People: Adams Street Partners names COO; OurCrowd appoints Asia MD

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Private markets firm Adams Street Partners has appointed James Walker as Partner and Chief Operating Officer while equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd has appointed former HSBC executive Roland Wee as Managing Director of the company’s Asia operations.

Adams Street Partners names COO

Private markets firm Adams Street Partners has appointed James Walker as Partner and Chief Operating Officer.

Walker, a former Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley executive, will report to Jeff Diehl, Managing Partner and Head of Investments at Adam Street Partners. He will join the Executive Committee of the firm, and also chair its Operating Committee, the firm said in an announcement on Monday.

Walker has more than 30 years of senior executive leadership experience in the wealth management and asset management industries. Before joining Adams Street, he was COO at Credit Suisse Private Bank Americas. Prior to that, he spent seven years at Morgan Stanley Global Wealth Management (and predecessor firms). Earlier, he also worked at Citi Global Wealth Management and Merrill Lynch.

Adams Street Partners, one of the largest private markets investment management firms in the world, manages over $30 billion of assets across five strategies – primary and secondary private fund investments, co-investments, private credit investments, and direct venture/growth investments.

OurCrowd gets Asia MD

Equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd has appointed former HSBC executive Roland Wee as Managing Director of its Asia operations.

Roland will serve as a key addition to its senior leadership team to spearhead its continued growth and success in the region, OurCrowd said in an announcement on Tuesday.

Prior to joining OurCrowd, Roland was at HSBC. He has 20 years of experience in financial markets, with a broad background in various capacities – as an analyst in the technology sector, as a fund manager, and most recently, in HSBC management roles over the past 12 years.

Launched in 2013, OurCrowd has raised over $500 million for over 130 startups and 14 funds from active investors on its global platform. The Israel-based firm has formally launched strategic partnerships in the past 18 months with financial institutions including United Overseas Bank in Singapore, Shanghai Commercial Savings Bank in Taiwan, Citic Pacific in Hong Kong, Reliance Private Client in India, and National Australia Bank.

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