About

Yieldtree gives investors access to institutional style asset backed loans

Our Story

Philip and Paul, co-founders of Yieldtree, separately found the same problem – the asset backed loans that they wanted to personally invest into were inaccessible for direct deals. The only investments that were available were either unsecured SME loans with high default and loss rates, opaque structures with high fees, or co-mingled investments within a fund typically with a long lock-in period.

Together with Aura Group, an APAC-wide wealth management group, they set about solving this problem for investors, whilst simultaneously providing borrowers with a new source of funding. Yieldtree was established in 2020, to source, evaluate, fund, and ultimately syndicate asset backed loans to Wholesale and Accredited Investors.

Yieldtree is led by a team of investment professionals with decades of experience across private credit, institutional products, funds and wealth management

Key Management

PHILIP LE PELLEY
Chief Executive Officer

Philip co-founded Yieldtree in 2020. He has 16 years’ experience across various roles in the Wealth Management industry, and is a CFA Charterholder.

He spent nine years working in the UK and Guernsey, where he ran the Collins Stewart stockbroking department. He moved to Singapore in 2012 where he spent the next  7 years in Private Banking at HSBC and DBS – Singapore’s largest bank – where he ran a $650m book of clients.

PAUL KELLY
Co-Founder

Before the establishment of Yieldtree Paul was the Chief Investment Officer for a family office based in Singapore. The major focus of their activities was venture capital and private equity with interests in TV, cinemas, retail jewelry, power generation, real estate (residential and commercial), leisure, financial services, technology, oil & gas services, shipping, marine and mining services.

Before 2012 Paul worked as a partner in two hedge funds Ritchie Capital and BlueCrest Capital Management.

Advisory Board

JOHN KOLENDA

John is Chairman of Aura Group, having co-founded it as a boutique corporate advisor and investment house. He is also the co-founder and Managing Director of the Finsure Group, one of Australia’s largest mortgage broking and financial planning groups, which merged with Goldfields Money to create BNK Bank (ASX:BBC), Australia’s newest challenger bank.

John is also a non-executive director of ASX-listed The Agency Group Australia, a high quality, disruptive real estate brand.

CALVIN NG

Calvin is a co-founder and Managing Director of Aura Group. He has strong global experience as an entrepreneur, senior manager, board representative, corporate advisor and fund manager, across both private and public markets.

He is also co-founder and Executive Director of Finsure Group, recognised as Business Review Weekly’s 2nd fastest growing company in 2015’s Fast Starters list and 6th fastest in 2016’s Fast 100 list.

ERIC CHAN

Prior to establishing Aura Group, Eric practiced as a solicitor at top-tier law Australia law firm, Clayton Utz where he focused on debt finance including syndicated loan facilities, project financing and acquisition financing, and had been exposed to deals of in excess of AUD$1 billion.

Having a broad range of experience within the areas of corporate, private equity and banking and finance law, he has been involved in many high profile transactions. Eric is also a solicitor admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW.

KEVIN DAM

Kevin is the CEO and Director of Product & Marketing for Aemorph, a digital marketing agency that provides tailored digital expertise.

A seasoned entrepreneur, Kevin has advised businesses across the APAC region for over a decade. Kevin was previously in banking and finance at JP Morgan Chase.

RICARDO SENTOSA

Ricardo is the founder and managing director of Venuerific, a venue marketplace. He is also executive director for Decentralised Capital, a alternative asset management company.

Ricardo is a business mentor for Impact Hub Singapore, a programme that helps MNCs launch mini startup projects within their divisions. Prior to building businesses, Ricardo worked at financial institutions including RBS, Susquehanna Group, JP Morgan Chase and Ord Minnett.

ADAM DONG

Adam is the co-founder and CEO of Snowpak, one of the largest online ski and snowboard sites. Within 3 years the business has grown to over 4.5m unique visitors a year.

Prior to Snowpak, Adam was the founder of Oneflare, a platform connecting consumers with trade professionals, in which a Fairfax subsidiary invested $15m valuing the business at over $40m.