Meet our Founder

Chauwei heads the valuation and forensics team at GAO Advisors. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a dual degree, BS in Economics and BA in Asian & Middle Studies from the Wharton School and College of Arts and Sciences respectively with a minor in Mathematics. 

Chauwei's extensive corporate finance experience at JPMorgan and UBS Investment Bank, in their New York, Tokyo and London offices, has enabled her to provide specialist support to cross-border clients for complex investigations and valuation matters. Chauwei relocated the firm's headquarters back to Singapore in 2010 and has been operating in the Asia Pacific region for over a decade.

Chauwei Yak

Founder and CEO

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Meet the Team

Financial Institutions

Alexander Yao graduated from Columbia University with a degree in economics and comparative literature and began his career at Morgan Stanley in New York, first in the financial institutions investment banking group, and later at the firm strategy and executions group, where he provided management consulting and M&A advice for internal projects.

He has native proficiency in English and Mandarin.


Professional Qualifications & Memberships

Steve Jernigan has a B.S. in Finance & International Business from Pennsylvania State University and has variously consulted for hedge funds and asset managers such as Bridgewater Associates and Brookfield throughout his career.


Michele holds both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Computer Science from Cambridge University and has worked for quantitative trading firms and global banks such as Goldman Sachs and Merril Lynch throughout her career.


Technology and Intellectual Property

CJ Foo is a Consultant for the GAO Group on technology and Intellectual Property. He has almost 20 years of experience in product management and marketing in the technology industry, most recently as a Product Manager in Broadcom Inc (NASDAQ: AVGO). 

CJ Foo graduated with first-class honours from the National University of Singapore, with a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering. CJ has released multiple publications over the years with a focus on semiconductors with a drive to develop technological tools to deliver business growth for an organization.



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The GAO team combines decades of experience from global financial institutions and top schools from the US, UK and Singapore.