Allan Leung, Finance Expert in Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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Allan Leung

Verified Expert  in Finance

Finance Expert

Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Toptal Member Since
December 28, 2017

Allan served as an investment banker for more than $300 million of transactions and as a CFO with experience executing financial, operation, and reporting processes. Allan empowers his clients to realize their visions by providing tactical and hands-on input on business development, fundraising, and M&A.

Career Highlights

Mount Vantage
Interim CFO
Avant Meats
Senior Associate
BDA Partners

Education Highlights

Bachelor of Science Degree
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Exchange Program
University of Waterloo

Case Studies

Work Experience

Founder and CEO

2021 - PRESENT
Marinas Bio
  • Built a founding team of veterinary and fish cell research experts in obtaining cultivated meat regulatory approvals and the seafood industry.
  • Raised undisclosed funds for using biotechnology to cultivate caviar and roe for climate action, conservation, and animal welfare in a $2.4-billion market.
  • Was responsible for investor outreach, including documentation, lead generation, and transaction execution.
Focus areas: Fundraising, Foodtech


2015 - PRESENT
Mount Vantage
  • Originated retained revenue streams from various corporates and family offices on business development, fundraising, and M&A projects. Raised tens of millions of dollars for several clients in spin-off transactions, private investments, and more.
  • Identified potential investors, negotiated fundraising documentation, and prepared narratives for investor relations. Developed interests and competitive tension from strategic investors and financial sponsors.
  • Prepared information memoranda, presentations, three-statement financial models, scenarios, and sensitivity analyses. Led due diligence, valuation negotiation, and drafting of share purchase or subscription agreements and shareholder agreements.
  • Raised circa $15 million from the sale of 6.5% of a major food exporter to Mitsubishi.
  • Raised circa $25 million for a food exporter from private investors in a spin-off transaction.
  • Raised circa $13 million from the sale of 35% of a food exporter to private investors.
  • Raised an undisclosed sum from the sale of 100% of a food importer in a series of transactions.
  • Acted as the CFO and handled fundraising initiatives for technology, the Internet of things (IoT), logistics, and acquisition companies.
Focus areas: Business Development, Fundraising, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)

Interim CFO

2020 - 2021
Avant Meats
  • Raised c. US$3.1m round, attracted first seafood and China investors and created competitive tension.
  • Established and managed investor relationships, prepared presentations, Q&A, and transaction documentation.
  • Prepared budget, CAPEX, forecast and sensitivity analysis based on various bioprocess and financial metrics.
  • Managed stakeholder relationships, international expansion, and corporate restructuring matters.
  • Structured and edited a wide range of investment documentation and strategic collaboration agreements.
Focus areas: Commercialization, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Fundraising

Executive and Advisor

2018 - 2019
Binnacle Capital
  • Licensed by the Securities and Futures Commission for Type 1 (dealing in securities) and Type 6 (advising on corporate finance) regulated activities.
Focus areas: Corporate Finance

Interim CFO

2016 - 2018
Hoi On Security
  • Managed the overall finances, namely marketing, tender, quotation, and negotiation for businesses, leading to approx. USD $2.0 million in sales.
  • Collected approx. USD $0.5 million of the overdue receivable by litigation and other means.
  • Created standardized employment documentation and spearheaded a standardized operation procedure at HQ and over 30 other locations, leading to approx. USD $0.2 million savings in employment-related claims and insurance premiums.
  • Streamlined the management structure and engineered digitalization and automation systems to reduce 40% of full-time admin headcount and circa USD $0.1 million of the annual management cost.
  • Provided training to admin and operating staff and resolved six years of outstanding tax matters.
Focus areas: Business Development, CFO

Interim CFO

2015 - 2018
Little Paris Arts
  • Owned all non-educational parts of the business, including marketing, operation, and recruitment.
  • Generated approx. 10x cash return from the initial investment in less than one year.
  • Executed online marketing campaigns resulting in over 400 customers.
Focus areas: Business Development, CFO

