Business Development Asia

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BDA Partners[1][2]
Industry Financial services
Founded 1996
Headquarters New York City, United States
Key people
Euan Rellie, Senior Managing Director
Charles Maynard, Senior Managing Director
Andrew Huntley, Senior Managing Director[3]
Products Investment Banking
Number of employees
90 (2015)[4]

BDA Partners (“BDA”) is a cross-border investment banking firm, advising primarily on transactions involving Asia. BDA provides advisory services for M&A (mergers & acquisitions), capital raising, and restructuring, to blue-chip corporate and financial sponsor clients from North America, Europe and Asia.

BDA is headquartered in New York, with offices in London, Bahrain, Mumbai, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo. BDA carries out its US securities business through BDA Advisors Inc., a broker-dealer registered with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and a member of FINRA and SIPC. BDA’s UK subsidiary is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).[5][6][7]

BDA was named Investment Banking Firm of the Year at the ACG Champion’s Awards in 2014 and 2015.

BDA's clients have included financial sponsors such as Bain Capital, Cerberus, GTCR, Investcorp, Littlejohn, Platinum Equity, and Warburg Pincus.[8] BDA has also worked for corporates such as DuPont, Henkel, Johnson Controls, Kimberly-Clark, Pfizer, and Tata International.[9]


BDA (formerly known as Business Development Asia) was founded by Euan Rellie and Charles Maynard in 1996. Andrew Huntley joined as its third partner in 1998. All three remain active partners, overseeing BDA's operations.[10][11]

In 2011, BDA formed a partnership with William Blair & Company.[12] William Blair and BDA's alliance was designed to create a global middle-market presence, with a combined 230 bankers in 16 offices across nine countries.

BDA itself employs 90 bankers, supplemented by senior advisors around the world. BDA advertises itself as the "leading independent pan-Asian M&A advisory firm."