Coller poaches BlackRock director in Hong Kong

The secondaries firm has made a number of recent hires including former Deutsche Bank, StepStone and JPMorgan professionals.

Coller Capital has poached a BlackRock private equity partners director for its Hong Kong investment team amid a number of other hires.

The London-headquartered secondaries firm hired Zhan Yang, who spent almost six years at BlackRock, as a principal responsible for origination and execution in May. Yang also has experience at fund of funds manager Adveq.

Karen Tse also joined the firm’s Hong Kong office as a senior associate in May. Tse spent five years at Deutsche Bank, most recently covering real estate and gaming.

In London, Coller hired Neil Cunha-Gomes as an associate in June. Cunha-Gomes also joins from Deutsche where he worked in the bank’s structured finance team.

Coller also made three other additions to its investment team earlier this year including Fredrik Daun who joined as a senior associate in April from JPMorgan and Matilde Horta e Costa, who joined in March from Perella Weinberg Partners, both in London.

In New York, Coller hired Jeffrey Jack  in February, who was most recently at StepStone where he focused on primaries and secondaries. He also has experience at Ardian as an analyst.

Coller has lost at least five members of its investment and investor relations teams this year, including most recently Martin Fleischer, an investment manager who left to join Intermediate Capital Group’s secondaries restructuring team in July.