Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific & Australia
Karthi is Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific & Australia, and joined PFG in 2016 to launch and grow the company’s Asia Pacific business from the Sydney, Australia office.
Prior to joining PFG, Karthi co-founded Health Live, a healthcare technology group in Sydney and managed healthcare private equity investments at Evolution Healthcare Partners. Previously, Karthi worked in investment banking with Macquarie Capital and Credit Suisse across Australasia and Asia, providing M&A and capital raising advice to healthcare, technology and financial services businesses. It was during this time that Karthi met Jason Georgatos and the PFG team, and worked on one of PFG’s earliest financing transactions in Australia.
Karthi holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Law and Finance from the University of Oxford.
Karthi has lived in 4 countries, and visited so many others that he’s long since lost count.
Karthi is endlessly fascinated with the study of law, and holds 3 law degrees despite never practicing law a day in his life.
“I had known the PFG team for several years, and it was not only the terrific people but also the dedication to finding underserved areas of investment that convinced me to join and help launch the Sydney office.”
IDB Invest, a member of the IDB Group, is a multilateral development bank committed to promoting the economic development of its member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean through the private sector. IDB Invest finances sustainable companies and projects to achieve financial results and maximize economic, social, and environmental development in the region. With a portfolio of $16.3 billion in asset management and 347 clients in 25 countries, IDB Invest provides innovative financial solutions and advisory services that meet the needs of its clients in a variety of industries.
PFG leads a joint venture with IDB Invest that provides debt capital to emerging innovative tech companies across the region via our Latin America Growth Lending Fund. The initiative brings investment expertise into LAC from top notch global players in this field.
SVB is a leading American bank providing products, services and strategic advice for businesses at every stage. They operate as a go-to commercial bank for start-ups and established corporations, offering venture funding, private banking & wealth advising. SVB is the largest lender to technology companies globally.
SVB has built its reputation as the financial partner of the innovation economy – helping individuals, investors and the world’s most innovative companies achieve extraordinary outcomes.
PFG and SVB have maintained an official strategic partnership since the late 1980’s. We have collaborated together as co-lenders and extended each other's ability to reach new markets and provide deeper capital to high-growth companies.
PFG and SVB have provided growth debt across the U.S. & Canada, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Latin America, where we co-manage a Venture Debt Latin America Growth Lending Fund.
IFC — a member of the World Bank Group — is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. IFC works in more than 100 countries, using its capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.
PFG and IFC are strategic partners where we extend IFC’s direct venture and VC funding, collaborating on fintech and tech lending across global growth markets.
Aims to be the partner of choice for the private sector in Latin America and the Caribbean. They finance projects to advance clean energy, modernize agriculture, strengthen transportation systems and expand access to financing.