Lighthouse Canton and Korea’s NH Group to Co-invest in Indian and Southeast Asian Private Debt Market

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Singapore/Seoul– 17 January 2024Lighthouse Canton, a Singapore-headquartered global wealth and asset management investment institution, and NH Absolute Return Partners (NHARP), a Singapore-based asset management company of one of Korea’s largest securities firms, NH Investment & Securities, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to co-invest in the Indian private debt space.

Under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding, Lighthouse Canton and NHARP will co-invest up to US$20m in promising Indian companies. The pair will also explore opportunities for greater collaboration across the Indian private markets space.

For Lighthouse Canton, which has offices in Singapore, Dubai, New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru, India is a core investment market, and the firm manages India and Southeast Asia-focused funds on various private market strategies including commercial real estate, venture equity and venture debt. NH has been actively investing in the region in sectors that are of strategic interest and hopes to leverage the resources of its parent company, NH Investment & Securities, and the infrastructure of the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation Financial Group to explore further opportunities across India and Southeast Asia.

“India’s economy is at an inflection point, supported by favourable demographics, development-oriented policies, and infrastructural growth. India’s mid-market ecosystem is poised to benefit from the overall growth as India marches towards becoming the third-largest economy over the next 3-4 years,” said Sanket Sinha, Director on the Board of Lighthouse Canton and head of its Asset Management business. “We are excited to join hands with NH Group, one of the leading institutions in Korea, to support the growth of companies operating in small finance, fintech, B2B commerce, and agricultural finance, among others, in India and Southeast Asia. NH’s experience in these areas will be an asset for the companies we collectively invest in.”

Kijung Kwon, Managing Director and CIO of NH Absolute Return Partners stated, “From an investors’ perspective, India is a vibrant market with significant exit opportunities across various sectors such as financial service, consumer, B2B SaaS. In 2023, approximately $30 billion is realized through about 250 exit transactions in PE and VC market, including IPOs and M&As. Furthermore, we plan to set our focal points more closely on identifying investment opportunities and achieving exits in India’s promising companies.

Hongwook Warren Kim, CEO of NH Investment & Securities’ Global Business Division, added: “India is a key market where not only the venture ecosystem but also the entire capital market is developing dynamically due to high growth. The signing of this MoU serves as an opportunity to better understand the Indian market for us. From now on, as one of Korea’s leading capital market players, we plan to create synergies in collaboration with Lighthouse Canton.”

About Lighthouse Canton

Headquartered in Singapore, Lighthouse Canton is a global investment institution with wealth and asset management capabilities. We employ over 100 experienced professionals across our offices in Singapore, Dubai and India, and oversee over US$ 3 bn worth of assets under management and advisory (as of 30th June, 2023).

Lighthouse Canton creates value through innovative investment solutions for accredited private clients, institutional investors and an ecosystem of founders and entrepreneurs globally.

Our Asset Management service comprises strong internal product capabilities in hedge funds, private equity, traditional fundamental analysis, investing through multiple strategies in real estate private equity, direct lending, public equities, and global macros.

Lighthouse Canton Pte Ltd is regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (“MAS”) and registered as an Exempt Reporting Advisor (“ERA”) in the United States. Lighthouse Canton Capital (DIFC) Pte Ltd in Dubai is regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (“DFSA”). LC Capital India Pte Ltd is registered with Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI). Lighthouse Canton Group manages a venture debt fund in India, which is a Category II Alternative Investment Fund (AIF), regulated by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

For more information, visit www.lighthouse-canton.com

About NH Absolute Return Partners

NH Absolute Return Partners (NHARP) is a Singapore-based asset management subsidiary of NH Investment & Securities. Based in Seoul, NH Investments & Securities offers a broad range of financial services, including wealth management, investment banking, brokerage, and merchant banking, through a network of 73 domestic branches and 8 overseas offices.

For more information, visit www.nhqv.com

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