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Adamantem Capital is an Australian Private Equity firm established in 2016. Adamantem invests in mid market companies with an enterprise value between A$100 - $300m based in Australia and New Zealand and typically invests in buyout and partnership opportunities alongside founders and management teams. Adamantem is an opportunistic investor and sector agnostic, but with extensive networks and experience in Australian and New Zealand healthcare, business services and consumer staples. Adamantem has an investment team of 18 professionals with extensive experience in private equity, management consulting, corporate strategy and a long track record of successful partnerships with management teams.
Centurium Capital is a leading private equity investment firm in China. With best-in-class domain knowledge and sector resources, Centurium Capital primarily focuses on investing into China‘s consumer, service and healthcare sectors. Its investment thesis are built around its core strategy of “invest to transform”. Centurium Capital seeks to invest in control or significant minority private equity stakes with a particular focus on in-depth operation engagement to improve efficiency and solve structural deficiencies to create long term shareholder value.
The Partners and investment team members have a diversified and complementary background spanning across private equity, corporate finance, merger & acquisitions, corporate management, and operation and strategic consulting. With best-in-class domain knowledge and sector resources, the team brings both investment expertise and operational skills to support the long-term growth of the portfolio companies.
The limited partners of Centurium Capital include some of the world’s top institutional investors such as pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, family offices and FOFs. The investments are made through two RMB funds and one US dollar funds, and current portfolio companies include Luckin Coffee (NASDAQ: LK), China Biologic Products (NASDAQ: CBPO), LOHO and Happy Kids Education.
For over three decades, Eaton Partners has been widely recognized as the world’s leading fund placement specialist. Since the firm’s founding in 1983, we have participated in raising over $100 billion of institutional capital across more than 125 highly differentiated investment funds, including private equity, private credit, real estate, real assets and hedge funds.
With over 80 employees in nine offices worldwide, our reach is extensive and our dedication to capital raising is unparalleled. Our professionals have strong, long-held relationships with over 4,000 of the largest, most active institutional investors in the US, Europe and Asia. Our investor network, from pension funds and consultants to endowments and foundations, all have a desire to invest substantial capital, with the average commitment of $50 million.
Our deep sector knowledge and unrivaled insight into the private fund market across several asset classes allows us to raise capital efficiently and effectively. We thrive on working alongside the most innovative funds and consistently partner with the highest-quality fund managers.
We are the pioneers of fund placement. We are placement experts.
In January 2016, Eaton Partners became a wholly owned subsidiary and affiliate of Stifel Financial Corp., a leading middle-market investment bank, to further ensure Eaton Partners’ success at the highest level of the global placement business.
Eaton Partners is a division of Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, Member SIPC and NYSE. Eaton Partners subsidiary Eaton Partners (U.K.) LLP is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Eaton Partners subsidiary Eaton Partners Advisors (HK) Limited is approved as a Type 1-licensed company under the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) in Hong Kong. Eaton Partners and the Eaton Partners logo are trademarks of Eaton Partners, LLC, a limited liability company. Eaton Partners, 2019.
Gaja Capital is a leading private equity firm in India’s mid-market. Gaja Capital is a high-touch and control focused firm with team of strong operating professionals. Gaja Capital seeks to partner with entrepreneurs and professionals to build the future champions of Indian economy in high growth sectors of education, financial services, consumer and healthcare. Gaja Capital is currently investing out of its third fund, a US$ 240 mn fund with commitments from marquee global investors US endowments, pension funds and foundations. The firm has an AUM of USD 450 mn including the previous two funds.
Gaja Capital was founded in 2004 by indigenous professionals with extensive operating and investing experience in India. With an exceptional network of some of India's most successful entrepreneurs, Gaja Capital has leveraged its deep local connect to partner with emerging businesses in India.
HarbourVest is an independent, global private markets investment specialist with 36 years of experience and more than $64 billion in assets under management, as of June 30, 2019. The Firm’s powerful global platform offers clients investment opportunities through primary fund investments, secondary investments, and direct co-investments in commingled funds or separately managed accounts. HarbourVest has more than 500 employees, including more than 125 investment professionals across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. This global team has committed more than $37 billion to newly-formed funds, completed over $21 billion in secondary purchases, and invested over $11 billion directly in operating companies. Partnering with HarbourVest, clients have access to customized solutions, longstanding relationships, actionable insights, and proven results.
