Co-Managing Partner at Marcum Bernstein & Pinchuk LLP
In 1983, Mr. Bernstein cofounded Bernstein & Pinchuk LLP, now the managing member of Marcum Bernstein & Pinchuk (MarcumBP), a PCAOB-registered accounting firm headquartered in New York. Marcum is ranked within the top 15 firms by Inside Public Accounting and Accounting Today and the combined firm is one of the largest middle market accounting firms servicing China-based, US publicly traded companies. Mr. Bernstein’s early recognition of the global marketplace and his extensive work in the People's Republic of China resulted in the rapid expansion of his firm’s services to that nation, where he has established local offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Guangzhou, with coordinated services throughout the world. These offices are staffed with over 75 highly experienced SEC personnel dedicated to providing our clients services including audits and assurance, due diligence and transaction advisory. MarcumBP currently represents over 50 Chinese companies and many of the first and second tier investment banks. In addition, Mr. Bernstein’s diverse experience in retail, manufacturing, hospitality, pharmaceutical, professional practices, and real estate have contributed to the growth of the firm’s client base abroad. Mr. Bernstein serves as an accountant and business advisor worldwide, providing specialized auditing and accounting services to public and non-public companies throughout the United States, China, Europe, and Africa.
Mr. Bernstein also serves as director and chairman of the audit committee of NASDAQ- and AMEX-listed companies and is a frequent speaker at industry, investment banking and university conferences. He is an active member of the board of directors and an officer of a prestigious foundation that was honored with the President’s Voluntary Action Award by the late President Ronald Reagan.
Mr. Bernstein received his B.S. degree from the University of Maryland Business School. He is licensed in the State of New York and other states and is a member of the AICPA, the NYSSCPA and the NSA.
Managing Partner at Polar Ventures
Thian Chew is a Managing Partner at Polar Ventures, a private equity firm that focuses on small-medium sized enterprises in Asia. Thian was previously an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs, both in Hong Kong and New York, where he made proprietary investments in private equity, growth capital and special situations. Prior to Goldman Sachs, he worked at Morgan Stanley (New York), was a Director at KPMG Consulting (Singapore, Sydney) managing large-scale operational restructuring, post-merger integration and business performance improvement programs; and Senior Manager at KPMG (Taipei, Melbourne) performing financial and information technology audit and assurance. He graduated with an MBA from the Wharton School as a Palmer Scholar; an MA from the Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania; a Bachelor of Information Systems from Monash University; and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Thian is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s MBA program.
Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP
Barry I. Grossman, a member of Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP since its founding in 1992, is a corporate/tax attorney who specializes in business transactions as well as tax matters. Mr. Grossman's practice focuses on representing public and private companies, foreign companies raising money in the United States, investment banks and financing activities as well as general corporate matters. Mr. Grossman's transactional experience includes public and private financings, structuring sales and acquisitions of companies, mergers and reorganizations, and organizing partnerships and limited liability companies. As a member of Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP, he has been involved in numerous public offerings (including more than 50 blind pool offerings or SPACs which have raised more than $1.5 billion) reverse mergers (for domestic and foreign, mainly Chinese, companies) and over one hundred private placements, many into public companies (commonly referred to as PIPEs). In connection with public offerings Mr. Grossman has represented issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings, secondary public offerings and other debt and equity financings. Mr. Grossman has represented a broad range of foreign companies including Israeli, Indian and Korean entities with an emphasis on Chinese companies who have listed in the United States. Mr. Grossman has counseled public companies in going dark and/or going private transactions as well as companies preparing for and responding to investigations and litigation resulting from short-selling attacks.
Co-Managing Partner at Marcum Bernstein & Pinchuk LLP
Neil Pinchuk, cofounder of Bernstein & Pinchuk LLP (BP), now the Co-managing Partner of Marcum Bernstein & Pinchuk LLP (MarcumBP), a PCAOB-registered accounting firm headquartered in New York. MarcumBP is a joint venture between BP and Marcum LLP (Marcum). Marcum is ranked within the top 15 firms by Inside Public Accounting and Accounting Today and the combined firm is one of the largest middle market accounting firms servicing China-based, US publicly traded companies. Mr. Pinchuk has more than 30 years of experience advising public and non-public companies in diverse industries including manufacturing, wholesaling, retail, professional entertainers, professional athletes, professional practices, nonprofit entities, the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, investment funds, broker-dealers, and real estate.
Mr. Pinchuk is considered a technical expert in advising public (Securities and Exchange Commission–regulated companies) and non-public companies, multi-state taxation, partnership and corporate taxation, U.S. taxation of foreign companies and investors, payroll and sales taxes, and taxability of like-kind exchanges.
His extensive international experiences have made him an authority in forming U.S. companies, complying with federal, state, and local tax laws as well as complying with SEC and U.S. accounting and auditing standards and regulations.
In addition to conducting technical training seminars, Mr. Pinchuk is also a speaker at industry conferences. He has qualified as an expert witness and also serves as a director and officer of a prestigious foundation that was honored with the President’s Voluntary Action Award by the late President Ronald Reagan. Mr. Pinchuk graduated with honors from the accelerated accounting program at the State University of New York at Albany and is licensed in the State of New York and other states.
Co-Founder of J Capital Research
Anne Stevenson-Yang is co-founder of J Capital Research, which provides investing ideas to institutional money managers. Anne was formerly co-founder of a group of online media businesses called Blue Bamboo Ventures and also founded and operated a CRM software company, Clarity Data Systems, and a publishing company whose flagship magazine is City Weekend. Anne is author of the recent China Alone: China's Emergence and Potential Return to Isolation.