Dattels returns to Asia as TPG regional co-head

Former Goldman Sachs banker will work with Ben Gray as fellow co-head, as current Asia head Stephen Peel steps aside from the role.

Few private equity professionals have managed to penetrate Asian tycoons’ inner-circle of friends and advisers in their career one of them is Tim Dattels.

Dattels came out to Hong Kong in 1996, and as head of investment banking at Goldman Sachs helped steer the firm through the Asian financial crisis. He was also instrumental in forming many of the firm’s core relationships, such as the one with Li Ka-shing, Asia’s richest man. Dattels continues to serve as a director of the Hong Kong-listed hotelier Shangri-La Asia, which is controlled by the Kuok family.

“I’ve always been very focused on the overseas Chinese networks,” said Dattels in...

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