President & Co-Founder
Nirav S. Patel is the co-founder and President of The Asia Group. He is responsible for the firm’s growth strategy and management of a diverse portfolio of industry-leading corporate clients. He also serves concurrently as the Vice Chair of The Asia Group Capital Advisory Partners and as the Director of The Asia Group Foundation.
With over fifteen years of experience at the intersection of business and policy, Nirav serves as a trusted counselor to corporate leaders and investors alike. Drawing from experience across virtually every sector, his areas of expertise include: assessing market and political dynamics across Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and throughout Southeast Asia, developing comprehensive market entry strategies to capture opportunities in Asia, leading project management teams to advance licensing campaigns, implementing complex crisis management strategies, supporting client efforts to resolve regulatory disputes and mitigate policy risks, and deal sourcing for leading investment banks and private equity groups. In particular, Nirav is an industry leading expert with a proven track record of advancing large scale M&A transactions in Vietnam with over USD 400 million in executed transactions in 2019 alone – including the largest private-equity operational control transaction in the market’s history.
Nirav served as The Asia Group’s Chief Operating Officer at its inception, where he drove the firm’s growth from a small start-up to a dynamic industry-leading strategic and business advisory firm. Now with over 45 full-time employees, The Asia Group works in nearly 20 markets across the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Latin America. Nirav is also an experienced private investor in residential real estate, distressed credit situations, and growth equity for small and medium sized business through his personal investment vehicle VietPoint Capital, and holds a FINRA Series 62 Professional License. He serves on the Board of Directors of An Phat Holdings – a global leader in the development and manufacturing of cutting edge biodegradable products, raw materials, injection molding, and a range of specialized industrial products. He also serves as a member of the board of the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL).
Previously, Nirav served at the U.S. Department of State from 2009 to 2013, first as Senior Adviser and then as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (DAS) in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP). In these capacities, he was responsible for the development of strategies and major policy initiatives that helped advance American strategic interests across the Asia-Pacific region – including as the lead diplomat for U.S. efforts to engage the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Prior to serving in the State Department, Nirav was a Fellow and the Director of the Asia-Pacific Strategy Program at the bipartisan Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and an Analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He has authored numerous journal articles, op-eds, and reports.
Nirav holds a Master of Arts in International Security Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Texas, where he was a finalist in the national cross-examination policy debate tournament. In his “spare time,” he is a fitness enthusiast, wine collector, and foodie. He lives with his wife, two sons, and daughter in McLean, Virginia.