Siguler Guff & Company has hired Jay Koh as a Managing Director and a Partner of the firm. “Jay brings 19 years of experience at top-tier institutions in the public and private sectors to Siguler Guff. We are extremely pleased that Jay has joined the firm and we are confident that his accomplishments across a wide variety of investment products and strategies will be an asset to the firm,” said George Siguler, Managing Director and Founding Partner.
Prior to joining Siguler Guff, Mr. Koh was the Head of Investment Funds and Chief Investment Strategist at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the development finance institution of the United States government. In this role, Mr. Koh led the agency’s $2.6 billion active emerging markets private equity program, oversaw 33 funds and was involved in managing a $15 billion portfolio of political risk insurance, direct finance and private equity investments. He also guided the development of OPIC’s strategic relationships and new products, including OPIC’s first fund-of-funds and first agriculture fund. Mr. Koh was OPIC’s Chief Financial Officer from 2010 to 2011.
From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Koh led private equity and illiquid investing for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at R3 Capital, formerly the Global Principal Strategies Division of Lehman Brothers. He served as the Head of EMEA Private Equity at both institutions, and was a Partner at R3 Capital and a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers. Previously, Mr. Koh focused on direct growth equity investing, with an emphasis on telecommunications and security, as a Principal at The Carlyle Group, where he worked from 2000 to 2007 and also from 1993 to 1995. From 1998 to 2000, he served as a law clerk to Justice David H. Souter, United States Supreme Court, and to Judge Michael Boudin, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Mr. Koh has an AB in Economics from Harvard College, a master’s degree in Management with a focus on international management from Oxford University and a JD from Yale Law School.
“I am excited to join a leading global private equity firm with a 20+ year track record of value-oriented opportunistic investing, a world-class team, and proven resources and practices. I look forward to contributing to Siguler Guff’s long-term success,” said Mr. Koh.
Siguler Guff & Company is a multi-strategy private equity investment firm which, together with its affiliates, has over $10 billion of assets under management across three lines of business: multi-manager funds, direct investment funds, and separate accounts. Siguler Guff serves over 450 institutional clients and over 500 high-net-worth individuals, and the funds it manages have invested in over 350 private equity funds. The firm is headquartered in New York and has offices in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Moscow, Shanghai, Sao Paulo and a local affiliate office in Mumbai (www.sigulerguff.com).
“We are thrilled to have Jay Koh join us as a Partner of the firm. Leveraging Jay’s unique background and expertise, Siguler Guff is well-positioned to continue its growth trajectory as a leading opportunistic private equity investment firm,” said Drew Guff, Managing Director and Founding Partner.
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