BENJAMIN TRAN
BENJAMIN TRAN
Advisory Chairman
Dr. Benjamin Tran specializes in cross-border M&A, private equity and IPO services for emerging growth companies. Prior to joining Vemanti Group, Ben served as co-founder and Chairman of publicly traded oil and gas company International Western Petroleum where he led a start up E&P business from ground zero to a successful buyout. He also served as the President of Asia Pacific Capital, an M&A and private equity advisory firm serving the underserved market across several industries. He was also managing partner of an Asia-based JV with Brean Murray Carret & Co., a New York-based investment bank that has transacted over 100 IPOs/APOs/SPACs and raised over $4B for U.S. and Asian companies. Benjamin spearheaded the JV organization to formulate growth strategies for Asian emerging growth companies via capital markets entry and globalization strategies. Benjamin has been seasoned international consultant providing corporate development and interim senior management to SMEs in Silicon Valley and the Asia Pacific region. He also served as board director, CFO, corporate strategist, and executive advisor for several distressed companies, managing turnaround situations. As a Silicon Valley high tech veteran, Benjamin brings over 25 years of diversified experience including mergers and acquisitions, venture management, strategic marketing and international business development. Prior to his investment and corporate advisory career, Benjamin worked for technology powerhouses including Micron Technology, Fujitsu Microelectronics, Mitsubishi Electric America, Philips Semiconductors, holding various senior technical and marketing management positions. Benjamin holds a PhD in Business Administration, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, an MS and a BS in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University, California, USA.
KHOI DANG
KHOI DANG
ADVISOR
Khoi D. Dang is a partner with the international firm of Duane Morris, LLP with offices worldwide, including throughout Southeast Asia. Khoi practices in the area of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate securities, financing and banking. Mr. Dang represents a diverse range of business clients, including start-ups, venture-backed companies, privately held companies, mining companies, technology companies, finance companies (including FinTech companies and crowdsource lenders and service providers) and consumer-facing companies. He also represents banks, bank holding companies and their subsidiaries on a broad range of corporate and regulatory matters ranging from de novo formation, charter conversions, regulatory matters, securities compliance (including ’33 and ’34 Act compliance), corporate governance, operations, capital financing and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Dang also advises private equity groups in the areas of fund formation, fund economics, securities, financing, documentation and compliance. Mr. Dang is a 2002 graduate of Santa Clara University Law School (Dean’s Fellow), a 1999 graduate of the University of California, San Diego (M.A., Global Policy and Strategy) (Robinson Fellow) and a 1996 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (cum laude).
NGUYEN (WIN) HUYNH
NGUYEN (WIN) HUYNH
Advisor
Nguyen (Win) Huynh is an Executive Vice President at GATES Capital Corporation in New York, NY. His focus is helping clients achieve their goals and expansion, acquisition, refinance, restructure objectives via effective and creative financing solutions. His expertise includes: bonds, loans, letters of credit, commercial paper, remarketing, private placements, high yield, multi-modal structures, hedging instruments, project finance, new market tax credits, government guaranteed debt (USDA / SBA), Federal Home Loan Bank, mezzanine loans and EB-5 Visa financing. Prior to GATES, Win worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he was responsible for the structuring and execution of municipal financings for infrastructure, airport and higher education clients. Win started his career as a financial analyst for the New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority where he assisted with the issuance of water and wastewater revenue bonds and operation of a commercial paper program. Win received his M.P.P. degree with a concentration in International Trade and Finance from Harvard University and his B.A. degree in Political Economy from the University of California at Berkeley. He currently holds FINRA Series 7, Series 3, and Series 63 licenses.
CHAU LE
CHAU LE
Advisor
Chau Le is an experienced executive with strong leadership skills and business acumen. Currently, she’s the COO of Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, a Fortune 500 company, in Los Angeles, CA. She has over 20 years of financial services and legal industry experience. She is on the executive leadership team and manages the enterprise-level operation for five regional offices in Southern California and Nevada for NW. Chau spearheads productivity initiatives and practice management programs dedicated to developing successful wealth management advisors and professional staff. She maintains expertise in financial services industry regulation, compliance and corporate risk management. Finally, she enjoys leading and integrating corporate philanthropy with business to advance an organization's vision and culture. She chairs the Childhood Cancer Program for NW Foundation and is a Board Director of GameChanger Charity and Van Lang Academy. Chau is also a member of Women & Philanthropy at UCLA and UCLA Chancellor's Society and a philanthropist at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. Causes Chau deeply cares about are children, education, and health. She holds a BA in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from Pepperdine University as well as FINRA Series 7, Series 3, Series 63, and Series 65 licenses.
FINN JOHNSON
FINN JOHNSON
Advisor
Finn’s career covers 30 years - much of it within the commercial real estate industry to include: investment real estate brokerage; leasing; corporate real estate services; asset/project management; development; due diligence; commercial loan origination; underwriting; industry analysis; credit analysis; and, operational support. He also has experience in the areas of software product design and development - having twice been recognized by the largest commercial real estate technology trade organization - Realcomm - as a ‘Top 25’ Executive to Watch [in 2004 and 2005]. Finn's practical experiences include commercial loan underwriting with Union Bank in Los Angeles, six years as an investment real estate broker and four years in development and asset management for a regional office building developer. Over his real estate career, he has personally been involved in the acquisition and/or disposition of over $100 million in commercial real estate assets, managed a portfolio of office buildings totaling 500,000 square feet, managed the approval process on several development projects exceeding 500,00 square feet in potential build-out, and performed third party due diligence on CMBS projects valued in excess of $1.1 billion.
HUU NGUYEN
HUU NGUYEN
Advisor
Huu Nguyen is a Partner at Squire Patton Bogg, a respected International law firm with 45 offices in 21 countries including New York, Washington D.C., London, and Cleveland. He's a deal lawyer with a strong technical background. His experience includes intellectual property litigation and patent prosecution. He focuses his practice on commercial and corporate transactions in the technology and media space and counsels and assists companies, entrepreneurs and artists with complex commercial arrangements, strategic relationships, financial regulatory matters, privacy and security matters, licensing, outsourcing, cyber law, intellectual property rights and rights of publicity and personality. He also helps his clients with accelerator and foundry formations and associated fund formations, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, corporate formation and other corporate matters. In a previous career, he was an entrepreneur and investor and owned a small business; he consulted with, designed and developed software for companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 technology companies. He has over 10+ years of software experience. His technology focus is on Cloud Computing, Big Data, SaaS, Enterprise Software, Parallel Distributed Processing, Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Mobile Tech, Social Media, E-Commerce, FinTech, and HealthTech. Prior to moving to New York, Huu was a board member of the Vietnamese-American Bar Association of Washington. He has also worked on IP transactional matters pro bono for nonprofits. He has several publications to his credit regarding structuring commercial agreements for new products and services, negotiating long-term contracts with suppliers, impacts of Durbin Amendment's, the future of dispute resolution of crowdfunding websites, and natural language processing and law. Causes Huu deeply cares about are children, science, and technology. He holds a BS and an MS in Computer Science from University of Texas at Austin, a JD in Law from UC Berkeley's School of Law and from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.