Michael Octoman

Senior Partner and COO, Navis
Mr. Octoman is a Senior Partner and COO of Navis Capital Partners and an Investment Committee member. Navis was founded in 1998 in order to make private equity investments in buyouts, recapitalisations and financial restructurings in Asia, particularly on enterprises with a strong presence in Southeast Asia, Australia and China/Hong Kong. The firm manages several private and public equity funds totalling USD 5 billion. Our investors are national, state and corporate pension funds, insurance companies, corporations and foundations, as well as high net worth individuals and family offices. Navis has one of the largest private equity professional team in Asia, comprising more than 60 individuals, supported by over 30 administrative staff, in eight offices across the region. Navis acquires control of its portfolio companies, and since its founding in 1998, has made over seventy controlling investments. All of Navis’ portfolio companies are leaders or near leaders in their respective industries and segments – such companies have competitive advantage and are generally attractive to trade buyers. Navis when it invests has direct strategic involvement alongside an incentivized management teams, focused on growth, margin enhancement, organizational systems/structure/governance strengthening and cash management. Navis is committed to improving the ‘Environmental, Social and Governance’ (“ESG”) practices of its portfolio companies, and has proven ESG to be an important lever for value creation. Navis’ investment model places a low reliance on leverage to drive its equity returns. Mr. Octoman joined Navis in 2000. He originates transactions, oversees the Navis Portfolio activities and works with companies across Asia with a focus primarily on SE Asia. Mr. Octoman is directly involved with a number of companies including Alliance Cosmetic, B Medical Systems, HGPT and the BIG Group. Prior to joining Navis, Mr. Octoman worked with Price Waterhouse Coopers with a primary focus on capital market transactions and financial due diligence specializing in energy, telecommunications and manufacturing. Mr. Octoman also worked for KPMG in Australia and Canada in Business Advisory Services. Mr. Octoman is a lifetime resident of Asia, having been raised and educated in Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accountancy from the University of South Australia and is an Australian qualified Chartered Accountant.