Commercial Credit Team

Minister Gligor Tashkovich
Director, International Relations, Oil, Hedge Funds (NYC)

Minister Tashkovich completed a two year mandate as the Minister for Foreign Investment in the Republic of Macedonia. The Government of which he was a part was elected on a strong anti-corruption and pro-business background in July 2006. Minister Tashkovich traveled to forty countries around the world convincing international firms to consider basing their European manufacturing, assembly and back office operations in the Republic of Macedonia. He succeeded in attracting nearly one billion Euros of new foreign direct investment as a result of his efforts.
Currently at LDJ Capital, Minister Tashkovich has managed to get retained by Platinum Partners to manage non- USA capital introductions for them. He serves as a founding Trustee of the American Research Center in Sofia, Bulgaria; an Advisory Board member of investment bank MC Capital in Sydney, Australia; a member of the Bretton Woods Committee and of its International Council; a founding member of the U.S.-Macedonian Business Council; Secretary/Treasurer of the New York Business Schools Club (a club of alumni business school clubs) and a member of the Advisory Council of the United Macedonian Diaspora. Before those appointments, he completed a term on the University Council of the American University in Bulgaria and as a volunteer adjunct program manager of The Sunshine Lady Foundation run by the older sister of Warren Buffett.

Previously, Mr. Tashkovich was the Executive Vice President for Government & Media Relations for AMBO LLC (the Albanian-Macedonian-Bulgarian Oil Corporation) on the $1.5 billion Trans-Balkan Oil Pipeline project, which will connect the Black Sea with the Adriatic Sea and cross the Republics of Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Albania. In this capacity, he met regularly with Presidents, Prime Ministers, and their Ministers, Ambassadors, and Advisers, has negotiated agreements between and among the three countries, marketed the project concept to oil companies, financiers, governments, international financial institutions, and the media; and maintained an oil & gas-related time-sensitive news distribution service covering ten countries in the former Soviet Union, Turkey, and the Balkans. He began working for AMBO LLC in mid-1994.

Additionally, between 2001 and 2006, Mr. Tashkovich served as a research consultant to First Data Corporation in the area of money laundering and terrorism finance; to the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences in the area of improving Ph.D. admissions recruitment plans for underrepresented minority and international students; to Coyle Hospitality Group as a quality assurance inspector of hotels, bars, and restaurants; and to Z-Card North America and ED.SEILER Pianofortefabrik GmbH & Co., KG of Kitzingen, Germany on business development activities.

In 2004, Mr. Tashkovich was named a delegate to the U.S.-Japan Foundation’s Leadership Program. Mr. Tashkovich is an official international elections observer for the OSCE/ODIHR on secondment from the U.S. State Department. He has completed five missions so far: Armenia Presidential Elections (both rounds, February 2003); Kazakhstan Parliamentary Elections (September 2004); Azerbaijan Presidential Elections (October 2008); and the General Elections of Bosnia-Hercegovina (October 2010).

James Angelus
Director, Oil & Gas, Family Offices (Dubai, Shanghai)

As an international business development consultant based for 20 years in six countries of the former Soviet bloc, the Balkans and the Middle East, Mr. Angelus is dedicated to the art of negotiation as a means to build to successful cross-continental transactions in win-win solutions; to help create nurturing environments in which these transactions take place; to overcome cultural and financial obstacles in the process; and to foster international cooperation from a base in the United Arab Emirates through efficient team-building and effective communications as a bridge between East and West, North and South.

Mr. Angelus, one of four sons of a senior U.S. Air Force officer, was born in Michigan and has lived in six countries and eleven American states, studied Business Administration at Appalachian State University in North Carolina and Political Science at the University of New Mexico where he completed studies in International Relations in 1985.

He founded Kanon International Inc., an infrastructure consulting firm based in the United Arab Emirates with operations in Africa, Europe and the Middle East in 2008; he is also founding member of USI Capital Corporation based in Washington, D.C., which is focused on oil, gas, and power projects in Central Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East. The companies are transaction-oriented entities with focus on cross-continental business.

Previously to LDJ Capital Mr. Angelus co-founded Panamerica Inc. with former Ambassador of Panama to the U.S., Juan Sosa, which consulted U.S. and Latin American clients; and held senior broadcast production and editorial positions with Radio America in Washington D.C associated with global public policy issues. He has worked on media joint venture arrangements with Gostel-Radio and Itar-Tass in Moscow in 1990 and 1991, followed by an advisory position with Polish National Television in 1992. From 1993 to 2006 he set up several energy consulting groups in Eastern Europe for publishing and organized a number of international events such as the “Black Sea Oil & Gas Summit”, “PetroGazTech”, “Liquid Fuels & Gas Conference”, the “Oil & Gas Congress Romania”, and the “Polish International Oil & Gas Summit”. Most recently he designed and co-produced the Athens Summit “ Global Climate and Energy Security “ in Greece in May 2008.

