Adams Street Partners launches Seoul office

Adams Street Partners has opened an office in Seoul, South Korea. Chris Cho, who is joining the firm as a principal, will lead the new office.


CHICAGO, December 4, 2017 – Adams Street Partners (“Adams Street”), a leading private markets investment firm with more than $31 billion in assets under management, has established an office in Seoul, South Korea.

The new office will enable the firm to more effectively serve clients and access investment opportunities in the region. Mr. Chris Cho, who joins the firm as a Principal, will lead the office and will focus on the development of institutional client and consultant relationships within South Korea as the firm expands its efforts there.

“Adams Street Partners is excited to announce the opening of our office in Seoul and to welcome Chris to our firm,” said Jeff Diehl, Managing Partner at Adams Street. “It is critical for Adams Street to have a local presence so we can appropriately serve our South Korean investors and take advantage of private market investment opportunities in the region. We are thrilled to welcome Chris, and are confident that he will help us provide outstanding service to all of Adams Street’s institutional investors in the region.”

Mr. Cho joins from Lazard Asset Management, where he was a Vice President within the Sales & Marketing Team and was responsible for managing the firm’s relationships with institutional public and private investors, mutual aid associations, and third party distributors in South Korea. Before joining Lazard, Mr. Cho held positions at Shinhan BNP Paribas Asset Management and Mirae Asset Global Investments. He received a BS degree from University College London.

“This expansion allows us to remain steadfastly focused on the needs of our increasingly global client base,” added Kevin O’Donnell, Partner and Global Head of Investor Relations at Adams Street. “Chris is a strong addition to our team, and we have no doubt he will make significant and immediate contributions to our investors in South Korea.”

Adams Street has managed private market programs and customized solutions for leading institutional investors in Asia since 1997. The opening of the Seoul location – the firm’s tenth global office – underscores the long-term commitment Adams Street is making to the region.

About Adams Street Partners
Adams Street Partners is one of the largest and most established private markets investment firms in the world. Adams Street commenced its investment program in 1972, and manages more than $31 billion of assets across five strategies – primary and secondary private equity fund investments, co-investments, private credit investments, and direct venture/growth investments. Adams Street employs 160+ professionals in Beijing, Boston, Chicago, London, Menlo Park, Munich, New York, Seoul, Singapore, and Tokyo.