People Digest: JLL, Xen Capital announce key hires

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JLL has named Kian-Jin Khoo as head of private wealth, capital markets, APAC, while Xen Capital has appointed Jessie Gao, a former senior investment executive at HQ Capital, as investment director.

JLL appoints APAC head of private wealth

JLL has appointed Kian-Jin Khoo in the newly created role of head of private wealth, capital markets, APAC, per a finews.asia report.

Khoo will be responsible for leading JLL’s capital markets advisory for high net worth and family office clients. He will report to APAC head of capital strategies Tim Graham.

Before joining JLL, Khoo was at a single-family office in Singapore where he spent more than four years as its CEO and chief investment officer. He also brings over 12 years of private banking experience from UBS Wealth Management.

“Private wealth will undoubtedly play a more visible role in global real estate. High net worth capital originating from Asia-Pacific is forming an increasingly greater component of active global capital. Kian-Jin brings a deep level of client expertise and understanding that will facilitate enhanced connectivity between private wealth in Asia-Pacific and global commercial real estate markets,” said Graham.

Xen Capital appoints investment director

Xen Capital, an investment platform that connects accredited investors in Asia to opportunities in the US and Europe, has named Jessie Gao, a former senior investment executive at HQ Capital, as investment director, per a Private Equity International report.

Gao, who joins from Chinese wealth manager Noah Holdings, will focus on alternative investments in Greater China at Xen Captal. She spent five years at Gao as a director responsible for PE products and investments, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Before joining Xen Capital, Gao worked at Partners Group as an associate for over three years and at KPMG Corporate Finance for over a year.

Singapore’s Xen Capital announced a partnership with Luca Japan, the alternative investment firm launched by former Blackstone managing director Keiko Sydenham, in January this year. Xen will build and operate the platform infrastructure to facilitate product distribution, client management, quarterly reporting and secure transaction settlement.

Xen Capital has invested in several mid-stage technology funds, including DST Global, 500 Startups and Thoma Bravo.

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