On specific oil and gas related ventures with LDJ Capital, Mr. Angelus has consulted for a number of specific projects including the Odessa Brody pipeline for Ukrtransnafta, Ukraine; lubricants production at Trzebinia Refinery in Poland on behalf of Pennzoil; developed petroleum products distribution in Eastern Europe for Texaco; organized LPG distribution in the Balkans; participated in various E&P joint venture bids for concessions throughout the former Soviet bloc; and organized an international consortium for the First Afghan Hydrocarbon Bidding Round in Kabul in 2009.
In the Middle East, Mr. Angelus with LDJ Capital pioneered business consortia between local companies and international partners in the construction of high-rise buildings and labor facilities, and facilitated a number of joint venture introductions to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) entities for water treatment, power generation, mechanical-electrical-plumbing (MEP), road works, microtunneling and urban parking facilities. Most recently he has successfully concluded negotiations to build the world’s first “rotating tower” in the UAE, designed and developed by Dr. David Fisher from Florence, Italy, and oversees new site prospects in Saudi Arabia, China and Japan.

He continues to consult with a range of international clients from Asia to the Americas as a strategic advisor for LDJ Capital in the development of energy and infrastructure in emerging markets, and has laid the foundation for the Pan-Africa New Community Development Initiative (PAN-CDI) in several sub-Sahara countries based on affordable housing in association with UN Habitat and the African Union.

Mr. Angelus, who is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Polish and Romanian, has been a member of a variety of organizations dedicated to commercial affairs and international relations over the past three decades, including the US-Russia Business Council and the International Energy Advisory Council. He currently resides in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates with his wife Kana Angelus from Japan, and is the father of four sons.

Thomas de Shazo
Global Managing Director, Oil, Metals & Mining, Real Estate (Los Angeles)

Thomas De Shazo specializes in deal flow generation in technology startups or natural resources sector; development and financing of brown and greenfield entities as well as cross-border acquisitions. He can easily organize a team of financial, operational and legal management experts to conduct due diligence, structure, finance, acquire and operate. Since 2013, Thomas is the CEO of MineInvest Resources LLC, which finances companies with significant world class mining properties. In the same year, he started as Director of Avira Energy Inc., a company that supplies turnkey alternate energy solutions. He was also the President of Avira Sciences (TTDC BIO S.a.r.l.)from 2005 to 2013. Avira Sciences is a drug and therapeutic life science company.

Prior to becoming President , he served as Director of TTDC BIO S.a.r.l. (dba of Avira Sciences) from 2005 to 2012. Earlier, he served as Director of QS Analytics Inc for 2 years and 7 months. Thomas is the Director of Mobile Interactive Media Inc. for 6 years, from 2006 to July 2012. Mobile Interactive Media makes possible the diverse interactive services on cell phones. Thomas also served as President of Technology and Development Company in Bermuda for 12 years, EurEastCo Ltd. in Cyprus for 11 years, Capital and Commerce International – US Delaware for 15 years, commuting from New York, Moscow, Kiev, St. Petersburg, Almaty and Novosibirsk.

At Technology Development Company, his TTDC team developed a diverse portfolio of technologies in the fields of cell and gene therapies, nano-technologies, pharmaceuticals, optics fuel cell and syngas. He co-founded IEC that designed, manufactured prototypes and operated small scale steam powered generating systems. While in Euro East Co Ltd, he obtained and developed commercial properties with tenants The World Bank, the European . Bank of Reconstruction & Development (EBRD), Merrill Lynch, USAID, and the U.S. Embassy. He opened the world’s leading Hugo Boss store on Stary Arbat in Moscow, Russia. As President of Capital and Commerce International – U.S. Delaware, he made possible the export of stable and radioisotopes to Europe and the U.S. for medical imaging diagnostics, as well as for US companies to to have co-operational control with MinAtom of the BR 10 fast neutron breeder reactor for treating human inoperable brain tumors.

In 1996, he foundedEcolo Holding Ltd. in Cyprus. He became its Vice Chairman – Director for 5 years. He acquired the oil production field of Karazahnbasmunigaz (Nations Energy Co. Ltd.) in Kazakhstan in 1997, and then sold in 2006 to China’s CINOC-group for more than US $ 1.9 billion. He obtained his degree in Business/Managerial Economics from Harvard College, Boise State University.