The 5th AVCJ ESG Forum successfully took place in Hong Kong on 11 November. The event bought together over 120 private equity professionals including 50+ LPs, representing 85+ different organizations from 17 countries.
The conference, which focused on the key drivers, opportunities and challenges that fund managers face when incorporating ESG and impact considerations into their strategies was kicked off by an opening panel on the drivers for ESG in Asian Private Equity and featured leading executives from KKR, The Carlyle Group, OTPP, Hamilton Lane and Coller Capital speaking on a number of selected and well-researched topics including the importance of good governance in private equity, developing private equity impact investing in Asia and LPs’ views on responsible investing in Asia.
The AVCJ ESG Forum returns to Hong Kong on 16 November 2020.
Top reasons to attend:
Understandthe value proposition that ESG investing brings, through practical case studies and presentations
Learn about the importance of having an established governance framework in place
Hear about the development of impact investing in Asian private equity
Listen to successful examples of PE firms that have successfully developed an ESG strategy and managed climate risks within their portfolio
Participate in roundtable discussions covering topics such as the role of secondaries in ESG and water risks
Gain an insight into what the most important ESG considerations LPs look for when selecting a GP
A snapshot of companies represented at previous Forums include:
ABCI Investment Management
Asian Development Bank
Bain Capital Double Impact
Bank of China International
Baring Private Equity Asia
Big Idea Ventures
Blackrock Private Equity Partners
CECEP Environmental Consulting Group
China Water Risk
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Global Private Equity Initiative (GPEI) INSEAD
Hong Kong Monetary Authority
International Finance Corporation
J.P. Morgan Asset Management
LGT Capital Partners
Navis Capital Partners
Nippon Sangyo Suishin Kiko
Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Principles for Responsible Investment
RIC Capital Management
Robeco Hong Kong
SSG Capital Management
Vivien Teu & Co LLP
The Carlyle Group
The Hong Kong Society of Financial Analysts
The Longreach Group
Tin Ka Ping Foundation
Westmount Pacific LLC
... and many others!
"The accelerating importance of sustainable and responsible investing makes each year's AVCJ ESG conference a great place for understanding global best practices and how one can stay at the forefront of this ever-growing sector."
Steven R. Okun, CEO, APAC Advisors & ASEAN Representative, EMPEA
"The AVCJ ESG Forum raised both awareness and recognition of ESG best practice across the globe. It’s especially helpful and meaningful for those in emerging markets like China to learn how to incorporate ESG into their investment decision-making process for a more sustainable growth path going forward."
Frankie Fang, Managing Partner, STARQUEST CAPITAL
"Every year, the AVCJ ESG Forum is the best opportunity to update myself on the trends of the ESG world and to learn various efforts by both LPs and GPs in this region."
ERM is the global market leader in the provision of Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) related consulting services to a client base of over 100 General Partners (GPs) and Limited Partners (LPs) on a consistent and regular basis. ERM's holistic service offering covers the full breadth of a Private Equity (PE) firms’ ESG needs across the investment life cycle, including GP-level policies, procedures and reporting, ESG due-diligence (acquisition and vendor), Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), portfolio company value protection and value creation strategies, ESG compliance and risk management.
ERM has unrivalled capabilities and senior expertise including 20+ Partners focusing on PE globally, and over 5,500 specialists across 45+ markets to draw from. ERM’s ESG professionals cover a full spectrum of technical service and sector specialists and include people who have worked in-house in PE firms, Infrastructure funds, International Financial Institutions (e.g. IFC) and banks.
We are committed to creating value for our clients by providing strategic and technical advice in a commercial context. Our outputs comprise bankable reports, as a highly respected ESG adviser to lenders and pension funds, which rely comfortably on ERM's findings. Our 500+ PE assignments a year in addition to our work with PRI in helping them develop the ESG monitoring and reporting guidance have helped ERM build a leading reputation amongst the Private Capital markets globally.
Sustainability is at the heart of the services ERM provides and how we operate our business.
KKR is a leading global investment firm that manages multiple alternative asset classes, including private equity, energy, infrastructure, real estate and credit, with strategic partners that manage hedge funds. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns for its fund investors by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and driving growth and value creation with KKR portfolio companies. KKR invests its own capital alongside the capital it manages for fund investors and provides financing solutions and investment opportunities through its capital markets business. References to KKR's investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds. For additional information about KKR & Co. Inc. (NYSE: KKR), please visit us on Twitter @KKR_Co.
LGT Capital Partners is a leading alternative investment specialist with USD 60 billion in assets under management and more than 500 institutional clients in 37 countries. An international team of over 450 professionals is responsible for managing a wide range of investment programs focusing on private markets, liquid alternatives and multi-asset class solutions. Headquartered in Pfaeffikon (SZ), Switzerland, the firm has offices in New York, Dublin, London, Paris, Vaduz, Dubai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Sydney.
Vivien Teu & Co LLP is a Hong Kong corporate and commercial law firm established with the philosophy of a boutique law firm, with particular focus on investment funds, asset management and financial services, securities and regulatory, tax and trusts. The lawyers at the firm carry in-depth Hong Kong and international legal practice experience, combined with deep and broad knowledge of China and regional markets.
The legal practice areas at Vivien Teu & Co LLP encompass providing corporate and commercial law advice, as well as on securities law and financial regulatory advice in local and international transactions, and typically a go-to firm for corporate transactions, funds formation and clients seeking legal and regulatory advice involving Mainland China and Hong Kong elements. The firm has gained a reputation of offering seamless support on cross-border Hong Kong and Mainland China matters in the areas of asset management, investment funds, cross-border securities and investments, inbound and outbound mergers & acquisitions, China market entry strategies.
Vivien Teu & Co LLP combines the specialist knowledge and experience of its asset management and financial services practice in advising financial institutions including securities brokers, asset management firms, private banks and trust service providers. The firm also increasingly serves high-net-worth private clients and entrepreneurs in private trusts, tax, corporate and investment matters, in its wider financial services and wealth management practice; while the firm’s tax advisory capability is an integral part of its corporate and commercial practice and augments its asset management and financial services practice.
The team has strengthened an ESG focus of its investment funds and corporate practice, as well as working with charities, foundations, social enterprises and impact investors, seeing these as natural and necessary extensions of its existing practice areas. This latest development also reflects values embraced by the firm, as it believes sustainable finance is the future of investing and capital markets, and is committed to being a strong partner in this journey.
The firm has been ranked “Highly Recommended” in the practice area of “investment funds” by Asialaw Profiles 2019 and Asialaw Profiles 2020, “Recommended” for “Banking & Finance”, “Regulatory” and “Private Equity”, and as a notable firm for “Banking and Financial Services” and “Private Client”. It has also been recognised by the China Business Law Awards 2019 in the category of Family Wealth Management – International Law Firm.
Blackpeak is an international investigative research firm.
Founded in Asia, the firm now operates from strategic locations in key financial and economic centers, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, New York, Washington DC and London.
We handle highly complex research assignments, including integrity due diligence, internal and external investigations, asset searches, business intelligence for institutional and hedge fund investors, stakeholder mapping, political risk research and more.
Over 500 clients rely on Blackpeak’s services, including the world’s leading investment banks, asset managers, corporations and law firms.
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