The 20th Annual AVCJ Japan Forum

26-27 June, 2019


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The 19th Annual AVCJ Japan Forum gathered a record attendance of 465 of the industry’s leading figures in Tokyo, including over 270 LPs, for two days of thought-provoking discussions, presentations and networking.

The AVCJ Japan Forum has been at the heart of the investment community for nearly two decades, and is unrivalled as the most influential gathering of domestic Japanese and international institutional investors, fund managers and service providers. Japanese investors’ interest in private markets continues unabated and the was reflected in a record attendance at the forum of over 465 of the industry’s leading figures in Tokyo, including 270 LPs.

The Forum featured a wide range of presentations and panel discussions covering topics including how global investors can find opportunity in the face of volatility, how PE can evaluate potential technology risks and opportunities when forming their investment thesis, why Japan is becoming a market of choice for global investors, where GPs are finding value in the middle market, LP’s view on portfolio management and how you establish best practice, how Japan can live up to its potential as an innovation nation, the rise in demand for credit and debt and LPs’ views on Japan and beyond.

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    Highlights of the AVCJ Japan Forum included:

  • Opening keynote address from Tokihiko Shimizu, Chief Executive Officer at Japan Post Investment Corporation
  • More than 210 leading companies in attendance, including institutional investors from the USA, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Japan, Korea and UK
  • A panel featuring some of the world’s biggest buyout firms on the current outlook for deals in Japan with Hiro Hirano, Member and Chief Executive Officer at KKR Japan and Kazuhiro Yamada, Managing Director and Head of Carlyle Japan Buyout Advisory Team, The Carlyle Group
  • Sessions with domestic LPs sharing the type of investments, funds and geographies they wish to commit to featuring Harbourvest, Japan Post Insurance, Pension Fund Association, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, Japan Post Bank and Nissay Asset Management
  • Interactive discussions examining the latest mid-market investment strategies from the leading domestic players including Unison Capital, ClSA Capital Partners Japan, Advantage Partners, The Longreach Group and Integral.

Every year we are amazed with the heated environment that AVCJ is able to nurture by bringing together fund managers and investors. It provides a great occasion for us to learn about evolving best practices and exchange ideas with industry participants.

Megumi Kiyozuka Managing Director / Head of Japan CLSA CAPITAL PARTNERS JAPAN KK

I have been attending the AVCJ Japan Forum since the early 2000s and this year’s event was the largest and most dynamic gathering yet. The attendees - GPs and LPs – gained comprehensive insights into opportunities present in the Japanese PE market today.

Joji Takeuchi, Chief, Private Asset Investments, ASSET MANAGEMENT ONE

Organisations that attended the Forum previously include:

