Former Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sanchez to join Hong Kong Trade Mission January 21-22, 2015

January 09 16:13 2015

Irwin Katsof, President of Katsof Consulting announced today that former Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, Francisco Sanchez (2009-2013) will be joining Katsof on the U.S. Commerce Department Certified Trade Mission to Hong Kong on January 21-22, 2015.

The Trade Mission will organize for fifteen preeminent U.S. Private Equity, Venture Capital and Real Estate Private Equity Fund managers meetings with the leading Hong Kong Family Offices and Institutional Investors. A cross section of  the top performing Fund managers in the U.S.A will be joining Katsof on the Trade Mission.

Secretary Sanchez is Senior Managing Director at PT Capital LLC which focuses on matching global and Arctic capital with leading Arctic investment opportunities. The Fund is headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska, at the center of the American arctic.

Secretary Sanchez was appointed by President Obama to the Congressional-Executive Commission on the People’s Republic of China. As Under Secretary, Sanchez played a leadership role in advancing President Obama’s National Export Initiative.

Irwin Katsof is recognized as a businessman, author, educator and serial entrepreneur. He was appointed by Secretary of Commerce Locke to advise the U.S. Commerce Department on international trade issues, in 2011. He was a Board member of Genie Energy (NYSE:GNE) from 2011 to June 2014. In 2012, Irwin Katsof was appointed an adviser to Thinaire Transmedia network, a leader in NFC technology.

In a confidential audit performed for the U.S. Commerce department in December 2013, it was announced that in the prior three years GP participants raised $650 million dollars from foreign LPs on these global missions. The US Certified Trade mission program is a distinctive and noteworthy opportunity for American GPs to meet international LPs under the auspices of the U.S. Commerce Department.

Three hundred and fifty different U.S. PE and VC Funds have attended atleast one Trade Mission in the past three years and fifteen of the top one hundred U.S. Funds attended one in the past three years and over thirty percent of the Funds returned for a second Trade mission.

The Certified Trade Mission is not merely a conference. It is a tightly structured and a highly focused fund raising event intended to offer U.S. private equity, venture capital, real estate and infrastructure fund managers the chance to raise capital from foreign investors.

About Katsof Consulting

Irwin Katsof founded Katsof Consulting in 2013 and the firm is an extension of Global Capital Associates also founded by Irwin Katsof in 2005 and Katsof Energy Consulting (founded in 2012) Irwin Katsof established these companies in a determined effort to help entrepreneurs around the world connect with sources of capital. Katsof Consulting has successfully helped many of America’s chief corporate executives, fund managers and entrepreneurs get access to capital, developing markets and profitable partnerships.

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