Russell Bjorkman joined Sovereign’s Capital as a Venture Partner in 2015, after serving as an advisor to Sovereign’s first fund for several years. Russell’s work experience spans across Europe, Asia, Africa and the US. As an investor and advisor, Russell has invested in businesses across Africa, Asia, South America and the US. As an attorney, Russell worked for Skadden Arps and Freshfields in London and Hong Kong for ten years, guiding significant IPOs and high-yield offerings, including that of Telkom South Africa, KazmunaiGas in Kazakhstan, FIFA in Europe, and Chinese real estate companies. His transactional experience spans 14 different countries.  In Hong Kong, Russell led Skadden Arp’s pro bono work on behalf of the Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre, which represented individuals facing persecution in their applications for asylum which were submitted to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.  Russell has a JD/MBA from the Wharton School / University of Pennsylvania Law School, and a Bachelor’s in Accounting and Psychology from the University of Southern California, where he played football and was a Rhodes Scholar semi-finalist. Russell and his wife were married in 2013 and live in Los Angeles, California.