Investment banking advisor BDA Partners has hired Jeff Chen as managing director and head of technology for Greater China. In a separate development, London-based investment management firm LeapFrog Investments has appointed a senior advisor to the CEO.
BDA Partners appoints MD and technology head
US-based global investment banking advisor BDA Partners has hired Jeff Chen as a managing director and head of technology for Greater China, according to a release.
Before joining BDA, Chen was chief strategy officer at Tencent-backed digital healthcare platform WeDoctor Group. He has also served as the head of tech Investment Banking for Asia at HSBC and, before that, a senior member of the Asia TMT investment banking team at Credit Suisse.
Chen will be based in Hong Kong and aims to expand and deepen BDA’s origination and coverage of the tech sector in Asia.
“The tech sector is a priority for us. We expect continued growth in M&A and private equity activity across the region,” said Jeff Acton, Partner, Head of Technology at BDA.
BDA Partners advises on cross-border M&A, capital raising, and financial restructuring. The firm has offices in India, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Shanghai, South Korea, and Japan.
LeapFrog Investments hires senior advisor to CEO
London-based investment management firm LeapFrog Investments has appointed Rob Leary as a senior advisor to the CEO, per a release.
“Leary, who is Chairman of the National Forest Foundation (NFF), which supports the US’s 193-million-acre National Forest System, will also support LeapFrog’s expanding climate investment strategy,” according to the announcement.
He has been the CEO of Nuveen as well as the CEO of the Olayan Group, and currently serves on the board of directors of Intact Financial Corporation, RSA UK & International, and Citizens Financial Group. Leary will work with the leadership team of LeapFrog in expanding its investor base and in making successful investments in healthcare, financial services and climate solutions companies.
LeapFrog has significant funding from global institutional investors, including a $500m commitment from Temasek.