Ian is a full-time business angel and founded Monte Carlo Capital in 2009 to invest his own assets in early-stage companies. Over the years Ian attracted a group of private co-investors and family offices and, as a group, invest between $500K and to $2M per company at seed/early series A. Ian also brings in follow-on investors in follow-on financings.
Ian is regularly the lead investor and is involved at each step of the deal, from deal sourcing to due diligence, deal structuring, and often joins the board or the advisory board. Once invested, Ian brings in a global network of co-investors and advisors who help portfolio companies access clients, partners and expertise.
Before founding Monte Carlo Capital, Ian was, until 2009, the regional managing director and head of capital markets in Asia for Commerzbank where he was managing all the trading floors activities in Asia, including equity derivatives, credit, precious metals, foreign exchange, debt capital markets, as well as the treasuries of HK, Singapore and Shanghai. Ian started his career in 1993 and previously worked in Paris, London, Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong with HSBC, UBS and JPMorgan, holding positions in trading, sales and financial engineering.
Over the years, Ian has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences in China, HK, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, Russia and Monaco. Ian currently lectures venture capital to MBA and finance MSc students at the International University of Monaco, and a regular speaker at leading business school. He is also a board member of the Monaco Venture Capital Association. Ian joined the European Business Angels Network (EBAN), in 2016 and recently won the best performing new member award at the annual conference of EBAN in Malaga. Ian is a Monégasque and holds a MSc in Finance from the London School of Economics (LSE)