About Us


Led by a strong management team with decades of fund raising experience in the capital markets, First Equity Finance had turn into an extremely wide variety of projects including amusement 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.



Jean-Paul Riby
Vice President 

Hospitality Investment & Management Division


Jean-Paul is a graduate of the Hotel School in France, a post-grad alumnus of Cornell University. He is Paris and London trained Executive with 25 years of experience at International five star level and 10 years directing luxury hotel operations in Asia and Europe. A professional hotelier focused on business development and investment. I create value for your business in this AGE of EXPERIENCE.

His international management experiences in resorts include high profile, unusual, and multi-award-winning properties such as; Hotel de Paris (Monte-Carlo), The Churchill (London), Meliá Bali - The Garden Villas(Indonesia), Six Senses Hideaway (Vietnam), Uma Paro by COMO (Kingdom of Bhutan) and Song Saa Private Island (Cambodia).

His most recent management positions include time in charge of Lobster Bay Management Services as Chief Executive Officer setting up the management company to operate their resorts. Jean-Paul also acted as the Chief Operating Officer of Victoria Group where he was responsible for the Boutique Collection,Victoria portfolio supervising development and performance across Indo-China region (Vietnam-Cambodia-Laos) and roles leading operations for hotels opening including duties at international trade shows such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Berlin.

He was also invited to contribute in the book“EQ & Leadership in Asia” on using emotional intelligence to lead and inspire people, written by Sebastian Henry, and has also been a guest speaker at several congress and other hotel events around the region. 

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


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

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.  

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.  

Jeremy David Kemp
Representative Office Director 
UK, Europe & Australia

Jeremy is a seasoned C-Level Executive Manager having built four businesses from inception and holding extensive business experience in Asia, he was resident in Indonesia from 1994 until 2016, with one year in Perth Australia, and is currently resident in the United Kingdom.

Core strengths include building operational structures and business processes, both for companies he has founded as well as for clients across business sectors. Jeremy is a solid team builder and player, with cross cultural understanding and proven international business acumen.

Jeremy is Managing Director and Founder of the One Asia Group, a company incorporated in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and United Kingdom to provide advisory services to governments and enterprises wishing to enhance their business in Asia. 

Jeremy moved to Indonesia in 1994 and in 1995 became an equity partner in Pacific Financial Services (PFS), an independent financial advisory firm providing advice to clients in South East Asia. In 2002 he managed the merger of PFS with six other advisory firms to form Financial Partners International (FPI) where he took up the position of Chief Operations Officer for the group. He played a key role in creating and leading the operational aspects of FPI as the group expanded.

From September 2007 until January 2010 Jeremy was the Managing Director of the Precision Group, responsible for the development and operational strategy, the group provided administrative outsource solutions predominantly to the financial services sector and graphic design services to clients from many sectors across Asia. 

In September 2010 Jeremy returned to Indonesia and founded the One Asia Group to provide a diverse platform in order to support client requirements on entering the Asian markets. 


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


 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.