Advisor on $260M acquisition of CDN potash project by China’s Yancoal in 2011
Senior management experience in Canada and U.S.
President of New York investment dealer for Gravitas
Detailed knowledge of IPO and RTOs in both Canada and the U.S. markets
Significant corporate governance experience
Senior Managing Director
Mr. Besharat has over 15 years of extensive Founder, Private Equity, Investment Banking, and Directorship experience, including as former Managing Director at Ubequity Capital Partners, a leading global merchant and investment bank. Mr. Besharat is also a founder and shareholder in global private equity funds, hedge funds and debt funds.
While at Ubequity, Mr. Besharat led advisory, restructuring, corporate finance, and mergers & acquisitions mandates in the following industries: metals & mining, oil & gas, consumer/retail, real estate, clean technology, internet/new-media, and financial services. He currently serves as a Member of the Board of Directors at Prodigy Capital, an international private equity, investment banking, and asset management firm with over a billion dollars in assets under management, and as Senior Managing Director of Global Investment Banking at Gravitas Securities, a leading independent, internationally owned and operated wealth management and capital markets firm. Gravitas Securities is a full service investment dealer platform registered with IIROC and a member of CIPF.
Mr. Besharat holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from McGill University and a Master of Science (Finance & Investment) from the University of Edinburgh. He is also actively involved in various charitable endeavors. Mr. Besharat was one of Canada’s top tennis players, having competed as a professional in tournaments around the world and at the NCAA division 1 level. He is also a member in good standing at the Vancouver Club and Hollyburn Country Club.
Fabiene Evans (CA, CPA)
Senior Executive with over 20 years of experience in Capital Markets.
Expertise in research, investment management, institutional equity sales, banking and advisory.
Experience in growth & innovation with a strong background in working with small early stage companies in diverse non-resource sectors, including industrial, technology, healthcare, cleantech, and consumer products.
Brings a distribution network of strong relationships with Institutional and High Net worth clients.
Began her career at Touche Ross where she then went on to earn her CA and CPA designations.
Was a founder and past Board member of “Santa Comes to Bay Street”, and past Board member of the North York Women’s Shelter.
James Beattie (CFA)
Senior Capital Markets Executive with over 25 years of experience in the domestic & international capital markets, in both Investment Banking and Capital Markets Trading roles.
Industry experience includes Equity Market Structure, Entrepreneurial Growth Capital focused on Technology (Mobile Messaging), & Non-Bank Financial Services.
Previously held Senior Executive positions on Independent IIROC Broker Dealer Platforms as well as at CIBC WM Inc, RBC CM and BMO Asset Management (formerly BMO Investment Counsel).
Known for driving top results by building motivated, high performance teams on a foundation of operations infrastructure excellence.
Graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Odette School of Management (University of Windsor) and the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto).
CFA charter holder and a FCSI.
Over 15 years of industry experience specializing in client and network development, real estate and mortgage investment management, and private equity sales.
Strong financial network of high net worth Chinese investors and clients.
Background in facilitating mergers and acquisitions and public listings of Chinese companies from China and North America in Canadian markets.
Founder and shareholder of global real estate funds, private equity funds, and mortgage investment funds.