Chris Lerner is a global Partner and Head of Asia for Eaton where he leads the origination and execution of fundraises, secondaries and strategic advisory. He also assists in distribution in Asia. Chris has over 20 years' experience in private markets investments and investment banking with over $15 billion in completed transactions.
Prior to joining Eaton Partners, he was a Managing Partner for Mercer Street Capital, an independent investment and cross-border strategy consulting firm based in US and China. 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 established the Asia Pacific Financial Institutions Group. Later, he worked on the corporate buy-side in strategic planning and M&A, including for The Timberland Company where he completed the first four acquisitions in that company's history.
Under Chris' leadership, Eaton has been the recipient of numerous industry accolades in Asia including Private Equity International's fund placement firm of the year for two consecutive years, as well as secondary advisor of the year.
Chris received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Tufts University. He also earned a Certificate in Mandarin Chinese from the College of Foreign Languages in Beijing. He holds Series 24, 7, 63 and 79 licenses with FINRA. Chris is also licensed with the SFC in Hong Kong and registered with the FCA in the United Kingdom.