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"Our India deal pipeline is getting stronger" - Interview with Christopher Nicholas of JP Morgan

Venture Intelligence recently spoke to Christopher Nicholas, Head of JP Morgan’s Global Special Opportunities Group, the firm’s principal investment unit. Nicholas has spent 22 out of his 27 years of professional experience working in Asia. He joined the JP Morgan in 1998 as part of the Emerging Market global franchise. Until June 2004 he was responsible for leading JP Morgan’s credit business in the Asian region, with responsibility for sales, trading, syndication and research. Since then, Nicholas has focused on the firm’s growth in the distressed debt and principal investment arenas.

Venture Intelligence: While JP Morgan has recently exited its proprietary PE and hedge fund businesses in other parts of the world, the Asia PE unit was retained. What was the thinking behind making this exception?

Christopher Nicholas: JP Morgan has looked at the opportunities today and adjusted its business model to keep moving forward. The Asia unit has been in operation for 11 years, with good invest…