Mercury Capital Advisors announced today that it has added Masashi Hirose as Partner and Eugene Park as Principal to boost distribution and project management efforts for the firm, respectively. Hirose is based in Tokyo while Park has joined Mercury’s New York office.
“We are excited to bring Masashi and Eugene on board to leverage their relationships and fundraising experience, and to strengthen our growing team. These hires will expand our capacity to manage the very strong deal flow that we experienced in 2021 across our fund placements, directs and secondary advisory transactions,” said John Franklin and Enrique Cuan, Managing Partners at Mercury.
Mr. Hirose joins Mercury from Teneo Partners, where he served as Director and led major capital raising mandates across real estate, infrastructure, private equity, direct loans, hedge funds and venture capital. Prior to Teneo, Mr. Hirose spent eight years at AIG Investments (AIG Japan Securities), where he served as Managing Director, Head of Marketing and Client Services and Product Specialist of Alternative Products. While at AIG, he helped grow the firm’s hedge fund assets from scratch to $1.3 billion. Mr. Hirose has also held senior-level roles at Pinebridge Investments (ex. AIG Investments), HVB Capital Asia Limited, Barclays and Paribas Capital.
Mr. Park also brings a robust industry background to Mercury, joining the firm after more than nine years at First Avenue Partners. As a Director in Project Management, Mr. Park forged deep relationships with GPs to develop and refine their marketing strategy, conducted due diligence, and helped amplify sales efforts across the institutional spectrum. He also completed significant capital raises across a variety of fund types and direct deals in key asset classes including infrastructure, private credit, and private equity. Prior to First Avenue Partners, Mr. Park was an equity research analyst covering healthcare services at BB&T Capital Markets and Madison Williams & Company.
These appointments continue to fuel Mercury’s success in 2021, as the firm hired senior distribution leaders – Matthew Haimes, Jill Cohen, Jennifer Tunney and Sara Modalal – and advised on several fund closings year to date, including those of American Landmark, Ocean Link, MML, Valor Equity Partners, Gaw Capital Partners, Blue Torch Capital and Investcorp.
About Mercury Capital Advisors
Mercury Capital Advisors is a leading global private fund and investment advisory firm. Founded in 2009 as a spinoff from the Merrill Lynch Private Funds Group, the firm assists general partners and limited partners in fundraising and secondary advisory, co-investment and direct deal placement. The firm specializes in alternative assets including private equity, real estate, infrastructure, credit, venture capital, secondaries and special situations investments. Mercury has advised on over 100 fundraisings and closed over $100 billion in fund commitments since its inception in 2009.
With offices in New York, London, Singapore, Tokyo and New Delhi, the firm maintains strong relationships with a broad range of the world’s pre-eminent institutional investors, including sovereign wealth funds, corporate and public pension plans, insurance companies, endowments, family offices, foundations, secondary funds, funds of funds and consultants.
Mercury Capital Advisors is a 100% owned subsidiary of Investcorp, a global investment manager specializing in alternative investments across private equity, real estate, credit, absolute return strategies, GP stakes and infrastructure. As of June 30, 2021, Investcorp Group had US $37.6 billion in total AUM, including assets managed by third-party managers, and employed over 430 people from 45 nationalities globally across its offices in 12 countries spanning the US, Europe, GCC and Asia.