Pinetree Partners with ABS-CBN Foundation International to Discuss Impact Investing in the Philippines

MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA, AUGUST 2, 2019 — Pinetree Capital is partnering with ABS-CBN Foundation International to discuss nation-building ideas, including impact investing in the Philippines. The ecotourism and environmental fundraiser event will be held on the 16th of August at TFC Studio, Daly City, California. ABS-CBN Foundation seeks to initiate conversation about the Philippines' potential inclusive growth, educating Americans and Filipino-Americans on impact investment opportunities in the Philippines. 

Managing director of ABS-CBN Foundation, Susan Afan, will lead the discussion on the Bantay Kalikasan program. Bantay Kalikasan is the environmental arm of the foundation that seeks to address environmental concerns in the Philippines. The foundation intends to connect the objectives of Bantay Kalikasan and impact investing in the Philippines, proposing environmental solutions and possible involvement options for Americans and Fil-Americans. 

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Pinetree CIO Victor Lee To Speak at Euromoney PH Investment Forum 2019

MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA, JULY 11, 2019 — Pinetree Capital’s Chief Investment Officer Victor Lee was invited to be a speaker at the 8th annual Philippine Investment Forum 2019. Euromoney, the leading platform for thought leadership and business development, returns to Manila to host the 8th consecutive Philippines Investment Forum on September 24th 2019. 

Victor Lee sits with senior corporate leaders and policymakers to deliver discussions about the country and the region’s economic investment trends, as well as the liberalization of trade and foreign direct investment. With Pinetree’s efforts to address opportunities in Southeast Asia, Victor Lee will offer insights on the business developments and startup ecosystem in the Philippines. 

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Pinetree Leaders Mentor Seedstar Startups

MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA, JUNE 20, 2019 — Pinetree Capital’s Victor Lee, Chief Investment Manager, and Jose Andre Ramirez, Senior Investment Manager, help mentor startups at the recent Seedstars Startup Bootcamp held at  KMC | V Corporate Center in Salcedo Village, Makati. The bootcamp is sponsored by Pintree in association with the Manila Angel Investors Network. Hosted by Seedstars, the world’s biggest startup competition, the event came as one of Pinetree’s community involvement activities — helping Seedstars in guiding young entrepreneurs. More than twenty-five startups are in attendance. Majority of which are local companies.

This bootcamp features presentations from the Seedstars staff including practical tips on how to grow their businesses and pitch their winning ideas. After the presentations, members from the Manila Angel Investors Network or MAIN give their …

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Pinetree Capital Manila Hosts Republic Day Event

MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA, JUNE 28, 2019 — Pinetree Capital Manila successfully hosted the Republic Day Celebration last June 28, Friday at the Makati Diamond Residences. Usually celebrated at the Fourth of July, Pinetree drawn out the event in cooperation with the Manila Angels Investors Network, and the Barangay of San Lorenzo, Makati City. This was in celebration of the friendship between the Philippines and her international relations. 

It was a night of music and singing, featuring the country’s oldest jazz band, The Executives. Their setlist contained classics from the Great American Songbook which the crowd enjoyed. The night’s guest of honor, Belgian Consul Cécile Thoen, rendered a song together with the band. Prominent guests included Rick Sobrevinas, chairman of the American Association of the Philippines or AAP; Joseph Assad, honorary consul of Lebanon to the Philippines, and Arlene Arcillas ….

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Pinetree Capital Manila Hosts a Talk on Financial Technology with Miko Matsumura

MAKATI CITY, JUNE 26, 2019 — Pinetree Capital spearheaded discussions on financial technology, business, and the global economy at the Gallardo Hall of the Makati Diamond Hotel last Wednesday, June 26th, 2019. One of the luminaries of cryptocurrency and Blockchain, Miko Matsumura, was the keynote speaker of the event.

He delivered an interesting talk on the changing financial landscape from traditional methods to burgeoning digital spaces as demonstrated by Facebook’s cryptocurrency, Libra. He also delved into the family office dynamic between the older and younger generation — both may disagree on certain investments but an open mind is key to innovation and progressive pursuits.

Guests included a number of business leaders in the fintech sphere along with representatives of Family Offices.

