Trusted Cross Border
Advisors

23 year track record advising CEOs and Boards of Directors

Relationship driven - nearly all our work is repeat client business


Effective, always proactive,
Extra mile work for clients


"Tethys" was one of the first born in Greek mythology, providing fresh water, nourishment and growth to the earth.
We are similarly focussed on helping companies be good citizens of the world and excel in their chosen areas of expertise.

WE ARE DEDICATED ASEAN and INDIA ADVISORS

We have demonstrated twenty-three years of effective advice to companies on corporate finance, company strategy, M&A and governance matters.

M & A ADVISORY


TARGETunder USD 500 million


FINDtargets and enter bilateral negotiations before a sell side process begins

PRIVATEunlisted company acquisitions


DIRECTapproach to families, entrepreneurs and
decision makers

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORSHIPS
INDEPENDENT, CORPORATE GOVERNANCE FOCUSSED DIRECTORS for:

  • International companies with substantial businesses in ASEAN and INDIA
  • Family controlled, Asian listed companies
We work with companies that we admire and are focussed on helping them be good citizens of the world and excel in their chosen areas of focus

M&A Services
Comprehensive Entry and Expansion Services

FORMULATE

Strategy

  • Market insights
  • Strategy formulation
  • Risk assessment

LOCATE & INVESTIGATE

Business Development

  • Assessing available options
    (M&A, Joint Venture, Direct Entry)
  • Meetings with potential targets / partners / regulators

VALUE & NEGOTIATE

Entry/Expand

  • Valuations and pricing
  • Structure
  • Terms
  • Agreements

INTEGRATE

Post-Deal

  • Realizing value
  • Non executive board directors and advice

ACQUISITIONS

In the deal flow. Identify what is available, evaluate the chances of success and advise on getting deals done

JOINT VENTURES

Identification of trustworthy partners, background checks and structuring

GREENFIELD ENTRY

Identification and evaluation of sites and implementation of localized business plans

SPECIAL SITUATIONS

Franchise agreements, restructuring of Asian operations, divestitures

Non-Executive Directorships
Independent Advice and Guidance

WE ASSIST

International and local (Asia) listed companies with businesses in ASEAN and India.

As part of the Board, we provide independent oversight and leadership, and also participate in Audit and Risk Committees.

WE GUIDE

We mentor and provide a sounding board for CEOs and top management.
Our advice is always provided in a helpful and positive manner.

WE ARE COMMITTED

We train ourselves, work hard and provide the time to fulfil our duties of:

  • Care
  • Loyalty
  • Leadership

WE WORK COLLABORATIVELY

We listen and work well as a team with other Board Directors.
We provide trusted counsel and our focus is on adding value towards the greater success of the company and its shareholders.

Our Clients

Kai has personally advised some of the largest international companies in a range of industries on deals in ASEAN and India.

A full client list and excellent high level references provided on request.

Please contact us.

TOP 5 GLOBAL

Mobile Operator

TOP 5 GLOBALData Center/Cloud Provider

TOP 5 GLOBALEarth Moving Equipment Company

LEADING GLOBALRetail & Wholesale Bank

LEADING GLOBALTravel & Tourism Company

LEADING GLOBALSpecialised Auto & Water Components

LEADING ASIANConglomerate (TELCO, Food)

LEADING EUROPEANAuto Component Company

LEADING EUROPEANInsurance Company

The Team
Kai Taraporevala and Yoshi Abe

WE ARE

friends, having met during our MBA at INSEAD in 1994. We have extensive experience advising some of the world’s largest companies.

WE STRIVE

for excellence: engendering and demonstrating trust with our clients and providing a world class service is our constant endeavour.

WE DO IT

across cultures: Kai is Indian and works based out of Singapore and Yoshi is Japanese. Having lived and worked in many countries in Asia and Europe, we bridge gaps of understanding. We help pursue successful deals and have them completed efficiently.

WE WORK

for a few clients for whom we advise on cross border acquisitions, greenfield projects, JVs and restructurings. We also act as Non-Executive Directors, primarily for international companies’ Asian subsidiaries.

INTERNATIONAL NETWORK

We have deep and long lasting relationships with Senior Advisiors world wide.
We call upon these senior resources while providing clients with our world class service.

Kai Taraporevala

Kai Taraporevala

Managing Director

Kaikhushru (“Kai”) Taraporevala (52), has over twenty-three years of experience leading investment banking, asset management and securities companies in India and ASEAN. Working with clients from around the world, Kai has advised on corporate finance deals in South Asia (India and Sri Lanka) and ASEAN (Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Singapore). Kai’s clients have included large companies such as Vodafone, First Pacific, RBS and Thomas Cook amongst others. An INSEAD MBA alumnus (1994) with Masters degrees in Physics from I.I.T. Delhi (1989) and University of Dundee (1990), Kai began his career in finance with Lazard India (1995-97), before founding and leading the London and Mumbai based India Advisory Partners Group (“IAP”) (September 1997 to May 2011). In 2011 Kai sold his stake in IAP’s asset management business and continued his advisory work in Tethys Ventures, a Singapore based corporate finance advisory firm.

From March 2014 to October 2015 Kai led the restructuring of Tata Capital’s investment banking and securities business as President Investment Banking and Managing Director of subsidiary Tata Securities. Kai has now returned to Singapore and Tethys Ventures from where he continues his cross border advisory business for international companies.

Kai is a Member of the Singapore Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (India).

Yoshi Abe

Yoshi Abe

Senior Advisor & Director

Yoshihiko (“Yoshi”) ABE (55), has over twenty-one years of experience in strategy consulting and implementation services for leading Japanese and global companies with cross national teams, consisted of American, Belgian, British, French, Indian, Italian, Korean and Swiss. An INSEAD MBA alumnus (1994) with BA in Economics & BE in Information Science from Kyoto University, he started his career in consulting with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and was then a Principal at A.T.Kearny before he founded Value Innovation Japan in 2007.

During his career, Yoshi has led numerous projects including cross border M&A, turn around, and organic growth projects. His clients have included large corporations such as ANA, Alliantz Life Insurance, Tokyu Oasis, Recruit, Nomura Securities, NIKKO SMBC, and Asahi Beer amongst others. Yoshi was also CEO of a group company of TSE1 listed. He has been serving as Non-Executive Director of a number of venture companies.

Yoshi has published several books on strategy, and articles on DIAMOND Harvard Businese Review. He is Visiting Professor at Waseda University, and Visiting Lecturer at The Tokyo University of the Arts. He is an active member of Tokyo Roppongi Rotary Club.

Articles
Ideas of interest based on years of practical experience

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KAI TARAPOREVALA

The 'HAPPY' Framework For International Companies in ASEAN & India


ASEAN (10 countries; Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Brunei, Laos, Cambodia) and India are significant economic regions. ASEAN and India each have total GDPs of over USD 2 trillion and are growing rapidly with Real GDP growths of 5% to 7% per annum. The regions have some of the largest numbers of “middle class” consumers and young demographics...
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KAI TARAPOREVALA

Time Management for Effective Non-Executive Directors


Key activities depend on what stage of development a company is presently at (start up, high growth etc.) as well as on what corporate activities a company may be involved in (acquisitions, capital raising). In nearly all cases the time commitment from NEDs has substantially increased. To be effective NEDs need a framework for...
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Get In Touch With Us

HeadquartersSingapore

Legal EntityTethys Ventures (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Registration201114215G

Incorporated15 June 2011

Singapore:
1 Fullerton
#02-01 One Fullerton
Singapore 049213
T: +65 6832 5075
E: contacts@tethysventures.com