Meet Our Partners
– Empowering the development of LiqEase
Even though LiqEase full-time team worked very hard, all of the accomplishments reached so far, wouldn’t be possible without our trusted partners who are helping us succeed.
Ginmon is the digital and borderless wealth management platform to empower their customers to live a financially independent life by making professional, international wealth management accessible. Their technology platform Apeiron® combines safe-haven investment accounts in Germany with global capital diversification and a convenient digital onboarding for English-, Chinese- and German-speaking private investors. With an AI-enabled asset management engine at its core, Apeiron® discretionarily manages investments based on their customers’ individual risk profiles.
LiqEase team works closely with Jerome Eger, Managing Director of Ginmon China (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jerome-eger-a0991b5).
Jerome holds a Master in Business Management from the University of Frankfurt and is fluent in Chinese. He started his career at the Boston Consulting Group and moved to Shanghai to work in business development and investment advisory.
SOSV, “The Accelerator VC”, runs the world’s leading accelerator programs in hardware, life sciences, cross-border internet/mobile in Asia, food, and blockchain. SOSV has >$525M in assets under management and provides seed, venture, and growth-stage funding to startups. Their market-specific accelerator programs are located in the US, Asia, and Europe. The firm has a staff of over 90 worldwide, and 620+ global mentors. SOSV is headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey with offices in San Francisco, New York, Cork, Boston, Shenzhen, Shanghai, London and Taipei.
LiqEase team works closely with William Bao Bean, General Partner at SOSV (https://www.linkedin.com/in/williambaobean/).
William Bao Bean is a General Partner at SOSV and the Managing Director of Chinaccelerator, China’s first startup accelerator based in Shanghai. A prominent practitioner, innovator and thought leader on tech investing in Asia, he founded MOX, SOSV’s Mobile-Only Accelerator, in partnership with GMobi, the largest mobile platform in Southeast Asia and India. In addition to his work at SOSV, William is an active angel investor with 39 investments between 2004 and 2014.
AMT is the world’s leading financial training company, providing junior and senior financial services professionals with the core skills required in investment banking and related sectors. The firm’s customers include the world’s top-ten investment banks, major private equity firms, consulting firms, hedge funds and top business schools. With offices in New York, London, Hong Kong and Singapore, AMT provides training worldwide, including all major financial centers in the US, Europe, India and Asia-Pacific.
LiqEase team works closely with John Burbidge, Head of Business Development at AMT Training (https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-burbidge-4752072/).
John is a Finance & business development professional with expertise in Europe and emerging markets, particularly China. He successfully co-founded in 2009 an asset management firm based in Shanghai, working with multinationals and private investors on a range of investment planning strategies. He negotiated & brokered contracts with leading banking institutions, mutual & private equity funds focused on equities, real estate, agribusiness, clean energy, mining and infrastructure projects globally and holds an MBA program with Manchester Business School.
Emurgo develops, supports and incubates commercial ventures who want to revolutionize their industries using the blockchain technology.
Emurgo is investment focused and invests in two ways: (1) Through direct investment into startup ventures, and (2) By developing commercial partners who want to use blockchain technology to revolutionize their industries.
Emurgo has offices in Tokyo and Hong Kong.
LiqEase team works closely with Darren Camas, Senior Advisor at Emurgo (https://www.linkedin.com/in/dcamas/).
Darren Camas is a FinTech entrepreneur and consultant with more than 6 years’ experience in blockchain technology. He was an early adopter in the blockchain, bitcoin, and cryptocurrency space starting in 2011. His teams have pioneered emerging market FinTech business models and blockchain application R&D such as cryptographic proof of solvency, zero knowledge proofs, and trade finance. He is often invited to speak about blockchain technology in Asia, Europe, and North and South America, and has been recognized as a FinTech pioneer for financial institutions such as SWIFT and BBVA.
Acorn International Inc
Acorn Entertainment (NYSE: ATV) provides social media management, brand consulting, marketing strategies and digital services for western sports and entertainment talent and organizations seeking to penetrate the China market. Using proprietary technology, data driven solutions, and a deep knowledge of the local market, Acorn Entertainment provides smart business insights and customized market strategies localized for China and tailored to leverage competitive advantages unique to each individual brand. Ultimately, Acorn Entertainment strives to create a gateway for foreign talent to engage, grow and sustain a devout China following while providing the tools and resources to capitalize on it.
LiqEase team works closely with Jake Fisch, President & CEO at Acorn International Inc (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacobfisch/).
