Manhattan-based Pretium Partners, an investment manager focused on real estate, mortgage finance and corporate debt, has hired private capital veteran Jayme Han as managing director for Asia.
Most recently serving as executive director for corporate finance at JLL, Seoul-based Han will establish Pretium’s first office in the region, the firm said in a release.
Pretium, which has $50 billion in assets under management, also announced the appointment of former Asia Principal Capital director Craig Matthew as managing director for Australia and New Zealand, with the Sydney-based executive setting up the firm’s first office Down Under.
“As Pretium continues to expand our client base globally and deploy growing capital across our real estate and credit strategies, Asia and Australia represent important strategic markets and opportunities for growth,” said Don Mullen, founder and CEO of Pretium. “Jayme and Craig bring deep expertise and local connection within the Asian and Australian markets to support our investors where they are.”
Han joined JLL in 2018 as the property consultancy’s executive director for Asia funds advisory and distribution, working with fund managers and investors to lead equity fundraising across the region.
Before that, Han was head of alternatives at Tong Yang Life Insurance, Korea’s sixth-largest life insurer, where she led global and domestic asset investments and introduced portfolio management and infrastructure debt.
Earlier in her career, the graduate of the University of California at Davis was one of the founding members of the alternatives business — and the first dedicated real assets specialist — at South Korea’s National Pension Service, an $800 billion fund that has become an increasingly important player in global real estate markets.
“Pretium has an incredible team, and I am excited to join at a time of growth as we seek to expand our footprint internationally and throughout Asia,” Han said. “Having supported GPs and led teams across all aspects of capital raising, deployment and asset management, I look forward to working with Pretium’s clients throughout Asia and around the world.”
Matthew joins Pretium from Asia Principal Capital and Morpheus Ventures, where he served as director in the private market investor relations group. Previously he was a director of institutional relationships at Capital Group Companies, where he played an active role in establishing its first office in Sydney.
The Bucknell University grad also performed a variety of business development roles in New York and Sydney at global asset manager AllianceBernstein.
Pretium was founded in 2012 to capitalise on investment and lending opportunities arising as a result of structural changes, disruptions and inefficiencies within the US economy. The firm employs more than 4,000 people across 30 offices, including in New York and London.
Last year saw the launch of Pretium’s first Middle East office, in Dubai, under managing director Jamal Saab, the former managing director and Mideast head for privately held asset manager PineBridge Investments.
Pretium’s global expansion aims to ensure that clients and partners can benefit from an established presence and local perspective, allowing the firm to provide more personalised, on-the-ground support in dynamic markets.