Northleaf opens Tokyo office, expands global presence in Asia Pacific region

Stuart Waugh, Managing Partner of Northleaf

Northleaf Capital Partners (Northleaf), a private markets investment firm, announced the opening of a new office in Tokyo, Japan. It is the ninth location in Northleaf’s network and builds on the firm’s commitment to the APAC, complementing its presence in Australia.

What does this mean for Northleaf’s APAC partners?

The office will be led by Jeff Pentland, a founding partner of Northleaf and member of its Investment Committee. Jeff has relocated from the Toronto office, where he worked while with the law firm of Hamada & Matsumoto (Mori Hamada & Matsumoto) earlier in his career.

“Having led Northleaf’s business development activities in Asia for over 15 years, I am excited to be back in Japan, establishing the 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,” said Pentland, Managing Director and Head of APAC at Northleaf.

“We are seeing strong interest from investors across the APAC in our 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.”

What does the expansion mean for Northleaf?

Commenting on the expansion, Stuart Waugh, Managing Partner of Northleaf, said, “The opening of Northleaf’s Tokyo office represents an important milestone for our global strategy. Northleaf has been actively investing in the Asia Pacific 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,” Stuart Waugh further added.

Northleaf’s growth trajectory continues on multiple fronts, demonstrating strong global investor interest in the firm’s innovative, mid-market private markets strategies, long-standing responsible investment framework and well-established track record. Across its private equity, private credit and infrastructure strategies, the firm has raised more than $3bn over the past 12 months, bringing its total capital commitments raised to date to $21 billion.