Jake Fisch is an American entrepreneur and business leader with over twenty years of experience in China and over two decades of experience in cross-border business and deal-making between the US and China. He is the President & CEO of New York Stock Exchange-listed Acorn International (NYSE: ATV), at one time the largest TV infomercial company in China. At the helm of the company and, along with one of its original co-founders, he has been leading its turnaround since 2015. He also Co-founded Nest, an early stage investment firm, accelerator, and incubator — one of the first of its kind established in Hong Kong and now expanded into multiple regions. He is also the Director of Cachet Hospitality Group. Before Fung Group Jake was Senior Vice President and part of the executive team at Li & Fung Limited (HKSE: 494), the world’s largest publicly-listed export-trading company. As SVP — General Counsel, he was global head of Legal with responsibility of over 80 offices in over 40 countries.
Kapronasia is one of Asia’s leading providers of independent research, custom consulting, and advisory services focusing on the financial industry and financial technology. Clients of Kapronasia include some of the world’s largest financial institutions and technology companies. Kapronasia helps clients understand and navigate the challenges they face from a challenging region with a rapidly changing business, operational and technological environment. Kapronasia consultants and analysts all come from the financial services industry and have a depth of knowledge and experience that they bring to every client relationship. The company continuously works with its clients to measure and improve its services — and their clients’ success.
LiqEase team works closely with Zennon Kapron, Managing Director of KapronAsia (https://www.linkedin.com/in/zennon/).
Prior to Kapronasia, Zennon was the Asia Pacific Financial Industry Manager and Global Banking Industry Manager for Intel. At Intel, he helped position and sell Intel-based architecture to financial services firms globally. Before Intel, Zennon worked at Citi in a number of different technology management roles culminating in his role at CIO for Citigroup Portugal.
Zennon is a recognised thought leader on fintech in Asia and a regular speaker at financial conferences globally, including: Money 20/20, TradeTech, Sibos, SIFMA, Innovate Finance, Future of Fintech in Asia, APFIC and many others. He has testified in front of the U.S. Congress on matters of China Fintech and is regularly quoted in the press and television appearances including CNBC, Bloomberg, The Economist, Wall Street Journal, New York Times and the Financial Times to name a few. Zennon is the author of ‘Chomping at the Bitcoin: The Past, Present and Future of Bitcoin in China’ published by Penguin.
XNode utilises its unique position as the most international platform in Shanghai to provide high-quality Chinese localization services to startups and entrepreneurs, and connect them to topnotch domestic and international stakeholders. On top of providing workspaces for entrepreneurs across Shanghai, XNode is also partnered with 10 incubators and innovation programs from around the world to foster a community where both Chinese and overseas entrepreneurs can exchange their ideas.
LiqEase team works closely with Wei Zhou, CEO of XNode (https://www.linkedin.com/in/wei-zhou-30919b/).
Wei is also the initiator of XNode. Together with his team, they build workspaces in strategic locations across Shanghai, where both local and foreign teams work together and share ideas as one community. He passionately helps next-generation entrepreneurs redefine, disrupt and establish new orders within their industries. Wei has a strong consulting background and holds a Master Degree from LSE.
BDO China Shu Lun Pan CPAs (hereinafter referred to as “Shu Lun Pan CPAs”) was founded by Dr. ShuLun Pan, pioneer of China’s accounting profession, in Shanghai in 1927, one of the earliest and most influential accounting firms in China’s history. The Firm was reincorporated in 1986 and established itself as Shu Lun Pan Changjiang CPAs Co. Ltd in 2000. Shu Lun Pan Yangtze CPAs Co. Ltd changed its name to Shu Lun Pan CPAs Co., Ltd in 2007.
The Firm provides independent certified public accounting services in accordance with relevant laws and regulations and is qualified to provide services related to securities and futures industries. In 2010, Shu Lun Pan CPAs became one of the first accounting firms granted the qualification for providing audit services to H-share companies. In the same year, Shu Lun Pan CPAs changed from a limited corporation to a limited liability partnership (LLP), the first accounting LLP in China’s history.
LiqEase team works closely with Mauricio Benitez, Director at BDO China (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mauribenitez/).
Mauricio is a lawyer (JD), holding a Master Degree in Taxation (MT), both from the University of Chile, as well as a Master of Laws in Banking and Financial Law (LLM) from Boston University.
He is well experienced in solving legal, tax and regulatory issues in the financial industry, especially from his years in Deloitte. Previously he engaged as a senior adviser for the Chilean Banks Association (“ABIF”), working for the banks in Chile. During that time he also was named as the CEO of one of the subsidiaries of the ABIF (called “Banotic”), leading a team of fifteen people and managing a relevant budget. Afterwards he worked for the BU Center for Finance, Law & Policy (CFLP), focusing on the banking industry, financial institutions and new regulatory frameworks.
