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I have been coming to the AVCJ Forum for over 20 years. The reason I keep coming back is, firstly the content is very good, and it is a great opportunity to put a nger on the pulse of what is happening in this part of the world. Secondly, everyone is here, making it easy to catch up with managers, fellow investors and advisers.
AVCJ. It’s really the first conference, I would say. It was the first real forum where all the large LPs, our large LPs, came together and this was obviously before we raised our first fund, the first conference that we went to, and we thought that it was a terrific gathering.
My first memory of AVCJ is the November conference in HK. We were at one of the very first ones, probably in the mid to late 1990s. I think we first came here in 1996 or 1997. We were just wide-eyed, trying to meet people, to understand things and learn from people. But certainly it was the magnet if you wanted to meet people and obtain industry knowledge. The AVCJ Conference was THE place to come, so we made our first pilgrimage there when we were raising our first fund
I look forward to the AVCJ conference, because it is always a collection of some of the best minds and some of the most interesting investors in the region. As the markets are providing loads of opportunities these days, it will be interesting to hear the varieties of approaches people are taking and to share ideas with others at the conference.
I met through a number of acquaintances. He asked me to speak at the Asian Venture Capital Journal conference, the annual conference that was held in Hong Kong, and I began to do so and I spoke there for many many years in a row, and I enjoyed it. I thought it a very well-run organization and a very well-run publication.
AVCJ outdid itself yet again, with the 2016 Forum attracting a broad mix of private equity participants from throughout the world. It is our pleasure to continue to support this event, as we have for many years, and I feel personally honoured to participate in the sessions.
AVCJ is a premier annual gathering event for LPs and GPs alike and the consistently relevant and critical discussion topics attended by high quality speakers continue to make the event both enriching in terms of content and rewarding for networking.
The AVCJ Forum is a fixture in our firm’s calendar. It is an opportunity each year to feel the pulse of private equity in Asia and the meet LPs who have an interest in the region. The content is always relevant to the issues of the day and we value the opportunity to meet with and learn from other GPs.