Asia Growth Capital Advisors (S) Pte Ltd
Harjit Bhatia rejoined Asia Growth Capital Advisors (AGCA) as Executive Chairman, effective 1st December 2014 from PineBridge Asia Partners, where he was responsible for managing Asia Opportunities Fund II (AOF II) as Managing Partner & CEO from July 2012 – 30th November 2014.
Harjit Bhatia founded Asia Growth Capital Advisors (AGCA) in August 2010, along with Soma Ghosal, who worked with him at Credit Suisse Private Equity Asia (CSPEA). He was, till July 2010, the Chairman and Managing Partner of CSPEA, a pan Asian fund sponsored by Credit Suisse as the exclusive investment vehicle in the region. Mr. Bhatia joined Credit Suisse in April 2007 from Ritchie Capital Management (RCM) where he was Chairman and CEO, Asia Pacific and led RCM’s expansion into private equity investing in the region.
Prior to RCM, Mr. Bhatia spent 11 years at General Electric (GE), most recently as President and CEO of GE Corporate Financial Services in Asia Pacific. While at GE, Mr. Bhatia recruited and managed a team of more than 30 private equity investment professionals operating out of offices in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney, Mumbai and New Delhi, and successfully pioneered one of the first dedicated, local, investment programs in Asian private equity (1997-2002).
From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Bhatia led GE’s Asia-Pacific business focused on distressed asset acquisition / management and broad corporate financial services, managing over 200 employees across offices in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Taipei, Beijing, Seoul, Bangkok and Delhi. Prior to joining GE, Mr. Bhatia founded and led Deutsche Bank’s Merchant Banking business in New Delhi, India (1991-1994), and worked at the State Bank of India for 18 years in various leadership positions in India and Japan. In all, Mr. Bhatia has over 40 years of broad management experience across private equity, distressed investing, corporate finance and investment banking.
Mr. Bhatia holds an MBA from the University of Delhi, India and a Master of Commerce from the University of Allahabad, Allahabad, India. He is also a Certified Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers. Mr. Bhatia also obtained a “Green Belt” certification under GE’s Six Sigma Quality Program. He is fluent in English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.