Mr. James H. Kim, CWM (Chartered Wealth Manager), President & Managing Partner/Director, has some 30 years of combined international and merchant banking experience in the United States and Asia. He founded the firm in 1991 after 23 years of international banking career primarily dealing with Asia. In addition to 23 years as an international banker, Mr. Kim has 10 years of experience in merchant/investment banking as well as international business consulting services. Mr. Kim served as Vice President/Manager for corporate banking area of Bank of America and Security Pacific Asian Bank. Prior to Security Pacific he served as Vice President and Country/General Manager for Rainier Bank in Seoul. He also served as Advisor to Western One Bank International Division. He was recently engaged as Consultant to Ferrier Harrison Limited in Hong Kong, a leading corporate turn-around and restructuring company in Asia.
Mr. Jean-Guy Minn, Director, has more than 10 years experience in securities sales and trading as well as structured products with Minn Capital Advisors as President in investment advisory services; LG Securities in New York as Director of Structured Products, Deutsche Bank Securities in New York as Vice President for Asian Equity Sales; Banque Indosuez, New York, Vice President for Derivative Products Group, and as Trader for Foreign Exchange. He has a Master in International Finance and Business at Columbia University, and is fluent in English, Korean and French. Some of his major deals include acting as arranger and placing agent for Samsung Electronics USD300M CB issue in 1997, Inchon Oil & Refinery for USD105M BW in 1999; for USD50M Daelim Industrial CB issue in 2000; for USD25M Samsung Corporation 0% CB block trade between US funds and Korean investors; structured and placed KRW 50 billion Hansol Paper CB to US funds.
Mr. Byoung Hun Kim, Director of International Development Projects/Real Estate, served as President of Cheju Hyatt Hotel and Busan Hyatt Hotel in Korea, and has extensive hotel and casino management exeprience including planning and financing. Mr. Kim is Vice Chairman of Group “MU GONG JAE”, engaged in constructions, project financing, land development as well as interior and exterior decoration works. He owns Hansho Asset Management Company. Currently he is responsible for HCMC & Hanoi (450 hectare) development projects (theme parks, residences, shopping and hotels) in Vietnam. Mr. Kim is a graduate of Seoul National University.
Mr. Christopher Tibbs, Senior Advisor for International Banking and Investments, is currently the principal of OcciOriens and Seniro Advisor to Harp Capital focusing on international corporate consulting. Previously, he was responsible for Citibank’s structured and corporate finance business in Korea, China, Hong Kong and Central America and the Caribbean. Earlier, he was the bank”s Regional Senior Officer for its operations in North Africa and was actively involved in country debt restructuring and additionally worked in corporate banking in Japan. He also was a Senior Credit Officer of the bank and registered with the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) of the U.S. as a general securities representative. He received undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was commissioned a lieutenant, retiring with the rank of Major.
Dr. Sockoo Lee, Senior Advisor for Energy, has extensive experience in management advisory and consulting work, having served as Senior Project Officer for Asian Development Bank in various projects such as cement plant, petrochemical plant, coal mine development projects in Southeast Asia. Dr. Lee also served in various advisory capacities: Advisor to Korean Government Small and Medium Industry Promotion Corporation, Advisor to Sammi Group, Korean partner of International Trade Consultants Inc., Partner of Mirage Limited, and President of Korea Feed Ingredients Corporation. Currently Advisor to Kim & Kim Law Firm and Korea Energy Law Institute, Graduate of Seoul National University Engineering College with B.A. and Masters, Dr. Lee also received Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degrees from Graduate School of University of Minnesota, U.S.A.
Dr. Chan-Jin Kim, Legal Advisor, Lawyer, a member of Korean Bar and American Bar Association. Dr. Kim is a senior lawyer of CJ International, an international law firm and Barun Law Firm. A graduate of Seoul National University and PhD from University of Washington, Dr. Kim served in various capacities with Korean government: Advisor to the President, Executive Director at Economic Planning Board, Chief of Staff at the Prime Minister’s Office. Dr. Kim also served as a member of Korean Parliament. Dr. Kim has written many articles in international law, business transactions and joint ventures.
Harry W. Cladouhos, Legal Advisor, a partner in the Washington D.C. Office of Oppenheimer Wolf & Donnelly LLP, with a practice covering lobbying, counseling and litigation in international trade, business disputes, antitrust law, and federal agency regulations. Mr. Cladouhos represents international clients before the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch with respect of international trade, antitrust, tax, product safety, customs, and foreign affairs. Mr. Cladouhos served as a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State, and a senior trial attorney for 12 years in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Before joining Oppenheimer, Mr. Cladouhos as a partner with Pettit & Martin and founding and managing partner of Gore, Cladouhos & Brashares in Washington, D.C. Mr. Cladouhos received a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School and graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Mr. Cladhouhos is a member of the Bars of the District Columbia, U.S. Court of Military Appeals, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Claims Court, U.S. Customs Court, and U.S. Court of International Trade.
