Widus Partners is a cross-border strategic advisory and investment firm with presence in Seoul, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

We advise local companies to go abroad, source funds from strategic partners and grow/exit through IPO, M&A or trade sale.

We invest as long-term partners to founders/owner families helping them navigate through tough/special situations, find creative solutions and transitions to the next stage of their business cycle.

  • Access to strategic partners and long-term investors

  • Creative solutions for client situations

Founded in 2010, Widus Partners was established to provide practical solutions and advice to corporations in Asia and the U.S.

Our services include: (1) M&A and Investment Advisory and (2) Private Equity and Principal Investments.

Because of our reputation for getting transformative deals done, our unwavering ambition to “connect-the-dots” across markets, and our focus on building long-term relationships, we are quickly becoming one of the premier go-to “deal makers” in Asia and beyond.

What makes us unique is that we are led by professionals who were previously PE/M&A lawyers, management consultants, investment bankers, and public and private equity investors, having lived and worked in many of the key markets around the world and now working together under one roof, Widus Partners.

Steve J. Byun

Hong Kong / Seoul

University 02

University 02

Steve is Managing Partner and Founding Member of Widus Partners. Steve has advised and invested in growth and venture stage companies in Korea, Hong Kong and the US since 2008. He also has experience working as a corporate lawyer specializing in private equity and M&A transactions at Ropes & Gray, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Kim & Chang in Hong Kong and Korea. Prior to founding Widus Partners, Steve also worked at KPMG in the Financial Advisory Services group in Seoul and San Francisco, advising on various cross-border investments. He holds a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and an M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management with concentration in finance and entrepreneurship. Steve holds a B.A. in political science from University of California, Berkeley.

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Jason Park

Seoul

University 04

University 04

Jason is a Managing Director and the Co-Head of Principal Investments.  Jason has research and investment experience in private and public equities throughout Asia and the US dating back to 2009.  Most recently, Jason served as an Investment Director at BCM, a New York-based hedge fund, where he invested in public equities globally.  He previously co-founded Latona Capital, a real estate-focused investment firm investing in Mongolia.  Jason holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in finance with a specialization in entrepreneurship from NYU Stern School of Business.

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David D. H. Lee

Singapore

University 05

University 05

David is a Managing Director and the Co-Head of the Advisory group at Widus Partners. David primarily advises on a variety of emerging technology projects, corporate and financial transactions, on behalf of buyers, issuers and underwriters including cross-border M&A, joint ventures, debt/equity offerings, global franchising and various other strategic investments. David has previously worked at leading global law firms including Latham & Watkins LLP and Sidley Austin LLP, where he advised clients across a wide range of industry sectors in the Asia Pacific, particularly in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, India and Korea.

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What We Do?

M&A and Investment Advisory

We are guided by our conviction that enterprises need to work with counterparties across markets to fully realize their true potential.

Our core team is comprised of leading international professionals with multi-jurisdictional work experience, world-class skill sets, and actionable global network.

Our job is to help define the equity or the synergy story for management, secure the right counterparties, and execute transformative deals that deliver a lasting impact.

While we cover many industries, we have developed a particularly strong reputation, network and experience in e-commerce, retail and brands; cosmetics, healthcare and well-being solutions; media and entertainment; education, play and training; and technology and components.


Private Equity and Principal Investments

What makes us distinctive is that, along with our core advisory practice, we are able to bring our unique ability to take principal positions with companies with which we find most promising for growth and success.

Our usual approach is to invest prior to investments from or alongside strategic investors with which we have ongoing relationships, ensuring significant value-add immediately after our investment. We may also consider investing in the most promising companies with which we are providing advisory support, if and when we are invited to do so. We also invest in companies that are planning to do an IPO within 18 to 24 months of our investment.

Supporting our Private Equity and Principal Investments practice is our joint venture arrangement with Vogo Fund, an alternative asset management company in Korea, which allows us to execute and book our principal investment deals in Korea.

Why Widus

Widus Partners is truly unique in establishing an ongoing synergy cycle to create
long-term value for our clients. Our core tenets comprise of the following.

  • Top-tier talent and culture

    Top-tier talent and culture

    As we understand that our group will only be as capable as the ultimate cumulation of talented individuals that bring a unique skillset and strategic network to our client ecosystem, we prioritize on retaining a diverse group of professionals that abide by the highest levels of professionalism, integrity, interpersonal skills and teamwork.

  • Thought leadership

    Thought leadership

    We like to think outside the box, and devise creative and cutting-edge solutions for our clients to help them stay at the forefront of their respective markets and industries. We strive to establish best practices for roads untraveled, paving the way for effective future guidance and value creation.

  • High quality execution

    High quality execution

    Leveraging our team base of seasoned professionals with expertise in various areas including corporate finance, PE, M&A, legal, consulting and  digital assets, Widus Partners distinguishes itself from its peers in its ability to take the lead role in successfully executing and closing transactions. Concurrently, we leverage our long-term trusted advisor relationships with financial sponsors and family offices who act as co-investors or counterparties.

  • Track record & reputation

    Track record & reputation

    Although we take pride in our track record of advising on landmark deals, we put a much greater emphasis in continuing to add value to our clients, next-steps strategies and creating further synergies with our extensive pool of strategic partners. Retaining our reputation is key, which is why we think and act in the client’s best interest beyond any given transaction at hand.

  • Our Valuable Clients

    Our Presence

    • Seoul

      Jason Park

      jason.park@widuspartners.com

    • Hong Kong

      Steve J. Byun

      steve.byun@widuspartners.com

    • Singapore

      David D.H. Lee

      david.lee@widuspartners.com

    • San Francisco

      Jack Wang

      jack.wang@widuspartners.com