From left to right: Mike, Daw Yin Yin, Aung and U Hyet Nyi. Daw Yin Yin and U Hyet Nyi are our joint venture partners in Myanmar Finance International


The Company was founded by U Aung Htun and Mike Dean, both old Asia hands with a strong regional track record of investment, entrepreneurial ventures and profitable exits.

The Executive Directors are Craig Martin (Managing Director) and Mike Dean (Finance Director). They are supported on the ground by U Aung Htun (Deputy Chairman). All of them have deep experience of investing in and building businesses in Asia.

They are backed by an experienced board with a similarly strong background in Asian business building.

We have a Yangon-based team of local and international investment professionals that is close-knit, well-rounded, with broad and diverse backgrounds (some Burmese, some foreign) and complementary skillsets who together have been tried, tested and perfected via MIL’s existing businesses.

MIL provides investors with a highly disciplined and conservative investment process into one of the most promising growth opportunities of this era.

Board of Directors

Remuneration Committee Chairman
Audit Committee Chairman

Mr. Knight is an alternative asset investment specialist who has spent almost his entire career dealing with the financial development of growth companies in developing economies with particular emphasis on Asia. Amongst his many firsts in a career dedicated to developing frontier and emerging markets, he originated the creation of the first London-listed investment fund for Thailand, as well as the first investment funds for Vietnam, Mauritius and Russia East of the Ural mountains. His experience covers involvement with a number of listing jurisdictions, including AIM, in his capacity as an independent non-executive director.

Mr. Knight is chairman of JP Morgan Chinese Investment Trust Plc and a member of the Boards of Ceylon Guardian Investment Trust Plc and Smith-Tan Asia Phoenix Fund Ltd. He is also a co-founder of Emerisque Brands, an East/West management buy-in company, and chairs its three joint ventures in China. He is on the advisory board of China Resolutions Ltd, a company established to assist Chinese companies listed overseas to meet international standards of good corporate governance.

Investment Committee member
Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee member

Mr. Htun is half Myanmar.  He is an engineering graduate from Imperial College and brings over 30 years of hands-on experience of advising, starting, building and managing companies.

Mr. Htun started at Kleinwort Benson in London before founding, in 1987, Seamico Securities in Thailand, a company he took public in 1995. In 1999 he founded Thai Strategic Capital, a Bangkok based private equity fund manager where he led investments into, inter alia, B-Quik, Modern Asia Environmental Holdings and Wuttisak Clinic.

Mr. Htun brings a wealth of experience and contacts in a diverse range of industries and currently sits on the boards of Draco PCB Plc, Wuttisak Clinic Inter Group Ltd, and Nam Seng Insurance Plc., as well as being a member of the investment committee of Lakeshore Capital Partners. He is a director of the Thai Private Equity & Venture Capital Association which he co-founded in 1989.

Finance Director
Investment Committee member

Mr. Dean has over 35 years of experience in the financial industry in investment banking, private equity and accounting. Over 25 of these years have been spent in Asia, principally Hong Kong, Singapore and Myanmar. He has held senior management positions with Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia (“CLSA”) including Head of its Investment Banking and co-Head of its Private Equity businesses; was a Director of PPMV Asia (the private equity arm of Prudential plc); and spent a further eight years as chief financial officer for a global shipping group.

Mr. Dean is a non-executive independent director of Singapore main board listed Delfi Limited. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors.

Investment Committee member

Mr. Martin has over 23 years of business building and direct investment experience in emerging markets in Southeast Asia. He has lived and worked in Southeast Asia since 1993, living in Cambodia (seven years), Vietnam (five years) and Singapore (twelve years), and has invested in many sectors across Asia. His direct investment experience covers fintech, telecoms, agribusiness, building materials, education, media, retail, real estate, manufacturing, finance, logistics, transportation and renewable energy.

Mr. Martin has a Masters of Engineering from the University of York, UK, and a MBA with Distinction from INSEAD, and is a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors. Mr. Martin is co-CEO of CapAsia, a Singapore headquartered private equity fund manager, focussing on investments in emerging markets.

Non-Independent Non-Executive Director
Remuneration Committee member
Audit Committee member

Mr. Paris is a specialist in investing in emerging markets closed end funds. He is currently a Portfolio Manager and Director of LIM Advisors whose clients are a significant shareholder in the Company and as a result he is classified as a non-independent non-executive Director of the Company.

Mr. Paris started his involvement with closed end funds at Rothschild Asset Management in London in 1986 where he was in charge of product development. In 1994, he switched to closed end fund stockbroking and ran the Funds Corporate Finance teams at Barings, Peregrine and then Credit Lyonnais Asia launching and reorganising many such funds investing into emerging markets. In 2001, he moved into the hedge fund industry sourcing new investors for Asian hedge funds and from 2009 he has worked with LIM to invest in closed end funds.

Mr. Paris is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment of the UK and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Newcastle.

He is also a non-executive Director of London main board listed ASEANA Properties Limited.

Investment Committee Chairman
Audit Committee member
Remuneration Committee member

Mr. Bodenstab was appointed to the Board of Directors on 17 May 2016. Over the past 20 years Mr. Bodenstab has gained broad international experience by living and working extensively in Asia, the US and Europe. He started his professional career in 1992 in Asia, at the Wünsche Group of Companies, a diversified group of companies focussing on international trade and shipping. In 1996, he joined the Boston Consulting Group in Hamburg, Germany. In 1998 he co-founded OneClip, a direct marketing and advertising company in New York, which he led until 2002. Mr. Bodenstab re-joined the Wünsche Group in 2002 as a managing partner, where he founded and managed Globaltronics, the consumer products division of the company. Since 2014 Mr. Bodenstab is a partner at Trilantic Capital Partners, a Pan-European private equity firm.

Mr. Bodenstab is Chairman of the Board of Meridian 10 Holding AG, on the Advisory Board of Prettl SWH GmbH and a Director of Hansabay Pte Ltd in Singapore. He holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.