MANAGEMENT TEAM

Financial services veterans with an average of 15 years experience each, at banks including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch, HSBC and Standard Chartered
David Ward
CEO

Former Asia Pacific Head of Trading at one of the world’s top two commodity firms. Two decades experience as a quantitative programmer and then derivatives trader (equities and credit) at investment banks including Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan in NYC, London and Asia. Experience includes development of high frequency trading systems, machine learning and delivery of a global bond issuance and trading platform, integrated with the London Stock Exchange (which launched the world’s first offshore CNY bond in 2012). Serial entrepreneur, involved in fintech startups since 2010 and crypto since 2013. Studied at Victoria University and London Business School

Matthew Spittle
CTO

Former Global Head of Markets Development and Global Head of eCommerce Technology. Two decades technology experience at banks including American Express Bank, JP Morgan and Standard Chartered in London and Asia. Concurrently responsible for significant numbers of business critical dealer platforms and ecommerce systems spanning pre and post-trade, ultra-high frequency messaging, infrastructure and architecture design, market data, pricing, execution, risk management and automated hedging, across the largest trading businesses in the world. Studied at Warwick University

More than a decade of development experience with networks and ultra-high frequency messaging, handling billions of instructions per second. Former network and firmware developer for Broadcom and Ericsson, architect and developer of ultra-high frequency messaging protocols for ARM chips and data networks. Moved into financial markets specialising in high frequency trading, tick data, optimised order management and machine learning at quantitative trading firms and brokers. Studied at the Technical University of Budapest

Former Head of Software Engineering for a fintech company, and experienced crypto-developer. 6 years working on high volume messaging platforms across web and mobile, with memberships of more than 40 million members and peak messaging rates exceeding 1 billion messages per day. Studied at the Information and Technology College, P&T Institute of Technology and FPT-Aptech in HCMC, Vietnam

Mo Hakeem
Head of eCommerce

Former Global Head of eCommerce Support at Standard Chartered. Two decades experience at banks including JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch and HSBC in London and Asia. Responsible for infrastructure and architecture design, development and support of high speed trading and market data systems, including multi-billion dollar real-time FX trading platforms. Studied at Glasgow University

Ethan Low
General Counsel

A decade of experience in in-house retail, corporate and investment banking at Citibank and Standard Chartered, and in top-tier law firms including White & Case and Freshfields. Experience in securities law, including transaction financing and regulatory work across a broad range of products and sectors. Graduated from Law Schools at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and University of Edinburgh, and studied at Oxford University (Saïd Business School)

Thomas Sandberg
Head of Sales & Structuring

More than 15 years financial markets experience designing, structuring and distributing derivatives and cash solutions at international investment banks including JP Morgan, Citigroup and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Experience spans all major asset classes and product types. Thomas has a Master in Physics from Gothenburg University and a Master in Finance from London Business School

Wei Bing Lee
Head of Regulatory

Two decades experience in Regulation and financial markets. Formerly held senior capital markets regulatory roles at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (awarded MAS Scholarship twice) and in Private Equity / Advisory. Studied at the National University of Singapore, UCLA, Columbia University, Columbia Business School and London Business School. CFA Charterholder

ADVISORS

We are fortunate to benefit from the combined wisdom and experience of the following people
Dr Phavie Leang, PhD.
Primary Markets

More than two decades experience in financial markets, including a decade at Goldman Sachs in New York, excelling in roles spanning Debt Capital Markets (securities issuance), Risk and Business Management. Phavie also brings a proven track record as a senior deal-maker among ultra-high net worth and corporate clients in Asia and is reknown for bringing an exceptional degree of analytical rigour to her roles. Studied at NYU and Columbia University.

Jean-Laurent Wotton
Startup & Blockchain Marketing

More than two decades experience spanning technology and marketing - including 5 years in marketing at Google and 8 years in senior marketing roles at startups. Jean-Laurent brings a proven performance driven methodology, has driven considerable growth (300% user growth, top 25 highest grossing etc) and been instrumental in raising capital across industries including social networking, gaming and blockchain startups. Studied at the University of Nice and London Business School.

Nozomu Nakazato
Crypto Marketing

Nozomu is an experienced crypto marketing expert and ICO advisor, specialising in the Japanese market. He has worked with a number of crypto businesses delivering profound results, and is well known on varous forums and crypto sites. His background as a teacher also gives him a balanced and thoughtful view, and helps articulate messages clearly to any audience. Nozomu studied at the Tokyo University of Arts.

Blogger and entrepreneur since he was 16 years old. Andreas has a deep passion for the mass adoption of blockchain and crypto in all aspects of society. Active in 25+ ICO communities in the past year alone, he is a highly popular Medium author and Community Engagement specialist.

Toni Hilti
Tech Entrepreneur

Co-founder of madeforgoods, a B2B tech company managing more than a billion transactions involving brands and their indirect customers. 6 years’ management consulting experience at Bain & Company. Worked in NYC, Europe and Asia. Graduated from Columbia Business School (MBA), and University of St. Gallen (BA). Liechtenstein national, board member of local company.

Lex is a New York entrepreneur, focused on the next generation of financial services. He is Global Director of Fintech Strategy at Autonomous Research and a member of the Board of Directors at AdvisorEngine. He was founder and CEO of NestEgg Wealth, and has held a variety of roles in investment management and banking including Barclays, Lehman Brothers and Deutsche Bank. Lex has contributed to the WSJ, CNBC and Reuters, among others. He was one of LinkedIn's Top Voices in 2017, and is a frequent guest speaker at industry events. He holds a JD/MBA from Columbia and a B.A. in Economics and Law from Amherst College.

INVESTORS

Our early stage investors include
Proprietary Trading House
Financial Markets

Global trading house with activities spanning all major financial markets, including digital investments. First crypto investment was in 2016 and in 2017 it launched a dedicated crypto trading desk

Asian Family Office
Private Equity

Established fintech investor since 2010, expanded into crypto investments in 2014. Crypto investments include crypto currencies, two crypto exchanges and four additional crypto startups

Private Investors
Qualified Investors

A number of enthusastic supporters who support our vision