YVETTE KWAN

PARTNER & CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

BACKGROUND AND WORK EXPERIENCE

Yvette Kwan is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer at Quinlan & Associates.

Yvette has nearly 20 years of experience in corporate strategy and investment banking. Prior to joining Quinlan & Associates, Yvette was the Regional Operating Officer (COO) for UBS AG’s Corporate Client Services division in Asia Pacific, which included UBS’s Investment Banking, Capital Markets and Financing Solutions businesses across 13 countries, including a China onshore securities joint venture.

Before taking up her position as Regional Operating Officer, Yvette was an Executive Director in UBS’s Group Strategy and M&A departments in Zurich, Sydney and Hong Kong, where she worked on a number of high-profile strategic engagements covering acquisitions, principal and joint venture investments, corporate governance and shareholder management, new business setup and talent programs. Her experience includes the evaluation of new business opportunities, the development of board papers, strategy execution and monitoring of strategic initiatives.

Before joining UBS, Yvette worked in the Greater China and Corporate Finance team at Credit Suisse First Boston in Hong Kong. She began her career in Emerging Business Services and Corporate Tax at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Sydney.

EDUCATION

Yvette graduated with merit from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Finance. She also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), where she completed an exchange at Instituto de Empresa (IE) in Madrid.

VIPPY WONG

PARTNER

BACKGROUND AND WORK EXPERIENCE

Vippy Wong is a Partner at Quinlan & Associates.

Vippy has extensive experience in financial services, having spent over a decade in investment banks, exchanges, technology providers and management consultancies. Most recently, she was a Director in the Industry Solutions team at Thomson Reuters, where she was responsible for identifying, developing and executing new, innovative ventures and businesses across the Financial & Risk sector.

Prior to Thomson Reuters, she was a founding member of a new commodities exchange in Hong Kong, where she was involved in all aspects of launching the trading venue with a focus on business development, and sales and marketing.

Vippy has held various positions in principal investments, corporate finance, strategy and management consulting in Hong Kong and New York. She covered mergers & acquisitions, capital raising, and principal investments as a TMT investment banker and equity investor at ABN Amro. As a management consultant at Oliver Wyman, Vippy has advised a number of global and Asia based financial institutions including wealth managers, insurers, and custody banks.

EDUCATION

Vippy has an Executive MBA from EMBA-Global Asia, a joint program between Columbia Business School, University of Hong Kong and London Business School. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Princeton University, majoring in Operations Research & Financial Engineering, where she graduated magna cum laude.

CHUNSHEK CHAN

PRINCIPAL

BACKGROUND AND WORK EXPERIENCE

Chunshek Chan is a Principal and Senior Trainer at Quinlan & Associates.

With more than a decade of regional and global team management experience at several multinational corporations, Chunshek is an expert in motivating individuals and leading organizations to stay resilient and deliver outstanding results through times of changes and transitions, delivering a greater sense of purpose and alignment of values between companies and employees. He has worked with both corporate and individual clients on leadership development, people management, team dynamics, and career coaching.

Before pivoting into training and professional coaching, Chunshek served as Global Head of M&A Research at Dealogic, where he managed 40 professionals in 5 cities to produce the global standard in M&A transactional data. On top of his everyday duties, Chunshek designed and delivered dozens of knowledge- and skill-based training programs to Dealogic employees across all functions and geographical locations. He also frequently mentored and coached new managers within Dealogic on success in people management.

Chunshek has appeared on live TV and print interviews with CNBC, Channel NewsAsia, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and the Hong Kong Economic Journal from time to time to share his views on global M&A trends.

Chunshek started his career in finance as a regional Research Relationship Manager at MergerMarket.

EDUCATION

Chunshek holds a Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University, and a Bachelor’s degree (with Distinction) in Computer Science and Humanities & Arts from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is also a TotalSDI Certified Facilitator, a holder of the Instructional Design Certificate from the Association for Talent Development, and is pursuing his Associate Certified Coach credential with the International Coaching Federation.

CHRIS CHAN

ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

BACKGROUND AND WORK EXPERIENCE

Chris Chan is an Engagement Manager at Quinlan & Associates.

Chris is a financial service consultant in strategic change and operational strategy.  His career spans 20 years having worked mainly in Asia within management consulting and asset management, in particular as a head of operations for a number of hedge funds and private equity funds. Chris has worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Morgan Stanley, Sparx Group, Segantii Capital Management and the Shirlaws Group.  In addition to his financial service experience, Chris is also an accredited business and executive coach and works with clients across the management spectrum from middle to senior executives and CXO level leaders in leadership development and performance management.

EDUCATION

Chris holds an MBA with the Henley Business School (2008) and has a BA (Hons) in Chinese Studies and Economics with The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (1997).  He is also a Registered Corporate Coach with the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC) and a Certified International Corporate Coach (ICC) with Progress-U/ Ivey Business School.

SHOBANA STASSEN

ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

BACKGROUND AND WORK EXPERIENCE

Shobana Stassen is an Engagement Manager at Quinlan & Associates.

Shobana was previously a management consultant at Oliver Wyman in Hong Kong, an international strategy consulting firm, where she focused on Transaction Banking, Corporate & Institutional Banking and Wealth & Asset Management. In her role she advised a number of high profile financial institutions on a range of projects, including competitor benchmarking, crisis intervention strategies for financial regulators and central banks, as well as corporate strategy and applied risk management.

Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, Shobana worked in corporate & technology strategy at Computer Science Corporation and in Radical Innovation Strategy at Deutsche Telekom in Berlin.

EDUCATION

Shobana holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, where she graduated in the Tau Beta Pi Honours Society.

HUGO CHENG

SENIOR CONSULTANT

BACKGROUND AND WORK EXPERIENCE

Hugo Cheng is a Senior Consultant at Quinlan & Associates. Hugo is also a guest contributor for Regulation Asia.

At Quinlan & Associates, Hugo has engaged with many financial institutions and boutique firms on a host of strategic topics, ranging from international market entry to digital transformation. He has also advised and guided a number of SMEs and start-ups through their growth journey, assisting them in achieving profitability and securing funding.

In addition, Hugo has co-authored several research reports, leading discussions in several financial industry hot topics, such as alternative data, blockchain & cryptocurrencies, digital transformation, and China market entry. Furthermore, Hugo has been quoted by leading media outlets and financial press, including SCMP and China Daily.

Prior to joining Quinlan & Associates, Hugo gained industry experience in a number of areas, including financial services, technology (focusing on the Internet of Things and Big Data), and retail & FMCG.

EDUCATION

Hugo holds a master’s degree in Management (Distinction) from Imperial College Business School, United Kingdom, and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

TAEK JOON (JUSTIN) CHUNG

CONSULTANT

BACKGROUND AND WORK EXPERIENCE

Justin Chung is a Consultant at Quinlan & Associates.

Before joining Quinlan & Associates, Justin specialised in data analytics and data management at a leading global financial institution, where he engaged in strategic initiatives and change management projects across Asia Pacific. He was also the Vice President for a fast-growing blockchain advisory start-up that was recognised by InvestHK, where he headed corporate structuring and business development.

Before his professional experience, he completed national service in the Republic of Korea Navy, where he was deployed to Philippines for a rehabilitation mission after Typhoon Yolanda and to Somalia as part of CTF-151, an anti-piracy task force of the United Nations.

EDUCATION

Justin holds a First Class Honours Degree in Global Business from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.