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Marvin Yee

Managing Partner

Marvin Yee is an Auckland based business man with numerous interests in private and public companies. His areas of expertise include leveraged buyouts, management buyouts and private equity. His investment experience includes technology, fintech, medtech and the crafting of financial instruments.

Marvin is also a partner in Crown Private, a global investment syndicate with investments in over 40 companies and investor members from 18 countries.

Marvin is the Founder and Director of CyberCom Global Limited, a consolidated technology group which includes payment gateways and ISP services. CyberCom is presently in New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore.

Marvin sits on a number of boards in New Zealand, Australia, the United States, Malaysia and Singapore.

A graduate of Auckland and Massey University, he has an MBA specializing in accounting and finance and a BA in politics.

He was the past Chairman of the New Zealand Young Professionals and past President of the Rotary Club of Birkenhead. He is also a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Ravinesh Chand

Chief Financial Officer

Owen Smith

General Counsel

I am a New Zealand qualified legal counsel and compliance specialist with over 10 years of extensive in regulatory compliance and assurance, financial licensing and regulation, AML/CFT, international taxation, privacy laws and regulations, investment, commercial and company laws, internal regulatory auditing and project auditing.

My experience covers acting for New Zealand and overseas derivative issuers, investment firms, fund managers, money remitters, online payment solution providers, brokers, trustees and custodians, commercial lenders and tech firms as a compliance professional, internal auditor and legal advisor including acting those financial institutions that have been involved in complex international projects and those that have been operating in the high-risk regulatory environments including cryptocurrency environment, capital controlling jurisdictions as well as those facing pressure from the from market regulators and government agencies or those going through an extensive remediation action.

Melinda Lew

Head of Compliance & Risk

Prior to joining the Crown Financial Services team, Melinda worked for a number of leading reputable law firms. Melinda is a qualified Legal Executive with a wide range of experience in the legal and financial services sectors.

Melinda has a good grasp of the importance of the big picture for projects while paying great attention to detail. She maintains a friendly, approachable manner to internal and external stakeholders (including clients) and provides support throughout the business, encouraging clear and regular communication.  

Melinda works across all teams in the business working hard to ensure that clients are well supported and well informed in the compliance space. She communicates at ease with clients and works efficiently to ensure transactions are completed in a smooth and effective manner. Qualification: New Zealand Law Society Legal Executive Certificate.

Kyle Gonzales

Business Development Director, USA

Kyle was a senior director at Red Hat, a multinational enterprise open-source software company. During his 18+ year career at Red Hat, he built and led technical architecture and business development teams working with global financial services and telecommunications companies such at AT&T, Deutsche Telecom, Bank of America and Citibank. Kyle is also an active advisor, board member and investor to several early stage technology companies including APIMatic and Forestry.

Evan Seber

CEO Crown Accelerate

Robert Lean

Business Development Manager

Terry Woo

Associate

Ryan Richards

General Manager – CyberCom

Omer Adam

Team Leader Development

Kamal Saini

Team Leader Network

Jitender Singh

Team Leader Security

James Evenson

Chief Operating Officer

James’ expertise includes M&A, restructuring, strategic management and orchestrating leveraged growth. His successes range from start-ups to billion dollar companies. His sector expertise includes mining, energy, global supply chain and automotive. His greatest strengths are in emerging and frontier markets.

After restructuring and acquiring companies for the AES Corporation in several countries, James went on to develop multiple privately held companies as principal, partner, investor and advisor. He has also donated his expertise to turnaround a variety of not for profit enterprises.

James earned a Master of Arts at the University of British Columbia’s Regent College, and a Bachelor of Science from Portland State University. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Kazakh American Free University (KAFU), which he helped create during the early 1990s. He currently serves as Executive Vice President and Adjunct Professor of Strategic Management at KAFU.

Working around the world for the past 29 years has given James great insight and competence in many settings. In grad school, he was known as the guy who could parachute out of a plane above any country and find his way to success. While he has yet to jump out of a plane, he has been fortunate to call multiple countries home, and he thrives in many others.

When things go wrong, James is the person you want on speed dial. He turns chaos into beauty, solves deep and complex problems, and makes things work when no one else can. He relies on deep intuition, thorough investigation, analysis and synthesis, and not giving up. He is equally driven by the values of integrity, trust, risk taking and fun.

