We are an investment holding group operating like a single family office with a primary focus on portfolio investments and real estate operations. Our Portfolio Investment Division invests in public equities, private equity funds, performing and distressed debt funds, semiconductor equipment leasing, and others; while our Real Estate Division focuses on Operations, Development and Investments of residential and commercial real estate properties.
Collectively, our team has more than 70 years of experience in investing, engineering, architecture, real estate development and operations. In selecting investment targets, we put emphasis on valuation, growth potential, and the people involved. Our investment professionals' ethos is to focus on the key fundamentals of the businesses and on diversifying our asset base.
Build on the rock, remain in the vine.
The Group was founded by the late Mr Aw Kim Chen in 1971 due to Mr Aw's desire to diversify into real estate investment and development from his then rubber business.
Mr Aw Kim Chen's diligence and prudence became a hallmark for the growth of his businesses, and his civic consciousness was exemplified in his passionate involvement in various grass root organisations, clan associations, business associations, education and medical institutions.
Today, we have seen continued growth in various asset classes and in real estate investments, developments and operations. Kimen Group will continue to embrace and reflect Mr. Aw's spirit of trustworthiness, prudence and diligence in every business endeavour that we participate in.
The key principles driving our investment decisions are attractive risk-return and diversification. Our investment professionals believe in focusing on the fundamentals of the businesses and financial risk and return factors of the deals. We place premium in the valuation, growth potential, and the people involved.
Our portfolio includes public equities, private equity funds, performing and distressed debt funds, semiconductor equipment leasing, and others. We will selectively invest directly in private deals when risk-return is attractive.
We are also opportunistically looking for majority stakes in businesses that generate attractive cash flow.
REAL ESTATE PORTFOLIO
Our trusted market intelligence and sound working relationships with our reliable local partners add substantial differentiation to our real estate products. Adopting a highly bespoke strategy, each of our products are customised to the needs of our esteemed customers and investors. Taking on a mid-to-long term view, we integrate sustainability into the design of every asset, incorporating innovation with practicality, and spatial experience with functionality.
In order to bring added value to our shareholders, we seek to diversify into mature foreign markets by leveraging on our network of trusted local partners. Our combined strengths and expertise position us well to access overseas opportunities.
SEED OF FAITH
With SEEDoE Ventures, we have a launchpad and an incubator to help us establish platforms for future growth beyond the shores of Singapore. We aim to strike partnerships with renowned talents and local experts in the various developed markets; as a first such venture, we have set up SEEDoE London to expand our real estate development footprint.
We have partnered with London's award-winning Serie Architects to develop residential projects of premium quality. Over the past decade, we have built up a vast network and deep understanding of the London market, and progressively with our partners, these seeds of opportunities will flourish. With commitment and in faith, these seeds will allow us to scale our in-house capabilities built over the decades and deploy capital and resources to areas of greatest needs.
Seed of Faith, experience the transformation
PARTNERS OF SEEDOE VENTURES
Serie Architects. Serie is an international practice specializing in architecture, urban design and research. It is known for its spatial intelligence, formal elegance and contextual engagement and has gained a reputation for designing distinctive buildings.
Its many accolades include clinching the international design competition for the 1,200sqm BMW London 2012 Olympic Pavilion in 2011 as well as winning the international open design competition for the Singapore State Courts Complex in 2012. Other notable works include Oasis Terraces, NUS School of Design & Environment 4, Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, and The Tote, Mumbai and the premium residential projects One Pearl Bank in Singapore and Park Regent @ Desa Park City Kuala Lumpur. “
Reach Living LLP. Reach Living is a professional property development company with a geographical focus on London and its surrounds. From concept to completion, their core activities range from land acquisition, planning enhancement through to construction and exit for residential-led mixed use developments.
The founders of Reach Living gained invaluable experience as project leads in significant regeneration schemes within the Oxford-Cambridge growth corridor, notably central masterplan sites that include a 650-unit mixed use scheme in central Bletchley and a 129-unit residential tower in Bedford. A desire to focus on quality over quantity has led the founders to pivot to its current strategic aim of sourcing and developing quality boutique schemes in the capital.
We are a dynamic boutique firm that focuses on quality, value, drive and passion. Every staff member is a team player who excels in a flat, dynamic and closely knit team environment. We aim to be innovative, meticulous, bold, adventurous and forward looking. We believe in picking ourselves up in failure, celebrating as a team in success, and preparing ourselves while waiting for opportunities. In conflict, we listen with patience and empathy; in the midst of unknowns, we remain confident in our faith.
