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Andy Ho is Managing Director and Chief Investment Executive of VinaCapital, where he oversees the capital markets, private equity, fixed income and venture capital investment teams. Previously, Mr. Ho was Director of Investment at Prudential Vietnam’s fund management company, where he managed the capital markets portfolio and Prudential’s bank investment strategy. He has also held management positions at Dell Ventures (the investment group of Dell Computer Corporation) and Ernst & Young. Mr. Ho is a leading authority on capital markets investment, privatisations, and private equity deals and structures in Vietnam, where he has led private placement deals totalling over USD700 million. He holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a Certified Public Accountant in the United States.
Mr. Kim joined PAG in March 2010 and is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer of PAG Private Equity, the private equity arm of PAG, based in Hong Kong. He is a member of the Investment Team for PAG Asia Capital, which manages the firm’s buyout funds. He is also responsible for investor relations and fundraising activities for the firm’s private equity buyout and growth strategies. Mr. Kim has over 20 years of experience in investment banking, including 15 years at Lehman Brothers in New York, Los Angeles, Seoul and Hong Kong. Prior to joining PAG in 2010, Mr. Kim was head of the Asia Financial Institutions Group at Nomura International and Lehman Brothers.
Mr. Kim received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Yale College, a Master of Science degree in aeronautics from Caltech and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Eric J. Kim is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Goodwater Capital, a global venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley with over $800 million in AUM. Eric has led investments into leading digital companies such as Kakao (IPO – KOSDAQ:035720), Musical.ly (acquired by Bytedance / Tik Tok), Coupang, Xendit, Zenefits, Memebox, Frank & Oak, Viva Republica (Toss), Pager, Tophatter, Simple Health, Everlywell, Anomalie, and Dote.
Prior to co-founding Goodwater, Eric was a Managing Director at Maverick Capital where he helped to build Maverick's private investment practice during his tenure. Eric was also on the executive team of two technology companies spun out of Stanford University. Eric began his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company.
Eric first learned to code as an undergrad at Yale University where he majored in Cognitive Science (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude) and was a member of the Grammy-nominated Yale Cellos. Eric also received an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Eric serves on the advisory board of the Johns Hopkins Alliance for Science and Technology and the board of St. Thomas More Chapel at Yale University.
Mr. Kim is a member of the Asia team, and focuses on both investments such as primary funds and co-investments, and business developments across the board from private equity/debt through real estate to infrastructure.
Prior to StepStone, Mr. Kim was Head of Private Equity at Asian Development Bank (ADB), where he was responsible for investing in funds of private equity, venture capital and infrastructure across Asia and the Pacific. Prior to ADB, Mr. Kim worked at El Paso (Singapore) Corporation where he managed a number of M&A deals in the power and gas sectors, primarily in Korea and Japan. Prior to that, he worked for a Korean conglomerate focused on global energy business development, with a particular focus on Kazakhstan and the Georgia Republic in 1990’s.
Mr. Kim graduated with a BBA from Sogang University in Korea and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in the US.
About StepStone Group
StepStone is a global private markets firm providing customized investment and advisory solutions to some of the most sophisticated investors in the world. With U$240 billion of total allocations, including U$40 billion assets under management, we cover the spectrum of opportunities in private markets across the globe. We prudently integrate fund investments, secondaries and co-investments across private equity, real estate, infrastructure and private debt to create solutions that are customized according to objectives of any private market investment program.
Soomin Kim is a partner of Unison Capital. He established the firm’s Korea operation.
Before joining Unison Capital, Mr. Kim was a partner of Bain & Company, where he established and headed the firm’s Private Equity Group and M&A Group in Korea.
Mr. Kim also worked in Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong, where he advised major Asian companies on various M&A and corporate finance projects.
Mr. Kim earned an MBA with concentrations in finance and general management from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Seoul National University.
Yi-Dongis the Head of Deal Advisory 5 in KPMG Korea, with over 17 years experience asa partner specializing in financial advisory services (Fund Investment Advisory& Corporate Finance).
Yi-Dong focuses on providing corporate finance and investment advisory services, including mezzanine investment fund, merger and acquisitions, private equity investments, joint ventures, and valuation services.
