We build and grow great companies
Asian Century Equity is an independent investment group that invests capital into opportunities in rapidly evolving emerging markets, sparked by unprecedented digital adoption and transformation. We partner with forward-thinking teams to accelerate growth, access new markets, realign and enable organizational change, and develop new opportunities through strategic acquisitions.
We help companies improve their competitive position through advanced investing, structuring, and enhancing operational capabilities. We are more than financial specialists; we are technology specialists. We look beyond the numbers to discover the true potential of a business.
It’s not just about investing capital. We believe in building strong partnerships rooted in integrity, accountability and shared vision with our companies and their management teams.
We specialize in ICT/TMT
Our expertise is in helping companies develop and optimize leverage on their assets in several ways:
Asian Century Equity founder William (Bill) Barney is an industry veteran who has served at the helm of some of the world’s most extensive subsea cable and infrastructure companies. During his 22-year tenure as an investor, board member and award-winning CEO in Asia, Bill has built and managed teams that consistently achieved the industry’s highest growth rates in EBITDA and revenue. He served six years as Chairman and CEO of Global Cloud Xchange and earlier ten years as CEO of Pacnet. He was previously APAC President at MCI Worldcom, VP of AMEA at Global One and held leadership roles at AT&T.
Over the past two decades, Bill has been widely recognized for his industry leadership including DataCloud Asia’s Thought Leadership awards in 2018 and Data Center Achievement Award in 2017. Earlier he was voted Best APAC Telecom Executive by CommsDay readers in 2009 and named 2008 CEO of the Year by TelecomAsia.
An advocate for regulatory and industry change and a major proponent of Cloud Computing and Open networks, Bill’s leadership extends to 8+ years on the Board of Governors for Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) where he is currently serving as President and Chair.
Bill received his MBA from Columbia University and BA from Wesleyan University.