PE  Taiyo Pacific Partners

     Office Locations:

5300 Carillon Point
Kirkland, WA 98033
Phone: 425-896-5300



  • Middle Market



  • Business Services
  • Manufacturing & Industrial



    Taiyo Pacific Partners was founded in 2001 to capitalize on investment opportunities in the Japanese market by utilizing the strategic consulting, investment management and Japanese business skills of the managing partners. The Taiyo Fund was launched in June 2003 with an initial equity investment of $200 million by CalPERS, the State of California Public Employees Retirement System. The Fund currently has over $2.0 billion under management. The Fund is co-managed by Taiyo Pacific Partners, LP and by WL Ross & Co. The fund aims to achieve significant performance by investing in a concentrated number of publicly listed, Japanese small-cap companies. Wilbur Ross Jr. is a member of the investment committee along with the managing partners from Taiyo Pacific Partners. The Taiyo Fund is currently closed to additional capital. The Taiyo Pearl Fund was launched in October 2007 and aims to achieve significant performance by investing in publicly listed, Japanese micro-cap companies and Japanese private equity companies. The Taiyo Cypress Fund, launched in April 2008, aims to achieve significant outperformance by investing in publicly listed, Japanese mid-cap companies and Japanese private companies. Taiyo currently invests approximately $2.6 billion in private and smaller cap public companies in Asia.



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    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Brian K. Heywood Founding Partner and CEO
    Christine Watanabe
    John H. Hammond, Jr. Founding Partner
    Michael A. King CFA Founding Partner and Chief Investment Officer


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