WHO WE ARE

MANDATE

Newport is a special situation investment group specializing in cross-border business opportunities with an emphasis on North America, Europe, and Greater China. Sectors of focus include e-commerce, digital media, life sciences, and biotechnology. We accelerate technology platforms by deploying capital, people, and strategic M&A.

ENHANCE

We are a multi-disciplinary group of venture investors with deep expertise, gained from decades of growing and operating diverse companies in North America and China.

ACCELERATE

We take a disciplined and proven approach to growth and value creation. Our partners bring expertise and real-world experience in every functional discipline.

COLLABORATE

We connect our China-based technology investors with North American and European companies seeking strategic growth capital, assist with transaction execution, and manage portfolio companies once capital is deployed.

WHAT WE OFFER

FINANCIAL CAPITAL

High IQ Investment Capital

Arrange funding and structure to meet business needs

STRATEGY

Critical Analysis

Review core focus, optimize resources, and drive growth

CROSS BORDER M&A

Inbound and Outbound

Acquisitions, joint ventures, technology licensing

MARKET PENETRATION

Market Penetration

Identify, evaluate and seize market opportunities

MEET OUR TEAM

DICKSON HALL

Director

Dickson is a senior executive specializing in strategy and international business, with a focus on China where he has more than 30 years’ experience. He has a broad range of business experience, most recently in finance and corporate development for the mining, energy, and forest sectors. Dickson currently directs corporate development efforts in Asia for Hunter Dickinson Inc. a Canadian-headquartered mining group which operates a global portfolio of publicly-traded companies. In the past few years, he has raised $150 million in capital, established strategic partnerships and broadened the Asian shareholder base for HDI public companies. He is a director of MEC Advisory Ltd., sole manager of Can-China Global Resources Fund, a $1 billion fund backed by the Export-Import Bank of China. He is also a director of Nanotech Security Corp, a developer of advanced anti-counterfeiting and security products listed on the TSX-V Exchange.

Past appointments include Managing Director of the Government of British Columbia’s Trade & Investment Office in Hong Kong.  Dickson is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (BA, MA). Fluent in Mandarin, he also has diplomas from Beijing University (1979), Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (1980) and Beijing Language Institute (1978). Dickson is the author of  Chinese Paintings in the Palace Museum, 4th to 14th Century which will be published in a new edition in late 2016 by Forbidden City Publishing, Palace Museum, Beijing.

HOWARD LOUIE

Managing Director

For over thirty years, Mr. Louie has served as a founder, director or C-Level executive in a wide variety of private and public companies.

Experienced in international business development and in the capital markets (primarily at the executive management level), he has been involved in the process of structuring/restructuring and advising both private and public companies through domestic and cross border mergers and acquisitions, and has successfully concluded multiple joint ventures and exits between micro-caps and multinationals.

Historically, Mr. Louie’s primary areas of focus have been business development, early/intermediate-stage venture capital and institutional investment financing.

VINCENT WONG

Executive Director

Vincent is an executive with 20 years’ experience building and managing growth companies in the technology sector. He brings significant expertise in cross-border strategic partnerships and M&A. His career has spanned a wide range of executive-level positions in business development, marketing, information technology, strategy, and corporate development. He graduated from the University of British Columbia and holds an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.

HAKAN LINDSKOG

Advisor

Hakan is a digital marketing, ecommerce and media executive with 25 years of senior management and P&L experience. Most recently, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Matomy U.S.A., Inc., the US subsidiary of Matomy Media Group, a global digital marketing company headquartered in Israel. From 2008 to 2012, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Neverblue Media Company, a digital marketing company based in Victoria, British Columbia, that specializes in customer acquisition through online and mobile marketing on a worldwide basis. Neverblue was acquired by GlobalWide Media, Inc. in 2012 for approximately $40 million.

Hakan was the Managing Director of Time Life (Direct Holdings Americas Inc.) from 2004 to 2007. Time Life was acquired by Reader’s Digest in 2007. From 2000 to 2003, he was the President and Chief Operating Officer of MediaBay, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBAY), a direct mail and ecommerce marketer of audiobooks. Earlier in his career, he spent seven years with International Masters Publishers Group, a direct mail marketer and publisher with operations in 19 countries.

