Hamilton Lane announces promotions and hires in Asia

Global private equity asset management firm Hamilton Lane has promoted Tomoko Kitao to a director in its Tokyo office. Also, the firm has named Masayoshi Yazawa as a senior advisor responsible for leading business development efforts in Japan. And, in its Hong Kong office, Hamilton Lane has promoted Josh Jacob to principal, Brenda Lau to vice president and Collwyn Tan to senior associate on the co-investment team. Also, in Hong Kong, the firm has added Steve An to its business development team.


Bala Cynwyd, Penn. – June 9, 2014 – Hamilton Lane, a leading global private markets asset management firm, today announced several promotions and hires in Asia as a continuation of the firm’s expansion in the region. Having had a strong, local presence in Asia since 2004, the new additions and promotions further strengthen an already prominent local team. Hamilton Lane’s Asia team now stands at 17 persons.
At Hamilton Lane’s Tokyo office, Tomoko Kitao has been promoted to Director. Tomoko joined the firm in 2012 with nearly 20 years of diverse, global investments and credit experience, having served in various management roles at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ’s International Credit and Structured Finance Divisions. In addition, Hamilton Lane has hired Masayoshi Yazawa as a Senior Advisor responsible for leading business development efforts in Japan. Prior to joining the firm, Masayoshi was in the foreign equities business for about 20 years and, most recently, was Head of Foreign Securities Sales at Itau Asia Securities.
“We continue to build on our already strong market presence in Asia, ensuring that as this market experiences further growth, Hamilton Lane will be well positioned with a leading local presence that enables us to deliver truly customized solutions for our clients,” said Mario Giannini, Chief Executive Officer of Hamilton Lane.
Hamilton Lane has also announced three promotions in its Hong Kong office. Josh Jacob, a nine-year veteran of Hamilton Lane who has been working in Asia since 2008, has been promoted to Principal and will oversee the client services team in Hong Kong. Brenda Lau has been promoted to the role of Vice President, where she is responsible for all aspects of client relations spanning across Asia, with the exception of Japan. Collwyn Tan has been promoted to Senior Associate on the Co-Investment team.
Lastly, Hamilton Lane also announced the appointment of Steve (Sungji) An on the Business Development team in Hong Kong. Steve joins the firm from Neuberger Berman Asset Management in Korea, where he played an active role in business development and client services for top-tier institutional investors.
“Building on the momentum generated in 2013, we are continuing to focus on strategically growing and strengthening our presence in key regional markets such as Hong Kong and Tokyo,” said Juan Delgado-Moreira, Hong Kong-based Managing Director and Head of International at Hamilton Lane. “Interest in alternative investments continues to build among Asian investors, and the further development of our local teams demonstrates our commitment to providing clients with access to best in class resources to fully realize the opportunities emerging in the region.”
About Hamilton Lane
Hamilton Lane is an independent alternative investment management firm providing innovative private markets solutions to sophisticated investors around the world. The firm has been dedicated to private markets investing for more than two decades and currently has more than 200 employees operating in offices throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. With over $186 billion in total assets under management and supervision1, Hamilton Lane offers a full range of investment products and services that enable clients to participate in the private markets asset class on a global and customized basis. The firm has been named an Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Company and among the “Best Places to Work in Money Management” by Pensions & Investments.
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