Mr. Peter Magurean III, Senior Advisor for Trade, China and Eastern Europe, has extensive foreign trade and management consulting experience in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He founded the firm in 1976 that became one of the USA’s largest forest products export companies. In central Europe, Mr. Magurean created a major public/government/media communication and relations firm that had among its clients various ministries of the Czech and Slovak Republics, Westinghouse, Microsoft, Oracle, Lucent Technologies, Bear Stearns and Avaya. Utilizing his extensive experience in the private foreign trading sector, for thirteen years Mr. Magurean was the “trade commissioner” in central Europe on behalf of a leading business development agency of an Asian government. Currently he is engaged in projects with a top China Government agency responsible for macro-economic development, and is active in developing various projects in China, Thailand, Philippines, Dubai and Qatar and Guyana. Mr. Magurean is also active in the non-profit sector primarily involved with assisting disadvantaged children in Europe and Asia, and the development of new approaches to health care on an international level.
Dr. Sung Won Sohn, Senior Advisor for Banking and Finance, is a professor of economics and finance at California State University and is also Vice Chairman of Forever 21, a retail chain with sales of about US$2 billion. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Hanmi Bank and Hanmi Fanancial Corporation, a commercial bank in Los Angeles, with $4 billion in assets. Before joining Hanmi in 2005, Dr. Sohn served as an Executive Vice President and Chief Economic Officer of Wells Fargo Banks. Dr. Sohn was educated at the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard Business School. He served as a senior Economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors in the White House, and was responsible for economic and legislative matters pertaining to the Federal Reserve and financial markets. In 2006, the Wall Street Journal featured Dr. Sohn as the most accurate economist in the United States. In 2002, he was named to the Time Magazine’s Board of Economists, and Bloomberg News selected Dr. Sohn as one of the five most accurate forecasters in the United States in 2001, and the Blue Chip Publications picked him in 2002 as the most accurate forecaster for the Western states.
Dr. Hwa Jin Youn, Prinicipal Partner for Project Financing in the Emerging Markets, has over 25 years of international banking experience with the Asian Development Bank. He oversaw over $2 billion dollars of infrastructure and project finance lending with over 60 projects, spanning 20 developing member countries. He was a member of the Presidential Commission for Financial Reform for the Korean government, where he advised senior officials from the Korean Ministry of Finance and Banking Sector. As an international financing expert, he joined the Halla Group of business, as an advisor to the Chairman regarding the expansion of global oil and gas, shipbuilding, cement, and heavy industry projects. As CEO of Sungwon Engineering and Construction company, he developed $90 million in residential and commercial real estate properties in cross-border transactions from Los Angeles to Beijing and Shanghai. Subsequently, he joined Dasan Consulting, a private-sector engineering firm based in Seoul, where he was engaged in various advisory and consulting roles on valuation, due diligence, and strategic sourcing. In addition, he led a Silicon Valley-based private venture in IT software development with R&D facilities in Korea. Dr. Youn completed his advanced degree in Economics at Yale University, where he specialized in development economics. He recieved his doctorate in free trade agreement policies at Santo Thomas University, where he was on the Faculty at the Graduate School.
Mr. Youngjin Andrew Ghim, Advisor for the Middle East, founded and served UniBank, Seattle, Washington as the President and Chief Executive Officer. Before that, Mr. Ghim was Regional Manager for Asia Pacific Area for Riyad Bank (Saudi Arabia) in Singapore, Acting General Manager for Arab Banking Corporation, Singapore Branch, and Regional Manager for North Asia for National Commercial Bank, Seoul Representative Office. Mr. Ghim was Vice President and Deputy General Manager for First Interstate Bank of California, Seoul Branch, and Country Manager for Korea for First International Trading Company. He was also with Arthur Young & Company, Los Angeles. Mr. Ghim served as a member of the Advisory Group to the Singapore Monetary Authority on its government-sponsored strategic intiatives to position Singapore as the leading Islamic banking center in Asia. He has structured about US$1.5 billion of Marubaha Oil Trading Facilities for Korean and Chinese oil companies and commercial banks. He has lectured at University of Washington, Washington State University and Western Washington University on trade financing, 1986-1988. He is fluent in Korean and English and proficient in Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese and a little Arabic.