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Mr. Hyung-Don Choe is the acting Head of Global Alternative Division and Head of Global PE. Mr. Choe is responsible for the division’s strategic initiatives including Private Equity, Real Estate, and Infra investments. Since joining NPS in 2006, he had a broad array of experience in both global and domestic alternative investments.
Prior to joining NPS, Mr. Choe led fixed income investment at ING Life Korea as a Senior Investment Manager. He started his career at Prudential Life Insurance in 2000
Mr. Choe earned his B.S. degree in Economics from Yonsei University. He is a CFA/FRM Charter holder.
Jeff is the Managing Partner and Head of Investments at Adams Street. He is responsible for the overall management of the firm and oversees the investment team’s processes and strategies. As a member of our Growth Equity Investment Team, Jeff invests in venture and growth-oriented companies in the software, IT-enabled business services, and consumer internet/media sectors.
Jeff serves on the Boards of Directors of Apto, BoomTown, cbanc Network, Paylocity (NASDAQ: PCTY), Peerless Network, Q2ebanking (NYSE: QTWO), TrendKite, and TurnKey. He is a Board Observer at Dolex, SnagAJob, and Spiceworks. His past investments include AMWINS (bought by New Mountain), Ancestry.com (NASDAQ: ACOM), CBeyond (NASDAQ: CBEY), Borderfree (NASDAQ: BRDR), Gevity HR (NASDAQ: GVHR), LogRhythm (bought by Thoma Bravo), MagicJack (NASDAQ: CALL), MxLogic (bought by McAfee), Stratavia (bought by Hewlett-Packard), Sympoz, and TicketsNow (bought by Ticketmaster).
Before joining Adams Street, Jeff served as a Principal for The Parthenon Group, a Boston-based strategy consulting and principal investing firm with Bain Consulting roots.
Jeff is the Chair of both Adams Street’s Portfolio Construction Committee and Executive Committee, and a member of the Growth Equity Investment Committee.
Mr. Jang has joined the firm in November 2015 as a Chief Investment Officer of POBA. As the CIO, he has senior management oversight of the firm's investments totaling around US$ 11 bil. and leads the firm's strategic expansion in overseas investment area, reflecting the growing importance of asset size and portfolio diversification. He is responsible for portfolio investments including equity, fixed income, and alternatives. Previously, Mr. Jang was the Assistant Director in the Financial Supervisory Services (FSS) of Korea. With more than 20 years of experience in the Korean investment industry including managing equity and PEF portfolios for the National Pension Fund, he is an all-rounded investment executive, who has worked across multiple functions including the CEO of AllianceBernstein Asset Management (Korea) and across private and government sectors. Mr. Jang earned a MBA from University of Iowa and a Ph.D. from Dongguk University.
Mr. Seung-Ho Kim is the Managing Director of Hyundai Marine and Fire Insurance and is responsible for the overall management and evaluation of investments in alternative assets such as real assets, private equity and infrastructure. He has 20 years of experience in management of alternative asset investment divisions. Prior to Hyundai Insurance, Mr. Kim was Managing Director of KB Asset Management’s Alternative Investment Division and Manager of KB Bank’s Investment Banking Division. Additionally, he has experience as a banker at the Korea Long-Term Credit Bank. Mr. Kim received a BA degree in Law at Korea University.
M. Shin Kim is a member of the Asia team, and focuses on both investments, such as primary funds and co-investments, and business development across the board from private equity/debt through real assets to hedge funds.
Prior to StepStone, Mr. Kim was Head of Private Equity at Asian Development Bank (ADB), where he was responsible for the team investing in funds of private equity, venture capital and infrastructure across the Asian emerging market. 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 industries, primarily in Korea and Japan. Prior to that, he worked at 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.
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.
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.
Dong-ik (Don) Lee is the Director General, Investment Operations, Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). During 2014-2016, He was Corporate Advisor for Temasek and was the Senior Advisor for KIC (Korea Investment Corporation). He also worked as the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of KIC from April, 2012 to January, 2014. Mr. Lee was responsible for managing KIC’s US$75 billion portfolio globally. He joined KIC in 2008 as the Head of Private Markets Group when KIC started to expand its strategy to alternative investments.
