Stan worked on nine-to-ten figure M&A and IPO deals in New York and Toronto as an investment banker, turned around a public company as the CFO and COO, and invested venture capital funds into startups, helping them enter new markets in Southeast Asia. He has a bachelor of commerce, an MBA from the University of Toronto, and an accounting designation. Stan is currently investing in and building startups mainly in the fintech sector and joined Toptal to work on interesting projects worldwide.
Launched a fintech product within two months and doubled monthly active users month-over-month.
Invested in two startups in Singapore, one building the most advanced electric motorcycles in Southeast Asia and the other offering a revolutionary data capture solution.
Devised the strategy and operation of a newly set up venture capital fund and commenced deployment into early-stage startups.
Amalgamated several existing brands under one for a stronger value proposition and go-to-market approach, landing large urban-tech contracts with major real estate developers.
Focus areas: Lean Startups, New Products, Technology Trends, Financial Technology, Investment Funds, Investment Ideas, New Product Business Cases
CFO and Venture Founder
2019 - 2020
Identified dozens of new venture opportunities across multiple sectors for Southeast Asia corporates—like Maxis, Sinarmas, and RHB—based on a detailed assessment matching corporates’ assets and aspirations with market opportunities and pain points.
Founded FLV Studio, an in-house foundation and validation team that identifies venture opportunities and prepares them for seed fundraising from a targeted group of corporates.
Was appointed CFO since COVID-19 outbreak to navigate the company safely out of the crisis–cut burn-rate by 20% within two months with no lay-offs, worked with the partners to revise the company growth model making it more sustainable and leaner.
Focus areas: Fundraising, Lean Startups, CFO, New Product Business Cases
CFO and COO
2018 - 2020
Ta Win Holdings Berhad
Spearheaded the corporate turnaround of a publicly listed Malaysian manufacturing company, transforming it into a vertically integrated technology leader in the specialty cable market, targeting a diverse range of industries.
Developed the group’s strategy and led organic and inorganic growth initiatives by raising over RM150 million equity and over RM100 million debt facilities through private and public sources to deploy into growth capex and M & M&A.
Restructured the company’s corporate, operational, and capital structure and expanded its market to China through a joint venture, increasing sales volume by 80% within one year and doubling the margin of base business by using recycled copper.
Formed a new subsidiary via a joint venture in a vertical integration move downstream into the specialty cable market to expand margins from low single digits to double digits.
Arranged two multi-billion-ringgit public-private partnerships with state governments to develop two 500-acre industrial parks on state land, with the aim of creating Malaysia’s largest copper recycling and manufacturing symbiosis.
Managed the company’s PR and IR programs, including published interviews with national as well as international media, including CEO Magazine, The Edge, New Straits Times, The Star, and China Press.
Focus areas: Fundraising, Operations Management, External Financial Reporting, P&L Management, Business Development, Government Contracting, Metals & Mining, CFO
Vice President of Business Intelligence and Finance
2017 - 2018
Built the business intelligence team and the finance team, ensuring optimal use of financial and operational data to inform key business decisions and support growth, resulting in traffic growth of 120%.
Supported the CEO in all corporate development initiatives, including Series-B fundraising and M&A opportunities.
Engaged in strategy formulation as a top management team member that includes five members out of 140 total employees.
Focus areas: Business Intelligence (BI), Finance
Investment Banking Associate
2015 - 2017
BMO Bank of Montreal
Led cross-functional and cross-border teams in the execution of live M&As, IPOs, debt and preferred share issuances in the insurance, asset management, banking, alternative lending, and fintech sectors.
Participated in major transactions, including Economical Insurance IPO ($1.8 billion) and IGM Financial’s acquisition of a minority stake in China Asset Management ($647 million),.
Worked on other major transactions like Aviva’s acquisition of RBC H&A Insurance ($582 million), bid for Aurigen Capital lost in the second round to PartnerRe ($375 million), and MCAP IPO ($275 million).
Led recruiting efforts, including organizing and judging the annual BMO Stock Pitch Competition, participating in over five networking events per year, and interviewing over 20 candidates.