Amara Capital, a Cambodia licensed fund management company, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to make a strategic growth investment in Thalias Hospitality Group, a leading restaurant and hotel group in Cambodia.

Established since 1997 Thalias Hospitality Group has created some of Phnom Penh’s most renowned restaurants, deli-shops, and bakeries with a mission to deliver excellent food with outstanding hospitality. Founded by CEO Arnaud DARC when Topaz Restaurant opened 25 years ago, the company now extends beyond the walls of its eateries. In addition to creating Malis, Khéma, Go and Siena, Thalias offers operational consulting, runs a multifaceted catering and events business, and has operations in Siem Reap, holds multiple Awards and numerous accolades for its distinctive style of hospitality.  (“Top Asia 100”; “Restaurant of the Year in Cambodia” by the International Travel Expo, “Table Set-Up competition” by the Cambodia Restaurant Association, or “Best Hospitality” by Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism).

Taihei Yamada, Chairman of the investment committee of Amara Capital, said “We are very pleased to work with a highly capable team having long and deep experience operating the hospitality business in Cambodia. We have a high conviction on the growth in the demand for high-end cuisine in Cambodia along with the economic growth of the nation and post-covid tourism recovery. Thalias has been and will be the choice for the growing high-end segment. We are committed to bringing the value to Thalias through the development of governance as well as business and finance strategy.”

“Invest in personal development, promote a meticulous focus on consistency of quality service, and act responsibly in the community, are some of the values that we share with the people of Amara Capital. This agreement is the first step of three that will propel Thalias to realize its vision to be recognized as the first choice for fine food lovers and hospitality in Cambodia. I am confident this partnership will flourish with new opportunities for both our groups.”  Arnaud Darc, CEO of Thalias Hospitality Group said.

About Amara Capital

Amara Capital is a Cambodia-licensed fund management company run by experienced entrepreneurs and investment specialists. Amara offers financial solutions including debt solutions and private equity investment in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and real estate development projects in Cambodia.

With an institutional investor’s fund, Amara offers debt solutions to Cambodian microfinance institutions, leasing companies, and real estate developers. Through the successful partnership, Amara’s debt solution portfolio is projected to grow larger in 2023. Investing as a minority investor, Amara provides Cambodian companies with strategic capital as well as the development of governance, business planning, and financial strategy to pursue sustainable business growth.

Amara aims to become the platform where Cambodian entrepreneurs grow their businesses in a sustainable manner within this rapidly growing environment. For more information, please visit

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Monivann HUN

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Monivann brings with him more than 20 years of professional and business strategy experience, including more than 15 years of experience serving as a director of various local and international companies. Currently, he serves as an independent director of many reputable companies including Sathapana Limited (MFI) in Myanmar, and Sihanoukville Autonomous Port, a listed company on the Cambodia Securities Exchange. Additionally, he serves as the Chairman of Mega Leasing Plc, Chairman of Aplus Consulting Co., Ltd, Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Vice Chairman of CIC Investment Plc, and the Vice President of Siem Reap and Oddar Meanchey Chamber of Commerce. Prior to holding his current position, he spent three years as an auditor at E&Y Cambodia and eight years as a finance director and member of the Board of Directors at Sepakor Angkor Co., Ltd. Mr. Monivann graduated with a Business Degree from Maharishi Vedic University (MVU), Cambodia, in 1997.


Socheat LIM

Managing Partner

Mr. Socheat has over 15 years of solid professional experience in accounting, finance, and investment. He is currently the CEO of Laksmi Prime Investment Co., Ltd (Cambodia), Chairman and CEO of Kangaroo Venture Pty Ltd (Australia), and Chairman and Managing Partner of PCG & Partner Co., Ltd, a business consulting, auditing and accounting firm in Cambodia. With the mission to help local companies and the community, he also serves as a Chairman of Trop Khnom Microfinance Plc, a member of the board of directors of Mega Leasing Plc, Vice President of the Young Entrepreneurs Association of Cambodia, and a Vice Chairman of the working group of the Samdech Hun Sen Scholarship Association. Before holding his current position, he spent 10 years as an auditor at Morrison Kak & Associates, a local audit, accounting and tax firm. His areas of expertise include investment and business analysis, corporate finance, asset management, financial modeling, financial due diligence, and accounting.

