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Alternative Investment
​Advisory

Your Gateway to Korean Capital Markets

 

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About Us

We target funds of over $1 billion, catering specifically to the needs of Korean institutional investors

At Kye& Investment, we specialize in navigating the complexities of the Korean capital markets to help you avoid costly mistakes and establish a robust Korean investor base efficiently. Kye& Investment is a leading independent private capital advisory firm dedicated to mobilizing capital for private equity and credit strategies. We target funds of over $1 billion, catering specifically to the needs of Korean institutional investors.

We boast a proven track record in fundraising for a diverse array of middle-market alternative strategies. Our services are particularly valuable for those overlooked by Korean brokerage firms due to the intricate and demanding nature of these transactions.

Clients gain immediate access to our extensive investor network, comprising 45+ institutions, including pension funds, insurance companies, financial cooperatives, and others. Collectively, these institutions manage over $1.5 trillion in assets.

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Services

Our ultimate goal is to align our interests with those of our clients. We specialize in providing high-touch and customized advisory services to mid-market investment firms that may not be familiar with Korean fund finance market. Our team is dedicated to helping our clients navigating this idiosyncratic and complex market with confidence and achieve their investment goals.

 

We provide strategic advice and support in developing and executing a comprehensive fundrasing strategy involving identifying potential investors and building relationships with them, developing marketing materials and pitchbooks, managing the due diligence process and negotiating the terms of the fund with prospective investors.

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South Korea Market

South Korea has emerged as one of the most attractive destinations in Asia for global fundraisers 

The landscape for Korean institutional investors underwent a significant transformation post-2005. Prior to that, raising capital was confined to a project-specific approach. However, the introduction of new capital markets legislation facilitated the emergence of "commingled funds," allowing for pooled capital investments. This legislative change catalyzed a massive growth in private fund investments by entities such as Korea's National Pension Service (NPS), which, as per a McKinsey study, saw an increase exceeding tenfold from 2007 to 2017.

South Korea has rapidly ascended as a prime destination in Asia for global fundraising activities, emerging as a new powerhouse in the alternative investments sector. With the world's 10th largest economy by nominal GDP, South Korea boasts the 8th largest pension assets globally. Consequently, Korean institutional investors, managing an aggregate of over $1.5 trillion in assets, are actively expanding their presence in offshore private funds. Their goal: to achieve portfolio diversification and to secure elevated returns.

Investors acknowledge that communication barriers and time zone discrepancies present significant challenges in foreign investment endeavors. Consequently, the support of a committed local team or a seasoned agent on the ground proves to be crucial for General Partners (GPs) aiming to achieve their investment goals with efficacy.

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OUR Team

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Jaiyong, a founder at Kye& Investment, currently leads as Managing Partner. Before his tenure at Kye&, he was a pivotal figure at KDB Daewoo Securities, holding the position of Managing Director where he spearheaded overseas business development and strategic investment, particularly in the United States, liaising directly with CFOs and CIOs of top-tier global investment firms.

With 30 years of rich experience in M&A and corporate finance, Jaiyong has a proven track record of advising financial institutions and corporations across the globe. His expertise was honed through significant roles at renowned firms including HSBC Investment Bank, Meritz Securities, and Daewoo Securities.

 

Jaiyong's academic credentials include an MBA from the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester and a B.A. in Economics from Dongguk University.

JAIYONG KYE
MANAGING PARTNER

Tel: +82 2 6138 4329

Jaiyong.kye@kyeninvest.com

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Contact Us

For any general inquiries, please fill in the following contact form:

Level 43, International Finance Center Seoul, Three IFC, 

10 Gukjegeumyung-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul Korea 07326

Email: Jaiyong.kye@kyeninvest.com
Tel:  +82 2 6138 4329

Fax: +82 2 6138 4555

Bespoke Connections (www.bespokeconnections.com) is our Strategic Partner Company covering Europe and ME regions

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