about us

Pantek is a boutique investment banking firm focused on the deep tech and hard tech sectors with long backgrounds as operators and financiers in Asia’s technology centers. Our mission is to provide our clients with unparalleled insight and access to strategic international investment, IP licensing and M&A channels globally with particular focus on the major Asian technology hubs coupled with seasoned execution capabilities.

Founded in 2007, Pantek has advised over a 150+ clients with regards to their global capital raising, licensing and M&A initiatives.

Services

Private Placement Advisory


Pantek provides its clients with international private capital fundraising advisory with specific emphasis on sourcing strategic investors based in the Asia region. Pantek possesses a unique network of institutional, corporate/strategic and high-net worth investors who are active industry operators and participants in technology, media, healthcare and energy and experienced in cross-border transactions – a network built over the past 15 years operating in the region.

Global M&A Advisory


Pantek provides its clients with a full array of merger & acquisitions advisory services with specific emphasis on sourcing international strategic buyer targets.

Global Market Entry, IP Licensing & JV Advisory


Pantek provides its clients with strategic and tactical advisory related to international-targeted market entry, IP licensing and joint venture formation. Pantek provides its clients with the ability to quickly identify and qualify local distribution partners, IP licensee targets, and JV partners and has the hands-on capability to manage such activities on behalf of its clients up to and post-closing as needed to ensure successful long-term outcomes for our clients.

Industries

Pantek’s principals operate in specific market verticals where they have strong operating backgrounds and established networks in the APAC region including the following sectors of focus:

Digital Energy


  • Energy Storage Systems
  • Advanced Materials & Processing
  • Distributed Energy Resources
  • Grid Digitalization
  • Alternative Power Generation

Transportation


  • EV Platforms & Drivetrain
  • EV Batteries
  • EV & Hybrid Components
  • Robotics
  • Logistics Tech

Interactive


  • Augmented Reality
  • Computer Vision
  • Neural Networks
  • Gaming
  • Mobile AdTech

Consumer Health


  • Monograph Pharmaceuticals
  • Special-Use Cosmetics
  • Medical Device
  • Diagnostics

Smart Manufacturing


  • Critical Materials Processing
  • Additive Manufacturing / 3D printing
  • Semiconductor Materials
  • Display Technologies

Team

The Pantek team and its Advisory Board is comprised of professionals with backgrounds in Wall St. and Asia investment banking, international venture capital and private equity, Asia-focused management consulting, hedge fund management, and line operating roles within the technology, healthcare, media and digital energy sectors with specific focus on the Asia markets. Pantek’s management and deal support teams are all multi-lingual and possess significant cross-cultural business experience in the US, Europe and the APAC regions.

Jack Bell

Managing Director


Jack founded Pantek in 2007 and has 20 years experience in corporate finance in the deep tech and hard sectors and leads the firm’s technology practice. Prior to founding Pantek, Jack was Vice President of Marketing with Symwave, a fabless analog/mixed-signal semiconductor company providing integrated circuit solutions to the consumer and digital media markets with operations in China, Taiwan, and the US.

Galen Berkowitz

Senior Associate


Galen joined Pantek in 2013 and provides deal support to Pantek’s US and European clients and is based in Pantek’s San Diego offices. Galen has been involved with China since 2007 when he moved to Shanghai without speaking a word of Chinese nor knowing anyone in the country.

Sofia Candelario

Associate


Sofia joined Pantek in 2020 and assists Pantek’s clients in connecting with relevant resources both within and outside the firm. Sofia also supports the firm’s business development and external communications strategies.

Alan Laracuenta

Analyst


Alan joined Pantek in 2019 and provides deal support to Pantek’s US-based clients from Pantek’s Puerto Rico office.

Advisory Board

Pantek Partner's Advisory Board consists of over 50 leading industry CEOs, Board Members, senior operating executives and senior level industry consultants who act as strategic advisors to Pantek Partners and provide the firm and the firm's clients with additional reach and access across all our focus industry segments. Pantek's Advisors are based in the U.S., Greater China, Central and South America, and Western and Eastern Europe.

Ron Ryder

Operating Partner


Ron Ryder advises Pantek Partners’ clients in the interactive entertainment sectors with focus on AR, VR, gaming and related 3D asset creation and computer vision technologies.

Prior to joining Pantek in early 2020, Ron served as the Chief Executive Officer of Image Metrics, a leading augmented reality company at the forefront of real time human-detection and analysis research.

Sterling LeFevre

Operating Partner


Sterling advises Pantek’s clients on their activities in Greater Southeast Asian and Chinese markets. Sterling is currently based in Thailand and previously lived and worked in mainland China for over 15 years. Sterling is a veteran of the Chinese capital markets, having advised on and/or acted as a principal in several pioneering cross-border US-Chinese transactions across various sectors.

Gary Tillman

Operating Partner


Gary advises the firm’s clients in the optical and computer vision related sectors. He has 30 years of experience working in the optical industry having worked and lived in the UK, Switzerland, and Japan. Gary has a proven track record of success in growing companies from start up to $250M in revenue, driving business growth and value, including expertise financing in private markets, both equity and debt.

Clients

2019

Strategic Partnership with

Undisclosed

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2018

IP License to

$30,000,000

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2016

Acquired

Undisclosed

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2015

Distribution Agreement

Undisclosed

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2015

Distribution Agreement

Undisclosed

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2014

Acquired

Undisclosed

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2014

Joint Venture

Undisclosed

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2014

Joint Venture

Undisclosed

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2013

Joint Venture

Undisclosed

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2012

Series B-2 Financing

$24,000,000

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2011

Acquired

Undisclosed

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2011

Series B-1 Financing

$10,000,000

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2009

Joint Venture

Undisclosed

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2009

Joit Venture

Undisclosed

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2008

Series C Financing

$12,000,000

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Trading

Cacao Bahia is an operating unit of Pantek Partners LLC and is engaged in the trading of premium agriculture commodities. Cacao Bahia currently trades premium USDA-certified organic cocoa beans sourced from Brazil and sold in the global markets under the brand name Cacao Bahia TM . More info can be found here: www.cacaobahia.com.