Founded in 2001, Toronto-based Kingsway Capital of Canada Inc. focuses on the provision of a diverse offering of corporate advisory services, acting as the nexus for North American business and Asian capital. As a subsidiary of TSX-listed, Hong Kong based financial services provider, Sunwah International — which offers over two decades of capital markets experience and maintains offices throughout Greater China and Toronto — we specialize in advising and guiding select North American businesses with Asian diversification, using our expertise and extensive relationship network to link North American deal flow with Eastern capital and markets. As well, through a recently re-focused business model and team, we now offer a refreshed domestic strategy that targets North American small to mid-cap companies.
Through our newly revitalized management team with strong track records in investment banking, research, sales, trading and private equity management, Kingsway Canada services our niche markets by maintaining a holistic approach to client solutions. Through experience, we have accumulated an awareness of the issues that our clients will face and their solutions. Complementing this distinct approach and local market knowledge is an acute understanding of international business transactions as well as access to deep relationships and strategic partnerships in Asia through our parent company and affiliates as well as our ties to prominent Hong Kong-based international conglomerate, Sunwah Group (our parent company’s primary shareholder and lead capital supplier).
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Corporate Advisory Services
With over ten years’ operating experience in Canada, Kingsway Canada combines solid domestic credentials with strong Asian connections to offer premium corporate advisory services to our North American client base across a three-pronged business model:
Our international strategy capitalizes on our unique positioning and ability to identify select businesses, particularly in the natural resources sector, with the potential to thrive in Asia and to assist these clients in developing a strategy and accessing the financing and relationships necessary to succeed. Leveraging our parent company’s on-the-ground presence and track record in Hong Kong and throughout China, we are also adept in assisting clients with the everyday complexities associated with diversification in Asia, including navigating multiple time zones, overcoming language barriers, complying with new regulatory environments, penetrating local investor networks, and identifying an economic and efficient method of establishing a presence.
Without the right help, the effort to access Asian markets can put a tremendous strain on a company’s current resources. This is where Kingsway Canada is able to provide significant value. Our corporate advisory services are designed to advise small to medium enterprises throughout the formulation and implementation of an organized strategy for successfully expanding within Asia.
Through a refocused business model, Kingsway Canada also offers quality domestic corporate advisory services, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and general advisory mandates, to North American, primarily Canadian, businesses. Our revitalized leadership offers significant natural resource experience and deep investment banking, corporate finance, capital markets and asset management expertise.
Like our international strategy, a key element of Kingsway Canada’s competitive edge in the mining space lies in our parent and affiliate companies’ track record for successfully expanding in Asia. In addition to our widespread reach into Asian capital markets, we offer access to a deep relationship network, which is critical for joint venture partnership formation and the establishment of strategic relationships in Asia.
Kingsway Canada’s people are also critical to our mining strategy and value proposition. Our leadership offers significant international capital markets expertise with strong mining backgrounds, comprising seasoned professionals such as: Robert Fung, one of Canada’s leading investment bankers in natural resources for three decades; Douglas Betts, offering 25 years experience in international business transactions with a focus on Asia and natural resources; and Jonathan Robinson, who contributes significant capital markets and advisory experience, including participation in over $2 billion in transactions over the last four years alone.
Jonathan Robinson, Partner, Kingsway Canada
Mr. Robinson started his professional career in asset management for Charterhouse Bank in London, England in 1986 before spending four years as a media banker with The Bank of Nova Scotia in Toronto. From 1993 to 2001, he was a top-ranked media and telecommunications analyst with ScotiaMcLeod, First Marathon and National Bank after which he went on to run global sales and trading for Westwind Partners (purchased by Thomas Wiesel). Mr. Robinson then founded Sandfire Securities, which went on to become NCP Northland Capital Partners. For most of the last four years, Mr. Robinson has focused on investment banking, bringing his extensive research, sales and trading experience to provide a comprehensive and differentiated perspective to clients. He has participated in, and completed, over $2 billion in transactions in the last four years.
Doug Betts, Chairman, Kingsway Canada
Mr. Betts is Kingsway Capital of Canada’s Chairman in addition to his roles as Sunwah International’s President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of the Company. He has been associated with Sunwah International and its subsidiaries for approximately 20 years and has been a director of Sunwah International (formerly Kingsway International) since August 1995. Prior to his position as CEO of the Company, Mr. Betts founded Kingsway Capital of Canada (KCC) where he was the CEO from 2001 until 2008. He also founded and was the initial CEO of Golden China Resources Ltd., a gold mining and production company that operated in China and was affiliated with KCC from 2004 to 2006, and co-founded Borealis Funds Management Ltd. where he served from October 1997 to March 2001 as Managing Director responsible for sourcing and structuring investment transactions. Before joining Borealis, Mr. Betts was a partner with Torys LLP, a Canadian law firm where he practiced business law with an emphasis on securities and real estate. Mr. Betts has an LLB from the University of Toronto and has been involved in business transactions in Asia for over 20 years.
Robert Fung, Director, Kingsway Canada
Mr. Robert Fung is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Sunwah International and an advisor to Macquarie Canada Capital Markets Group, bringing strong corporate finance expertise, particularly in the natural resources sector, to the Kingsway Canada and Sunwah International boards. The former Chairman of the predecessor to Macquarie Canada Capital Markets Group, Mr. Fung sits on the Boards of a number of private, public and charitable organizations, currently serving as Chairman of Crystallex International Corporation and Deputy Chairman of Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. He also holds directorships with Mount Sinai Hospital, Export Development Canada and GLOBE Foundation of Canada and is a former member of the Province of Ontario's BioCouncil and the former Chairman of Smart Toronto. Mr. Fung was a member of the Prime Minister of Canada’s Advisory Committee on Asia Pacific Economic Corporation as well as a member of the Government of Canada’s Department of Industry International Trade and Agricultural Team Canada Inc. Advisory Board, which advised the Government of Canada in setting strategic direction and performance objectives for Canada’s international business development.