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
Ms. 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. Ms. Park 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 Korean consumer finance company and Peoplefund Company Inc., a leading Korean marketplace lender. She speaks fluent Korean and received a BA in economics from Vassar College.
Head of CLSA Capital Partners
Mr. Hu is the Head of CLSA Capital Partners. He joined CLSA Capital Partners in April 2019 with the primary responsibility of overseeing the business of CLSA Capital Partners. Mr. Hu joined CITIC Securities in May 2014, and has been serving with its alternative investment platform, Goldstone Investment Co., Ltd., as an Investment Committee member. Prior to joining CITIC Securities, Mr. Hu served as an Investment Committee member and the Head of Investment Division II at China Development Bank Capital Co., Ltd. Mr. Hu has over 15 years’ experience in M&A and investments. He has a proven track record in private equity investments as well as extensive knowledge of fund management and company operations. Mr. Hu has also served as director on the boards of a number of well-known companies. Currently, he is serving as the nonexecutive chairman of Ampleon Cooperatief UA, a world-leading semiconductor company headquartered in the Netherlands, and as a non-executive director of Pharmaron, a top 5 global contract research organization (CRO) company. Mr. Hu received Master of Economics from University of Ottawa in Canada.
Director – Credit Business, CLSA Capital Partners
Ms. Jia is Director of Credit Business in CLSA Capital Partners with the main responsibility of overseeing the credit / debt investment business of CLSA Capital Partners. Ms. Jia joined CITIC Securities in June 2016 serving as Vice President of Goldstone Investment Co., Ltd. with a focus on investments in the healthcare sector. Ms. Jia also serves as Supervisor of Hefei Ruicheng Industry Investment Co., Ltd, which is the PRC on-shore holding company of Ampleon Cooperatief UA, a world-leading semiconductor company headquartered in the Netherlands. Ms. Jia received MBA degree from NYU Stern School of Business with full-scholarship, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.