Prior to joining KIC, Mr. Lee spent five years as Head of Investments at STIC Investments, a private equity/venture capital in Korea, where he was in charge of managing Korea Global IT Fund and closed 30 investments. From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Lee was Head of Overseas Investments Team at Samsung Life Insurance, where he managed US$5 billion overseas investment portfolio. From 1987 to 1997, Mr. Lee worked as Emerging Equity Market Analyst at the International Finance Corporation (IFC/World Bank) in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Lee received a B.A degree in Economics from Korea University, Seoul, Korea and an M.B.A. (Finance and Investments) and M.S degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Howard Lee is a Managing Director based in Seoul. He joined BDA in 2015 as head of the BDA Seoul office and promoted to one of BDA Partner’s current eight equity partners in 2017. Before joining BDA, he led the M&A division of Samsung Securities for three years together with10 years at Macquarie Securities and five years at KPMG FAS. His monumental transactions include Doosan’s divestment of HRSG to GE Power in 2016, Kolon’s divestment of Kolon Water & Energy to SC PE in 2016, SK E&S’s divestment of three gas-coal power plants to one local PE in 2011, SKT’s acquisition of Hynix in 2011, JoonAng’s acquisition of Megabox in 2015, Pulmuone’s capital raising from Affinity in 2011, Kumho’s acquisition of Korea Express in 2009 and Macquarie-MBK’s consortium’s acquisition of C&M in 2009. His sophisticated execution for 20 years brings to him strong network relationship with many Korean corporates, private equity firms, and Government-related companies. Mr. Lee holds a BA, International Economics from Seoul National University.
Jay Hyun is a managing director in the Principal Investment Area, managing investments in Korea.
Previously, he worked in the Investment Banking Division for seven years. Jay Hyun joined Goldman Sachs in 2004 as an associate and was named managing director in 2015. Prior to joining the firm, he worked at BNP Paribas, J.P. Morgan, KPMG Korea and Korea Long Term Credit Bank.
Jay Hyun serves on the boards of Woowa Brothers Corp., Zigbang Co., Ltd., HappyCall Co., Ltd. and SIB Sunin Co., Ltd. He is also a board member of the Foundation of the Milk Delivery to Check-in on the Elderly in Korea.
He earned a BA in Economics from Seoul National University in 1997 and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2003.
Allard Ruijs is Partner of DIF (www.dif.eu) and a member of the Investment Committee. DIF is an independent fund management company managing funds of approximately €5.6 billion. DIF invests in infrastructure assets that generate long term stable cash flows and a attractive returns, including PPP / PFI / P3, regulated assets, renewable energy, telecom, transportation, rail and energy in Europe, North America and Australia.
Allard joined DIF in 2007 and was responsible for origination, execution, optimisation and exit of investments. In 2012 Allard assumed responsibility for DIF’s investor relations and business development activities. He was previously Head of private equity, infrastructure, commodities and special products at MN, one of the largest Dutch investment managers, where he managed a €5 billion portfolio of alternative investments. Prior to MN, Allard was a Senior Advisor in mergers and acquisitions at Essent (now RWE), and before that he held positions at Residex Capital (private equity) and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Allard graduated from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands and is registered as Register Accountant (Chartered Accountant) with the Dutch Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Mr Shah is a managing partner and co-founder of Gaja Capital and is based in Mumbai. Prior to co-founding Gaja Capital in 2005, Mr Shah had over 24 years of operating experience as an entrepreneur and manager.
Over 13 years at Gaja Capital, Mr Shah has led investments in the consumer and financial services sectors. He currently serves on the board of three of Gaja Capital’s active portfolio companies.
Prior to co-founding Gaja Capital in 2005, Mr Shah has held CXO roles in the telecom, technology and luxury sectors and also worked with leading investment banking and management consulting firms in India. As an entrepreneur, Mr Shah co-founded an asset finance company which he took public. He had been an active public markets investor and has also made personal private equity and corporate venture capital investments.
Mr Shah has an MBA from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from IIT Bombay. He is a member of the CII – PE/VC National Committee and is closely involved with the Ross School’s activities in India.
Henry joined as part of the creation of BCP Credit, having formerly been a Partner at Stonerise Capital Partners where he spent over five years. Previously, he worked for over seven years at Goldman Sachs in its Special Situations Group and Investment Banking Division. Henry also worked for Vulcan Capital (Paul Allen’s investment firm, co-founder of Microsoft) and Thomas Weisel Partners. Henry has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS/BA from Boston University.
Philip Yoon, as the Head of Overseas Corporate Finance Team of Korean Teachers’ Credit Union, has responsibility for leading the team managing Alts assets including Private Equity, Private Debt, and Hedge Fund.
Prior to joining KTCU, Mr. Yoon spent 3 years as the team head of Global Infrastructure Investment & Management Team of KB Asset Management. Prior to joining KB AMC, Mr. Yoon worked at KDB Asset Management, where he led a multiple number of Alts investment including shipping, power and private equity as well.
Mr. Yoon earned an MBA from Seoul National University. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Yonsei University.
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.