about us

Pantek is a boutique investment banking firm focused on the hard tech sectors with deep networks in the North American, European and Asian markets. Strong expertise in advanced materials, advanced manufacturing, alternative energy infrastructure and advanced vision systems coupled with long backgrounds as operators and financiers in the relevant Asian technology hubs. Our mission is to provide our clients with unique insight and access to strategic investment, M&A and business development channels globally coupled with seasoned execution capabilities. Founded in 2007, Pantek has advised over a 200+ clients with regards to their global capital raising, strategic business development 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, Business Development, IP Licensing Advisory


Pantek provides its clients with strategic and tactical business development advisory related to international-targeted market entry and strategic partner sourcing. Through its established global networks in the hard tech manufacturing, supply chain and distribution ecosystems in the US, Asia, and Europe, Pantek provides its clients with the ability to quickly identify and qualify strategic customers, co-development partners, suppliers and distribution partners and has the hands-on capability to manage such activities on behalf of its clients full lifecycle to ensure successful short- and long-term outcomes.

Securities transactions conducted through Pantek Securities LLC, a FINRA registered broker-dealer.

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:

Advanced Materials


  • Battery materials
  • Semiconductor materials
  • Compound semiconductors
  • Rare-earth materials
  • Next-gen optical & display materials

Advanced Manufacturing


  • 3D additive manufacturing
  • Advanced material processing capital equipment
  • Semiconductor manufacturing
  • Battery manufacturing

Alternative Energy Infrastructure


  • Grid integration platforms (V2G, BTM, microgrid)
  • Grid-scale storage platforms
  • Alternative fuel platforms
  • Mobile energy platforms

Advanced Vision Systems


  • 2D & 3D computer vision systems
  • Augmented reality platforms
  • Industrial lasers
  • IoT Sensors

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 tech 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.

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.

Brian Wong

Operating Partner


Brian Wong advises Pantek clients in areas of materials, semiconductors, and hardware. He has 37 years’ experience in the technology sector with focus on semiconductors, energy, and optical communication. He has been CEO of four companies; Independent Board Director of multiple technology companies including Kotura (acquired by Mellanox), Non-Profit Organizations, and Engineering School Advisory Boards.

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

Client: Nuvve Corp

Situation: Pre-IPO / Pre-SPAC Bridge Financing

Transaction Value: undisclosed

Pantek role: Sell-Side Advisor to Nuvve Corp

Pantek advised on a pre-SPAC convertible note offering, sourcing multiple strategic investors, hedge funds and family offices active in the clean technology and renewable infrastructure sectors in North America and Asia. The convertible note presaged an eventual merger between Nuvve Corp and a SPAC vehicle which successfully listed on the Nasdaq and now trades under the ticker symbol ‘NVVE’. Pantek continues to advise Nuvve and several of the investors on asset-level infrastructure projects which integrate Nuvve’s core vehicle-to-grid technology.

Pre-IPO / Pre-SPAC Bridge Financing

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Client: Nuvve Corp

Situation: Strategic Partnership Consulting Advisory for the China Mainland & Hong Kong Markets

Pantek role: Strategic business development advisor to Nuvve Corp

Pantek advised Nuvve on sourcing, qualifying and structuring strategic partnerships with large Asia-based conglomerates which resulted in a strategic partnership with State Grid, the electrical grid operator of Mainland China, with the purpose to evaluate, pilot and eventually roll-out Nuvve’s vehicle-to-grid technology across State Grid’s networks.

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Client: IQZone

Situation: Strategic Partnership & Market Entry Consulting Advisory for the Asia Markets

Pantek role: Strategic business development advisor to IQZone

Pantek advised IQZone on sourcing, qualifying and structuring strategic partnerships within the casual gaming, social media and other interactive entertainment platform markets in China, Japan and Korea assisting in assessing these markets for potential IP licensing and product distribution opportunities for its mobile ad mediation platform.

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Client: SPEQS, Ltd.

Situation: Strategic Partnership & Market Entry Consulting Advisory for the Asia Markets

Pantek role: Strategic business development advisor to SPEQS Ltd.

SPEQS licensed virtual try-on technology for the eyewear market in Australia and certain markets in Asia from another Pantek client, Image Metrics, Inc. Pantek advised SPEQS on sourcing, qualifying and structuring strategic partnerships within the optical e-commerce, optical brick-and-mortar retail and medical / optical clinic distribution markets in China, assisting in assessing these markets for potential joint venture and product distribution opportunities for its mobile optical virtual try-on platform.

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Client: Image Metrics, Inc.

Situation: M&A and IP Licensing Advisory

Transaction Value: $30M

Pantek role: M&A and IP licensing advisor to Image Metrics, Inc.
Pantek advised Image Metrics on sourcing, qualifying and structuring strategic IP licensing and M&A opportunities within augmented reality, virtual reality, gaming, social media and other interactive entertainment platform markets in China, Japan and Korea assisting in assessing these markets for potential IP licensing and product distribution opportunities for its mobile 3D real-time AR platform. This effort began as an M&A assignment and resulted in an IP license transaction to the #1 search engine and AI platform company in China, Baidu, under very favorable terms to Image Metrics and Image Metrics’ shareholders. Pantek advised on every facet of the negotiation of the transaction which resulted in a total license value of $30M issued under a non-exclusive basis and with a majority of payment structure up-front.

IP License to

$30,000,000

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Client: Big Stage Entertainment, Inc.

Situation: M&A Advisory

Transaction Value: undisclosed

Pantek role: M&A advisor to Big Stage Entertainment, Inc.

Pantek advised Big Stage Entertainment on sourcing, qualifying and structuring strategic IP licensing and M&A opportunities within augmented reality, virtual reality, gaming, social media and other interactive entertainment platform markets assisting in assessing these markets for potential IP licensing and product distribution opportunities for its mobile ad mediation platform. The effort resulted in a sale to Image Metrics, Inc. under favorable terms to Big Stage’s shareholders.

Acquired

Undisclosed

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Client: miVIP Surgery Centers

Situation: Strategic Partnership & Market Entry Consulting Advisory for the Asia Markets

Pantek role: Strategic business development advisor to miVIP

Pantek advised miVIP on sourcing, qualifying and structuring strategic partnerships within the robotic surgical markets in China, Japan and Korea assisting in assessing these markets for potential JV opportunities and other local market entry pathways for miVIP.

Asia Market Entry Advisory

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Asia Market Entry Advisory

Joint Venture

Undisclosed

Distribution Agreement

Undisclosed

Distribution Agreement

Undisclosed

Acquired

Undisclosed

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Acquired

Undisclosed

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Joint Venture

Undisclosed

Joint Venture

Undisclosed

Series B-2 Financing

$24,000,000

Series B-1 Financing

$10,000,000

Joit Venture

Undisclosed

Joint Venture

Undisclosed

Series C Financing

$12,000,000

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Clients listed are clients of Pantek Partners, LLC and/or Pantek Securities LLC. Securities are offered through Pantek Securities LLC; Consulting services are offered through Pantek Partners, LLC. Pantek Partners, LLC and Pantek Securities LLC are affiliated through common ownership and control.

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