At ACE Investment Bank Limited, our mission is to create an agile investment banking environment capable of riding out any economic condition – characterized by innovation, dedication, and professionalism to maximize value to all shareholders, while aspiring to contribute to the development of the global investment banking system in Asia and the community as a whole.
Our aim is to become Asia Pacific’s most valued and prominent Labuan Investment Bank by providing value-added solutions capable of closing the gaps of any economic needs.
A wholly owned subsidiary of ACE Holdings Berhad founded in 2016, ACE Investment Bank Limited is licensed by the Labuan Financial Services Authority (Labuan FSA) as an investment banking and investment management firm based in Kuala Lumpur and Labuan.
Our expertise in capital market and investment banking allows us to provide a full spectrum of personalised solutions to a wide range of clientele including individuals, corporation and institutional clients. These services include the formulation of strategic plans, investment management, mergers and acquisitions, fund raising and restructurings aimed at our clients’ growth.
Our vast network of trusted allies across the globe also provides an avenue for the formation of valuable relationships, acting as a bridge between companies and investors, while paving the way for new business opportunities.
On 3 January 2017, AIBL obtained its operating license to carry out Labuan investment banking services under section 86 of the Labuan Financial Services and Securities Act 2010. This includes the provision of investment banking activities, credit facilities, consultancy and advisory on corporate and investment matters, foreign exchange transaction, and other forms of financial businesses.
AIBL later applied for a Labuan Islamic investment banking license under section 61(2) of the LIFSSA Act 2010 in order to expand business operations and better serve its diverse clientele. AIBL’s Labuan Islamic banking license was approved and awarded on 17 January 2020.
On 2 September 2021, AIBL also has obtained LFSA’s approval to convert its KL Marketing Office to a Co-Located Office.
At AIBL, we believe in our people. Consisting of a team of highly skilled professionals from various industries across the continent, our team has a vast pool of experience covering financial services, infrastructure, real estate, transportation, agriculture, healthcare, technology, energy, consumer products, and more.
Having started her career at PriceWaterhouse (now known as PwC) Malaysia and serving over 22 years at the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC), YBhg. Dato’ Celine Leong is highly experienced in the field of auditing, accounting, and securities market regulations – having held various key positions including General Manager & Head of Corporate Surveillance, Deputy Director & Head of Investigation, as well as Head of Inspection on the Audit Oversight Board (AOB).
During her tenure at the SC, Dato’ Celine was instrumental in the restructuring of key processes and functions within the organisation, as well as in the implementation of innovative measures to enhance the SC’s regulatory function. Her time at the SC also allowed her to establish strong working relationships with various international regulators including the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China, and the ASEAN Audit Regulators Group (AARG).
Dato’ Celine previously represented the SC as an elected council member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) from October 2015 to October 2019. She is a designated Chartered Accountant, member of the MIA, and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accounts (MICPA).
In recognition of her services to the nation, Dato’ Celine was conferred the Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri (D.S.P.N.) by the 8th Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Penang, TYT Tun Dato’ Seri Utama Ahmad Fuzi bin Haji Abdul Razak in 2021.
In January 2021, Dato’ Celine joined ACE Group, where her responsibilities include amongst others, overseeing the accounting and treasury functions of ACE Group, and advising on the organisation’s long-term business and financial planning strategy.
Keith Tan has more than 10 years’ experience in the capital market industry. He began his career as a graduate management trainee in SC. With the in-depth knowledge in finance and capital market that he honed during his stint 3 years with the SC, he then furthered his career with Malaysian Rating Corporation Berhad as a Rating Analyst. He had rated more than RM30.0 billion worth of transactions, covering leveraged buyouts, structured and project financing. Keith Tan was mainly responsible in performing detailed industry trend analyses, building financial models, preparing valuation analyses, identifying client’s credit and operational risks as well as producing credit rating reports to buy-side investors.
Building on his strong financial modelling and valuation knowledge, he had then ventured into equity capital market by joining TA Securities Holdings Berhad, where his primary responsibilities were to build leveraged-buyout, operating models and prepare in-depth market research used to evaluate potential mergers and acquisitions / structure equity offerings as well as to prepare submission documents to authorities for various corporate exercises undertaken by public listed companies. Since then, Keith Tan had joined a few notable onshore / offshore investment banks where he continued to structure deals / provide advisory services to start-ups / unicorns to raise seed capitals / go for listing on major stock exchanges.
Keith Tan is currently the Executive Director of AIBL where he will be responsible for the overall strategic and operational performance of AIBL and the achievements of the investment bank’s growth and profitability agenda. He will be accountable for developing new business opportunities and building valuable relationships with private and public sector stakeholders to ensure the bank’s continuous expansion and business growth. Keith Tan graduated with a MSc. (Hons) in Control Systems from University of Sheffield.
With over two decades of experience in information and telecommunication technology, mobile media, and internet companies – Mohammad Azizuddin Shahruddin (AJ) is a computer science professional turned technopreneur and venture builder.
As one of the industry’s most go-to guy in Southeast Asia, AJ has established various business ventures in the region with both local and international companies, giving him the upper hand of a wide network of connections and a strong knowledge of the industry’s ecosystem. He is also a resourceful and dedicated all-rounder best known for his leadership qualities and never-give up attitude.
Having joined ACE Group as a director in 2020, AJ now serves as the CEO of AIBL. Aside from his responsibilities as part of the ACE group, he is also presently a director at Fatfish Ventures of Fatfish Internet Group, the Malaysian country director of Mountain Partners AG, and on the Board of VentureX Capital.
Shahidah commenced her career at the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC), serving more than 8 years in the organization, within numerous departments across several core functions of the SC; including corporate finance and investments, audit oversight board, market and corporate surveillance, and market development. Prior to joining AIBL in February 2021, her most recent role was at the Corporate Planning and Strategy Department, where Shahidah was the key personnel involved in the implementation of SC’s digitization initiatives for the brokerage and fund management industry.
Shahidah joined the ACE Group in February 2021 to oversee the operations of AIBL; and to leverage on her previous work experience and skillsets to establish and implement business strategies, policies and procedures that promotes good company culture and vision.
Shahidah graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in Finance, Accounting and Management from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom and is an Associate of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom.
Dennis has deep experience in investment management, trade finance, asset-based lending, foreign exchange management and impact investing, particularly in developing economies. Over the past 15 years, he had worked at the intersection of new innovation and market leaders to connect and scale emerging technologies that radically improve social and environmental sustainability in the global industry. His former position includes Executive Vice President with Sayris Capital UK.
He also acquired in-depth knowledge of asset management, corporate advisory, structure finance, venture capital management, and corporate intelligence from his vast working experience in the USA, China, Japan and Malaysia.
Dennis earned his master’s degree in Workforce Development and Organizational Structure and a Bachelor of Science in International Marketing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, US in 2001. He is proficient in four different languages; English, Chinese, Malay and Japanese.
Currently, Dennis is in charge of business development under AIBL with the main task of raising capital for private and public companies in Asia Pacific, which include consulting ultra-high-net-worth individuals and corporations on sustainability projects. He also provides strategic direction to portfolio companies and focuses on bringing the latest innovation in impact investing to the market.
Prior joining to AIBL, Afiq has been involved in many business ventures. Most notably was his presence in the involvement of a project involving water treatment plant with Feldawaters and Kytowater where he holds the position of Executive Director in the latter company. In this position, he helped facilitate and manage the project till completion. Through his experience he had gathered throughout the years, Afiq has been able to develop his skills in communication, leadership and his strong understanding of the corporate business world and is able build a strong work relationships and networking with parties within the industry.
Afiq currently serves as a Manager under business development unit in AIBL. By lending his expertise, Afiq is able to bring in new and innovative ideas to the table in order to build and grow AIBL as a business. Afiq was awarded with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management & Finance from the University of Keele in 2015.
Sherlene commenced her career as an accounts officer at Minetech Resources Berhad, as an accounting graduate, where she developed her knowledge and skills in preparing accounts, budgeting, and managing financial information. Subsequently, Sherlene joined a trading and property management company, where she further developed her accounting related knowledge and skills, mainly through monitoring day-to-day financial operations, timely submissions of the audit report and tax returns.
Sherlene joined AIBL in May 2021, where her main role amongst others is to manage the cashflow for AIBL, to prepare the monthly management accounts for AIBL, to ensure the accuracy of financial documents and compliance with all relevant regulations, laws, as well as reporting requirements.
Fresh into the industry upon graduating, Aida previously dabbled in the world of tech and entertainment before joining AIBL. Aida joined the ACE Group in 2020, where she gained experience liaising with international parties from ACE Group’s sister company, ACE Pictures Entertainment. From back-end customer service to face-to-face demonstration and mediating businesses between foreign incorporated limited liability companies and local private companies, Aida developed the skills to analyze and comprehend situations accordingly. Aida’s experience here, and in her prior endeavour in GLOCO Malaysia, makes her a reliable middleperson to implement and execute projects.
Aida is currently the Compliance Officer of AIBL and is focused on keeping everything in check, determined to support AIBL’s business ventures in accordance to the relevant regulations, laws and reporting requirements. Aida holds a bachelor’s degree in Islamic Banking and Finance, giving her the foundation and grounding to thrive in AIBL.
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