Independent Non-Executive Director
Matthew Burlage has spent the last three decades involved in financing and advising Asia’s leading corporations, government enterprises and financial institutions and has been involved in some of the most ground-breaking transactions in Asia, particularly in the telecom, media and technology (TMT) sectors.
In 2000, Mr Burlage co-founded IRG, a boutique financial advisory and investment firm focused on the core growth sectors in Asia. Mr Burlage advises Asian and global corporates, private equity funds, hedge funds and sovereign wealth funds on a range of transactions including mergers, acquisitions, corporate restructurings, and debt capital and equity capital financings.
Mr Burlage is also responsible for the firm’s investment strategy and management of its proprietary capital. Before co-founding IRG, Mr Burlage was a Managing Director and Head of Industry Groups at Lehman Brothers in Hong Kong where he created the first and largest dedicated TMT industry group at an investment bank in Asia in the early 1990s. He has been an adviser on capital raisings, equity/debt financings and merger and acquisition strategy to Asia’s leading companies in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, China, Thailand, Taiwan, and South Korea, as well as to global telecommunications operators in Europe and the US.
Mr Burlage was ranked Number One in ex-Japan Corporate Asia, and Number Two in Corporate Asia, by Institutional Investor, and is a member of Institutional Investor’s Top 20 Global E-Finance Elite for Asia and Europe.
Mr Burlage has a MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University, and attended the Japanese Language Institute of Sophia University.