Hamilton Lane makes key senior promotions and hires in Asia

10 June 2014   Category: News, Asia, Hong Kong, Japan   By David Macfarlane

Philadelphia-headquartered independent alternative investment management firm Hamilton Lane has announced several promotions and hires in Asia. The new additions and promotions further strengthen an already prominent local team, which now stands at 17 persons.

At the firm’s Tokyo office, Tomoko Kitao has been promoted to director. He joined the firm in 2012 with nearly 20 years of diverse global investments and credit experience, having served in various management roles at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ’s international credit and structured finance divisions. In addition, Hamilton Lane has hired Masayoshi Yazawa as a senior adviser responsible for leading business development efforts in Japan. Prior to joining the firm, he was in the foreign equities business for about 20 years and, most recently, was head of foreign securities sales at Itau Asia Securities.

“As this market experiences further growth, Hamilton Lane will be well positioned with a leading local presence that enables us to deliver truly customised solutions for our clients,” said Mario Giannini, chief executive officer of Hamilton Lane.

The company also announced three promotions in its Hong Kong office. Josh Jacob, a nine-year veteran of Hamilton Lane who has been working in Asia since 2008, has been promoted to principal and will oversee the client services team in Hong Kong. Brenda Lau has been promoted to the role of vice president, where she is responsible for all aspects of client relations spanning across Asia, with the exception of Japan. Collwyn Tan has been promoted to senior associate on the co-investment team.

Lastly, Hamilton Lane also announced the appointment of Steve (Sungji) An on the business development team in Hong Kong. He joins the firm from Neuberger Berman Asset Management in Korea, where he played an active role in business development and client services for top-tier institutional investors.

Juan Delgado-Moreira, Hong Kong-based managing director and head of international at Hamilton Lane, said: “Interest in alternative investments continues to build among Asian investors, and the further development of our local teams demonstrates our commitment to providing clients with access to best in class resources to fully realise the opportunities emerging in the region.”

With more than US$29 billion in discretionary assets under management along with oversight of an additional $157 billion in advisory assets, as of March 31, Hamilton Lane is one of the largest allocators of private markets capital in the world.