Donald Lemon is an EXPERIENCED BUSINESS LAWYER with more than 30 years of domestic and international experience, BASED in Hong Kong, Hanoi, Bangkok, and Vienna, Austria, internationally, as well as Vail, Colorado and Dallas Texas, domestically; he facilitated start up and early stage investments for investors. As the Chief Representative for Credit Lyonnais Securities in Hanoi from 1988 to 1992 he established the investment banking function for the bank for the Indochina region. He was instrumental in obtaining the second foreign commercial banking license issued by State Bank of Vietnam on behalf of Credit Lyonnais, and secured the first investment fund license.
In 1992 he became the in-country Executive Manager of the Vietnam Fund Management Company, the fund manager of the Vietnam Fund, a $65 million pre-listing green field investment fund. In two years the Vietnam Fund made 11 investments into projects valued more than $400 million, after reviewing and completing due diligence on more than 400 investment proposals. In 1994, because of his language and Vietnam experience, the Fund asked him to work directly in some of the Fund investments in order for the Fund to have a more active role in the development of the companies. He served as the deputy director responsible for legal and local partner relations of the Tate and Lyle Sugar Company project in Nghe An, Vietnam, building an $85 million green field 6000 MT/day sugar mill that processed cane for 30,000 farmers on the Laos Vietnam border.
Don was also the executive director of a light manufacturing plant for Advanced Lighting in Ho Chi Minh City, a deputy director of a pharmaceutical plant, and was the executive responsible for a Ho Chi Minh City $150 million municipal water bid for a consortium of American companies, including CH2MHill and O.M.I. In addition to facilitating investment for European and American companies in Asia, his responsibilities included serving on the management boards for the start up or the operations of the investee companies. He also expanded various companies operations into Cambodia, Thailand and Laos.
Upon his return to the U.S. in 2001, Don established his own law practice and continues to work with investors both internationally and in US businesses. As an investment advisor to Marwah und Partner GmbH of Vienna, Austria he served as Vice President of US operations exploring advisory opportunities for Marwah und Partner GmbH in the US while assisting with European and Asian clients. He moved to Dallas, TX in 2011 to continue his business focused practice, particularly with foreign investors seeking opportunities in the US.
Having grown up in Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia from the age of 4 until 18, he speaks, reads and writes Vietnamese and has previously been conversational in Chinese Mandarin, Thai and Malay.