Tabeer Khan

Associate

Reza Haseli

Chief Technology Officer

Marvin Yee

Managing Partner

Marvin Yee is an Auckland based business man with numerous interests in private and public companies. His areas of expertise include leveraged buyouts, management buyouts and private equity. His investment experience includes technology, fintech, medtech and the crafting of financial instruments.

Marvin is also a partner in Crown Private, a global investment syndicate with investments in over 40 companies and investor members from 18 countries.

Marvin is the Founder and Director of CyberCom Global Limited, a consolidated technology group which includes payment gateways and ISP services. CyberCom is presently in New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore.

Marvin sits on a number of boards in New Zealand, Australia, the United States, Malaysia and Singapore.

A graduate of Auckland and Massey University, he has an MBA specializing in accounting and finance and a BA in politics.

He was the past Chairman of the New Zealand Young Professionals and past President of the Rotary Club of Birkenhead. He is also a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

James Evenson

Chief Operating Officer

James’ expertise includes M&A, restructuring, strategic management and orchestrating leveraged growth. His successes range from start-ups to billion dollar companies. His sector expertise includes mining, energy, global supply chain and automotive. His greatest strengths are in emerging and frontier markets.

After restructuring and acquiring companies for the AES Corporation in several countries, James went on to develop multiple privately held companies as principal, partner, investor and advisor. He has also donated his expertise to turnaround a variety of not for profit enterprises.

James earned a Master of Arts at the University of British Columbia’s Regent College, and a Bachelor of Science from Portland State University. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Kazakh American Free University (KAFU), which he helped create during the early 1990s. He currently serves as Executive Vice President and Adjunct Professor of Strategic Management at KAFU.

Working around the world for the past 29 years has given James great insight and competence in many settings. In grad school, he was known as the guy who could parachute out of a plane above any country and find his way to success. While he has yet to jump out of a plane, he has been fortunate to call multiple countries home, and he thrives in many others.

When things go wrong, James is the person you want on speed dial. He turns chaos into beauty, solves deep and complex problems, and makes things work when no one else can. He relies on deep intuition, thorough investigation, analysis and synthesis, and not giving up. He is equally driven by the values of integrity, trust, risk taking and fun.

Ravinesh Chand

Chief Financial Officer

Reza Haseli

Chief Technology Officer

Owen Smith

General Counsel

I am a New Zealand qualified legal counsel and compliance specialist with over 10 years of extensive in regulatory compliance and assurance, financial licensing and regulation, AML/CFT, international taxation, privacy laws and regulations, investment, commercial and company laws, internal regulatory auditing and project auditing.

My experience covers acting for New Zealand and overseas derivative issuers, investment firms, fund managers, money remitters, online payment solution providers, brokers, trustees and custodians, commercial lenders and tech firms as a compliance professional, internal auditor and legal advisor including acting those financial institutions that have been involved in complex international projects and those that have been operating in the high-risk regulatory environments including cryptocurrency environment, capital controlling jurisdictions as well as those facing pressure from the from market regulators and government agencies or those going through an extensive remediation action.

Melinda Lew

Head of Compliance & Risk

Prior to joining the Crown Financial Services team, Melinda worked for a number of leading reputable law firms. Melinda is a qualified Legal Executive with a wide range of experience in the legal and financial services sectors.

Melinda has a good grasp of the importance of the big picture for projects while paying great attention to detail. She maintains a friendly, approachable manner to internal and external stakeholders (including clients) and provides support throughout the business, encouraging clear and regular communication.  

Melinda works across all teams in the business working hard to ensure that clients are well supported and well informed in the compliance space. She communicates at ease with clients and works efficiently to ensure transactions are completed in a smooth and effective manner. Qualification: New Zealand Law Society Legal Executive Certificate.

Evan Seber

CEO Crown Accelerate

Robert Lean

Business Development Manager

Terry Woo

Associate

Tabeer Khan

Associate

Ryan Richards

General Manager – CyberCom

Omer Adam

Team Leader Development

Kamal Saini

Team Leader Network

Jitender Singh

Team Leader Security