BNP Paribas Investment Partners Inks Strategic Partnership with HK-based Orion Partners

Jan 6 2016 | 8:08pm ET

Asset management company BNP Paribas Investment Partners has announced a strategic partnership with Asia-focused alternative investment firm Orion Partners.

Under the terms of the transaction, BNP’s alternative and incubation specialist BNP Paribas Capital Partners will acquire a minority stake in a new partnership based in Hong Kong.  Orion Partners will continue to operate under its existing leadership and remain independent in all its businesses and investment decisions, according to a joint statement made by the two firms. 

Going forward, the two companies will develop and launch new funds to meet growing demand for Asia-focused alternative investment funds. The combination of Orion’s specialized, local expertise in real estate and private equity investments and BNPP IP’s global platform and distribution capabilities will help meet this demand from both institutional and retail investors throughout the world, noted the statement. 

“The partnership with Orion Partners provides us with an excellent opportunity to broaden the exposure to the fast-growing alternative investment opportunities in Asia,” noted Gilles Guérin, CEO of BNPP Capital Partners. “Having worked closely together for more than 10 years to develop and distribute some of their products to institutional investors across the globe, we value their expertise and excellence in the creation and protection of value for their clients.”

“Orion Partners has had a strong, long-standing relationship with BNPP Investment Partners and it is the perfect partner to enhance our specialist alternative investment business through product innovation and access to premier international distribution channels,” added TK Chiang, managing partner and co-founder of Orion Partners.

Berkshire Capital Securities served as advisor to Orion Partners in the transaction, noted the statement.

BNP Paribas Investment Partners is the asset management division of Paris-based BNP Paribas. It had assets under management of approximately €509 billion as of September 2015. The company’s Capital Partners business, meanwhile, is an alternative investments selection and management specialist, with €5 billion of assets under management, advisory and administration.

Founded in 2000 by Chiang and Henry Cho and based in Hong Kong, Orion Partners is an Asia-focused independent alternative investment firm with over $1.3 billion of assets under management.

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