THE Gramercy Group TEAM:
Hon. Angad Paul
Angad serves as the Chief Executive of the Caparo Group, a diversified global association of businesses with interests in the design, manufacture and marketing of value added steel and niche engineering products with a staff of 8,000 employees in the UK, USA, India, Mexico, Poland and the Middle East. Since 2003, he has been a major force behind the company's continued growth both in the UK and abroad. . He has led the acquisition of 22 companies in the UK in 2006, including entry into non-destructive testing services and braking systems. Paul also initiated trading operations in Dubai and China. Under Angad's tenure, Caparo expansion in India since its entry in 1994 has been rapid. Focused on four regional centers, Caparo India currently operates from over 25 sites. Caparo is a private company owned by the Paul family.
Angad is a major shareholder and director of a number of private companies including Core Growth Capital, and a co-founder and Chairman of Established and Sons, a UK branded furniture design and manufacturing company. He also co-founded OpenAmplify, a technology company which has developed multi-patented NLP search technology. He has recently been developing sustainable farming projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has cofounded the exclusive London club, China White, and more recently the Aura Restaurant and Bar concept.
Angad was born and raised in London and has attended MIT, where he received BAs in Economics and Media Arts & Sciences. He is an accomplished film-maker and has developed and produced the film, Bombay Boys, which became one the largest grossing English films in India. He was executive producer on Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, which became a landmark event in British cinema and reached number one at the Box Office. Angad also served as Executive Producer on the follow-up Snatch which was released worldwide by Sony Pictures.
Angad is a Patron of the SHINE Education Trust as well as a non-executive director of the Imperial College National Health Service Trust for West London Hospitals.
non executive Director and Venture Partner, Gramercy Private Equity
Martin is a solicitor and businessman who has worked for a number of major law firms in Sydney, New York and London as well as operating his own practice for the last 25 years. As a lawyer he has a higher degree in tax and trade practices law and has always specialized in entertainment and copyright law.
As such a specialist, he spent 4 years at Network Ten and was subsequently General Manager Corporate Planning at News Corporation Limited. Here he worked closely with Rupert Murdoch on the evolution of his plans for TV and film in Australia and world wide as well as on the acquisition of the London Times, Ansett Airlines and The Herald & Weekly Times. At this time he was also CEO of the production company for the film "Gallipoli"- a joint venture between the Robert Stigwood Organisation and News Corporation Limited.
As a lawyer he has been involved in the financing of approximately 70 feature films and many documentaries and television programs. He has also advised on more than 20 Offer Documents For public offers on films and has issued seven in the name of his licensed dealer company.
He has been a director of a number of companies in the Beyond International Group, television stations Ch10 in Sydney and Melbourne and has owned and operated a television station in Western Australia.
More recently, Martin has been CEO of multimedia investment fund, the Australian Multimedia Enterprise Limited and has worked in venture capital for information industry start-ups and related businesses. He has worked closely with Allen & Buckeridge, which acquired the AME, and has had extensive experience in international financing arrangements for games, completion bonding for games and the games market place. He has attended every E3 since 1996 and all but one ECTS in that period. He has extensive connections with publishers, financiers and bonding companies as well as lawyers in those areas in UK and US.
Martin is now pre-occupied with professional directorships in a number of start-ups in the new media and IT areas including Pre Angels Management Pty Limited, a VC investment facilitator, Team Bondi Pty Limited, which operates in the video game industry, Eball games Pty Limited, IDSecure Pty Limited, a leading provider of customer relationship management software, Hubonline Global Pty Limited (until April 2006), Rising Sun Pictures Pty limited (a film and computer special effects developer) and Depth Analysis Pty Limited, each of which is developing new technology for the internet. He is also a director of Barmetrix Pty limited, a provider of software to the liquor industry and a consultant to Global Optics Pty Limited and Brainbow Films Pty Limited.
He is and has been director of several listed companies and, through his directorship of Lloyd Cooper & Associates Ltd has had a dealer's license with which he issued a number of prospectuses for films.
Martin is a keen yachtsman, has been a Trustee of the Ted Noffs Foundation for 30 years and is currently a Director of the Gut Foundation of Australia.
Director, Group CEO and Managing Partner Gramercy Private Equity
Michael is Managing Partner of GPE and is based in San Francisco. Michael has over 30 years of business, investment and managerial experience in the Asia-Pacific and US markets. In 2001, Michael co-founded Gramercy Venture Advisors, a boutique investment bank focusing on the technology industry, digital media and sustainability. As CEO of Gramercy Venture Advisors, he established the company as a leading merchant bank building business models, value chains and cross-industry partnerships on a global scale and led the development of Gramercy Private Equity, the PE arm of Gramercy that specializes in Special Purpose Private Equity Funds and is the manager of the Asia BrandTech Fund.
Prior to the founding of Gramercy, Michael spent eight years as CEO of Double Impact, a leading San Francisco based venture catalyst. Michael has helped in the development, funding, growth and exit of over 100 early stage technology companies from around the world. He has extensive international experience in building, funding and managing start-up companies. Prior to Double Impact, Michael was Managing Director of Macromedia's Asian operation during the three years leading to its very successful NASDAQ listing in December 1993. As well as his involvement across the full range of activities at Gramercy Venture Advisors and Gramercy Private Equity and serving on the various group Boards and Investment Review Committees, Michael sits on the Boards of a number of portfolio companies. Michael is also the founder of the not-for-profit global democracy site www.voteglobal.com.
Director and President Advisory, Gramercy Venture Advisors
Randy has over 20 years of strategic business development, sales, marketing, corporate development, legal and management experience in the US, Latin American, European, Japanese, South Korean, Chinese and other Asian markets with high-technology companies. During his career Randy has negotiated and closed more than 100 complex strategic business development, licensing, distribution and investment deals on behalf of his employers and clients with major multinational companies in the software, Internet, hardware, mobile and e-learning sectors worth more than $100 million. He has also set-up and managed subsidiaries in Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and the US for several employers and clients.
From 2002 to 2008 Randy was VP Global Business Development for conVISUAL AG, a leading digital application service provider based in Europe and publicly traded on the Frankfurt stock exchange with offices in the US and Asia. Before that Randy worked with Michael Gale and Amy Swartz at Double Impact as its President. Before Double Impact Randy worked with Michael Gale at Macromedia as Director, Japan and Latin America during which time he set up Macromedia’s Japanese subsidiary. Prior to the merger of Authorware, Macromind and Paracomp that created Macromedia in 1990, Randy was the VP of Legal Affairs and International Sales at Authorware.
Director and Partner Gramercy Private Equity
Amy Swartz co-founded Gramercy Venture Advisors in 2001. Amy has been involved in international business development, finance and marketing for over 10 years, working closely with Gramercy clients and portfolio companies to accelerate their global growth. Her international experience encompasses regions including North America, Europe, Australia, Japan, China and SE Asia. Amy has worked directly with over 100 start-up technology companies primarily in the US and Australia.
Prior to Gramercy, Amy spent several years as a consultant with Double Impact, Inc., a leading San Francisco based Venture Catalyst. She holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business, Marketing from San Francisco State University. Amy has several Directorships including Gramercy Venture Advisors, Itrek Nepal and Light of Lanka Foundation, a non-for-profit with which she is personally associated.
Tina has enjoyed a solid career with Gramercy for the past 10 years and prior to that with Double Impact in San Francisco. She is an experienced corporate finance and operations professional within the Private Equity and Advisory Sector.
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