Born in Vietnam and raised in the US, as a serial entrepreneur, avid investor and merchant banker in the US and emerging Asian markets, Martin diligently finds, structures and executes best business opportunities that yield highest possible return for his partners and investors.
As the founder of AGCG, Martin sets out a clear mission to bridge Asia Pacific growing businesses to global capital market by actively sourcing and engaging in cross-border private equities and M&A transactions, non-US exchanges Private Investments in Public Equities (PIPE) deals in virtually all sectors in the region. For early stage private or public companies in the US with innovative products and technologies, Martin also helps positioning them in front of global investors and expanding their market presence to Asia. To this date, Martin and his partners has structured, deployed and advised on over a billion USD for companies in the US, China, Korea and Vietnam.
In Vietnam, Martin has pioneered several PIPE structures and executions for alternative investment products worth over $500 millions USD that involve leveraged buy-out, equities, debts and convertible structures for VN30 and micro-cap companies. So far his investment products have generated a double-digit return for his investors since 2015. Most recently in 2016 and 2017, he also pioneered execution of two cross-border transactions for a Vietnamese company to acquire a Hong Kong-based electronic company via an unprecedented stock swap scheme. Subsequently, he helped the same company to acquire a Seoul-based electronics company in an all cash deal.
In 2019, he launched real estate financing with institutional partners to focusing on REITs, special situations and alternative credit investments in multifamily and office building projects of scale in the US and Southeast Asia.
He is currently Chairman of Msquare Holdings and DLL AM, both family offices focussing on macro strategies and private markets. He is an active Board/ Investment Committee member of TD Capital, a Vietnam SSC-licensed & regulated private equity fund and serves as a General Partner for several private and alternative investment firms focused on distressed, special situation and structured financing in the Asia-Pacific markets. Additionally, Martin sits on various boards and strategic directorship of companies in sectors that include real estate development, non-ferrous metal mining, consumer electronics (Ansen Electronics Company and Hanbits Electronics), a global strategic management (Mesa Research Group) and several other tech startups.
Prior to actively investing in the US and the Asia-Pacific rim, he worked primarily in the academia as Columbia University research scientist and lecturer, publishing large-data studies in cancer epidemiology and served as an adjunct professor at the City University of New York. Martin received his PhD training in Psychology and quantitative modeling from CUNY, BA in Psychology and Religious Studies from Olivet Nazarene University, Illinois.
He currently lives in New York City and travels extensively to Southeast Asia. Martin enjoys writing songs with a grungy and jazzy rock feel and playing a good game of basketball.