(or more as part of a consortium)
Growth equity, buyouts, recapitalizations,
and manager-led buy-and-builds
Ming-Po CAI is the Founder and President of Cathay Capital Private Equity, the leading global private equity firm created by Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs and an expert in creating value through cross-border investment across China, Europe and North America.
Cathay Capital, founded by Ming-Po CAI with his business partner Edouard Moinet in 2006, is fully dedicated to helping its portfolio company management teams to succeed beyond their original borders and to accelerate cross-border growth strategies. Cathay Capital’s team of 76 – including 13 partners – is based in Shanghai, Beijing, Paris, Munich, New York and the San Francisco, and leverage on Cathay’s unique business model and platform to connect local ecosystems on three continents.
Under Ming-Po CAI’s leadership, Cathay Capital has grown to more than USD 2 billion in assets under management and has invested in 80 companies across three continents. Cathay Capital has a range of eight funds in three series - smallcaps, midcaps and innovation VC fund.
Mr. CAI brings more than 20 years of cross-border investment experience and deep expertise developing China-entry strategies for multinational companies, and globalization strategies for Chinese companies expanding internationally. Prior to founding Cathay Capital, Mr. CAI successfully founded and managed several companies that operated in the industrial, distribution and textile sectors. Cathay Capital focuses on industries including consumer goods, health care, modern service industry, environment, agriculture and food security, as well as advanced technology.
Ming-Po CAI is an independent director of GL Events and sits on the board of several Cathay portfolio companies including Poten Environment, Meinian Health 100 and ZM Logistics. In addition, he is member of the prestigious International Advisory Board of CEIBS, sits at the Honorary Committee of Parsons The New School in Paris. He is also a director on the boards of two foundations – France-Chine Entreprendre Fondation, which Cathay Capital established in 2011, and the CEIBS Education Foundation. And he is a member of 2005 Committee.
Mr. CAI received a master’s degree in Management from EM Lyon in France, and an EMBA from China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai, China.
David G. Hoffman is a Managing Partner of Cathay Capital and a Co-Founder of Cathay’s North American operations, based in New York City.
Prior to joining Cathay in November 2013, David was a Managing Director with Charterhouse Group, Inc. from 2002-2012 and a Consultant to the firm from 2012-2013. As Managing Director, David was the number two investment professional where he was part of the Investment Committee, led the Consumer Group’s investing activities, managed the Charterhouse Entrepreneur Program (i.e., Operating Partners Program) and oversaw and organized the firm’s Business Development activities across its three verticals – Consumer, Business Services and Healthcare Services..
Prior to returning to Charterhouse in 2002, David founded and ran his own independent sponsor firm, Hoffman & Company (1994-2002). Previously, David was at Charterhouse from 1985 – 1989 as an Associate and Vice President, was the Director of Business Development at Odyssey Partners (1989-1991) and a Principal at Charterhouse from 1991-1994.
André Puong is a Partner of Cathay Capital, based in New York.
André rejoined Cathay Capital in February 2015, having previously worked at Cathay Capital in Paris between October 2008 and October 2011.
Prior to rejoining Cathay Capital, André was a New York-based Investment Director from 2011 to 2014 with Fosun International, one of the largest private-sector investment groups in China.
Before Fosun and Cathay Capital, André was a Manager of the Accor Hospitality's strategy group, and of global consulting firm Mars & Co. In his consulting role at Mars & Co., André advised European and Fortune 500 companies on both strategic and operational issues.
Previously, Andre was an enterprise software engineer at Oracle Corporation.
Born to a Chinese family and raised in France, André is a graduate of the Ecole Centrale Paris and of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Mark Woods is an Partner of Cathay Capital, based in New York.
Mark joined Cathay in November 2015, having previously worked at Chartwell Investments for seven years where he sourced, executed and monitored investments in North American lower- and middle-market companies. During his tenure at Chartwell, Mark focused on investing in family and entrepreneur-owned companies and corporate carve-outs, while also serving as a director of several portfolio companies.
Prior to Chartwell, Mark was an associate in JPMorgan’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group in New York where he executed transactions across various sectors. Prior to JPMorgan, Mark worked for a sovereign wealth fund based in the United Arab Emirates.
Mark started his career with Procter & Gamble where he spent five years in various operational finance positions.
Mark graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a B.S. in Finance and Human Resources Management. He also holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
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