NSSK is an investment business with a focus on Japan. The Founding Members have been core members of the Japan business of TPG and NSSK is an extension of the investment activities performed by the Founding Members and its Senior Advisors.
NSSK’s mission is to build a best-in-class investment firm to generate superior returns on our investments. We protect the interests and reputation of our business partners at all times. NSSK will provide expansion capital, critical business processes for operational improvement and management talent from its network of domestic and international operating executives.
We identify and recruit the very best person for every job, take great pride in the professional quality of our daily interaction, stress creativity in everything we do, emphasize teamwork as a culture and ensure that integrity is at the heart of everything we do.
Ocean Link is a pioneering consumer PE fund with a focus on China’s travel and leisure sectors. Through a USD fund and an RMB Fund, Ocean Link currently has over US$700 million under management. With teams in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong, Ocean Link invests across the value chain and sub-verticals of the travel and leisure sectors, including online & offline travel services, hotels and resorts management companies, destination services and entertainment, sector-related technology and business solutions providers. Ocean Link actively applies its deep sector insights and network to create value every step along investment life cycle.
Ocean Link’s strategic partners and shareholders include Ctrip - the largest online travel agency in China, and General Atlantic - a leading global growth equity firm. The funds’ LPs include Chinese and global corporates, financial institutions, and sovereign wealth funds.
Pantheon is a leading global private equity, infrastructure, real assets and debt fund investor that has invested on behalf of over 585 investors, including public and private pension plans, insurance companies, endowments and foundations, over four decades. Founded in 1982, our eight global offices include three in Asia, in Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo from which the firm has operated since 1992, 2014 and 2018 respectively. Pantheon has developed an established reputation in primary, co-investment and secondary private asset solutions across all stages and geographies. Our investment solutions include customized separate account programs, regional primary fund programs, secondaries, co-investment, infrastructure and real assets programs. As at March 31st, 2019 Pantheon had $46.3 billion assets under management and we currently have around 300 global employees. Pantheon is majority-owned by Affiliated Managers Group Inc. (“AMG”), alongside senior members of the Pantheon team.
Unison Capital, originally founded in 1998 by three founding members, operates mid-cap buyout funds in Japan and Korea. In Japan, Unison Capital is widely recognized as a pioneer in the industry and has the longest track record in its space. In 2014, Unison Capital expanded in Korea to apply its well-tested mid-cap strategy and harness its deep Japan network for value-add.
Since its inception, Unison has launched four Japan-focused funds and invested in 32 companies with 23 exits. Today, Unison manages JPY 70 billion (~$640 million) for Fund IV. In Korea, Unison Capital raised KRW 307 billion (~$280 million) for its debut fund and has 6 portfolio companies with 2 exits. Korea Fund II has recently held a final close at KRW 500 billion (~$450 million). To date, cumulative investment amounts are JPY 950 billion (~$8.5 billion) and KRW 340 billion (~$310 million) in enterprise value, respectively.
Unison’s Tokyo and Seoul office comprise of 31 investment professionals, having diverse professional backgrounds in finance, strategy consulting and operations. Furthermore, Unison’s broader network extends to in-house management advisers, financial institutions, consulting firms, and other experts in two countries and beyond to drive the robust growth of our portfolio companies.
Founded in 2016, WaterBridge Ventures (WBV) specialises in being the first institutional investor in fast growing early stage technology ventures in India. Led by veteran investors, Manish Kheterpal and Sarbvir Singh, the fund’s vision is to be a trusted and game changing partner for technology entrepreneurs to help them build large and sustainable businesses.
WBV has made 16 investments across Fintech, Health-care, Mobility, Edtech and Enterprise, SaaS. Deep value add approach employed by WBV has resulted in leading VC asset class returns with an unprecedented 80% success rate in portfolio companies. For every dollar WBV has invested, our portfolio has gone on to raise $15 Million of external capital from funds like Lightspeed, Matrix, SAIF and Sequoia.
WBV team has over 70 years of global and India business building experience. The partners have invested over $600 Million with strong performance track records for private equity and venture capital firms like J.P. Morgan, Providence Equity, Capital18, Actis, DEG, Aquarius and Rho Ventures.
WaterBridge Ventures is continuing to build its franchise to tap into the opportunities in the $3 Trillion high growth Indian economy. India, the third largest digital economy on the world, is poised to deliver several hundred billion dollars of value creation over the next decade following in the footsteps of the US and China. WBV is well placed to play its part in capturing a share of that value and being the trusted partner for its investors in India.