Managing Partner & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Heffner is a co-founder, Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Adamas. Prior to forming Adamas, Mr. Heffner was a Partner of Ajia Partners which managed over US$2.5 billion in alternative investment funds focused on Asia. He was responsible for the Fund of Funds business and development of Middle East relationship. He was also a Managing Director at a Hong Kong family office, where he was responsible for all technology, media and telecom investments. Mr. Heffner was previously an Associate Director with Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management. He has over 20 years of investment experience in Hong Kong and has extensive experience in asset management, marketing, and entrepreneurial ventures.
He obtained an MBA from Columbia Business School and graduated with Honours in Asia Studies from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
Mr. Heffner was the former President of Columbia Alumni Association Hong Kong and is a current board advisor.
Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer (Private Investments)
Mr. Lau is a Co-founder, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer (Private Credit) of Adamas. Prior to the founding of Adamas, he was Head of Fund Derivatives Asia at BNP Paribas focused on structured collateralised lending on hedge fund assets.
Prior to BNP Paribas, he was at ABN AMRO focused on structuring dynamic guarantees and credit derivative instruments. He was formerly a lawyer at Clifford Chance LLP, London, focused on private equity and hedge fund establishments and investments.
Mr. Lau is on the global board and Co-chair of Asia for the Alternative Credit Council, a global body representing asset management firms in the private credit and direct lending space. Mr. Lau is also a member of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) within the Banking and finance task force. ESCAP is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region.
Mr. Lau obtained a law degree from University College London.
Managing Director, Co-Head of Private Investments and Head of Asia
Reuben Lee has extensive experience in special situations investments and structured financing, both in Europe and Asia, including the restructuring, managing and operating of invested assets. He has sourced, structured and executed financing and investment transactions for both lenders and sponsors across the credit spectrum, from syndicated senior secured bank loans, to structured trade and offtake financings and to mezzanine and convertible debt.
Separately, he has also established and operated his own businesses, with hands on experience in building businesses, teams, and their respective go to market strategies.
Reuben was previously Principal and Managing Director at Kai Investment Partners. He started his career as a private equity lawyer at Ashurst in London and read law at the University of Durham.
Managing Director, Head of Private Investments
Ms. Yu is a Managing Director and Head of Private Investments of Adamas Asset Management. Since Ms. Yu joined the firm in January 2010, she has managed investments under the private credit funds and gained extensive experience in private credit investments in Greater China. She has also been responsible for the overall coordination of a China onshore RMB lending platform where onshore collaterals can be secured.
Previously she worked at BNP Paribas with Barry Lau, responsible for equities and derivatives product structuring and distribution in Hong Kong and South East Asia. She was actively involved in market research, deal structuring and execution, and the overall coordination of deal documents with clients, the legal team and regulators relating to structured products.
Prior to BNP Paribas, Ms. Yu was an accountant at Ernst & Young.
Ms. Yu has a Master in Chemistry from Oxford University.