For Immediate Release
Minneapolis, New York and Hong Kong - December 20, 2017. Global Access CSG announces its Managing Director and Senior Advisor appointments for 2017. We added ten Managing Directors and Senior Advisors to our offices in Minneapolis, New York, and Hong Kong, bringing our senior team to more than twenty Managing Directors and Senior Advisors in five offices on three continents. The company’s growth continues to accelerate as our early investments in building our global integrated direct investment platform is showing significant impacts on our business.
Healthcare Technology Group
Global Access CSG deepened its Healthcare Technologies group in Minneapolis, adding Dr. Scott Flaata, Peter Bartling, James Williams and Dr. Robert Weinmann to continue the firm’s growth into the healthcare sector.
We were pleased to add Dr. Scott Flaata to take over leadership of the Healthcare Technology Group located in our Minneapolis Office. The group covers biotech, genetics, AI, robotics, blockchain and other technologies impacting the future of healthcare. In addition to practicing medicine, Dr. Flaata was also an innovation fellow at one of the largest health systems in the U.S. Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Flaata was a systems engineer for 14 years with one of the true technology pioneers, Digital Equipment Corp
Managing Director Peter Bartling joined the team in Minneapolis after serving as CEO of TechVelocity Partners where he is currently still serving as the company’s COO. Peter has led a number of healthcare technology firms to success, including Co-Med Corp., Consulting Radiologists, Ltd. and Minnesota Oncology. Peter received his B.S. from Washington University in St. Louis and graduated as a Bush Fellowship Winner from Harvard University’s Program for Management Development.
James Williams joined the firm as Managing Director in Minneapolis after previously serving as the long-time CEO of Life Force Therapies, Inc. and, prior to Life Force, as the Asia General Counsel for Honeywell, Inc. James received his B.A. from New Mexico State University and his J.D. from Georgetown University. He was also a graduate from the Harvard Graduate Business School’s Advanced Management Program.
Dr. Robert Weinmann, after a career as an accomplished MedTech investor and long-time member of St. Paul Radiology, has joined Global Access CSG as a Senior Advisor in Minneapolis. Robert received his B.S. in Pre-Medical Studies from the University of Michigan and his M.D. from the University of Southern California.
The Healthcare Technologies team wasted no time in rolling up its sleeves to create the “Global Access Precision Medicine Architecture”, a blueprint and roadmap that defines current medical technologies, transformative medical technologies and the integration of both. The team created this roadmap which is interactive and intended to evolve over time in part to guide our investments in the sector and in part to permit us to play a role in the evolution of a field being transformed by technology. The team believes that integrated medical information, analyzed by powerful medical analytics provides the foundation for precision medicine in the future.
Hong Kong Office
To better serve the needs of the firm’s Portfolio Businesses in Asia and to continue to build our platform in Asia, Global Access expanded its office in Hong Kong to add Michael Shen and John Li. We expect to continue to expand our presence in Hong Kong and Asia generally to manage our opportunities in the region and the continued expansion of our Portfolio Businesses.
Michael Shen joins Global Access CSG as a Senior Advisor after previously serving as the Deputy CEO and CFO of a Hong Kong stock exchange listed company, China Taiping Insurance Holdings Company Limited, where he helped to establish the company’s initiatives into venture capital and private equity. Prior to that, Michael was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs’ Financial Institutions Group in Hong Kong. He graduated first in his class, with a degree in Foreign Service, from Georgetown University and received his JD from Harvard Law School, where he was an Executive Editor on the Harvard Law Review.
In addition, John Li joined us as a Senior Advisor in Hong Kong after previously serving as the Deputy General Manager of Anbang Asset Management, the asset management arm of Anbang Insurance Group of China. Prior to Anbang, John spent a decade in investment banking with Deutsche Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs. At Anbang one of John’s tasks included the acquisition of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. John received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Strengthening the firm’s China desk, Global Access CSG added Lulu Zhou as a Managing Director in our New York office and Todd Vollmers as a Managing Director and Associate General Counsel in our Minneapolis office.
Lulu Zhou advises on U.S.-China investments, cross-border mergers and acquisitions and assists companies and entrepreneurs in both regions on the investment in the others. Lulu has spent much of her career in public/private partnerships and on corporate social responsibility and ideas showcasing responsible investing in the not-for-profit sectors.
Todd Vollmers comes to Global Access CSG after previously serving as an international transactional attorney for a private equity firm with offices in Minneapolis and Shanghai. Prior to that, Todd served as a Senior Administrative Officer at the Minnesota Department of Commerce and, before that, as an attorney in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. In that capacity, Todd managed legal issues related to U.S. Government advocacy on behalf of U.S. companies with foreign governments, as well as foreign trade obligations arising under the World Trade Organization (WTO) and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Global Access Capital Fund
Leading the launch of the firm’s first private equity fund, the Global Access Capital Fund I, LP, is Robert Lada, Managing Director and Investment Manager in our Minneapolis office. Robert is a seasoned investment fund manager, previously serving as Managing Director of Wayzata Capital, managing all main asset classes and diverse range of financial ventures, with direct responsibility for planning, implementing, and managing all financial-related activities of the group.