Regarding M&A services, Yi-Dong recently provided buyer-side advisory services for the acquisition of Wonbang Tech Co., Ltd., and KCI Limited. He also provided sell-side advisory services for the sale of KDA Ltd., Donghae Machinery & Aviation Co., Ltd., and NOX Corp.
Regarding private equity investments, he provided numerous advisory services to the private equity such as Affinity Capital (acquisition of HK Savings Bank), IMM PE (acquisition of cosmetic company and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries), Crescendo Capital Partners (investment in semiconductor manufacturer and Hancom), and Bain Capital (acquisition and sale of Carver Korea, and acquisition of Hugel)
Regarding Valuation services, Yi-Dong performed various DCF valuations of corporations (such as Yahoo Korea, Kia Motors and LG Card) subject to Primary-CBO.
As for mezzanine deal experience, Yi-Dong established aircraft acquisition fund to successfully raise capital from Korean institutional investors for its project fund (acquisition of 2 A330 Aircrafts)
As for US deal experience, Yi-Dong established the investment fund of KRW 100 billion for Chapter 11 companies with Aladdin Capital in the U.S., and advised on the investments of the fund. Furthermore, he also established the ABS investment fund of KRW 340 billion, using the U.S. bailout loans including term asset backed loan facility with U.S-based BelstarGroup and advised on the investments of the fund.
Lastly, Yi-Dong has advised on a number of institutions, including Korea Investment Corporation, Government Employees Pension Service, Public Officials Benefit Association and Dongbu Fire Insurance, and investments on an individual project basis.
Richard Kunzer joined BC Partners in New York in 2009. Previously, Richard spent five years at Credit Suisse Alternative Investments, most recently as a director and a global private equity product specialist. Prior to this, he held positions at Singer and Friedlander Investment Management, Credit Suisse and Paribas Asset Management. Richard also spent four years as a Captain in the British Army.
Dennis Kwan is the Regional Head of Asia Pacific and a member of the Global Leadership of MVision Private Equity Advisers. MVision is widely recognized as one of the leading private equity capital raising firms with a long-standing reputation for working with current and future market leaders across the globe, in both the developed and emerging markets.
At MVision, Dennis is involved in global origination as well as managing global fundraisings, and developing and maintaining investor relationships. He is an experienced private equity and infrastructure professional with a strong management consulting and restructuring experience in Asia and Europe.
Prior to joining MVision, Dennis spent seven years with Sumitomo Mitsui Trust (Hong Kong), a subsidiary of one of the largest trust banks in Japan. At Sumitomo Mitsui Trust, he focused on private equity and infrastructure fund investments. Prior to Sumitomo Mitsui Trust, he was a senior advisor at KPMG Business Advisory Practice, where he has led numerous restructuring, reorganization and performance improvement initiatives. Dennis also held various senior roles at Sony Corporation in both Asia and Europe.
Dennis received an MBA from Henley Business School, University of Reading and Bachelor of Commerce in Finance (With Distinction) from the University of Alberta. He is also a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Chulmin Lee is a founding member of VIG Partners, where he joined in 2005. Mr. Lee worked as a Senior Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group (“BCG”) for five years, engaged in numerous post-merger integration, operational improvement, strategy development, commercial due diligence, and corporate restructuring projects. Mr. Lee managed most of BCG’s M&A and post-merger integration projects in Korea, including overseas strategic investments and cross-border post-merger integrations. Mr. Lee’s experience spans various industries, including industrial goods, financial services, consumer electronics, and telecommunications. Mr. Lee holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and graduated with a BS in Computer Science and Statistics from Seoul National University.
IMM Private Equity, Inc. is one of the leading private equity investment firms in Korea with approximately US$3 billion under management.
At IMM, Hae-Joon Joseph Lee is responsible for sourcing and executing private equity investments in Korea and Asia and cooperating with Korean and international investors on fund and co-investment opportunities.
Previously, Mr. Lee was with Fortress Investment Group, Morgan Stanley, and Skadden, Arps in New York. Mr. Lee served in the Republic of Korea (ROK) Army as an officer in the ROK Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Mr. Lee graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Chemistry and received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is a CFA charterholder.
