“Be open-minded, patient but persistent!" This is the advice that Richard Lan gives to Canadian startups that are seeking overseas investment.
Mr. Lan has more than 20 years of senior management experience in several Fortune 500 companies with extensive domestic and international experience (Canada, U.S, China and Europe). His main areas of expertise include M&A, private equity, and venture capital, post-acquisition/merger integration, initial public offerings (IPO), divestments, leadership, strategic planning processes, business development, operational & financial management, international restructuring, cultural integration, change management, implementation of ERP systems and people management. He was formally recognized for excellence achieved in operational and financial management leading to several international expatriate assignments.
Before co-founding Grimsey Capital Partners, Mr. Lan co-founded Amalan Capital (http://www.amalancapital.com), a private equity company based in Montreal, investing in the equity of small and medium-sized companies. Past deals span a wide range of industries, including technology, consumer products, manufacturing, and healthcare industries.
His previous positions included Regional Finance Director, based in Paris & Member of the Executive Committee & Senior Leadership Team for Mead Johnson Europe and senior leadership positions for Bristol-Myers-Squibb Canada, China, and France for over 15 years. Mr. Richard Lan is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Administrator (Adm.A). He graduated in management from INSEAD business school, Fontainebleau, France and holds a Bachelor in Commerce (Finance) from Concordia University and a diploma in accounting from McGill University in Montreal.
In this video, Richard shares his perspectives on:
- Why he started Grimsey Capital Partners
- Investment environment in France, Canada and China
- Advice to startups who are seeking overseas investment
- What he would say to the 20-year-old himself