NEW YORK, April 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — EMPEA, the industry association for private capital investment in Africa, Asia, CEE, Latin America and the Middle East, today announced the launch of its new Singapore-based Asia headquarters.

“Private capital flows across borders will continue to expand in the coming years as investors seek opportunities that are scalable, diversified and global,” said EMPEA CEO and Board Member Cate Ambrose. “Environmental sustainability, technology and innovation will drive investment decisions, and EMPEA’s Asia headquarters will be a hub to act on these themes.”

Asia continues to gain prominence as a global financial center and international destination for private capital investment. The new EMPEA headquarters allows the organization to effectively represent the leading fund and institutional investors based in Southeast Asia, and to build bridges among investors across global markets with Singapore as a key nexus.

“MAS welcomes EMPEA’s establishment of its Asia headquarters in Singapore,” said Mr. Lim Cheng Khai, Executive Director, Financial Markets Development, MAS. “Singapore is at the heart of Asia’s vibrant and growing private markets ecosystem. With its new Singapore office, EMPEA will be able to develop more targeted research and solutions for Asian managers and investors.”

EMPEA’s Singapore office builds on the network of investors established by Senior Advisor Steve Okun since 2017. Steve will remain engaged and is joined by Asia Research Director Ethan Koh, who brings over a decade of industry experience including roles at Partners Group and PEI Media. In his position, Ethan will lead dedicated Southeast Asia research focused on investment data and market trends and collaborate closely with EMPEA’s Asia Council, which will convene in Singapore annually.

This newly established footprint also follows the recent addition of two regionally based Board of Director members and reflects the organization’s growing membership base in Southeast Asia. See below for a highlighted list of EMPEA member firms with a presence in the region:


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Adams Street Partners

L Catterton

ADM Capital

Lakeshore Capital

Affirma Capital

LeapFrog Investments

Asia Alternatives Management 

Monk’s Hill Ventures

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Morgan Stanley AIP

Baring Private Equity Asia

Myanmar Strategic Holdings

Brookfield Asset Management

Navis Capital Partners

Bull Capital Partners



Openspace Ventures

Capital Dynamics

PineBridge Investments



Cerberus Capital

Quona Capital

CITIC Capital

The Carlyle Group

Encourage Capital

The Rohatyn Group

Everstone Capital Asia

True North

Fiera Capital (Asia)

TVM Capital Healthcare Partners

General Atlantic

Warburg Pincus

Gulf Capital

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EMPEA is a non-profit, independent membership organization representing private capital investors who manage more than USD1 trillion in assets across Africa, Asia, CEE, Latin America and the Middle East. Our mission is to connect and influence key market participants to drive transparency and sustainable investment. EMPEA advances this agenda with proprietary data and intelligence, networking and education, and the advocacy of sound public policy. To find out more, please visit

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