Christopher T. Suan is President and Senior Managing Director for ORIX Capital Partners and joined ORIX USA as Chief Development Officer in 2014. In this role, he is responsible for developing and implementing business development strategies designed to promote sustainable growth and investment value for the firm.
Mr. Suan joined ORIX from Kohlberg, Kravis Roberts & Co., LP (KKR), where he served as Managing Director, creating and then leading the firm’s Asia Credit group. While there, he originated corporate and asset-backed investments across a variety of industries, including energy and natural resources, shipping and real estate.
Prior to KKR, Mr. Suan served as President and Chief Investment Officer for Acquisitions and Credit Fund Development for Matlin Patterson Asset Management, a New York-based $7 billion alternative asset management firm. In that role, he was responsible for making and managing GP acquisitions, raising capital for hedge funds and investing in Asia-based private equity. While there, he created an integrated corporate and real estate credit hedge fund platform via the acquisition of four leading credit investment teams with experience in long and short credit, senior syndicated bank loans, ABS trading and non-control distressed funds. Before that, Mr. Suan served as Chief Investment Officer at Suan Capital Advisors and D.B. Zwirn & Co.
Early in his career, he was a portfolio manager dealing in high yield bonds for Kidder Peabody & Co., Bankers Trust Co., and Banc of America Securities.
Mr. Suan earned an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in History and Economics from Yale University, where he graduated cum laude.