Gulf Capital, a thematic alternative investment firm in the Gulf Cooperation Council states – the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain – and Asia, has appointed Shantanu Mukerji as its first on-the-ground private equity managing director to head its newly opened office in Singapore.
Mukerji will lead the firm’s activities in Asia, looking at new private equity investments, bolt-on acquisitions and growth opportunities for existing portfolio companies as well as assisting on future exits and divestments. He brings more than 20 years of direct Southeast Asian experience, with senior leadership roles in private equity and the consumer and luxury sectors across Asia.
He has over 10 years of private equity experience at L Catterton Asia across the entire investment cycle, including origination, transaction execution, financing, syndication, post investment value creation, restructuring and divestment. He was also involved in the preparation, structuring and launch of US and Singaporean Spacs.
His operational experience includes senior management in the consumer industry at prestigious global brands, locally and regionally. Prior to joining L Catterton Asia, Mukerji held senior operating roles at LVMH, Ermenegildo Zegna and Nike.
“The unprecedented growth opportunities presented by the emergence of Ascending Asia have never been greater,” says Karim El Solh, co-founder and CEO of Gulf Capital. “Ascending Asia – from West to East Asia – is the engine of global growth over the next 30 years and its GDP is projected to grow at 2.5 times the GDP growth rate of Europe and twice that of the US. Our global investors are keen to participate in this long-term growth and to increase their exposure to Asia.”