ShawKwei hires former JPMorgan Asia head

The Hong Kong-based firm has hired former H&Q Asia Pacific MD Peter Ko as managing director and ex-CEO of JPMorgan Asia David Hudson as senior advisor.

Hong Kong-based mid-market firm ShawKwei & Partners has made two appointments to its senior leadership team, according to a statement.

The firm hired Peter Ko, former managing director of private equity and venture capital firm H&Q Asia Pacific, as managing director in Hong Kong, and David Hudson, previously chief executive officer of JPMorgan Asia, as senior advisor based in the US.

Ko joins the firm’s Hong Kong-based managing directors Kyle Shaw and Brian Lau and will oversee the firm’s operations in the region. Hudson will advise on ShawKwei's transactions.

Ko has accrued over 25 years of industry experience in Asia. Before joining ShawKwei, he filled various investment and management positions at H&Q Asia Pacific in South Korea. He also previously worked for William Simon & Sons in Hong Kong, Asian Oceanic Group, and Merrill Lynch in New York.

Hudson has 40 years of private equity experience across Asia and the United States. Prior to ShawKwei, he was senior advisor and managing director at Darby Private Equity overseeing the firm’s platforms in Asia. He was chairman and CEO of ING Bank and ING Securities and managing director of Salomon Brothers. Hudson also spent 20 years with JPMorgan in commercial banking roles in the US and Asia.

ShawKwei, with over $500 million under management, targets Asia-based advanced manufacturing and companies valued between $30 million to $300 million. The firm has invested in marine logistics firm Amos International Holdings and Singapore-based manufacturing companies Beyonics Technology and Chosen Holdings.

The firm has almost fully deployed Asia Value Investment Fund III, its $450 million 2010-vintage vehicle, as previously reported by Private Equity International. Shaw says the firm “sees a large number of  buyout opportunities in its deal pipeline, of which many are proprietary, and expects to capitalise on several deals in 2017.”