Novo Tellus has raised $250 million for a second fund, attracting new US pension and endowment funds at a time when most are struggling to fundraise. Hear how Loke Wai San went from raising only one-quarter of his target in 2011 to raising ten times that amount for his second fund. This Singaporean GP who left Baring Private Equity Asia in 2010, will share the ups and downs of his journey from Fund One to Fund Two, and how a promise he made meant returning capital before raising a second fund.
Wai San is a Founder and Managing Director of Novo Tellus Capital Partners. He has led the investment activity of the fund since its founding in 2011. Wai San is the chairman of portfolio companies AEM Holdings and Novoflex Pte. Ltd, and represents the fund on the boards of MFS and Luma Holdings. Wai San started his career as an R&D engineer with Motorola’s Cellular Infrastructure Group and subsequently joined management consultants AT Kearney in their High Technology practice group. Prior to founding Novo Tellus Capital Partners, Wai San was a Managing Director with Baring Private Equity Asia in their Silicon Valley and Singapore offices where he led investments in IT hardware, SaaS, semiconductor capital equipment, and industrials.
Wai San holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BSEE from Lehigh University. He was the former Chairman and President of the Singapore American Business Association in San Francisco.
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