Johan Margono is the chief executive officer of Cantara Global, a joint venture company he created in 2007 with Quvat, a Singapore-based private equity firm. Cantara identifies and manages strategic investments in business process outsourcing (BPO) and knowledge process outsourcing (KPO) companies.
Prior to Cantara, Johan was chief information and technology officer at Global Realty Outsourcing (GRO), a pioneer in real estate and consumer finance KPO/BPO industry headquartered in New York with offices in Charlotte, North Carolina and Chennai, India. After joining GRO in March 2001, he was instrumental in aggressively growing the company from 45 employees and three “beta” clients to nearly 1,600 employees and 65 institutional clients by June 2007. He created and integrated a fully redundant and secure (ISO 27001 certified) global technology infrastructure, acquired and managed multi-million dollar global BPO engagements; developed a process migration methodology which formed the basis for successfully transitioning to India over 85 accounting, finance, and processing services. Throughout his tenure at GRO, Johan frequently advised senior executives and global heads at the following institutions on offshoring strategies, contracts, pricing, technology, information security, process migration, and service delivery — Wachovia (now Wells Fargo), JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, PHH Mortgage, and a major U.S. Real Estate Investment Trust.
Prior to GRO, Johan was chief information officer at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) where he co-founded cpa2biz, a $50 million strategic venture formed by the AICPA, Microsoft, and The Thomson Corporation aimed at delivering web-based accounting products and services to AICPA’s members and their small and medium enterprise (SME) clients. Prior to AICPA, Johan held senior consulting positions at Accenture, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and Booz Allen.
Johan received his M.S. in computer science from Johns Hopkins University and B.S. in computer science from Iowa State University.
Antonio Ocasio is the co-founder of Ocasio & Partners LLP, a boutique legal services firm that advises a select group of clients in business, personal and philanthropic matters. Antonio has over 20 years of legal and business experience in private practice and also serving as a general counsel for large and mid-sized companies. These include EXCEL Security, where he served as general counsel and director of corporate communications, as well as Walmart, where he served as assistant general counsel, overseeing all aspects of domestic real estate.
Antonio began his career at the international law firm of Barrera, Siqueiros y Torres-Landa, S.C. (Mexico City) and is fluent in English and Spanish. He advised multi-billion dollar U.S. and non U.S.-based opportunistic real estate funds in connection with over $800 million in office, multifamily, commercial, retail, hotel and resort and mixed-use real estate development. His average IRR on all deals was approximately 33%.
Antonio’s transactions included the acquisition and subsequent sale of an Avenue of the Americas office building by a German investment group; the acquisition, redevelopment and subsequent sale of the former Montgomery Ward Complex in Chicago; the redevelopment involved in the creation of a mixed use community similar to Las Colinas (Dallas); and the acquisition, redevelopment and subsequent sale of Chelsea Markets (New York). He was also part of the 12 person team that created a new real estate acquisition strategy for Walmart, leading to increased comp sales of 1.5% U.S. Antonio represented the Denver Broncos in a $500 million financing for the new Broncos Stadium, and he represented an Asian Bank in the structuring of three $350 million revolving credit facilities for a New York-based real estate opportunity fund.
In private practice, Antonio has advised both issuers and investors in connection with structuring their investments. Investors include private equity firms, real estate opportunity funds, multinational companies and family offices.
Antonio is a volunteer for the Skin Cancer Foundation and a member of the board of trustees of the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. He has served as a member of the acquisition committee for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Antonio received his law degree from Columbia University School of Law (J.D.) and earned his B.A. from Columbia College.