TransPacific hires director in Hong Kong – Exclusive

The new hire at the New York-based placement agent, which focuses solely on Asian institutional investors, is joining from an Asian alternative asset-focused family office.

Asia-focused placement agent TransPacific Group has hired a director in its Hong Kong office, Private Equity International  has learned.

The New York-based firm confirmed with PEI it hired Debbie Liao as a director in its Hong Kong office to connect institutional investors in greater China to private equity fund managers globally.

Liao joined TransPacific on 30 March from a Hong Kong-based family office, where she was an investment director responsible for sourcing venture capital, private equity and fixed income fund investments, TransPacific said.

The placement agent focuses exclusively on Asian institutional investors and has worked with funds including the $2.56 billion Kelso Investment Associates IX and $4.4 billion Madison Dearborn Capital Partners VII, according to PEI data.

Liao's position at TransPacific is on a full time basis. She also holds passive positions at several other organisations.

According to her LinkedIn profile , Liao is also currently the Asia managing director for The Table Club, a network for family offices and ultra-high-net-worth individuals in Australia, London, Hong Kong and New York, where she started in January.

Her profile also indicates she is a co-founder and head of strategy of real estate development start-up company YH Properties. She began her career as an analyst at Mercer Management Consulting, her LinkedIn shows.

“Asia today accounts for a large and rapidly growing proportion of global capital flows into alternative investments,” said TransPacific founder and managing director Mark Mason. “Since its founding, TransPacific has focused exclusively on Asia, whose institutions are in the midst of a generational change in asset allocation which includes greater participation in offshore private equity and other alternative investments.”

Liao's hire follows the appointment of Luke Chun as a director in Hong Kong in March 2016, as reported by PEI . Including Liao, there are three directors in TransPacific's Hong Kong office.

In December,PEIreportedthat TransPacific had helped fundraising in Asia for mid-market firm Kohlberg & Company's $2.2 billion hard-cap close on Kohlberg Investors VIII.