Founder & Managing Director

Todd Benson

A graduate of Brigham Young University (University Honors – BA Accounting) and Washington University School of Law (JD) and Washington University (MA East Asian Studies), Todd Benson has been a successful lawyer and corporate executive for more than 27 years, with top international law firms, one of the largest transportation, logistics and supply chain companies in the world, and a successful digital freight forwarder. As Managing Director of Ascend, he is qualified as a lawyer in New York, Washington DC, Utah, Hong Kong, England and Wales.

As a corporate lawyer he has been responsible for foreign direct investments, joint ventures, cross-border strategic alliances, public and private capital markets transactions, corporate finance, private equity, technology, supply chain, distribution, procurement, banking, licensing, M&A, post-merger integration, audits and investigations, regulatory, public affairs, and strategic management consulting matters in a wide array of industries.  He has been based in the United States, Hong Kong, and Brussels with global and regional responsibilities for the United States, Asia, Indian Sub-Continent, Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe.