Founder and Managing Director at PacifiCap Management
Jeffrey Au is the founder and Managing Director of PACIFICAP, Hawaii's oldest locally based venture capital/private equity investment firm. Since 2000, PACIFICAP affiliates have led or participated in financing rounds that have raised more than US$600 million for their portfolio companies. Industry sectors include dual use technologies, telecommunications, software, alternative energy, healthcare, digital media, film/TV production and tourism. Jeff brings more than twenty-five years of experience in structuring, documenting and implementing innovative, interdisciplinary, financial, tax and legal solutions to complex problems facing early stage and emerging growth companies. He also has extensive experience in investment fund structuring, documentation, management and operations.
Jeff previously was a Principal and General Counsel of a San Francisco based private equity firm, where he had lead responsibility for the structuring, negotiation, documentation and/or closing for more than 30 affiliated investment partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations and trusts with more than US$200 million in assets. Previously, Jeff worked in the Corporate Department of a large San Francisco based law firm.
Jeff has served as Managing Director and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Island Air, Hawaii’s second largest airline, with more than 200 scheduled flights per week, in which PacifiCap affiliates purchased a controlling interest from Oracle Corporation founder Larry Ellison in February 2016. He has also served as Executive Producer of the award winning feature film, Princess Kaiulani, and Executive Producer of Local Ventures, a weekly TV series that profiled Hawaii's local entrepreneurs and successful small businesses.
A fourth generation kama`aina born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jeff is a graduate of Punahou School and Mun Lun Chinese Language School in Honolulu. He attended Stanford University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in International Policy Studies, with a comparative focus on strategies for foreign direct investment in Asia and other regions. He served on Stanford's Faculty Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid, where he initiated a review of admissions practices that resulted in a doubling of Asian American admissions in the same year and a quadrupling of Stanford's Asian American undergraduates over four years. Jeff received his Juris Doctor degree from the Columbia University School of Law, where he served as Articles Editor for the Journal of Chinese Law. He speaks Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese and French. He is licensed to practice law in California and Hawaii and is a WIA Certified Windsurfing Instructor and a PSIA Certified Ski Instructor.