Silverhorn has named Bert Kwan as head of private equity in the Hong Kong headquarters. Highlights of Kwan’s career include serving as managing director at Northstar Group and head of Southeast Asia for Standard Chartered Private Equity.
Hong Kong – 16 May 2022) – Silverhorn, a multi-asset investment firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Bert Kwan as the firm’s new Head of Private Equity based in the Hong Kong headquarters. Bert’s appointment comes at a crucial time when Silverhorn is preparing the launch of its pan-Asia, tech-biased venture capital and early-growth capital investment programme.
Bert will work closely with the CEO to accelerate the firm’s PE growth strategy. “With substantial experience leading venture capital and private equity investments and managing teams in the region, Bert brings differentiated capabilities to one of our key business verticals. His track record across geographies, sectors, and cycles will be invaluable as we build our institutional private equity programmes,” CEO and Founder Mike Imam said.
Bert’s arrival brings Silverhorn’s team to 5 investors solely dedicated to private equity and 17 in total across the firm working on investments.
Prior to joining Silverhorn, Bert led over USD 3.5bn of transactions in Asia and spearheaded entry into new Asian private equity markets for several organisations. He has sat on over a dozen public and private company boards and has led a number of notable transactions in Southeast Asia and China, including early-stage investments in Momo (2015) and Tiki (2018), both of which are now among Vietnam’s largest and most valuable tech-enabled franchises. Previously, Bert was a Managing Director at Northstar Group, the Head of Southeast Asia for Standard Chartered Private Equity, and a Principal at Lehman Brothers Private Equity Asia. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and Princeton University.
“Silverhorn has successfully deployed significant capital across private market strategies in Asia. I am excited to help the team leverage this success and extend Silverhorn’s institutional private equity investment mandate. The region is home to a large cohort of entrepreneur-backed, venture, and early-stage growth companies, and Silverhorn is uniquely positioned to provide investors with the first structured approach to access this segment of the market,” Bert Kwan stated.
Founded in 2010, Silverhorn is an owner-operated investment firm who utilises on-the-ground access and expertise in Asia to deliver multi-asset class solutions. In addition to proximity to its investees, Silverhorn’s size and experience offer agility and reliability as it navigates public and private markets in the region. With an AUM of USD 1.85bn, the firm acts as a one-stop shop for global investors keen to build a long-term portfolio to capture the tremendous growth opportunities that exist in Asia in multi-asset, private equity, and private debt. With a growing team of over 50 diverse professionals and 18 nationalities across Hong Kong, Singapore, India, and Switzerland, Silverhorn strives to be a more caring, hungrier, and more honest enterprise for investing in Asia. Silverhorn is licensed and regulated by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) in Hong Kong and by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).