Excellence at Kimen Group means Passion, Purpose and Perseverance. It takes passion to always be meticulous in what we do, a determined purpose to be accountable for everything that is entrusted to us, and a steely perseverance that will deliver results. These attributes define us as one family.
You are Determined.
You are Mature.
You Walk your Talk.
AW Chye Huat Executive Director
Before joining Kimen Group, Chye Huat was an Executive Director at UOB Venture Management, where he was a member of the management and investment committees. Before that, he was a Strategic Investment Manager at Intel Capital responsible for Intel Capital’s investments in the ASEAN countries. Prior to working in venture capital, he started his career as an IC design engineer, and was the marketing manager at Hewlett-Packard responsible for the worldwide product marketing of infrared data communication components.
Chye Huat graduated from Stanford University, USA, with a PhD in Electrical Engineering, an MSc in Electrical Engineering and an MSc in Engineering Management. He also holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (First Class Honours) degree from the National University of Singapore. Chye Huat is a member of the investment committee of the Asia Impact Investment Funds, a joint venture fund series between UOB Venture Management and Credit Suisse; he was also a member of Republic Polytechnic's Advisory Committee to the School of Management and Communication, a member of the National University of Singapore Venture Support Fund Steering Committee, and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the National University of Singapore Entrepreneurship Center. Chye Huat’s experience ranges from research and development, marketing, venture capital, to portfolio investment and management.
Arthur AW Executive Director
Trained as an architect, Arthur has amassed more than 29 years of real estate experience in both private and public sectors. He has held various senior management roles in Ascendas-Singbridge (now part of CapitaLand) and JTC Corporation prior to joining Kimen Group.
In CapitaLand, he was the Group’s Deputy Chief Real Estate Officer, the Chief Development Planning Officer, as well as the founder of the new flexible workplace business unit Bridge+. He led in the product design and planning strategy of single buildings to large scale townships, such as Ascent of Science Park I and 79 Robinson Road in Singapore, as well as the 10 sqkm Chengdu mixed use science city in China.
In JTC, he was the Director of Land Planning. He oversaw the development strategy, master planning, urban design, land use policies and land resource management of industrial land and buildings in Singapore, including iconic projects such as the one-north development and the Seletar Aerospace Park.
Arthur also serves as a Senior International Advisor to Fundacion Metropoli in Madrid, Spain, a non-profit organisation with an international outlook that focuses on the innovation and development of cities and regions. He was also the Adjunct Expert for Centre of Liveable Cities, Singapore, and the Academic Director for Nanyang Technological University's Business School Executive Program for Urban Developments. Arthur graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Architecture with an American Institute of Architects Medal. And he obtained his PhD in Architecture and Urbanism from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.
POON Siew Loong Associate Director (Real Estate Investment)
More than 25 years of investment experience.
Successfully raised multiple real estate investment funds.
Graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the National University of Singapore.
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder.
LAI Chien Chou Real Estate Manager
Trained as a mechanical engineer.
Worked as an R&D engineer in SMT industry before moving on to a career in aviation.
Was based in Shanghai, China.
Andrew AW Real Estate Executive
More than 10 years of investment experience in Real Estate and Public Equity.
Developed data driven investment model via Python programming.
Graduated with a Master of Engineering degree from the Imperial College London.
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder.
Louis HO Investment Analyst
Performs bottom-up research on investments and assessing new opportunities.
Oversees a diversified equity portfolio.
Graduated with a Bachelor of Business Management (Finance) from Singapore Management University.
May GOH Finance Associate
Chartered Accountant (CA) with over 20 years of experience.
Manages all aspect of Accounting and Finance.
Process transactions and analyze financial data to help achieve the financial objective of the organization.
LEOW Aik Kian Creative Collaborator
A multi-disciplinary design consultant with over 20 years of experience.
Practice spans various design disciplines from interior architecture to visual communication.
An active design educator who delivers degree, diploma, and adult certificate programmes.
COLLABORATION @ KIMEN
At Kimen Group, we welcome entrepreneurs, consultants, freelance artists and talents to join our collaborative space. Our hope is to develop an eco-system of professionals that will generate a community that thrives on collaborations and connections.
GIVING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY
To encourage and empower our people to give back to the community, we work closely with like-minded organizations to develop programmes that will support our beneficiaries' development of their skills and confidence.
Masks for Rohingya Myanmar
QiEn Children Tuition Centre at Lashio Myanmar
These are exciting times as the world grapples with new technologies, new norms and new frontiers. With our core values firmly established amidst an inclusive, collaborative and collegial work environment, we are well positioned to face the future now. Come journey with us and realise your full potential!