About Us

With a strong leadership, First Equity Finance has widened its operation to now include the fallowing projects: parks, eco and green projects, golf courses, hotels and hotel resorts, manufacturing, residential housing, sports stadia, theme parks, tourism and tourist projects, transport, including rail, road and shipping, water parks and many other types of project in almost 60 countries worldwide. First Equity Finance has helped companies raised a total of more than USD25 billion ($25,000,000,000) in the last 6 years. We work with companies across different industries.



Our Management Team



Anthony Harris
Former CEO - Chief advisor to the company and the President
Anthony’s career with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which focused largely on the Arab World, culminated in his appointment as British Ambassador to the UAE in 1994. Other postings included Lebanon, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, the UN in Geneva, and Egypt. From 1990 to 1994 he was responsible for the British Government’s relations with the foreign press worldwide, and the management of the BBC Overseas Service. In the 1980’s he worked for the Defence Export Services Organisation in the Ministry of Defence, where he was responsible for bilateral defence relations with the GCC States, and helped to negotiate the Al-Yamamah Air Defence contract with the Saudi Arabian Government. He was Chargé D’Affaires in the British Embassy in Cairo during the First Gulf War in 1990. Before moving to Dubai he was for two years a Director of Corporate Finance with Robert Fleming in the City of London.

He is now, since 2006, Senior Executive Officer of Robert Fleming Insurance Brokers Middle East in the Dubai International Financial Centre, which acts as a regional hub for the company. He has also set up RFIB Saudi Arabia, where he was General Manager from 2011-14, and RFIB Baghdad. He is currently involved in setting up RFIB Tehran. In the past fifteen years in Dubai he has acted as consultant to a wide range of international companies, mainly in the financial services and corporate intelligence fields.


He also writes and occasionally broadcasts on regional political and economic affairs.
Anthony has an MA in ancient languages, literature, ancient history and philosophy from Exeter College, Oxford. He speaks Arabic, French and some Italian. His main interests are the history of the Mediterranean and Middle East regions, and oriental carpets.

Anthony is married with three children. He divides his time between Dubai and Venice, which is his European base.

Reginald C. McNaughton
President

Born 15/6/1950 - Guelph Ontario Canada

Mr. McNaughton has worked in the banking and finance industry for over 40 years. Working in Toronto Canada for five years then moving to New York for seven years he worked in banking and land development of high-rise properties.

Reginald moved to Great Britain where he worked in Europe and Hong Kong for a Hong Kong banking institution for three years. He relocated to the UAE and worked in finance for a large insurance company. Reginald ran the investment division for two years and managed a brokerage company in Jakarta Indonesia, moving to Mainland China. He owned and operated Core Capital Investments in Europe and Asia for nine years.


Reginald relocated to Singapore where he started First Equity Bonds along with opening First Equity Finance in Hong Kong and another office in Vietnam which he’s been operating for the past six years.



Ryoichi Matsumoto
Vice President Business Development

Born in 1983 in Osaka, Japan
Minamiooe elementary → Uenomiya junior/high school → Ritsumeikan University.

Studied Vietnamese language in HCM→Start (lang-8,Inc) in Kyoto University

Started real estate business in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam since 2007.Very well respected by the Japanese community in Ho Chi Minh and supporting more than 200 Japanese companies with investments in Vietnam.





Tracy Phan 
Vice President, Business Development
Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and China


Ms. Tracy graduated as an Architect from Hanoi University and has further studied Business Management and International Finance in Vietnam. 

Ms. Tracy has 17 years experience working on local and international Architectural and Interior Design projects.  Tracy started her own design business in Vietnam 11 years ago and has created a successful and reputable career in Architecture and Interior Design.  

Ms. Tracy's entrepreneurial spirit helped her build relationships in the financial sector which culminated in project financing that ultimately led her to work with First Equity and develop business in Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and China.  



Franco M. Pedregosa
Philippines Office Representative  
Korea, Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia and Laos


 Mr. Franco is a Graduate of Bachelor of Science major in Computer Science minor in Mathematics and he has been in the Real Estate Valuation and Construction industry for more than a decade. He is a licensed Real Estate Appraiser and Broker in the Philippines.

