Managing Director – Head of Lending Ark
Gregory Park is the Head of Lending Ark and also Chairman of the Investment Committee. Based in Hong Kong since 1997, Mr. Park has over 25 years of experience in secured private debt financing, structured credit, and securitisation. He previously served as a Managing Director and the Head of Asia Structured Credit for The Carlyle Group LP (“Carlyle”). Before joining Carlyle, Mr. Park was a Founder and Managing Partner of Northstone Peak Investment Advisors Limited (“Northstone Peak”), an alternative credit manager focused on secured private debt financing for government agencies, banks, non-bank finance companies, and corporates across the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to Northstone Peak, Mr. Park was a Managing Director and the Head of Asia Securitised Products for Deutsche Bank. Mr. Park has contributed to the development of the Asian credit markets pioneering the first international credit card-backed asset backed securities (“ABS”) transaction for LG Card in South Korea, the first cross-border residential mortgage-backed securities (“RMBS”) transaction for Hsin Hchu Bank in Taiwan, and the first consumer/SME loan-backed financings for leading financial technology (“FinTech”) alternative lenders. He was named by Institutional Investor magazine as a top 10 “Global Securitization Rising Star” in 2008. Mr. Park received a BA cum laude from Dartmouth College in the United States.
Managing Director – Lending Ark
Carol Lee Park is responsible for overall fund operations, origination and overseeing execution. Ms. Park is also a member of the Investment Committee. Ms. Park has over 25 years of experience across investment banking, private equity, and private debt investments in New York and Hong Kong with J.P. Morgan, Merrill Lynch, Henderson Global Investors, Entropy Ventures and Northstone Peak. Ms. Park was a founding member of Northstone Peak and she also founded Lending Ark Capital, an alternative investment firm focusing on private debt and equity financings to the Asian financial services sector, including FinTech. Ms. Park has extensive experience evaluating specialty lending and consumer finance companies in Asia during her private equity and private debt investment roles. Ms. Park has managed and led every aspect of private equity and private debt transactions, including investment strategies formation, deal origination, investment analysis, structuring, and portfolio management. Ms. Park currently is a director on the board of Techmate Korea Daebu Co. Ltd, a leading Korean consumer finance company. She speaks fluent Korean and English and received a BA in economics from Vassar College in the United States.
Mr. Skinner is the Executive Chairman of CLSA Capital Partners. He is a founding member of the CLSA Capital Partners’ Executive Committee and also serves on the CLSA Group Executive Committee. Mr. Skinner joined CLSA at its inception in 1986 and has held a wide range of leadership roles across the company which include, more recently, Group Secretary (2017-2018) and Global COO (2013-2017). Over the years, Mr. Skinner has been instrumental in the expansion of the CLSA network and was previously the Country Head of CLSA in Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore. Mr. Skinner has an honors degree in history from Trinity College, Dublin and a diploma in accounting from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
Chief Operating Officer
Wayne Palmer has over 17 years of experience in investment and law, of which the last 12 have been in Asia. Mr. Palmer has extensive experience in a wide range of cross-border private equity/financial sponsor transactions in Europe and Asia. He joined CLSA Capital Partners in 2009 as Head of Legal & Execution before being appointed as Chief Operating Officer – Asia in 2015. He was appointed overall Chief Operating Officer in July 2017. Mr. Palmer was previously a senior attorney with Clifford Chance. In addition, Mr. Palmer has spent time living in Jakarta, Indonesia, both developing Clifford Chance’s Indonesia M&A practice and as acting General Counsel for the Indonesian operations of Barclays Bank. Mr. Palmer studied law in Leeds with post-graduate legal studies at the College of Law, York in the United Kingdom.