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Blackstone takes on former Morgan Stanley PE Asia exec

24 Feb 2012

Global buy-out firm Blackstone has appointed former Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia executive Ed Huang as a managing director, in a bid to help steer the firm’s operations in China.

Huang joins former Carlyle managing director Yi Luo, who was hired last year to focus on Asian buy-out opportunities. The pair will report to Blackstone’s Asia head Michael Chae, a top dealmaker who moved from the firm’s New York office in 2010.

Huang, who began work at the firm this week, joined Morgan Stanley Asia in 2003. Prior to that he worked for Merrill Lynch in New York, where he began his career in investment banking.

The news follows reports in September last year that Blackstone senior managing director Ben Jenkins was to return to New York after four years as one of the firm’s top dealmaker in Asia.

Jenkins left the firm’s Hong Kong office at the end of last year. He arrived in Hong Kong in 2007 as the firm was expanding its operations in Asia and was in charge of Blackstone’s investments in the region, including the $600m high profile acquisition of China’s BlueStar Chemical.

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