Mr. Socheat graduated with a Master of Science in Professional Accounting from the University of London (United Kingdom). He also holds an ACCA qualification from the United Kingdom and is a CPA Australia member.



Chairman of the Investment Committee

Taihei brings more than 12 years of investment and entrepreneurial experiences. With a strong background in strategy and finance, he serves as a director at multiple companies across various industries including IT startup, hospitality and asset management in both Asia and North America. In Cambodia, he serves as a director at Nham24, the fastest growing and leading food delivery startup, Banhji, the award-winning inclusive fintech startup, and Amber International, the leading small luxury resort developer and operator. Prior to his current responsibilities, he was an investment professional in the private equity division at Norinchukin Bank, one of the largest institutional investors in Japan with more than USD 800 billion in asset.

Taihei holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economic Development from University of California Berkeley and he is also a Certified IPO Professional and Certified M&A Specialist in Japan.


Okhna Piseth SOK


Oknha Sok Piseth has over 15 years of leadership and entrepreneurial experience. He is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of G Gear Company Limited since 2011, and the President of the Young Entrepreneurs Association of Cambodia (YEAC) since 2013. In these positions, he has represented Cambodia in global & regional summits, seminars, workshops, and other business activities. Considered one of the most active young entrepreneurs in Cambodia, he continues to help build and promote entrepreneurship. Oknha Sok Piseth joined the ADB consultant team in 2006 on the Cambodian SMEs Development Policy program, which counterparts with the Ministry of Industry Mine and Energy. Additionally, he has invested in various companies including Mega Leasing Plc., Biz Solution Co., Ltd, APV (Cambodia) Co., Ltd, and Impact M&A Co., Ltd.

Okhna Sok Piseth is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in Management at Charles Sturt University, Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Informatics Economics from the Royal University of Law and Economics and a Bachelor of Teaching English from the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.


Chhayleang NGUON


Chhayleang brings with him over 10 years of professional experience in property brokerage, valuation, management, consultancy, and development. Currently, he is the CEO of Pointer Property, a top real estate agency in Cambodia with over 100 sales agents. As a licensed real estate agent and a member of the Cambodian Valuers and Estate Agents Association, he has provided development consultation and sales and marketing support to renowned local and international property developers and led his teams to close deals worth over 100 million dollars. He is motivated by meeting new people and offering property advice. His vision is to see a world where people have access to accurate information and data so that they are empowered to make the right decisions when buying property.

Chhayleang holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Cambodia, and a Bachelor of English Literature from the Institute of Foreign Languages.



Investment Committee Member

Mr. Shiraishi has over 18 years of professional experience in investing in Japanese and North American public companies. He is currently the Chairman of Laksmi Prime Investment Co., Ltd. and he has been the Director of several financial companies in Cambodia, including Bamboo Finance Plc., Trop Khnom Microfinance Plc., Mega Leasing Plc, since 2014. Prior to being involved with the business in Cambodia, he had been working for the investment division of Hikari Tsushin Inc., a company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Now he is the CEO of Snowball Capital Inc., a Japanese investment company.

Mr. Shiraishi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Hitotsubashi University, Japan.



Investment Committee Member

Mr. Yuki has been working in investment throughout his career. Started off in the investment team of a company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Hikari Tsushin Inc., focusing on the Japanese market. He then went to focus on M&A of software companies within Japan, in Constellation Software Japan Inc., a joint venture between Hikari Tsushin Inc. and Constellation Software Inc., listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. He was a part of the team that conducted the first acquisition in Japan, Rescho Inc. which was a market leader in Electronic Medical Records for Psychiatric Hospitals. He has then moved on to Global Capital Management Inc., a family office, expanding the investment portfolio internationally as well as into real estate.

Yuki grew up in Singapore and went to further studies at International Christian University in Japan.