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Tembusu Partners’ key operating philosophy is to deliver outperformance by investing in what we know best.

First, we understand Emerging Asia. As a leading private equity player based in Singapore, we are strategically located in the heart of Emerging Asia where we see attractive deal-flows in the fast growing markets of China, India, and Southeast Asia.

Secondly, we understand various industry sectors in-depth. We focus on identifying and supporting growth companies in core industry sectors that we have a proven track record – namely education, healthcare, technology, oil & gas, engineering services, resources and manufacturing.

Thirdly, we understand entrepreneurship, especially in Asia, with all the cultural nuances. Tembusu Partners is founded by successful entrepreneurs, who understand first-hand the long and hard journey to entrepreneurial success. We seek to work with entrepreneur-driven companies that exhibit strong growth potential with scalable business model and strong competitive advantages. Our team of experts on our advisory board and investment committee reviews each opportunity meticulously and this ensures that only our best efforts are invested into developing an investee company to its full potential. Tembusu Partners has the experience in successfully managing through some of the most challenging investment cycles and navigating the complexities of the private equity markets.  By leveraging on our expertise and networks, we work closely with both management and operating partners to devise and implement new strategic plans, operational improvements and corporate governance, so as to accelerate the growth and realise the maximum potential of companies.

We strongly believe that our deep understanding and experience in Emerging Asia, in the various industries, and entrepreneurship in Asia will help generate superior risk-adjusted returns for our investors. That is why  Tembusu Partners has committed almost $100m into the successive funds it manages, to co-invest with like-minded investors.


At Tembusu Partners, we see our mission from 3 different perspectives:

  • For investors: To generate superior risk-adjusted returns
  • For portfolio companies: To work in partnership with entrepreneurs and their management teams to realise value creation and growth potential in the Emerging Asian region and beyond
  • For communities: By leveraging on Asia’s and Singapore’s complementary competitive advantages, our portfolio companies’ successes create sustainable employment and growth benefitting and empowering their local communities of stakeholders

Tembusu Tree

Tembusus are very hardy trees which can thrive and bloom even under adverse conditions. A native tree of secondary forest, it is well adapted to grow on poor soils in open areas. A long-lived tree, it can live up to 150 to 200 years. It can reach a height of about 25 metres. Its wood is very hard and resistant to rot and termites. It can be used for making bridges, rafts, chopping boards, furniture, and house building.

The grand old Tembusu tree at Singapore Botanical Gardens Lawn E probably predates the Gardens, having established itself naturally on the wasteland left by gambir planting before the site was acquired by the Botanic Gardens. This tree has been identified as a heritage tree and is featured on the Singapore $5 currency note and in postage stamps.

– For the love of the Tembusu, The Straits Times 9 June 2007.