Mr. Julien Balkany, Chairman of the Board, French citizen resident in London, has been serving as a managing partner of Nanes Balkany Partners, a group of investment funds which primarily pursues active value investments in publicly traded oil and companies gas companies since 2008.
Mr. Balkany has been from March 2015 to May 2016 a non-executive Director of Norwegian Energy Company ASA (Noreco), a Norwegian exploration and production company listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange and focused on the North Sea.
Mr. Julien Balkany has been from May 2014 to July 2015 a non-executive Director of Gasfrac Energy Services Inc., a Canadian oil and gas fracking services company. From January 2009 to March 2011, Mr. Balkany served as Vice-Chairman and non-executive Director of Toreador Resources Corp., an oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in Continental Europe (France, Turkey, Hungary and Romania) that was dual-listed on the US NASDAQ and Euronext Paris.
Mr. Julien Balkany has been a Managing Director at Nanes Delorme Capital Management LLC, a New York based financial advisory and broker-dealer firm, where he executed several hundred million dollars’ worth of oil & gas M&A transactions. Before joining Nanes Delorme, Mr. Balkany worked at Pierson Capital and gained significant experience at Bear Stearns.
Mr. Balkany studied at the Institute of Political Studies (Strasbourg) and at UC Berkeley. Mr. Balkany is fluent in French, English and Spanish.