About us

BDA Partners is the global investment banking advisor for Asia. We are a premium provider of Asia-related advice to sophisticated clients globally, with over 25 years’ experience advising on cross-border M&A, capital raising, and financial restructuring.

We have strategic partnerships with William Blair, a premier global investment banking business, and the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ), a Japanese government owned bank with total assets of US$150bn.


founded and led by the same senior team



What makes us different?

  • We specialise in offering independent, high-quality advice to sophisticated sellside clients
  • Our focus on Asia and Asia-related transactions is unique. No other independent advisor has the scale of dedicated M&A bankers across Asia. We work as a single, connected, trusted team across Asia, Europe and the US
  • We are a partnership, with equity broadly distributed across the firm. While many of us have worked together for a long time, we value new colleagues and new ideas. We have been in business for over 25 years and we understand the importance of trust, high quality advice and long term relationships

“We offer independent, blue-chip advice to sophisticated clients globally.”

Our story

  • 1996

    BDA founded with offices in both New York and Singapore

  • 1999

    Shanghai office opened

  • 2000

    London office opened

  • 2001

    Hong Kong office opened

  • 2002

    Tokyo and Seoul offices opened

  • 2005

    Mumbai office opened

  • 2011

    Global strategic alliance formed with William Blair;
    50+ bankers employed globally

  • 2013

    Ho Chi Minh City office opened

  • 2017

    Global strategic alliance formed with the Development Bank of Japan

  • 2018

    More cross-border private deals under US$1bn EV closed for preceding three years than any other advisor

  • 2019

    100+ bankers employed across nine offices globally

  • 2020

    Market share grew during pandemic;
    BDA Capital Partners established

  • 2021

    MD count increased to 20;
    celebrated 25th anniversary

  • 2022

    Partner count increased to 19;
    All time record year for BDA revenue

  • 2023

    Launched new Sustainability sector

BDA Partners was founded in 1996, with the goal of providing premium, Asia-focused M&A advice. Many of us have been lucky to work together as one team serving excellent clients over more than two decades, building the business into the largest independent M&A advisory house focused on Asia.

From the outset, we have been focused on providing premium, Asia-focused M&A advice to both private equity firms and large corporate clients. Today, more than 80% of our revenues are generated from sellside transactions.

Our transactions have become increasingly multi-polar, with a significant amount of intra-Asia dealflow. With more than 120 dedicated bankers globally, we continue to provide independent, specialised advice across our seven dedicated sectors, covering Chemicals, Consumer & Retail, Health, Industrials, Services, Sustainability and Technology.

Committed to seven sectors

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

BDA believes that the contributions of the firm and our employees should extend beyond the services we provide to our clients. We are committed to making a positive difference in the communities in which we live and work, and BDA supports its partners and employees in their own charitable and community-building initiatives – with matching funds and paid time-off for community service.  Our firm-level CSR focus is on mitigating the effects of poverty in our respective communities.


View highlights of our 2023 CSR day here.


BDA’s charity partners include: