FrontCap Asia Ltd.
Advisory & Investments
Hong-Kong | Bangkok | Paris
Strategic Advisory focusing on sourcing principal investment opportunities in the ASEAN region, particularly in Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam; and providing corporate strategy advice to Governments, Chairmen and CEO’s of ASEAN and EMEA business Groups.
Headquartered in Hong Kong, FrontCap Asia is convinced of the enormous potential of the ASEAN region, illustrated by the strong performance of its economies and fueled by a large, young and industrious population of over 650 million people that will be the main growth driver of the world economy for at least the next decade.
Gilles Guerrier de Dumast
Co-Founder and Chairman
Founder of Frontiers Capital, Gilles joined Crédit Agricole CIB (one of the top 10 largest banking groups worldwide) as Deputy General Manager and Global Head of Coverage and Investment Banking. In this capacity, he was responsible for all Banking, Investment Banking and Corporate Finance operations in the Bank’s 57 countries and 22 French regions (allocation and management of Credit, Mergers & Acquisitions, Equity Capital Markets and Derivatives, Global Loan Syndication, Global Credit Analysis and Islamic Banking).
Gilles was Special Advisor to the French Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry. He spent 18 years in London as head of Corporate Finance France with Deutsche Bank and as a member of the European Management Committee. Gilles was also Head of Credit Suisse First Boston France and member of the bank’s Global Executive Board in New York; and head of the European Strategic Derivatives Group at Bankers Trust. Gilles started his career with JP Morgan in Paris and New York.
Gilles advises large European Groups for their Asian-based strategies, in particular Amundi, the largest non-American asset manager with over €1.5 trillion under management. Gilles also serves on the Boards of Directors of Amundi in Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand. Gilles served on the Boards of Directors of Didier Philippe SA (Stockbroker); Bankers Trust (France) SA; Labeyrie SA (world’s largest producer of foie gras and smoked salmon); Prost Grand Prix SA (Formula 1 Team); Prost Design SA (JV between Prost Grand Prix, LVMH (Moet-Hennessy-Louis Vuitton) and Yahoo! Inc.); Crédit Agricole CIB Rusbank (Russia); Amundi Group; Crédit Agricole CIB Saudi Fransi (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia); and CLSA (Number one stock broker and research firm in Asia).
Today, he lives in Bangkok, from where he is targeting business opportunities in North and South East Asia.
He is Senior Advisor of Amundi Group CEO and advisory board founder and member of Amundi South Asia and Amundi North Asia.
Gilles holds a Master in Finance from Sciences Po Paris.
Co-Founder and CEO
Albert is also Founder and CEO of Sokotra Capital, which he established in 2014 after spending almost three years with UBS AG as the Head of its UHNW and Corporate Advisory Group businesses for the Middle East & Africa region. During his time with UBS, Albert reported to the Head of Global Emerging Markets Wealth Management in Zurich and was responsible for a team of over 55 professionals across Zurich, Geneva and Dubai
Prior to joining UBS, Albert worked in Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (formerly CALYON) from 2006 to 2011 as head of its Middle East & Africa investment banking business. Albert was also responsible for the bank’s Middle East and Africa coverage activity from 2010 onwards.
Previously he was Head of Corporate and Investment Banking Coverage for the MENA region at Credit Suisse First Boston (“CSFB”) in London; Founder of Beyrut Financial Advisors, a Mediterranean Basin Corporate Finance and Advisory boutique; Director of investment banking coverage for the MENA at Merrill Lynch (including M&A, Equity and Equity Linked origination); and Head of developing research capabilities on the MENA region at Barings Bank and HSBC Securities.
Albert carries a wealth of knowledge and experience of the MEA region. He enjoys extensive relationships at all levels with regional government officials, CEOs and CFOs and has advised clients into and out of the region on several landmark transactions.
In addition, Albert served as an advisor to the Cairo Stock Exchange and a member of the Committee assisting them on strategic initiatives and helped set up HSBC’s brokerage operations in Egypt, the first such entity owned by a foreign investor.
Albert holds a Master in International Finance, with Honors from the University of Paris Dauphine (France).
Pierre started his career at the International Directorate of Ministry of Defense as US/Canada/UN staff officer before becoming Deputy Director “Asia – America – Africa”, and later posted to the French Embassy in Bangkok as Ministry of Defense Regional Attaché for South East Asia.
In 2001, he joined Airbus Group as Managing Director of the Malaysian Office and four years later was appointed President Asia Pacific. He developed Airbus footprint in every ASPAC country and engaged the Group 3I (Integration, Internationalization, Innovation) policy in the Region.
He also launched an ambitious Talents Programs aimed at detecting Asian talents and growing them in the Group. Pierre became Director / Chairman of Airbus subsidiaries throughout the region: Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Australia/NZ, Korea, Japan, China & India.
Pierre is Chairman of the Aerospace Committee of the Franco-Thai Chamber of Commerce and Conseiller du Commerce Exterieur (Advisor to the French Government for International Trade) since 2003.
Soulivan Vongmany is a recognized local businesswoman, accomplished journalist, professional interpreter/translator, and international financial consultant. In early 2004, Ms. Vongmany started her career working as a development and education reporter for the Vientiane Times, Lao PDR’s leading English-language newspaper.
Soulivan founded and oversaw the establishment of what is now Vientiane’s largest and most well-respected translation and interpretation company, Revolution Translation Asia Ltd.
Officially licensed in 2005, the company has secured nearly 90 retainer contracts and long-term service agreements with prominent international private investors, Government ministries and nearly all the country’s major development partners (UN agencies, International donor groups and countries, World Bank, and Asian Development Bank).
In 2016, Soulivan leased historical space in Vientiane’s city center and oversaw the design, construction, and business initiation of Moonlight Lounge. She now also provides oversight and management of Vongmany Import and Export Ltd and serves as Special Advisor to the investment and advisory firm, FrontCap Asia Ltd, incorporated in Hong Kong.
Soulivan holds post-graduate degrees from the Institute of Economics and Finance of Dongkhamxang, Vientiane; Rattana Business Administration College, Vientiane, and the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi, India.
Associate and Secretary General
Cecilia Barradas is an Associate and General Secretary of FrontCap Asia Ltd. and Frontiers Capital SAS.
Mexican born, Cecilia holds a Double Masters degree in International Economic Development and Economic History from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics and bachelor’s degree in International Relations.
Cecilia worked previously at the Mexican Embassy in Brussels in the Economics Department, at the Ministry of Economic Development of the State of Veracruz-Mexico as an adviser to the Minister, and at the World Heritage Centre-UNESCO in Paris.
At Frontiers Capital, she has been involved in investment projects in Mongolia and Tanzania and is currently working on research and analysis of projects in the North and South-East Asia regions.
- 2018 – Clinsect – financing and operating the largest Black Soldier Fly farm in Vientiane Lao PDR
- 2016 - Advising on the corporate strategy in Asia of Amundi Group
- 2017 - Assisted on the acquisition of Le Grand Véfour (iconic Michelin stared French restaurant), by Thai F&B Group Mudman