Mr. Makam joined Oaktree in 2001 and currently serves as co-portfolio manager for the Middle-Market Finance Group. His primary responsibilities include oversight of the group’s professionals, portfolio construction and overall management of the Mezzanine Finance and Middle-Market Direct Lending strategies. Prior to joining Oaktree, Mr. Makam worked at Banc of America Securities LLC (previously NationsBanc Montgomery Securities LLC) for four years in their Leveraged Finance/High Yield Group. During that period, he specialized in bridge finance and was responsible for deal origination, market analysis, structuring, due diligence and legal documentation. Prior to joining Banc of America Securities in 1997, he worked for five years as a senior software engineer at Montage Group Ltd. and Dantec Electronics Inc. Mr. Makam received a B.S. degree with distinction in engineering from the Bangalore Institute of Technology, India. He then went on to receive an M.S. degree in engineering from the University of Akron, Ohio and an M.B.A. in finance from Yale University.
Mr. Rodney Muse is one of two Managing Partners of Navis. He leads Investments teams in making, monitoring and exiting investments, sits on Investment Committee and sits on the boards and /or executive committees of several Navis portfolio companies. He has been active in Navis investments across many industries and geographies since Navis' inception.
He co-founded Navis in 1998 with Messrs. Bloy and Foyston with whom he worked while at The Boston Consulting Group.
He holds and MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts Hons degree from St. Lawrence University.
Heeeun Park scored with the mobile dating service IUM she founded in Korea in 2010 and led within four years to a market-leading position of more than 1million subscribers. Her encore: join the firm that backed her startup, Altos ventures, and it relatively large $395 million Korean fund. She has been in charge of Korea investment for the past five years since the formation of the company's first Korean fund. A star in the Seoul startup scene, she has invested in more than 30 Korean mobile and consumer tech companies. Starting her career as a strategy manager at online gaming publisher and developer NCsoft. She received a B.A in Communications from the Seoul Nat’l University and was selected by Forbes as the 30 under 30 in 2016.
LLM, with over 17-year multinational legal affairs management experiences, Victor used to work in a Hong Kong red-chip mobile communication company, a multi-national cosmetics company, and a world-class retail conglomerate. His extensive experience has equipped him with rich business knowledge of various industries, a sharp sense of different industry sectors and legal practice experiences. Victor has worked at Henkel for over 10 years, during which he has led his team handled numerous and complicated legal affairs and projects in the areas of international & domestic restructuring, divesture, mergers & acquisitions, labor, anti-trust, tax, customs, dispute resolution, government affairs, compliance and corporate governance. Victor’s performances has won him a high recognition from the Headquarters’ management, and he was elected as one of the Top General Counsel in 2015 by Asia Legal Business of Thomson Reuters. Victor’s current practices and study interests concentrate on the legal systems of foreign direct investment, anti-trust, mergers & acquisitions, tax law and corporate law. Victor was also invited from time to time by professional forums as the guest speaker on the above mentioned areas.
Mr. Vadim Shpak joined Vickers in 2016 as Managing Director. He contributes to Vickers’s overall investment strategy, by, among other things, participating in investment selection and recommendation, and portfolio monitoring. In this regard, he also maintains relationships with portfolio companies and works with them to enhance strategic and financial value.
Vadim also participates in the ongoing management and monitoring of both the financial and operational aspects of Vickers’s fund investments. He establishes and maintains relationships with institutional and individual investors to provide comprehensive and current updates and reports of the Vickers funds to enhance understanding of the value created by the firm.
David is Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director and member of the Investment Committee at Top Tier Capital Partners. He is responsible for the management, development and growth of Top Tier and its offerings. His knowledge and network uniquely equip him to be a liaison and international ambassador not only for Top Tier’s brand but also the broader venture community.
In 2000, David joined Phil Paul to lead the fund of funds team at Paul Capital which spun out in 2011 to form Top Tier. Over the past two decades in Silicon Valley and during his tenure on different trading desks on Wall Street, including posts at Chase H&Q, Volpe Welty & Co., Drexel Burnham Lambert, and Paine Webber, David has developed an extensive network among private equity managers, particularly venture capitalists. David graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in industrial and systems engineering.