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Pinetree Capital Manila hosts Republic Day Event at Makati Diamond Residences, Friday, June 28, 2019

MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA, JUNE 10, 2019 — Republic Day in the Philippines, also referred to as Filipino American Friendship Day, is typically celebrated on the Fourth of July. But this coming June 28th, Pinetree Capital Manila will proudly host the Republic Day Celebration, in cooperation with the Manila Angel Investors Network (based in Makati City), the Barangay of San Lorenzo, and various members of the expat community; the likes of which include the Elks Lodge and Club in Makati, the American Chamber of Commerce, and other expat community members. This night of music is in celebration and in appreciation of the vital relationship between the Philippines and its international partners, not least of which is the United States.

The event’s guest of honor is the Belgian Consul Cécile Thoen. The program will feature

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Silicon Valley- and Open Source-veteran, Miko Matsumura, to Join Pinetree Capital Manila's June 26 Conference

MAKATI CITY, JUNE 14, 2019 — Miko participated in the first wave of the Internet as Chief Evangelist for the Java Language and Platform at Sun Microsystems and is now fully engaged in the “Internet of Value.”

With 25 years of enterprise software marketing experience in Silicon Valley, he has raised over $50 million in venture capital for Open Source startups such as Gradle, Hazelcast and has participated in multiple exits including INFRAVIO, webMethods, Db4O.

Mr. Matsumura has invested in open source money, advising successful startups like Naga Group ($50M Stock Trading), Playkey ($10.5M Streaming Gaming), Celsius ($50M Ether Lending) …

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Andre Ramirez joins Pinetree Capital as Senior Investment Manager

MAKATI CITY, MAY 20, 2019 — Pinetree Capital announces Jose Andre Ramirez, an investment professional with 10 years of experience under his belt, as its Senior Investment Manager. Mr. Ramirez will help source, appraise, structure, and execute Pinetree’s investments to ensure both social and financial returns to investors.

Mr. Ramirez specializes in the global credit market, particularly in investment grade corporate bonds. He adds a higher growth potential to Pinetree Capital. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the De La Salle University, Mr. Ramirez began his career in trade and investment in the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC). He began as a credit risk analyst and worked his way up to become the head of the bank’s Global Credit Division.

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Kat Racadio Joins Pinetree Capital as Director of Investor Relations

Ms. Racadio specializes in retail banking, credit management, consumer lending, and corporate banking. She trained in numerous reputable international schools to build her skill in business and finance: a Masters’ Degree in Management from the Asian Institute of Management; a certificate in Business Excellence, as well as Global Banking from the Columbia Business School in New York.

Her superior training on disruptive innovation and comprehensive knowledge on business model innovations techniques adds to Pinetree Capital’s arsenal in identifying the most lucrative opportunities in financial technology, digital banking, and big data analytics.  She has held management roles in a number of organizations with …

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Discussions on Financial Technology, Business, and the Global Economy

MAKATI CITY, APRIL 29, 2019 — On June 26 at 6:00PM, guests will enjoy hors d'oeuvres and cocktails while taking in the sun setting over the world’s most densely populated metropolis in the world — from atop the Makati Diamond Hotel. Here, family offices, business leaders, and scientists pioneering  the development of exciting financial technology today will begin the evening’s discussions on whether the following recent M&A milestones in fintech are to be seen as catalysts for an ensuing bullish wave:

  • Go-Jek’s acquisition of Coin.ph for $72 million.

  • Alipay’s investment of $150 million into Globe Telecom’s fintech product, Gcash.

  • WeChat’s investment of $200 million into Smart Communication’s PayMaya.

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Victor Lee joins Pinetree Capital as Chief Investment Officer

METRO MANILA, JANUARY 13, 2019 — Pinetree Capital announces Victor Lee, M&A veteran, as its offices’ Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Lee will oversee an investment strategy involving special purpose vehicles (or SPV funds), which take on explicit objectives per fund.

Mr. Lee is considered an expert in mergers and acquisition finance and brings to Pinetree Capital a worldcass background in international finance and trade. He began his career in finance shortly after graduating from Yale University (BA, Political Science, Cum Laude) and Harvard University (MPP, International Trade & Finance), at Smith Barney, New York City (1993). His professional experiences in New York City during 1990s also include a tenure as Executive Vice President at Bankers Trust, numerous awards from institutions …

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