Nowadays he acts as Director at the BDO Americas China Desk (ACD), the International Services at BDO in China, and is further the Head of the BDO Chile-China Country Desk.
LiqEase team works closely with Bernd-Uwe Stucken, Attorney at Law in Pinsent Masons (https://www.linkedin.com/in/bernd-uwe-stucken-12882913).
Bernd-Uwe (P.h.d) has over 40 years experience as a lawyer having spent 18 of those in China as a managing partner. He has specialized in legally advising companies with their M&A and restructuring process in China and supports companies such as ours to lay out and develop a proper strategy.
R3 is an enterprise blockchain software firm working with a broad ecosystem of more than 200 members and partners across multiple industries from both the private and public sectors to develop on Corda, its open-source blockchain platform, and Corda Enterprise, a commercial version of Corda for enterprise usage. R3’s global team of over 180 professionals in 13 countries is supported by over 2,000 technology, financial, and legal experts drawn from its global member base.
The Corda platform is already being used in industries from financial services to healthcare, shipping, insurance and more. It records, manages and executes institutions’ financial agreements in perfect synchrony with their peers, creating a world of frictionless commerce.
LiqEase team works closely with Carl Wegner, Managing Director, Head of Asia at R3 (https://www.linkedin.com/in/carlwegner).
A professional salesperson with 30 years experience in cash management, institutional banking and financial supply chain, particularly in Greater China. Carl started new businesses in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan and regularly writes and lectures on cash management, financial supply chain management, fintech and RMB Internationalization.
His specialties include financial supply chain consulting and FinTech as it relates to Asia manufacturing and local currency and banking regulations across Asia.
Simplex is an EU licensed financial institution that provides an online fraud-free payment processing solution. Simplex enables merchants worldwide to accept diverse payment methods, including credit card deposits and purchases, with zero exposure to chargeback risk.
The company also operates a secure escrow service for large fiat-to-crypto transactions. Simplex’s AI technology analyzes every transaction using proprietary, fully automated, machine-learning algorithms that eliminate fraud while increasing conversion. By combining advanced payment processing with state-of-the-art fraud prevention technology, Simplex allows crypto merchants to introduce credit card purchasing to mainstream users worldwide. In addition to enhancing business growth, this combined solution significantly decreases the percentage of false declined transactions, which ultimately leads to an increase in conversions and complete peace of mind.
As an active force in the crypto industry, Simplex identified the need to simplify the purchasing process for mainstream users, giving them a familiar e-commerce experience. Working with the largest crypto platforms and processing billions of dollars annually, Simplex has become the new industry standard.
Founded in 2014 and initially operating in the crypto ecosystem, Simplex has expanded its services to the e-commerce industry and other verticals. As one of the fastest growing fintech companies in Israel and a market leader with over 100 employed personnel, Simplex is currently recruiting more than 20 new employees. In addition to its existing EU offices and Israeli HQ, Simplex has opened offices in the UK, North America, and Lithuania.
LiqEase team works closely with Nimrod Lehavi, Co-Founder and CEO of Simplex (https://www.linkedin.com/in/nimrodlehavi/).
Nimrod Lehavi is a serial entrepreneur that has been working in the technology industry and Israel’s start-up sector for over two decades. Previously, he founded Lehavi Solutions Software Boutique, which provides enterprise technology solutions. Furthermore, he’s well-respected in Israel’s startup scene for his proven capabilities at leading large-scale top-notch software projects that catalyze profound change. He is a self-proclaimed geek and crypto head. Since 2014 Nimrod Lehavi is the CEO and Co-founder of Simplex, a fintech and cybersecurity company introducing merchants to a world without fraud.
Besides, he is a board member at the Israeli Bitcoin Association and a co-founder of GeekCon, the annual un-conference for “Hacking the Digital Lifestyle.”
Nimrod holds a BA in computer science from IDC Herzliya, Israel.
Trough innovation advisory, research, investments and education Lightbulb Capital helps financial services firms create and capture new value. The company was founded in 2014 in Singapore with a mission to cultivate growth in the finance ecosystem through innovation.
Lightbulb Capital supports the development of the Fintech community by selectively investing in early stage, scalable, high-growth companies. It helps financial services firms to innovate — from organizing governance structures that promote curiosity and design thinking to delivering novel business ideas and identifying suitable fintech partners. In addition, it conducts and applies leading research to create new products such as the R&D Innovation Index licensed to the ICE/NYSE.
LiqEase team works closely with Daniel Liebau, Founder of Lightbulb Capital
and Matthew Cannon, Co-Founder of Lightbulb Capital.
Daniel is the Founder of Lightbulb Capital and has a keen interest in Innovation in Finance. Before starting the firm, Dan was Chief Operating Officer (COO) and an Executive Director of HSBC Securities (Singapore) Pte Limited. He was previously also the IT Head of HSBC’s Investment Bank in Singapore and Japan. Dan has over 17 years of Investment Banking Technology experience at UBS in both Germany and the UK, Barclays Capital in both Singapore and Tokyo, as well as Close Brothers in Frankfurt, his hometown.
Most recently, Dan was appointed as affiliate faculty of Singapore Management University for Innovation in Finance, FinTech, Blockchain, and digital assets. He is also a visiting professor at IE business school teaching “FinTech business models & valuation” in its top-ranked Master in Finance program. He is also a frequent speaker at seminars on Innovation in Financial Services and partners with the SUTD-MIT International Design Centre for research projects at the intersection of Innovation and Finance.
He graduated with a Master of Science in Innovation from Singapore Management University and a Master of Finance from IE business school in Madrid, Spain.
Co-Founder of Lightbulb Capital
Matthew is a Co-Founder at Lightbulb Capital, a finance professional interested in Fintech and the transformative power of blockchain technology.
Before joining the team as Co-Founder, he was a leading Financial Markets banker with over 25 years of sales, trading and bank EXCO experience gained in London, New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Korea and most recently Singapore. Until July 2017 he headed the market leading, multi-asset class Global Markets business for HSBC in Singapore and previously held the same role in Korea. Before that, he was Head of Structured Credit Sales and Trading for APAC and EMEA. He has led some of HSBC’s most successful sales and trading teams in Asia and EMEA and has experience across all major financial asset classes.
As an EXCO level member in a major international bank for many years, Matthew has a deep understanding of how banks make money and where they are vulnerable to disruption from fintech innovators. Matthew is highly entrepreneurial and has established multiple successful businesses over the last 20 years ranging from internet retailing of Art, self-storage real estate in Japan and organic food delivery.
Matthew holds a Bachelor degree from Science in Economics (Honours) from Bristol University. He is also a graduate of the British Embassy Japanese Language Research Institute for diplomats where he has studied the Japanese language.
BlockWater is a leading digital asset fund(DAF) focusing on bringing blockchain enabled projects to the real world application. Their investment portfolio is built on belief that current disruption of crypto-economics and blockchain is only the start. BlockWater deploys multiple investment strategies by leveraging its profound industry background. BlockWater not only invests in blockchain ecosystem but also provides consulting to great minds across the globe.
LiqEase team works closely with Francisco Jo, Founding Partner at BlockWater, Issac Lee, Managing Partner at BlockWater, Erica Kang, Partner at BlockWater, and Wanlin Wang, Partner at BlockWater.
Based on his successful experience of investing in blockchain industries, Francisco has been getting a strong interest in the blockchain, fintech, and especially digital assets. He is especially passionate about the use of data analytics in the fintech evolution. He is considered the brain behind enhancing Coinhill’s platform offerings, to provide one-stop access to blockchain data for people involved in digital finance vertical. Besides, he is contributing to data analysis and visualization service about various crypto information. In the past, he has already acted as a strategic advisor to 7+ successful blockchain projects such as LiveEdu, KICKICO, and others.
He is an active member of Advisory Board at Israeli Blockchain Association.
In addition to his role at BlockWater, Issac is also a founder and former COO of KRTG. He is a young entrepreneur with passion and experience in the forex and crypto markets. In the past, he worked closely with several Prime FX brokerages. His expertise in traditional financial markets brings immense value to the company. Ever since he developed a profound interest in the blockchain, he has been an investor and advisor to numerous token projects such as LiveEdu and Bitindia. A seasoned professional with a vision in the market of crypto assets, Issac has deep understanding and influence in Korean crypto market, thereby providing top-notch consultations to various clients.
In addition to her role at BlockWater, Erica is the founder of KryptoSeoul, a community that supports promising blockchain projects by managing online channels and by hosting meetups. She is also an advisor of the Korea Blockchain Association, and host of English Youtube channel KryptoSeoul. A born communicator, Erica is passionate about connecting diverse parties in the blockchain and cryptocurrency scene.
She holds a Master’s Degree in International Policy from Stanford University and a bachelor in International Relations from Ewha Womans University.
Wanlin is a serial cryptocurrency investor and a co-owner of one of the top cryptocurrency exchange Bibox. He is also a serial entrepreneur. In the past, he has co-founded two companies and advised on numerous successful ICO projects for others.
He holds a Bachelor in Finance, Banking, Corporate, Finance and Securities Law from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has also completed a course on Executive Leadership at Cornell University.