Blackstone Group's tactical opportunities head in Asia resigns

Key executive resigns just as group prepares to grow investments in the region

Blackstone Group's tactical opportunities head in Asia resigns

Insurance News

By Duffie Osental

Blackstone Group’s tactical opportunities head in Asia has resigned after nine year with the firm, according to a Bloomberg report.

A Blackstone spokesperson in Hong Kong told Bloomberg that Kishore Moorjani is leaving the investment group in June, to be succeeded in the role by senior partner Menes Chee.

“Kishore has done an incredible job of building our business in an expansive and promising region,” David Blitzer, global head of tactical opportunities at Blackstone Group, told Bloomberg in an email. “We’re excited to have one of our most senior, long-serving partners in Menes take on this leadership role as we continue to expand.”

According to Bloomberg, the firm’s tactical opportunities division provides capital to companies with “bespoke” investment structures across asset classes, sectors, and security types and with focus on “investment ideas that may fall beyond the mandates of Blackstone’s other funds.”

Under Moorjani, Blackstone has made more than US$2 billion across 13 investments in the Asia-Pacific region, capped by follow-on investments in insurer Partners Life in New Zealand and logistics business Emergent in Indonesia.

Moorjani’s resignation comes as Blackstone is looking to grow its investments in Asia. In November last year, Bloomberg reported that Blackstone aims to raise US$5 billion for a second private equity fund for the region.

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