Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Clearwater Capital Partners
Robert Petty is Chair of EMPEA’s Board of Directors and a Member of its Asia Council.
Mr. Petty is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Clearwater Capital Partners and a member of the firm’s Investment and Management Committees. Since founding the Firm in 2001, Mr. Petty and his partner Amit Gupta have invested profitably across cycles, sectors and geographies, building an Asia-focused business that is one of the largest credit investing firms in the region today. Over his nearly 30-year career, Mr. Petty has focused on Asia-dedicated credit investments, with broad expertise in direct lending, stressed credit and special situations strategies. Mr. Petty’s principal responsibilities at Clearwater encompass portfolio management, origination and overall management of the Firm. Prior to founding Clearwater, Mr. Petty worked as a capital committer in Asian credit for fifteen years at Lehman Brothers and Peregrine Fixed income, before moving to the investment side of the business working for Marc Lasry at Amroc Investments for three years. Mr. Petty sits on the Board of four Clearwater portfolio companies and also serves on the Boards of two non-profit organizations, the EMPEA Institute and EngenderHealth. Mr. Petty holds a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science from Brown University and is based in Hong Kong.