Northleaf expands into Asia with Tokyo office

Global private markets investment firm, Northleaf Capital Markets, has realised its intentions to expand into the APAC region by establishing a new office in Tokyo, Japan, as the ninth location of its global network.

Accompanying Northleaf’s existing office in Melbourne, the Tokyo office will be spearheaded by founding partner and Investment Committee member, Jeff Pentland, as Norhleaf’s Managing Director and Head of APAC.

“Having led Northleaf’s business development activities in Asia for over 15 years, I am very excited to be back in Japan, establishing Northleaf’s Tokyo office, strengthening relationships with investors, and advancing our plans for offices in other leading Asian centres to support our growing investor base in the region,” he said.

“We are seeing strong interest from investors across the APAC region in our private markets investment platform, including our global private credit strategy which offers investors access to high quality loans to mid-market businesses in North America and Europe, and our infrastructure strategy which provides access to mid-market assets in North America and select OECD jurisdictions.”

This is the latest addition to the firm’s growth strategy and shows more investors in the APAC region are showing interest in its mid-market private markets strategies and commitment to its responsible investment framework.

Northleaf said it has raised more than US$3 billion in the last 12 months across its private equity, private credit and infrastructure divisions, bringing its total capital commitments to US$21 billion.

“The opening of Northleaf’s Tokyo office represents an important milestone for our global strategy,” Stuart Waugh, Managing Partner of Northleaf, said.

“Northleaf has been actively investing in the APAC region for nearly 25 years. Establishing a presence in Tokyo will allow us to better serve our investors by enhancing our ability to provide access to Northleaf’s differentiated private markets investments.

“Having Jeff, one of our founding partners and a member of our senior leadership team, relocate to Japan demonstrates our commitment to Asia and ensures the continuity of Northleaf’s culture and approach as we expand our presence in the region.”