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Eugene Lai

Managing Director & Co-Managing Partner at Southern Capital


Eugene Lai is a Managing Director and Co-Managing Partner of Southern Capital Group, a private equity firm that makes mid-market control investments in Southeast Asia.  Southern Capital invests in businesses with proven track records, predictable cash flows and strong management teams. 

Eugene has extensive experience in investments, finance, business and law, including having been Managing Director of JPMorgan, Managing Director of The Carlyle Group, Asia, and CEO of The Ascott Group Limited, one of the largest serviced apartment businesses in the world.

Eugene graduated with a bachelor’s degree in law (first class honors, top of his class) from The London School of Economics & Political Science, London University, and a master’s degree in law from Harvard University.

Eugene sits on a number of boards, including the Securities Industry Council, AIMS AMP Capital Industrial REIT Management Limited, Perennial Real Estate Holdings Limited as well as various Southern Capital portfolio companies.