Our nimble team of seasoned professionals build on their extensive capital markets and business experience across a range of industries with specific experience in investment banking, global regulatory compliance, legal, accounting and corporate governance.
For over 25 years our core team has participated in numerous private, early-stage investment opportunities, prior to de-risking through combinations of external finance syndication and pathways to NASDSAQ, NYSE and TSX. We have a proven track record with special situations and turn-around opportunities, where our broad experience and depth of expertise empowers investees to navigate the process while maintaining management’s focus on business development.
Since 1995, Mr. Hromyk has been Principal of First Finance Limited and its predecessor, Century Capital Management Ltd., Private Equity firms with a proven track record of returning significant value to stakeholders by making early mover strategic investments in advance of developing markets or cycles through both private and public companies. Mr. Hromyk has supported and operated chemical and energy operations domestically in the Permian Basin, Central and South Texas, Arkansas, Alberta and internationally.
An active investor, Mr. Hromyk has been involved with companies developing a diverse range of technologies, from enhanced and conventional hydrocarbon recovery processes to wireless infrastructure and has participated in numerous industrial and commercial real estate developments. Mr. Hromyk has served as a director of several private companies that became publicly traded on NASDAQ, NYSE, TSX. Mr. Hromyk studied Economics at Chaminade University and the University of British Columbia.
Over a twenty-five year career John has been actively engaged across all aspects of the business development cycle. As a lawyer John has advised numerous junior mining, oil & gas and technology companies throughout their business cycles. From 1997 through 2005 John also served as counsel to Century Capital, First Finance’s predecessor company, effecting Century’s business strategy through its investment structures.
From 2005 to 2013 John worked as a senior executive developing and operating mines in Canada, the United States and Mexico, raising and deploying early-stage expansion capital and overseeing listings of group companies on the TSX and TSXV. In 2014 John rejoined the Century/First Finance group, focussed on evaluating and maximizing investment opportunities for the private equity portfolio.
John is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.
Mr. Pike has over 20 years of senior financial executive experience. He began his career as a Chartered Accountant specializing in the financial services and entertainment industries with Ernst & Young. Mr. Pike has served as CFO of several publicly traded companies listed on the TSX and TSXV. In addition, he has served as CEO, Director, and senior advisor for multiple go-public transactions with market capitalizations ranging from $50 million to over $1 billion.
Combining a diverse industry background that includes the technology sector, media & entertainment, agricultural, and diversified energy, along his unique experience in M&A, secured financings, and go-public experience, Mr. Pike has supported numerous successful financial transactions, both public and private, throughout his career. Mr. Pike has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia, has a CPA designation, and was awarded the Business in Vancouver Forty under 40 Award (2008).
Arron has over 17 years business experience spanning financial services, investment banking, business leadership and operations in both developed and emerging markets.
Mr. Smyth has supported transactions, projects and operations in Europe, Middle East, Africa and North America and he has served as a board member, executive director and as an advisor to private and public organisations operating or investing within the energy, natural resources and security sectors as well as providing deal origination services to corporates, private equity/venture capital, asset managers, family offices and commodity trading houses.
Since 2018, Mr Smyth has been Managing Director Europe for the First Finance group of companies, developing and supporting the group’s private equity investments and projects.
We seek out engaged management teams with financeable projects to fit our investment mandate.