Stuart Wilson, Partner
Stu is a Founding Partner of OCP Asia and sits on the Firm’s Investment and Executive Committees. Prior to establishing OCP Asia, Stu was a Principal and Senior Portfolio Manager responsible for the Asian business of Stark Investments where he joined in 1997 and became a Principal in 1999. During this time, he was responsible for restructuring and oversight of the firm's global IT platform and the creation of the firm's Risk Group and systems. Stu also served on the Global Compensation Committee and Global Portfolio Allocation Committees. Prior to this, Stu was at Citadel Investments Group, where he traded Asian markets since 1993. Stu holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business (1997) and a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University (1993).
Teall Edds, Partner
Teall is a Founding Partner of OCP Asia and sits on the Firm’s Investment and Executive Committees. Prior to establishing OCP Asia, Teall was a Principal of Stark Investments, where he joined in 2003 and became a Principal in 2008. He was a Senior Portfolio Manager responsible for structured finance, fixed income and hybrid credit strategies in the Asian region and also served on the Global Portfolio Allocation Committee. Prior to this, Teall was the Head of Credit Risk Management at Credit Suisse Financial Products (Hong Kong) and Director, Head of Credit Risk Management for Southern Asia Pacific at Credit Suisse First Boston (Singapore), where he was involved with structured finance and distressed loan management during the Asian financial crisis. Prior to his arrival in Asia in 1997, Teall spent six years in New York with Credit Suisse Financial Products and Citicorp Securities. Teall holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Denison University (1991).
Dan Simmons, Partner
Dan sits on OCP Asia’s Investment and Executive Committees. He was named a Principal at OCP Asia in 2012 and became a Partner in 2015. Prior to the establishment of OCP Asia, Dan was responsible for structuring and origination of Private Credit transactions at Stark Investments in Asia, where he joined in 2007. Prior to this, Dan was a Vice President at Merrill Lynch (Hong Kong) where he was responsible for the origination and structuring of nearly $1.5 billion of Private Credit and Private Convertibles throughout the region. Dan joined Merrill Lynch in 2005 from the Equity-Linked and Derivative Capital Markets Group at JPMorgan (Hong Kong) where he was involved in the structuring of a number of high profile CB, GDR and Exchangeable transactions from 2002 to 2005. Dan holds a combined Bachelor of Laws (1st Class Honors) and Bachelor of Business with Distinction (Finance Major) from the University of Technology, Sydney (2001).
Colin Smith, General Counsel, Principal
Colin is a member of OCP Asia’s Executive, Valuation and Risk Committees and was named Principal in 2015. Prior to the establishment of OCP Asia, Colin was Associate General Counsel (Asia) for Stark Investments, where he was responsible for legal, compliance and regulatory matters for the Firm’s Asian operations after joining in 2007. Colin has over 22 years of legal experience working in London and Hong Kong for Slaughter and May, where he was a Partner, and Allens Arthur Robinson in Sydney. He has a Masters in law (BCL) from Oxford University (1992) and a Bachelor of Arts in law from Cambridge University (1990).
Nick Cusack, COO/CFO, Principal
Nick is a member of OCP Asia’s Executive, Valuation and Risk Committees and was named Principal in 2015. Prior to the establishment of OCP Asia, Nick was the Director of Asian Operations for Stark Investments since joining in 2006. He was a Director and COO of the Fixed Income and Equity businesses for Credit Suisse in Australia and New Zealand from 2003 to 2006. Nick also spent nine years in Credit Suisse’s Credit Risk Management Department, firstly as a Credit Analyst in London, then as Regional Head of Credit Control for Asia Pacific in Hong Kong and finally as Regional Head of Credit Control of the Americas in New York. Prior to his time at Credit Suisse, Nick spent four years at National Australia Bank in corporate lending. He holds a Graduate Certificate of Business (Banking and Finance) from Edith Cowan University (1992) and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia (1989).
Ben Harris, Legal Counsel
Ben is OCP Asia’s primary deal counsel as a key member of its structuring team. Prior to the establishment of OCP Asia, Ben was lead deal counsel at Stark Investments since June 2006 where he was extensively involved in the structuring and restructuring of Private Credit transactions throughout Asia Pacific with a focus on the legal aspects of such transactions. Ben previously worked at Stephenson Harwood in London since 1999 and was an Associate in the banking departments of their London and Hong Kong offices, where he specialized in all aspects of banking, finance and restructuring throughout Asia-Pacific with a particular emphasis on asset finance. Ben graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) from Cardiff University (1997) and Graduate Diploma in Law (Commendation) and LPC (Distinction) from the University of Law (1999).
Michael Lau, Portfolio Analyst
Michael joined OCP Asia in June 2013. Prior to joining OCP Asia, Michael spent seven years in the Principal Investments and Special Situations Groups at Morgan Stanley in New York and Hong Kong where he worked on a number of Private Credit, Private Equity and PIPE investments in various Asian countries. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2006, Michael was an Associate and Senior Advisor at Ernst & Young LLP and Guiliani Capital Advisors with specialties in corporate restructurings, M&A and forensic accounting. Michael is a holder of CFA and CPA accreditations and received his Bachelor of Science (Economics) from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (2002).