor was responsible for managing all aspects of the global operations across Europe, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines.

Besides his strategic involvement with Agem Capital, currently Victor also acts as the CEO of Aristagora International - the Singapore-based global subsidiary of Aristagora Advisors, a leading Japanese institutional asset management, M&A advisory, corporate finance and capital markets consultancy firm, specialising in advising Asian investors with regards to global investment opportunities.
Victor holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree with Honours from the University of Glasgow, a Masters of Business Administration (Marketing) from University of Leicester and an advanced post-graduate qualification in China Business Management from Shanghai's Jiao Tong University in China.

Victor is also the Founding & Managing Partner of LVL 88 Ventures - an early stage venture builder & investment management firm, and was the CEO of InspiraAsia FinTech Startup Accelerator.

Victor was awarded the Honorary Lecturer status from the University of Glasgow for his contributions to the IT industry. He also conduct talks and lectures on entrepreneurship, fundraising and lean startups at various tertiary institutions. He also sits on the advisory boards of a portfolio of emerging and innovative startups globally, as their advisor and investor. A serial entrepreneur and senior corporate leader who turned business investor, Victor invests in start-ups, telecommunications, ICT, financial and education technologies.

MEHRTASH AZAMI
MCSI, FCCA

Mehrtash is a senior corporate finance expert advisor of the Agem Group with 30 years experience.

He is Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (MCSI) in the UK as well as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants (FCCA).

He has held senior executive and partner roles in corporate finance firms, and brings to Agem a wealth of diverse experience also in corporate financial auditing, having led many large audit teams in the course of his career. Mehrtash has also held several financial directorships as well as chief executive positions. He has had outstanding capital market experience with companies which joined the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and other regulated securities markets.
Mehrtash has had significant professional experience ranging from private companies to multinational public corporations as well as international consulting firms, bringing a rich blend of expertise to Agem in the areas of corporate governance, business valuation and investment appraisal, extensive commercial due diligence, business planning and the science of management on an academic level also. Mehrtash was the examiner at Reading University, UK between 1992-1998 for the subject of business valuation of the MBA course, and he also acted as the supervisor of MBA dissertations at Reading University. His numerous professional achievements include leading Management Buyouts (MBO) in the private sector as well as advising representatives of a foreign sovereign government client at the International Tribunal in the Hague that involved extensive research and valuation work concerning international companies. Mehrtash is now also a director of a charity dedicated to natural cancer healing.

Mehrtash completed his postgraduate MSc (Econ.) degree in 1979 at Cardiff University.

STEVE CSIKOS

Steve is the main Partner of the Agem Group on Wall Street, advising our clients regarding IPO financing solutions in the most liquid regulated capital markets of the USA. Steve also advises public as well as private companies from the USA and Asia regarding European investor relations and expansion capital opportunities available for our overseas clients at Agem.

Prior to joining Agem Capital, Steve has had over 10 years experience working in strategic roles with several leading Manhattan-based investment banking and underwriting firms in New York City, supplying capital market services for rapidly growing Asian and European SME companies in the United States. He has been responsible for corporate strategy, new business
development, market entry as well as investor relations. Steve has extensive professional experience in equity financing via going public and reverse takeover structures, pre-IPO investment scenarios in terms of premier North American stock exchanges and US-based investors in the regulatory and institutional context of the US capital markets.

Besides providing access to liquidity and capital raising solutions, Steve is also regularly being consulted by both public and private corporations globally with regards to commercial business development and consumer market strategies.

Presently Steve divides his time between New York City, USA, and Budapest, Hungary, a central location within Europe connecting East and West, where he co-founded a successful digital business community for English-speaking expatriates.