Senior Associate

2011 - 2015
BDA Partners
  • Originated and executed a wide range of consumer and food production mandates leading to over USD $10 million revenue.
  • Prepared documentation and financial models, identified and originated investment offers, managed due diligence, led negotiation on valuation and transaction terms, and coordinated the execution of definitive documentation.
  • Raised circa USD $30 million from the sale of 100% of an animal nutrition company to Aboitiz in a spin-off transaction.
  • Raised circa USD $42 million for a newly established JV invested by Standard Chartered Private Equity and an electronics import-export company which injected a 60-store electronic retailer into the JV.
  • Raised circa USD $90 million from the sale of 36% of a crop chemicals/rice company engaged in manufacturing, import and export to Standard Chartered Private Equity.
  • Raised circa USD $96 million from the sale of 40% of a major animal nutrition company by Prudential to Masan.
Focus areas: Fundraising, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)


2011 - 2011
  • Contributed to the joint sponsorship, global coordination, and bookrunning of the USD $148 million IPO of Hongguo on the main board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong and Rule 144A/Regulation S Global Offering.
Focus areas: Coordination, Sponsorship


2009 - 2011
  • Advised China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) on its global acquisition strategy.
Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)

Intern Analyst | Metals and Mining

2008 - 2009
  • Advised UC Rusal, Russia’s largest aluminum company, on the restructuring of its USD $17 billion of debt from more than ten banks.
  • Counseled Rio Tinto (LSE: RIO; ASX: RIO) on its defense from BHP Billiton’s (LSE: BLT; ASX: BHP) USD $147 billion hostile offer, the largest hostile merger in corporate history.
Focus areas: Financial Restructuring, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)

Risk Analyst

2008 - 2008
UBS Wealth Management
  • Compiled various risk reports using Excel VBA.
  • Presented major transaction errors to desk and risk department heads.
  • Conducted investigations and suggested preventative measures.
  • Coordinated with legal, compliance, anti-money laundering, and other desks concerning operational risk matters.
Focus areas: Risk, Excel Macros, Excel VBA
2019 - 2021

Progress Toward an Executive MBA in Business Administration

University of Chicago - Chicago, IL, USA

2004 - 2007

Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry with a Minor in Social Sciences

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology - Clear Water Bay Peninsula, New Territories, Hong Kong

2005 - 2006

Exchange Program in Biology

University of Waterloo - Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


Financial Modeling, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), CFO, Fundraising, M&A (Sell-side), Equity Research, Revenue & Expense Projections, Three-statement Modeling, Due Diligence, Leveraged Buyout Modeling, Seed Fundraising, Trade Finance, Startup Funding, Private Equity, Market Research, Venture Funding, Equity Research Analysis, Stock Trading, Financial Restructuring, Risk, Forecasting, M&A (Buy-side), Debt Structuring, Debt Raises, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Valuation, Corporate Finance, Project Finance

Output Software

Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel

Data & Analysis Software

Capital IQ, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters

Industry Expertise

Food Production, Chemicals, Consumer Products, Agriculture, Capital Markets, Professional Services, Building Materials, Agribusiness, Food, Ecology, Nutraceuticals, Technology, Public Companies, Renewable Energy, Confidential Information Memorandum (CIM), Real Estate, Financial Services, Venture Capital, Water Industry

Geographic Expertise

China, Hong Kong, Asia, Southeast Asia, Vietnam, United Kingdom, United States


Financial Analysis, Pitch Decks, Business Development, Pitch Books, Business Strategy, Business Analysis, Business Planning, Interim Management, Restructuring, Leveraged Finance, Leveraged Buyout (LBO), Market Research & Analysis, B2B Sales Pipeline, Data Analytics, Database Research, Databases, Alternative Investments, Business Processes, Family Office, Financing, High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI), Limited Partnerships, Deal Structuring, Research, Social Impact, Stock Analysis, Stock Market, Finance, Virtual CFO, Commercialization, Sponsorship, Coordination, Sales Pipelines, Strategy, Excel VBA, Excel Macros, Foodtech, Spinoffs, Business Models, Internet of Things (IoT), Managed Services, Business Services, Manufacturing, Investment Banking, Startups, Business Plan Consulting, Investments, Social Sciences, Biology, Business Administration

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