Hua Lin was born and raised in Shanghai, China. She has studied and worked in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada and has immersed herself in those diverse cultures, gaining invaluable experience along the way. She is a native Mandarin speaker, fluent in English and has been living in English speaking countries since young adulthood.
Hua has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics and a Master’s degree in Economics and has followed a career path closely aligned with her interests. She also holds a PFP (Personal Financial Planner) designation.
She succeeded in the dynamic world of banking, focusing on retail and private banking with high and ultra-high net worth clients for the world’s top financial institutions and oversaw their banking, borrowing and investment needs. She provided them solutions unique not only to their personal finance but also their businesses. The challenges and successes she has encountered has shaped her into a seasoned professional with a solid understanding of the intricacies of the financial world.
Hua’s enthusiasm for dealing with people and understanding the unique journeys of business owners, coupled with her experience in corporate operations, provides her with the expertise to help business owners see beyond the numbers and delve into the overall well-being of their particular circumstances. She became a licensed realtor to develop this ability even further.
Joining Ontario Commercial Group will provide Hua with an excellent platform to channel her capabilities into the field of Business Brokerage. She is committed to guiding business owners on their path to success, supporting them at every stage, whether it involves purchasing or selling a business, and her objective is to empower business owners with the knowledge and tools they need to make informed decisions that align with their long-term goals, and to foster meaningful, trusting relationships with every client she serves.
Hua hopes to be a reliable partner on each client’s journey.
Catherine’s first job in Canada was as receptionist in a Hamilton Real Estate Brokerage where she worked her way throughout all phases of the business and attained the position of Branch Office Administrator. She then obtained her Sales Licence and Broker’s Licence. She subsequently established her own Real Estate Brokerage in collaboration with another Broker.
She obtained a position as a legal secretary to the senior partner of a well-established Toronto law firm, and worked in Real Estate and Law concurrently for 6 years and became a Certified Paralegal.
She relocated to British Columbia for several years, but returned to Ontario and obtained an Operations Executive position with one of Canada’s longest standing Business Brokerages where she remained for 12 years.
She offers a wealth of experience in business marketing, Mergers and Acquisitions, operations & clients relations as a core member of Khaled Baranbo’s Team.
Catherine is an avid reader, loves cooking and walking, the Law and all technological environments.
Khaled has built a Business Brokerage Team under the Ontario Commercial Group. Khaled focuses on the industrial, manufacturing, distribution, services and construction sectors.
Khaled holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, he is a Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor, a Certified Business Intermediary, a Certified Private Equity Specialist, and a Certified Franchise Consultant. Khaled has participated in numerous training programs covering strategy and leadership, he has written articles for industry publications and participated in several private equity investment conferences where he spoke as a panelist. Khaled is a licensed Real Estate Broker from the Real Estate Council of Ontario. He brings close to 20 years of experience in market research, strategic business planning, financial analysis, business valuation, negotiations, team leadership, investment management, private equity investments, business brokerage and M&A transactions.
Early in Khaled’s career, he headed the Corporate Planning Department of a large industrial conglomerate and was responsible for setting up strategic business plans on both the corporate and strategic business unit levels, while also monitoring the periodical performance.
Additionally, he managed a $300 million investment portfolio of a leading Private Equity Group. In this capacity, he oversaw sourcing, scrutinizing and executing complex acquisition transactions in the middle market industrial & manufacturing segments. His responsibilities extended beyond closing the acquisition transactions into participating in the board governance and growth initiatives of acquired companies, where he achieved notable successes. In this role, Khaled was involved in executing direct acquisition investments, private equity fund investments, and co-investments alongside other fund managers. Khaled is very thorough when it comes to Investment Due Diligence, and has led very complex business valuations, market/industry assessment, and feasibility study projects.
Before building his business brokerage practice and team, Khaled consulted for almost two years with one of the longest standing middle market mergers & acquisitions and succession planning advisory companies in North America, where he managed several acquisition search assignments in the manufacturing sector, on behalf of mid-market Canadian acquirers, and achieved remarkable results.
Khaled’s deep and proven experience, systems, team work, track record and understanding of family-owned enterprises and small & midsized businesses, has aided him to develop good relationships with business owners and buyers of small to midsize businesses in Ontario, which enabled him to provide great value to his entrepreneurs clients looking to acquire, build, grow or exit their businesses.
Business owners contact Khaled when they’re thinking about the day they might sell, and they’re wondering just how that process works. They’re not sure when to sell, how to find the right buyer or how to keep it confidential. They’re not sure what their business is worth or how to get the most for it.
Khaled developed effective business selling systems that transform and clarify the process for his clients.
- Valuation systems for estimating, presenting and defending your business values
- Confidentiality systems for protecting your identity
- Marketing systems for smartly packaging your business opportunity
- Access to many qualified buyers with substantial cash looking for good businesses like yours
- Screening & qualifying systems for bringing only the right parties to you
- Negotiation and closing systems with a team approach that gets your business sold
Contact Khaled today to schedule a free, confidential & no obligation meeting and to discuss how he may assist you with the sale or purchase of a business.
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