Chris Lerner

Chris Lerner

Senior Advisor

Chris has spent his entire career building businesses and working with asset managers in Asia and globally. He is passionate about breaking down barriers and bringing diverse people together. He believes research, relationships and innovation are key to success in private markets. Chris is a recognized thought leader and active private investor with over 20 years in investments and transaction experience.

Prior to Thrive, Chris was a global Partner and Head of Asia for Eaton Partners where he worked with the co-founders at Thrive to build the leading GP advisory and fund placement firm in Asia. Prior to Eaton, he was a managing principal of Mercer Street Capital, an independent investment and advisory firm with business in the US, China and Vietnam. Chris began his career with Citigroup and its predecessor firms, Salomon Brothers and Smith Barney. He was the firm’s first investment banking expatriate based in Mainland China and helped establish and build the Asia Pacific Financial Institutions Group. Chris currently serves as a Managing Partner at MSA Capital, a global investment firm, where he leads strategy and business development.

Chris received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Tufts University. He also completed the joint China Senior Executive Leadership Program of Tsinghua SEM, CEIBS and Harvard Business School. He is an active member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and a Kauffman Fellow.

Chris was born and raised just outside of New York City, but has spent most all of his adult years in China having moved there over 25 years ago. He has travelled to over 50 countries and has done business in over half of them. Still, his favourite place is at home in Shanghai with his wife and two daughters.

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