Outside General Counsel
Ben has served as General Counsel to PFG since the inception of PFG in 2004. Ben brings experience from large firm practice in securities and banking to boutique firm experience focused in general corporate practice, as well as handling a banking, finance and transactional practice in Asia.
Prior to PFG, Ben was General Counsel for the ChinaVest group of private equity Funds based in San Francisco and Hong Kong, where he handled the documentation transactions in the U.S. and greater China. Previously, Ben held CEO roles at a technology company and a telecommunications service company. Ben also handled venture finance matters on an outside counsel basis for Hambrecht & Quist and JP Morgan Chase after its acquisition of H&Q, along with many technology clients through his years of practice.
Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley Law School.
Ben is an avid traveler, cultivating lifelong professional relationships and one-of-a-kind stories. He’s a scuba diving wildlife photographer, capturing interactions with dwarf Minke whales off the Great Barrier Reef and humpback whales in Tonga.
But perhaps his most rare feat is being the only person to ever ski down California St. in San Francisco on roller skis. (*legal claim pending)
“I’ve been working with PFG since its inception. While we’ve grown significantly, both in numbers and geographic scope, the collegial, family feel has always been maintained.”
IDB Invest, a member of the IDB Group, is a multilateral development bank committed to promoting the economic development of its member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean through the private sector. IDB Invest finances sustainable companies and projects to achieve financial results and maximize economic, social, and environmental development in the region. With a portfolio of $16.3 billion in asset management and 347 clients in 25 countries, IDB Invest provides innovative financial solutions and advisory services that meet the needs of its clients in a variety of industries.
PFG leads a joint venture with IDB Invest that provides debt capital to emerging innovative tech companies across the region via our Latin America Growth Lending Fund. The initiative brings investment expertise into LAC from top notch global players in this field.
SVB is a leading American bank providing products, services and strategic advice for businesses at every stage. They operate as a go-to commercial bank for start-ups and established corporations, offering venture funding, private banking & wealth advising. SVB is the largest lender to technology companies globally.
SVB has built its reputation as the financial partner of the innovation economy – helping individuals, investors and the world’s most innovative companies achieve extraordinary outcomes.
PFG and SVB have maintained an official strategic partnership since the late 1980’s. We have collaborated together as co-lenders and extended each other's ability to reach new markets and provide deeper capital to high-growth companies.
PFG and SVB have provided growth debt across the U.S. & Canada, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Latin America, where we co-manage a Venture Debt Latin America Growth Lending Fund.
IFC — a member of the World Bank Group — is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. IFC works in more than 100 countries, using its capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.
PFG and IFC are strategic partners where we extend IFC’s direct venture and VC funding, collaborating on fintech and tech lending across global growth markets.
Aims to be the partner of choice for the private sector in Latin America and the Caribbean. They finance projects to advance clean energy, modernize agriculture, strengthen transportation systems and expand access to financing.