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Private equity investment and exits both hit record highs in Asia last year, despite an abundance of capital entering the
asset class, which has driven up competition and valuations. For leading managers at the top end of the market, staying
ahead means increasing product offerings, widening team skillsets, innovative deal sourcing, driving value creation, utilizing
technology in portfolio management, and carefully considering exit options. Our panel will share their tips for achieving
Robust demand for exposure to Asian venture capital has driven up fund sizes to levels that would have seemed unrealistic
a few years ago. Led by China, some GPs are raising multiple vehicles intended to back companies from seed through later
growth rounds. This has been accompanied by greater emphasis on the ways in which investors can support start-ups that
are expanding rapidly. Our leading GPs and LPs look at how fundraising trends have evolved.
From SoftBank’s Vision Fund to private equity firms to sovereign wealth funds, large-cap investors are looking to deploy more
capital in technology. The amount of money entering the sector has never been higher, but it is increasingly concentrated on
later stage rounds for companies that are staying private for longer. What do these dynamics mean for early-stage players?
Our panelists discuss the realities of working with – or exiting to – larger investors.
Autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, big data, augmented and virtual reality, robotics – all of these are routinely cited
as the next great technology investment opportunity. There are countless start-ups within each segment and in many cases
business models touch on several of these areas. What can investors do to ensure the next game-changing innovation is
in their portfolio? Our experts offer insights into the complex technology development journey and how they pick the likely
Venture capital investors are under pressure to generate returns – or at least illustrate paths to liquidity – from the impressive
growth stories they are telling. While exit options are gradually widening, the availability of IPOs and the number of larger
players capable of M&A varies considerably across different Asian markets. Our panel of fund managers share real-life
examples that illustrate the challenges involved in exiting companies and how they can be overcome.
There is already evidence of differentiation in Asia’s venture capital industry, whether it involves sector specialization, pursuing
distinct early or late-stage strategies, or teams with local agendas spinning out from international firms. But can this conviction
about an approach to investment and the expectation that it will deliver rich deal flow translate into consistent and meaningful
returns? Investors from across the region share their views on how to build a sustainable industry.
As the private equity industry continues to mature in Asia, there is more differentiation in what GPs are trying to do and LPs
have the information to say with greater certainty what works and what does not. Nevertheless, there is general concern about
the amount of capital being raised and whether it can be deployed efficiently in a climate of high valuations. Our panel of
leading investors discuss the role of Asia in their portfolios.