Our Team

Our Board of Directors is made up exclusively of financial services veterans, with diverse but complimentary knowledge and experience. We have worked in regulated markets in the UK, Hong Kong, and Japan. Not only do we have experience in large global banks and industry service providers, but we also have relevant track record as entrepreneurs and investors in new ventures. We have the knowledge, experience, perspective, networks, and resources to stimulate progress and add value to our corporate clients and investees.

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Stephen Lazar
Chairman of the Board
Steve is a serial angel investor with a background in financial news and information. His positions at Reuters and Dow Jones included region-wide editorial as well as business development roles. He has also worked in recruitment and management consultancy in the Greater China region. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame in the US, he also led the Notre Dame Club of Hong Kong for many years. He has studied in the UK with the Chartered Institute of Marketing and has an Executive MBA from the University of Hull.
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James Hughes
Chief Executive Officer
James graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Economics in 1994. He is a Lifetime Fellow of the Hong Kong Securities Institute and a Chartered Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. Early on in his career he was an equity derivatives trader with Japanese investment bank Nomura, before transitioning to private banking with HSBC and then Pictet. In year 2000 he co-founded Black Swan Capital, a successful wealth management business based in London. In 2016 he established Buchanan Capital in Hong Kong. He now lives in London with his family. In his spare time he enjoys trail running and equestrian sports.
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Jarl Smidt-Olsen
Executive Director
Jarl has spent almost 30 years in the financial services industry across Asia and Europe both within larger banks and as a co-founder of a successful wealth-management fintech. More recently, Jarl has been both an angel investor and mentor to a number of Asian start-ups. Jarl is a Charted Financial Analyst, holds a MSc from CASS Business School and a BSc from the University of Warwick.
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James Jones
Advisor
James Jones started his career in financial services in London as a money broker with Prebon Yamane. He went on to launch a fund data business called Trustnet, which was subsequently sold to Financial Express (FE) in 2002. He became a main board director of FE and worked with them in Hong Kong from 2007 to 2011, and then in Sydney from 2011 until 2017. FE was bought out by a private equity investor in 2019. James now lives in Spain with his wife and dog. He has a wealth of knowledge, vast experience as a financial services entrepreneur, and a substantial global network especially within the wealth management industry.

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