US-based Baird Capital hires Andy Tse as partner to lead Asia investment

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Baird Capital, the direct private investment arm of US-based Robert W Baird & Co, has hired Andy Tse as a Partner to lead its investment efforts in Asia.

As a member of Baird Capital’s global team, he will identify and pursue investments in the technology and services sector for Baird which makes private equity, growth equity and venture capital investments in strategically targeted sectors around the world.

A veteran executive with more than 20 years of private equity experience, Tse most recently served as Managing Director of AIF Capital where he led investments in industrial and services sector across Greater China, South Korea, South East Asia, India, Sri Lanka and Australia, the company said in an announcement on Tuesday.

Prior to AIF Capital, he worked with Hopewell Holdings Limited and Consolidated Electric Power Asia Limited in Hong Kong where he was actively involved in the investment, development, financing, construction, operation and management of infrastructure and manufacturing investments across Asia.

“Lower middle market companies in Asia are looking for a financial partner with access to relationships and markets in Europe and North America, and I believe Baird Capital’s global platform will be a significant differentiator for Asian entrepreneurs,” Tse said.

With investment and operations professionals in the United States, United Kingdom and China, Baird Capital takes a global, collaborative approach to sourcing investments, supporting portfolio companies and driving portfolio value.

Having invested in more than 295 companies the company partners with entrepreneurs and provides operational support to its portfolio companies through a proactive portfolio operations team.

The latest appointment also pronounces Baird’s investment focus on China’s services sector particularly at a time when there is re-balancing of China’s economy from an investment-led industrial economy to a consumption-led services economy. Baird Capital’s services-subsector focus areas of healthcare and tech services are some of the highest growth areas in an already high growth area.

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.