Alain Fontaine

Senior Advisor
Hong Kong

Has been working in Asia in Private Equity investment (corporate and institutional) for most of the last 18 years. He has lived in New Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Hong Kong during this 18-year period to source and execute investment transactions. Mr. Fontaine is also a technology and telecom expert with substantial network engineering, operations and business development experience. He began his career with Bell Canada in 1979, where he held various positions in engineering (fiber optic and microwave radio system design, transmission engineering, etc.). He became Assistant Chief Engineer in 1982, responsible for various aspects of the expansion and modernization of the company’s long-distance network, including the deployment of the first trans-Canada fiber-optic cable network and the implementation of other digital network components. In 1985 he moved to Bell Canada International, as Director of Marketing for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, responsible for marketing Bell Canada services. Other Bell Canada group (BCE) appointments held include founding President and Chief Operating Officer of Bell Ardis in 1988 (a joint venture with Motorola), involving the deployment of the largest mobile data network in Canada; Project Director of Tata Cellular in 1992, a joint venture with Tata Industries of India; and AVP Business Development for Asia with Bell Canada International, the investment arm of BCE. Mr. Fontaine worked for CDP Capital - Communications (a private equity arm of the Quebec pension fund known as CDPQ for La Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec) from 1998, both as an external adviser (through a contract with Telinvest Management Corp., of which he was a senior officer), as well as, from 2000 to 2003, a direct employee as its Managing Director for Asia. His responsibilities with CDP included sourcing and concluding private equity investments in Asia. He and his teams also managed CDP’s existing Asian portfolio of direct investments, investments in regional limited partnerships and two sponsored/co-managed country funds. Mr. Fontaine had set up teams of professionals in Hong Kong, Korea and Japan. He served on the Boards of Directors of Taiwan Broadband Communication (the third largest cable TV company in Taiwan), UTV Software Communications Ltd. (the largest TV content producer and largest post-production house in India), Times Infotainment Media Ltd. (one of the largest event management companies in India), Entertainment Network India Ltd. (the largest and number one FM radio company in India) and InfoBank (one of the largest wireless data service providers in Korea). In 2000, Mr. Fontaine founded Investel, which aimed to provide consulting services in private equity and venture capital investment in the telecom media and technology sectors (TMT). When CDP Capital decided to exit Asia and to terminate its private equity and VC activities in Asia, Investel became Mr. Fontaine’s vehicle of choice to pursue his activities in Asia, including advisory services to Asian companies looking for funding, and consulting services in various areas of business management such as business and marketing plan development, financial projections, operations, turnarounds, etc. Investel is also an “angel investor” and has made investments so far in 3 Asian start-up companies. From 2007 to 2011, he served on the Board of “kbro”, formally EMC, the second largest cable TV company of Taiwan. After his tenures with CDP and Investel, Mr. Fontaine was employed as the Chief Executive Officer of Newcom LLC, the Mongolian holding company of a diversified group that operates Mobicom, the largest mobile phone network (majority market share) and Eznis, the largest domestic airlines in Mongolia. He was also the Honorary Consul of Canada and a founding member of the Business Council of Mongolia, its Vice-Chairman and its Chairman. Mr. Fontaine is a general partner at Ocean Equity Partners Ltd, a Hong Kong-based private equity fund. Mr. Fontaine holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Sherbrooke, Canada.