He has gained a sufficient amount of information, technical cognizance, and skills through in-depth trainings and experiences dealing with property valuation and in-depth market study in a genuine real estate industry. 

His skills were sharpened with exposure through dealing with various organizations such as local appraisal firm, a bank appraisal team, a portfolio company and presently part of an authentic international real estate industry. 

He has also done various Feasibility Studies and Financial Cash flows outside of Real Estate involving various Business Industries especially startup multinational companies that need some CashFlow Projections.


Joanna Marie M. Montoya
Philippines Business Development Manager  


 Ms. Montoya is a Business Development and Marketing Specialists that has provided services and commissioned by local and some international companies from various industries: real estate, oil, construction, aviation, shipping and banking, for consultation on marketing campaigns/collaterals, project management, partnerships, fund raising and investments. List of notable clients are Philippines SM Group, Rizal Commercial and Banking Corporation, Development Bank of Philippines, Manila North Toll Corporation, Flying V Gas Stations and AZ Direct Incorporation.
She is graduate of Economics with Development Economics major from the University of Philippines Los Banos.




Wan Ashraf Wan Hashim
Malaysia and Indonesia Office Representative


Mr. Wan Ashraf Wan Hashim is an Engineer and was involved with construction projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is one of the most reliable and best engineers for the construction of Jakarta Bridge at Mina, K.S.A. He also has vast experiences in machineries and international transfer of equipments to and from projects. Aside from being an Engineer, Mr. Hashim also manages a 150-unit apartment complex in Indonesia.


As an entrepreneur, he was able to build a network in the Engineering, Property Management and Real Estate Industry and have maintained an impeccable reputation on good service, efficiency and transparency to his clients. This had earned him the trust and confidence of his clients and clients to be.

 


Purna Brd. Pariyar
Nepal Office Representative
South East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa


Mr. Purna is a Certified Logistics and Supply Chain Management Professional from Phoenix Institute of Management and also energy entrepreneur active in renewable energy sector in South East Asia (SEA). In addition, he also has extensive hands-on experience in oil and gas sector, especially in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) working   for government and non-government oil companies for 12 years.  

 Having earned experience as a dynamic and versatile executive, Mr. Purna thought of contributing his skill, knowledge and expertise for his nation and currently engaged in energy sector developing small to large scale solar and hydroelectric projects. At the same time, he is helping other entrepreneurs connecting the worthy projects with investors and financial institutions. Even in adverse situation, he has been successful in erecting 1 MW grid tied roof-top solar power system at Singhdurbar, Kathmandu commercially operational since January 25, 2018.

He also writes articles relevant to energy spreading vital information in both in Nepalese and English languages on National Newspapers. In his career of 12 years abroad and 6 years in Nepal, he worked closely with oil and gas companies and now enjoys excellent working relationship with major fortune 500 companies in China and across the world.


Pedro Souza
Business Development Executive
UK, Brazil 

Pedro started working in the banking industry more than 10 years ago, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 
 
In 2017, Pedro joined the team at Nucleus as a funding specialist, bringing with him several years of experience in business funding. His goal is to help SMEs across different sectors achieve their growth plans. Before Nucleus, Pedro worked for Decimal Factor, a London based financial broker.


Uttam Umaji Kesarkar 
Business Development 
India and Overseas

Result-oriented professional with More than 10 years of significant experience in handling supply Chain 

Management, Imports, Exports, Material Management and Resource Management with keen analytical and 

problem solving skills in high value and time-intensive environments

 Skilled planner with verifiable success in implementing strategies aimed at enhancing overall efficiency of 

the organization, achieving planned targets and ensuring profitability of operations

 Outstanding negotiator with excellent interpersonal skills, well-developed communication, and problem 

solving capabilities, also able to achieve individual goals and serve as an effective team member

 Adept at analyzing workflow systems with regard to Supply Chain Management, Sourcing, Order Processing 

as well as Logistics Coordination for improving functioning of various divisions

 Focused with a comprehensive understanding of logistics, procurement and the supply chain, committed to 

identifying and implementing continuous improvements in the supply chainBrazil.