Capital Connect is an online news and information, communication and advertising platform designed specifically for overseas asset management industry professionals who are seeking funding opportunities from South Korean institutional investors and want to get hard-won information on the South Korean capital market.

It is a service founded in 2020 in collaboration with Asia Times Korea and thebell.

Asia Times Korea is the Seoul bureau of Hong Kong-based Asia Times, the world’s only multi-language, pan-Asia digital news platform, which has more than 180 commentators, reporters, editors and multimedia producers writing news, commentary and analysis. These are read by more than 12 million people in 30 different countries. 

thebell is an affiliate of major South Korean financial media firm Money Today Media Group and is the country’s most prestigious capital market news and data provider. With more than 80 specialist reporters, it provides the fastest and most in-depth information on capital flows among South Korea’s institutional investors, reporting activities of key market players, economic and financial policy issues, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and stock and bond issues.

Capital Connect’s core focus is pension and wealth funds, including the National Pension Service, the world’s third largest pension fund, and Korea Investment Corporation, Korea’s sovereign wealth fund. It also tracks South Korea’s mutual aid associations, financial firms, large companies, insurance firms, charities, private equities and more.

We provide exclusive and trusted information, news and insights on the South Korean capital market, fully supported by thebell.

We give answers to any questions related to the South Korean capital market. Our Inquiry service will help you find the most appropriate answers.

We give you valuable opportunities to market your deals and funds to South Korean institutional investors.  

We help you join the network we have built over the years, where you will be able to get mandate information on South Korean pension funds, mutual aid associations and cooperatives.  

We advertise you to South Korean institutional investors, together with thebell, to help you expand your reputation as an outstanding asset manager.


James Jonghoon Kim

James is the founder and chief executive officer of Capital Connect. He is also CEO of Tiandi Partners, a South Korean investment company.

Previously he founded EQ Partners, the country’s number one infrastructure private equity firm, serving as CEO for nine years. During his tenure, he successfully raised and managed assets worth about $1.8 billion, with over 90 percent invested outside Korea.

James has also held senior executive positions at Korea Investment Partners, Macquarie Capital Fund Group, JP Morgan Chase (NY), Thompson Hine, Samjong Houlihan Lokey and Korea Long Term Credit Bank.

He obtained a juris doctor (JD) post-graduate degree from University of Cincinnati and a master of laws (LL.M) from New York University. James graduated from Seoul National University with master in finance and bachelor in business administration degrees.


Jinwon Lee

Jinwon is a managing editor at Capital Connect. He previously led an economic and finance news translation team and was a senior editor at Reuters’ Seoul bureau. Before joining Reuters, Jinwon worked as an overseas public relations specialist at South Korea’s Finance Ministry.

Kyoung-ho Lee

Kyoung-ho is a senior reporter and editor at Capital Connect. He is a veteran journalist with more than 15 years of experience covering the South Korean macro-economy and foreign exchange markets for Reuters and Bloomberg.

Hyewon Chang

Hyewon is a reporter at Capital Connect. She previously worked as a reporter covering international economic news at Reuters. Hyewon has a bachelor of arts in English translation from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.

Haewon Park

Haewon is a reporter at Capital Connect. She previously covered international economic news at Reuters. She has a master of International Trade, Management and Finance from Yonsei University of International Studies, and studied East Asian Economics and Business Management for her bachelor degree.

Hojoung Ryu

Hojoung is a senior researcher at thebell. Hojoung previously worked as a translator at Dow Jones & Company’s Seoul office and the Korea Legislation Research Institute. She has a master degree in Korean-English translation from the Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation at Ewha Womans University.

Soin Kim

Soin is a junior researcher at thebell, having earlier worked at Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal’s Seoul bureau as a reporter and translator.

Leonardo Kim

Leonardo is a marketing and sales associate at Capital Connect. Leonardo is expected to receive his bachelor of science degree in management with a concentration in Finance at Boston College Carroll School of Management.

Alan Boyd

Alan Boyd is a copy editor at Capital Connect. Alan has worked as a reporter and editor with media groups in Europe, Asia and Australia over a period of several decades, including the Economist Intelligence Unit and Financial Times publications.