Pote Videt is a Managing Director of Lombard based in Bangkok. Prior to Lombard, Mr. Videt was Managing Director of Credit Suisse First Boston responsible for Southeast Asia, and Managing Director of Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong. His transactional experience has ranged from small entrepreneurial concerns to several Fortune Global 500 companies, government enterprises and international organizations. In its first worldwide survey, Global Finance magazine named Mr. Videt as one of the best bankers in the emerging markets.
In 1997, Mr. Videt served briefly as Deputy Minister of Commerce in the Thai Government. From 1998-2001, he served as advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi (former head of the WTO) with regard to international economic policy. He has also served on the Council of Economic Advisors to the Prime Minister of Thailand.
Mr. Videt is a member of the Board of Directors of several Thai companies. He also serves on the Boards of the Asian Corporate Governance Association and the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association, and is trustee emeritus of the Asia Society – New York.
Mr. Videt graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University with a B.A. degree (1974) and holds an M.B.A. (1976) with distinction from Harvard Business School.
Lombard is a leading international private equity investment manager with offices in Bangkok, Hong Kong, and San Francisco. Formed in 1985, Lombard has made more than 75 control and minority investments in Asia and North America. The firm's investors include some of the world's largest and most respected financial institutions, major pension funds, and corporations, as well as family offices in Asia, Europe and North America. As a founding sponsor of the Asian Corporate Governance Association and a strong advocate of sound corporate governance, Lombard works actively to promote transparency, accountability, and good business practices.
Lombard backs dynamic enterprises needing equity capital for expansion, financial restructuring or management buyouts. Typically, Lombard invests US$10-$50 million in each company, although it may also make larger investments through consortium arrangements. Lombard provides strategic and financial advice to management and adds value to its portfolio companies by leveraging its extensive relationships in North America and Asia.
Lombard is currently investing its third Asian private equity fund, Lombard Asia III, which is focusing on the markets of Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Greater China. Previously, Lombard invested in Thailand through its Thailand Equity Fund and regionally in Asia through its Lombard Asian Private Investment Company ("LAPIC") fund. Lombard began investing in Asia in 1996, initially pursuing investments in China and Taiwan.