  • 500 Startups Japan
  • Adams Street Partners
  • Advantage Partners
  • Aflac Asset Management Japan
  • Akebono Asset Management
  • Aksia
  • AllianceBernstein Japan
  • AlpInvest
  • Alternative Investment Capital
  • ANRI
  • Ant Capital Partners
  • Ant Global Partners
  • Antelope Career Consulting.
  • Aon Risk Solutions
  • Aozora Bank
  • Apax Partners
  • Apollo Global Management
  • Aramco Asia Japan
  • Ark Totan Alternative
  • Asia Alternatives
  • Asset Management One
  • Autologistics Japan
  • Axiom Asia Private Capital
  • Bain Capital
  • Baring Private Equity Asia
  • BC Partners
  • BC Partners Advisors
  • BDA Partners
  • BlackRock
  • Bloomberg
  • BlueBay Asset Management International
  • Brightrust PE Japan
  • Brookfield Asset Management
  • Brown Brothers Harriman Securities
  • Capital Dynamics
  • Capstone Partners
  • Carlyle Group
  • CIM Group
  • Clearwater Capital Partners
  • CLSA Capital Partners
  • Crosspoint Advisors
  • CVC Capital Partners
  • Daido Life Insurance Company
  • DBJ Asset Management
  • Denso Corporation
  • Development Bank of Japan
  • Diamond Dragon Advisors
  • East Ventures
  • Eelion Capital
  • eFront Hong Kong
  • Endeavour United
  • EQT Partners
  • European Investment Fund
  • Everbridge Partners
  • FTI Consulting
  • Fuji Xerox Pension Fund
  • Fujitsu Pension Fund
  • Fuyo General Lease
  • General Atlantic
  • Globis Capital Partners
  • Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)
  • Hamilton Lane
  • HarbourVest Partners (Japan)
  • HC Asset Management
  • Hibiya-Nakata
  • ICG
  • Innovation Finders Capital
  • Innovation Network Corporation of Japan
  • Insight Equity
  • Integral Corporation
  • International Christian University
  • International Financial Corporation
  • Intralinks
  • JA Mitsui Leasing
  • Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC)
  • Japan Industrial Solutions
  • Japan Post Bank
  • Japan Post Insurance
  • Japan Post Investment Corporation
  • Japan Venture Philanthropy Fund
  • Joyo Bank
  • J-STAR
  • Kanto IT Software Pension Fund
  • Khaitan & Co.
  • King & Spalding
  • KKR Capital Markets Japan
  • KKR Japan
  • Konomi
  • Korea Investment Corporation
  • KPMG TAX Corp.
  • KWAP
  • Kyodo News
  • Lexington Partners
  • Lunar
  • Manulife Capital
  • Manulife Insurance Company
  • Marubeni Corporation
  • MassMutual Life
  • Mayer Brown
  • Mercuria Investment
  • Mercury Capital Advisors Asia
  • MetLife Insurance
  • Millennium 7 Capital
  • Mito Securities
  • Mitsubishi Corporation
  • Mitsubishi Corporation Asset Management
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking
  • Mitsui & Co.
  • Mitsui & Co. Alternative Investment Limited (MAI)
  • Mitsui & Co., Pension Fund
  • Mitsui & Co., Principal Investments
  • Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance
  • Mizuho Bank
  • Mizuho Capital
  • Mizuho Global Alternative Investments
  • Mizuho Securities
  • Mizuho Securities Principal Investment
  • Mizuho Trust & Banking
  • Moneytree K.K.
  • Moore Management
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
  • MSD Investment
  • MUFG Bank
  • MVision Strategic
  • National Federation of Mutual Aid Associations for Municipal Personnel
  • Nebula-Ventures
  • New Frontier Capital Management
  • New Horizon Capital
  • NewQuest Capital Partners
  • Next Orbit Venture Fund
  • Nihon Unisys Pension Fund
  • Nikke
  • Nippon Life Insurance Company
  • Nippon Sangyo Suishin Kiko
  • Nissay Asset Management
  • Nomura Asset Management
  • Nomura Funds Research and Technologies Japan
  • Nomura ICG
  • Nomura Trust and Banking
  • Norinchukin Bank
  • Norinchukin Trust & Banking
  • Noritz Corporate Pension Fund
  • NSSK Chubu Hokuriku GenPar G.K.
  • Ocean Link
  • Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
  • Openspace Ventures
  • Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation Japan
  • ORIX Corporation
  • PAG
  • Partners Group AG
  • Pavilion Alternatives Group
  • PE&HR
  • Pension Fund Association (PFA)
  • Pension Fund Association for Local Government Officials
  • Phronesis Partners
  • Ping An Japan Investment
  • Preqin Solutions
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Providence Equity Partners
  • Resona Bank
  • Rising Japan Equity
  • Ruvento Ventures
  • S&P Global Market Intelligence
  • SECOM Corporate Pension Fund
  • Secom Pension Fund
  • SEIRYU Asset Management
  • Sen Family Office
  • SGG Asia
  • Shinhan Bank
  • Shinkin Central Bank (SCB)
  • Sierra Ventures
  • Siguler Guff
  • Silver Spoon Advisors
  • SilverRay Capital
  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
  • Social Impact Investment Foundation
  • Social Investment Partners
  • SoftBank Investment Advisors
  • SoftBank Vision Fund
  • Soken Inc
  • Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance
  • Sony Pension Fund
  • Stanley Corporate Pension Fund
  • StepStone Group
  • STIC Investments
  • Stone River Capital LLC
  • Strait Capital Investment Group
  • Sumitomo LIfe Insurance Company
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank
  • System2
  • T&D Asset Management
  • Tata Opportunities Fund
  • Terra Firma Capital Partners
  • The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
  • The Bank of Yokohama
  • The Blackstone Group Japan K.K.
  • The Carlyle Group
  • The Dai-Ichi Life Insurance
  • The Gibraltar Life Insurance
  • The Hyakugo Bank
  • The Longreach Group
  • The Norinchukin Bank
  • The San-In Godo Bank
  • The Shizuoka Bank
  • The Toho Bank
  • The Tokyo Star Bank/li>
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance
  • Tokio Marine Asset Management
  • Tokyo Gas
  • Tokyo University of Science
  • Truffle Capital
  • Trust Capital
  • Unison Capital
  • Uzabase
  • Venture Enterprise Center, Japan
  • Vista Equity Partners
  • Warburg Pincus Asia
  • WaterBridge Ventures
  • Wendel Singapore

... and many others!

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