Our Team

Our Team
Slider
JAMES CROYSTON
Founder, Chief Executive Officer

James is a 2008, English-qualified solicitor with over ten years of experience in
London, where he trained and qualified in one of Europe’s top tech law firms, worked
as commercial counsel for one of the world’s largest reinsurance companies, then as
VP of Legal at a leading global financial data firm, and later was General Counsel of a
Swiss-HQ’d insuretech company with operations in Southeast Asia. With a varied
practice spanning general commercial, tech, corporate, commercial, finance and
employment, James is passionate about providing excellent service and reinventing
how legal and professional services can be delivered globally without compromising
on quality. His primary focus is providing practical and cost-effective
solutions to clients.

James is a 2008, English-qualified solicitor with over ten years of experience in
London, where he trained and qualified in one of Europe’s top tech law firms, worked
as commercial counsel for one of the world’s largest reinsurance companies, then as
VP of Legal at a leading global financial data firm, and later was General Counsel of a
Swiss-HQ’d insuretech company with operations in Southeast Asia. With a varied
practice spanning general commercial, tech, corporate, commercial, finance and
employment, James is passionate about providing excellent service and reinventing
how legal and professional services can be delivered globally without compromising
on quality. His primary focus is providing practical and cost-effective
solutions to clients.

James is a 2008, English-qualified solicitor with over ten years of experience in London, where he trained and qualified in one of Europe’s top tech law firms, worked as commercial counsel for one of the world’s largest reinsurance companies, then as VP of Legal at a leading global financial data firm, and later was General Counsel of a Swiss-HQ’d insuretech company with operations in Southeast Asia. With a varied practice spanning general commercial, tech, corporate, commercial, finance and employment, James is passionate about providing excellent service and reinventing how legal and professional services can be delivered globally without compromising on quality. His primary focus is providing practical and cost-effective solutions to clients.


James won an academic scholarship to Malvern College, obtained his bachelor’s honours degree in Psychology from the University of Manchester in 2000, accelerated Bachelor of Law and LPC professional qualification from the Inns of Court School of Law in 2005.

Slider
MARLA AQUINO-BATALLONES
Chief Operating Officer

Marla worked as a senior attorney and project lead at a leading legal process outsourcing company in the Philippines. After being admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2012, she joined Odin Legal Intelligence as Project Manager specialising in eDiscovery, contract management, and document review.

Marla worked as a senior attorney and project lead at a leading legal process outsourcing company in the Philippines. After being admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2012, she joined Odin Legal Intelligence as Project Manager specialising in eDiscovery, contract management, and document review.

Marla worked as a senior attorney and project lead at a leading legal process outsourcing company in the Philippines. After being admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2012, she joined Odin Legal Intelligence as Project Manager specialising in eDiscovery, contract management, and document review.


She is an expert at legal project management, document review during the discovery phase of high profile cases in the US and EU jurisdictions and was responsible for oversight and quality control of litigation support teams. Marla joined the Robinsons Retail Group as Legal Counsel from 2013-2015. She also served as a Director of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines Rizal Chapter Board from 2013 to 2015.


Marla obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Development Studies with Minors in Global Politics and Hispanic Studies from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2006. She received her JD degree from Ateneo de Manila University School of Law in 2011 during which she interned at Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc and de los Angeles.

Slider
KIRK DIZON
Founder, Executive Committee

Kirk is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Carmenta Management, LLC, a late-stage venture capital firm, and general partner of Cendana International, a leading seed and early-stage fund-of-funds. He served as a Senior Advisor to Sentinel Dome Partners LLC, an event-driven hedge fund that he co-founded as COO.

Kirk is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Carmenta Management, LLC, a late-stage venture capital firm, and general partner of Cendana International, a leading seed and early-stage fund-of-funds. He served as a Senior Advisor to Sentinel Dome Partners LLC, an event-driven hedge fund that he co-founded as COO.

Kirk is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Carmenta Management, LLC, a late-stage venture capital firm, and general partner of Cendana International, a leading seed and early-stage fund-of-funds. He served as a Senior Advisor to Sentinel Dome Partners LLC, an event-driven hedge fund that he co-founded as COO.


Previously Co-Founder and Managing Director of Institutional Global Investors LLC, a multi-asset class investment platform where he was personally responsible for sourcing investments in Alibaba, Palantir and Twitter, Kirk currently serves on the Boards of Directors of ChrysCapital Investment Advisors and MWG Investment Holdings and as a Venture Partner of Founders Equity Partners.


Kirk earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Pepperdine University, a J.D. from Loyola Law School, and an LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.

Slider
JOHANN ESPIRITU
Executive Committee

Johann is a senior partner at Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc and de los Angeles, the Philippines’ top law firm and is the Managing Director of Sapient Consulting, Inc., a Hong Kong-based investment advisory firm.


He formerly sat as Hong Kong Director in Equiom (Isle of Man) and Allied Finance Private (Switzerland), both international trust groups.

Johann is a senior partner at Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc and de los Angeles, the Philippines’ top law firm and is the Managing Director of Sapient Consulting, Inc., a Hong Kong-based investment advisory firm.


He formerly sat as Hong Kong Director in Equiom (Isle of Man) and Allied Finance Private (Switzerland), both international trust groups.

Johann is a senior partner at Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc and de los Angeles, the Philippines’ top law firm and is the Managing Director of Sapient Consulting, Inc., a Hong Kong-based investment advisory firm.


He formerly sat as Hong Kong Director in Equiom (Isle of Man) and Allied Finance Private (Switzerland), both international trust groups. He founded Odin Legal Intelligence, a legal process outsourcing company in the Philippines. Johann is a lecturer at the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law where he teaches Information Technology Law and Venture Capital Transactions. He currently sits as a member of the Advisory Board of the Georgetown University Law Center.


Johann received his bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1995 and his JD from the same university in 2000. He received his LL.M. from Georgetown University in 2004, was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2001 and the New York Bar in 2005. Johann is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners in the UK.

Slider
FELIX SY
Executive Committee

Felix Sy is Managing Partner of Insights Philippines Legal Advisors and has over 19 years experience advising and representing clients particularly in negotiating and documenting credit facilities, security structures and project finance. Felix now focuses on the energy and power sector, specifically build-operate-transfer (BOT) and public-private partnership and its variant arrangements.


Under his leadership, the banking and finance group at Quisumbing Torres won numerous industry accolades from 2010 to 2016. Felix has consistently ranked as a Global Expert in Corporate and Finance by Chambers Global and was Leading Lawyer for Banking and Capital Markets and Project Finance for five consecutive years in the FLR1000 – The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms.

Felix Sy is Managing Partner of Insights Philippines Legal Advisors and has over 19 years experience advising and representing clients particularly in negotiating and documenting credit facilities, security structures and project finance. Felix now focuses on the energy and power sector, specifically build-operate-transfer (BOT) and public-private partnership and its variant arrangements.


Under his leadership, the banking and finance group at Quisumbing Torres won numerous industry accolades from 2010 to 2016. Felix has consistently ranked as a Global Expert in Corporate and Finance by Chambers Global and was Leading Lawyer for Banking and Capital Markets and Project Finance for five consecutive years in the FLR1000 – The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms.

Felix Sy is Managing Partner of Insights Philippines Legal Advisors and has over 19 years experience advising and representing clients particularly in negotiating and documenting credit facilities, security structures and project finance. Felix now focuses on the energy and power sector, specifically build-operate-transfer (BOT) and public-private partnership and its variant arrangements.


Under his leadership, the banking and finance group at Quisumbing Torres won numerous industry accolades from 2010 to 2016. Felix has consistently ranked as a Global Expert in Corporate and Finance by Chambers Global and was Leading Lawyer for Banking and Capital Markets and Project Finance for five consecutive years in the FLR1000 – The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms.


Cited as a Leading Individual in Banking and Finance in Chambers Asia Pacific from 2013-2016, and Asia Pacific Legal 500 from 2012-2016, Felix was admitted to practice law in California, USA. He is a member of the British Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines and the Ateneo de Manila University Law School Faculty.

Slider
Slider