Zerobridge Partners is a credit, distressed debt and special situations business focused on the Asia-Pacific region.

We have a unique platform with both advisory and asset management businesses to help our clients navigate the complexity in the market.

Platform

Capital Markets

Asia-wide debt advisory platform servicing financial sponsors, corporates and entrepreneurs; raising capital from private markets at the best terms available

Broad based borrower and lender facing platform with deep product expertise and relationships

Primary sourcing engine for proprietary investments for the credit opportunities strategy

Asset Management

The team aims to deliver superior returns through a low volatile, uncorrelated alternative credit strategy

Strategy seeks to take advantage of the less developed banking and capital markets in Asia, and capitalise on our strong proprietary deal flow

The investments will be made primarily through bespoke, privately negotiated deals, however secondary investments will also be considered

Principles

Partnership

Our approach is to work in partnership with companies, shareholders, and sponsors to craft deal-specific structures. This customized approach allows for innovative financing solutions in a geography where developed market financing practices do not always apply.

Our aim is to provide our clients with the best possible advice and best in class execution to raise capital on the best possible terms, without preferences for specific solutions or capital providers.

Experience

Zerobridge combines global perspective and expertise with deep local networks and hands on deal experience to provide clients with insightful and differentiated capital raising advice, especially in situations with:

  • Collateral complexity
  • Deal or structural complexity
  • A need for financing of a size or nature that is challenging for the traditional capital markets
Experience

Zerobridge combines global perspective and expertise with deep local networks and hands on deal experience to provide clients with insightful and differentiated capital raising advice, especially in situations with:

  • Collateral complexity
  • Deal or structural complexity
  • A need for financing of a size or nature that is challenging for the traditional capital markets
Team

Our team is highly credentialed with decades of relevant and hands-on experience in a diverse and fragmented regional market with high barriers to entry, including language, culture, regulation and tax. Each deal is lead by a senior member of the team, who will lead the deal through all aspects of execution.

Services

New Debt Financings
New capital raising in a diverse range of circumstances, with a focus on M&A and event driven situations.
New Debt Financings
New capital raising in a diverse range of circumstances, with a focus on M&A and event driven situations.
General Advisory & Capital Structure
  • Dividend recapitalizations
  • Recapitalizations to prevent default
  • Covenant reset negotiations
  • Expansion capital
  • Bridge financings
  • Re-financings
  • Credit ratings process
  • Waivers & Amendments
Liability Management
  • Consent Solicitations
  • Exchange & Tender offerings
Liability Management
  • Consent Solicitations
  • Exchange & Tender offerings
Distressed & Special Situation Advisory
  • Steering committee & investor negotiation
  • Rescue financing in stressed & distressed situations
  • Last mile financing
  • Waivers & Amendments

Our Leadership

Our invaluable experience in the debt markets, both public and private, enables us to run sophisticated execution processes in a way that ensures optimal solutions on the best possible terms.
Asset Management

Rahul Kotwal

Founder & Managing Partner

Rahul is the Founder and Managing Partner of Zerobridge. He is responsible for the overall strategy of the firm.

Prior to founding Zerobridge, Rahul was a MD, and head of the Financing Solutions Group at UBS for APAC where he managed all the risk books (peak notional value of USD2 billion) for leveraged & acquisition finance, special situations and structured finance. During his career at UBS, Rahul has held numerous leadership roles in a variety of credit businesses including leveraged finance, distressed trading, special situations and principal credit in London, New York and Hong Kong. Rahul has run risk books of up to USD2 billion and raised over USD100 billion globally, of which over USD25 billion was in Asia.

Michael Marquardt

Partner & COO

Michael is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Zerobridge. He is responsible for building out the infrastructure & controls for the Zerobridge businesses. Prior to joining Zerobridge, Michael was a Managing Director, and Asia-Pacific COO for BlackRock. In this role he was responsible for overseeing Technology, Legal & Compliance, Project Management, and Operations for BlackRock’s $400B AUM APAC business. He served on BlackRock’s APAC Executive Committee and Global Operating Committee. Prior to this role, Michael was the COO for Barclays Global Investor Japan, a Global Risk Manager for BGI and a Private Banker for American Express Bank.
Capital Markets

Jason Fung

Partner

Jason is a Partner of Zerobridge. He is responsible for the Zerobridge Capital Markets business with a focus on Greater China and N. Asia. He has a deep network with SME clients and strong expertise in structuring financings for private and listed corporates in the region. Prior to joining Zerobridge, Jason was Head of Structured Finance at VTB Capital HK as well as Head of North Asia for the Emerging Markets Financing Group in Credit Suisse and built the team from inception. Jason has over 20 years of experience in the Asian financial services, with a focus in FI and Private Financing origination in APAC. He has raised over USD11 billion of private capital for companies in diverse industries including technology, mining, renewable energy, real estate and industrials.

Giles Abbott,

Partner

Giles is a Partner of Zerobridge. He is responsible for the Zerobridge Capital Markets business with a focus on South East Asia and Australia. He has a long and successful track record of executing complex financings in Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

Prior to joining Zerobridge, Giles was a partner at AMC Capital Advisors, a Hong Kong-based independent debt advisory firm. Prior to founding AMC, Giles led Houlihan Lokey’s debt financing team in Asia. Giles has over 15 years of senior leveraged and acquisition finance experience at Mizuho and UBS in London and Hong Kong. He has raised in excess of USD25bn of capital.