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Overview

  • Efficient
  • Strategic Relationships
  • Risk Savvy
  • Performance Driven
  • Result Oriented
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Our Business

Product Focus

AARK primarily focuses on private (i.e. non-traded) investments across the capital structure.

  • Private lending, both corporate and real estate focused;
  • Private equity, both corporate and real estate;
  • Structured private investments such as private convertibles and loans with equity features;
  • Distressed and stressed debt, both as non-performing loan portfolios and single credits; and
  • Financing platforms targeting niche local financing opportunities.

The key to all investments is “motivated counterparties”, examples being:

  • Corporation in need of financing or refinancing;
  • Developer with need for ‘last mile’ financing.
  • Distressed seller of ‘good’ assets;
  • Orphan assets resulting in non-economic seller;

Investment Sourcing

AARK has always focused on sourcing investments through a network of international contacts that have deep local experience in their respective markets. AARK has usually avoided deals generated by the global investment banks, as the risk-reward ratio on such deals has typically been unattractive. For co-investment, alignment with co-investors is critical, whether that be local partners or funds or principal investment units.


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News Room

Current Deals

  • Capital raising mandate for Mongolian Oil and Gas Company.
  • Capital raising mandate and identification of strategic partner from the PRC for an Indian Free Trade Zone.
  • Sourcing Asian Joint-Venture partners for a European biotechnology company.
  • Forming development partnerships for UK real estate with Asian investors.
  • Sourcing Asian strategic alliances for a European aviation company.
  • Re-structuring mandate and financing for Indian Textile firm.
  • Capital raising mandate for Hong Kong based special investing / lending vehicle.
  • Capital raising mandate for Macau based entity.
  • Executing mandate for Indian green energy company for sourcing product and financing from PRC.

News Articles - Jaideep Krishna.

Asian Debt Review the 1997 poll

Asian Debt Review the 1997 poll

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Distressed Debt - China - NPL

Distressed Debt - China - NPL - Jaideep Krishna

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Distressed Debt - India - NPL As Bill 15 08 05

Distressed Debt - India - NPL As Bill 15 08 05

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Distressed Debt - NPL - Asia - Finance Asia January 1997

Distressed Debt - NPL - Asia - Finance Asia January 1997

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Distressed Debt - NPL - EM Superstar Teams

Distressed Debt - NPL - EM Superstar Teams

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Distressed Debt - NPL - Euromoney article

Distressed Debt - NPL - Euromoney article

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Distressed Debt - Taiwan - Cerberus eying Chung Shing

Distressed Debt - Taiwan - Cerberus eying Chung Shing

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Distressed Debt - Taiwan - NPL - Chung Shing sale fails again

Distressed Debt - Taiwan - NPL - Chung Shing sale fails again

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About Us

The AARK Founding Team (the “Team”) consists of Jaideep Krishna and Hash Dave.

Key points regarding the Team are as follows:

  • Have worked together at various firms since 1996;
  • Analyzed over US$15billion of illiquid / special situations investments;
  • Invested over US$1,200million in such deals and realized profit of over US$600 million;
  • Has a broad mix of skills underpinning private investing including corporate finance, capital markets, restructuring and financial analysis.

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Jaideep Krishna – Managing Partner

Prior to end 2009, Jaideep was a Managing Director at D.B. Zwirn Asia, joining in May 2006 and based in Hong Kong and headed the firm’s investment activity in Asia Pacific. Since January 2005 he worked as a Partner and Head of Special Situations Group at Actis Capital in London. From 1998 – 2003 he was a Managing Director for Cerberus Capital Management in Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, China and SE Asia. Prior to that he held various senior positions at Peregrine Fixed Income in Hong Kong, including Head of Credit Research and Originations. Prior to that he was a Risk Manager at Citigroup Hong Kong and worked at HSBC in Hong Kong & India in various risk management, credit and operation management roles.

Jaideep has a BA Economics from the Sriram College of Commerce in New Delhi and MA in Management Studies (Finance and Marketing) from the University of Bombay.


Hash Dave Profile

Hash S. Dave – Managing Director

Hash was a Director in the Asian team at D.B. Zwirn Asia in Hong Kong from June 2006. Prior to that, he was an Investment Principal in the Special Situations Group at Actis Capital in London. He has also worked in corporate finance at KPMG Corporate Finance, trading at PRICOA Capital and began his career as a fixed income salesman at Peregrine Fixed Income in London.

Hash has a BSc Economics from the London School of Economics and MSc Finance from the London Business School.

Hyun Jae Profile

Mr. Hyun Jae Choi - Senior Advisor

Hyun Jae (“HJ”) domiciled in Seoul, South Korea, established “Reliable” in 2007 as a boutique corporate finance advisory firm, and in 2012 incorporated Euro Asset Investment Management Co. Ltd., as the licensed Options Trading entity. Euro Asset Management is today Korea's largest derivatives trading company, and has consistently delivered results in excess of 10% per annum.

Prior to 2007, HJ was President and Country Representative of GE Commercial Finance, where he managed and asset book of over US$1billion. From 1999 to 2003, HJ was President and Country Representative of Cerberus Capital Korea, a major US based private equity and buy-out fund, where he was responsible for acquisition of special assets with face value in excess of US$1.5billion, and acquisition of Chohung Bank and the Fila Group. Prior to 1999, he was Head of Corporate Finance Group at ABN Amro Bank N.A., managing a credit book in excess of US$1.2billion. During the period 1982 to 1996, HJ held numerous management roles at Chase Manhattan Bank N.A., including Chief Executive Relationship Management.

HJ has a BA Economics from Sogang University, Korea (1982), and Masters in Business Administration Sogang University, Korea (1989).

Get in touch

Contact Us

Suite 605, 6th Floor, China Insurance Group Building,
141 Des Voeux Road Central,
Hong Kong S.A.R

Fax: +852 27365115

Not for Profit Charitable Trust - AARK Foundation

AARK Foundation

AARK Foundation, is a not for profit Charitable Trust, started and managed by Jaideep Krishna and Mrs. Shalini Mehta.

Since 2009, AARK Foundation has been dedicated to the welfare of underprivileged children in rural India.

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New Delhi -110049
India