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Richard is based in Beijing and is responsible for managing the firm’s activities in Asia. Prior to joining EC M&A, Richard was a Board member of xG Technology (AIM:XGT:L) a developer of a mobile VoIP platform and a senior manager with their infrastructure partner, Treco International. He was the Founding Partner and Managing Director of Deutsche Bank’s Angel Fund L.P., a $200 Million early-stage Private Equity Fund. The fund’s most notable investment was PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) which has since been purchased by eBay. On behalf of Deutsche Bank, he served on the boards of Q-Trade, 3 TEX, Farechase, Execution Ltd., and Univits. Preceding Deutsche Bank, he was the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Grupo TACA Airlines. With the management team, he bought and merged the national airlines of El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Nicaragua into one unified profitable airline and collaborated with LAN and TAM airlines to jointly purchase 100 new Airbus A-319 and A-320 aircrafts. Before the airline business, he was at JP Morgan Chase (formerly Chemical Bank) where he spent eleven years as a banker. In his free time, Richard founded Guerrilla Entertainment, a music and film company focused on rights management to create and own entertainment content. He sold this business in 2005. Richard holds an MBA in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business and he earned his BS in Business Administration from the University of Richmond, in Virginia.