ERIC HELGELAND

Advisor

Eric serves as the Chief Operating Officer of BBH Optical Partners, an investment group focusing on the optical services industry. He was Project Manager of Treasury Strategies, Inc. from 2000 to 2009, where he provided marketing, business development and M&A consulting services to a variety of public and private companies. Eric served as Vice President, Marketing and Business Development of Fingerhut Corporation and managed and directed new customer acquisition efforts and M&A activities for the Federated Department Stores subsidiary from 1998 to 2000.

Eric began his career in managerial positions with First Chicago, Household International and National Westminster Bank. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Intersect, Inc. from 1995 to 1998 and later at Tactician Consulting. From 2009 to 2011, he served as Executive Vice President of Speedy Cash, Inc., where he was responsible for strategic planning and new business initiatives. From November 2002 to 2007, he served as an Independent Director of Aptimus, a NASDAQ-listed online advertising network that was acquired by Apollo Group, Inc (NASDAQ: APOL) for approximately $48 million.

DR. XIAONING XIA

Advisor

Dr. Xia earned his doctorate degree from University Paris Dauphine. He also graduated from ESSEC business school Paris. He has a bachelor degree in electric engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology. Dr. Xia is a CFA charter holder. Dr. Xia has over 23 years private equity/investment experience in Asia. He currently serves as a non-executive director for Mason Financial Holdings Limited which is a Hong Kong main board listed company (stock code 273). He is also an Independent Supervisor of  Central China Securities Co., Limited (stock code 1375) which is an H share company listed on the Hong Kong main board.

From 2008 to 2012, he was the founding CEO of CITP Advisors (Hong Kong) Limited and has successfully raised a USD425 million China focused infrastructure fund. CITP is jointly sponsored by Temasek and BOCI. Before setting up CITP, Dr. Xia worked for AIF Capital Limited, a pan Asia private equity firm based in Hong Kong from 1995 to 2008 and his last position with AIF was Senior Partner/Managing Director. Dr. Xia also worked for Asian Development Bank in Manila from 1989 to 1995.

 

 

Strategic Partners

 

Newport directors serve as principals, co-investors, and strategic partners in alignment with the following groups.

The AJH Group is Beijing-based private equity group focused on growth investments  in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotechnology sectors. LPs include some of China’s most prominent founders and investors in the biomedical sectors.

Based in Adelaide, South Australia, Colindale is a 5th generation Australian family office with over 100 years of experience in direct investment, international business and trade. Colindale is an entrepreneurial investment group with extensive experience and relationships in food and agriculture. This is complemented by a strong focus on direct private equity, real estate, water, infrastructure, environmental services, renewable energy and technology.

Can-China Global Resource Fund (CCGRF) is an independent market-oriented private equity fund focused on the natural resources sectors in Canada and the U.S.  CCGRF completed raising its first phase of US$1.1 billion in equity capital in 2013 with available commitments of US$10 billion in subsequent phases from its international investors.

Yunfeng Capital was established in January 2010 as a private equity firm in China founded by successful entrepreneurs, pioneers and industry leaders. Its goal is not merely to be a financial investor, but also to share the entrepreneurial experience with companies, helping them refine their development, organizational management and brand building strategies.

Sailing Capital is an RMB international investment and loan fund created under the support of Shanghai Municipal Government and relevant national departments and in accordance with instruction provided by People’s Bank of China.  Sailing Capital has RMB 50 billion in capital across various funds.

Shenhua Holdings is a public company listed on Shanghai Stock Exchange (Symbol 600653). Shenhua is a holding company with investments in automobile manufacturing, distribution, retail and service, as well as real estate development, and wind farm development.

ECS is a public company listed on China Third Board (NEEQ: 430420). ECS is an urban development service provider with large base of city government clients.

Valuestone is an international private equity fund manager dedicated to mining and natural resources investment. Valuestone Global Resources Fund I has been established by Jiangxi Copper Corporation (China’s largest copper producer), CCB International Asset Management Ltd and the Valuestone management team. The target size of Valuestone Global Resources Fund I is US$300m.

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Address: 1116, 207 W. Hastings St, Vancouver, Canada

Phone: (604) 638-1553

Email: partner@newportconceptcorp.com

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