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Director, Private Markets Asia

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Job Description

General Accountability:

Private Markets Asia Director will be responsible for manage execution of Private Markets Asia inorganic development initiatives (acquisitions, strategic investments, JVs, lift-outs) aligned with the Private Markets’ Asia strategy and vision, as well as coordinating the post acquisition integration.           



  • Research potential acquisitions across Private Markets asset classes
  • End to end transaction support within the Private Markets business unit, working closely with Private Markets leadership, Corporate Development and other functional teams
  • Support integration of businesses working closely with Private Markets asset class leads and functional partners
  • Support Private Markets leadership in developing and maintaining relationships with key outside service providers
  • Deliver business cases and manage prioritization and approval processes within Private Markets for inorganic development initiatives
  • Be current on the latest trends developing within and externally to the private assets space, with an eye to understanding impact to the Private Markets business and inorganic development opportunities
  • Manage and maintain processes within Private Markets to support business expansion and growth across asset classes and geographies:

  • >> Develop and apply prioritization framework
  • >> Develop relationships with key internal stakeholders and partners
  • >> Understand inorganic development needs from within the business
  • Develop and maintain catalogue of inorganic growth opportunities across the private assets space, with a focus on Private Markets’ current asset classes as well as growth opportunities in emerging asset classes
  • >> Pro-active M&A Lists Templates for scoring and prioritizing opportunities
  • >> Trackers for all relevant activity contacts among service providers and principals
  • Working with Corporate Development, co-ordinate due diligence activities with respect to potential targets and counterparties, bringing internal stakeholders together, gathering input, and ensuring compliance with Manulife’s risk management appetite and frameworks.
  • Prepare transaction related materials including:Timelines, checklistsSector and opportunity overviewsBusiness casesApproval presentationsStakeholder communications.
  • Maintain strong relationships with Manulife’s Corporate Development, WAM Strategy, WAM Finance, Legal and other functional partners
  • Working with Corporate Development, interface with external service providers and industry relationships relevant to the mandate
  • Conduct research, in collaboration with the Private Markets Strategy group, to assess growth opportunities and support strategic and inorganic development opportunities for Private Markets Asia


Specialist Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a top University required; CFA, MBA or similar an asset
  • Bachelors degree required; CFA, MBA or similar an asset
  • Minimum 6 years of total professional experience in management consulting, investment banking, investment transactions, private markets, or a corporate development related role in the financial services industry
  • Knowledge of or experience in private assets industry
  • Prior exposure to some / all of the Private Markets’ asset classes a plus (private equity and credit, real estate equity and debt, timberland, farmland and infrastructure)
  • Corporate transaction experience (particularly with direct exposure to business diligence issues and post-acquisition responsibility) is desirable
  • Demonstrated analytical, accounting/financial, and communication skills
  • Strong research skills to gather, synthesis and communicate findings to inform and support key initiatives
  • Strong business and financial acumen
  • Strong communication skills
  • Problem solving skills – ability to take complex questions and break down into answerable components
  • Self-starter – ability to define and execute on the research strategy and bring the vision and operating model into fruition
  • Strong influencing skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a small team and in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Language skills:  Mandarin would be strongly preferred



  • Support to execute the M&A and post acquisition strategy for Private Markets Asia
  • Communicating effectively with senior management of prospective targeting fund managers
  • Supporting and prioritizing multiple projects simultaneously under tight deadlines.  
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships within acquisition targets and internal stakeholders.
  • Taking initiative to move a project forward in the absence of immediate guidance from senior investment professionals.





Please note that all information in this job description is accurate at the time of posting. Please be aware that companies may change details and/or closing dates without notice.


Job Summary

Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong
  • Finance
Job Type
  • Full-time
  • Negotiable
28 January 2020
Applications Deadline
04 April 2020

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