Adams Street Partners is a global private markets investment manager with investments in more than thirty countries across five continents. Drawing on 45+ years of private markets experience, proprietary intelligence, and trusted relationships, Adams Street strives to generate actionable investment insights across market cycles. Adams Street is 100% employee-owned and has approximately $40 billion in assets under management. Adams Street has offices in Beijing, Boston, Chicago, London, Menlo Park, Munich, New York, Seoul, Singapore, and Tokyo.
Affirma Capital is the newly formed, independent emerging market private equity firm owned and operated by the long-standing senior leadership of Standard Chartered Private Equity. We manage over US$3.5 billion in assets for leading global limited partners and sovereign wealth funds.
Affirma Capital helps build and nurture national and regional champions by investing in companies backed by strong management teams and founders. Throughout the management teams’ 17-year history of investing in emerging markets, we have deployed over US$6 billion in 100 companies across Asia, Africa and the Middle East and have returned over US$5 billion in cash proceeds to our investors at highly attractive rates of return. Our senior leadership spent over 10 years working together at Standard Chartered Private Equity prior to founding Affirma Capital.
Our investment philosophy, focused on selective origination, disciplined deal structuring and intensive portfolio management, has helped us build a superior track record with realized returns at a significant premium to the MSCI Emerging markets index.
Companies, investors and government entities around the world turn to Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) for leadership, action and results. Privately held since its founding in 1983, A&M is a leading global professional services firm that provides advisory, business performance improvement and turnaround management services. When conventional approaches are not enough to create transformation and drive change, clients seek our deep expertise and ability to deliver practical solutions to their unique problems. With over 4,500 people across four continents, we deliver tangible results for corporates, boards, private equity firms, law firms and government agencies facing complex challenges. Our senior leaders, and their teams, leverage A&M’s restructuring heritage to help companies act decisively, catapult growth and accelerate results. We are experienced operators, world-class consultants, former regulators and industry authorities with a shared commitment to telling clients what’s really needed for turning change into a strategic business asset, managing risk and unlocking value at every stage of growth.
Apex Group Ltd., established in Bermuda in 2003, is a global financial services provider. With 45 offices worldwide and 3,500 employees, Apex delivers an extensive range of services to asset managers, capital markets, private clients and family offices. The Group has continually improved and evolved its capabilities to offer a single-source solution through establishing the broadest range of products in the industry; including fund services, digital onboarding and bank accounts, depositary, custody and super ManCo services, business services including HR and Payroll and a pioneering ESG Ratings and Advisory service for private companies.
KPMG in Singapore is part of a global network of professional services firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. With 207,000 people in the network working together to deliver value in 153 countries and territories, we offer a globally-consistent standard of service based on professional capabilities, industry insight and local knowledge.
In the ASEAN region, KPMG member firms operate across all 10 countries. Our industry focus helps KPMG firms’ professionals develop a rich understanding of clients' businesses and the insight, skills and resources required to address industry-specific issues and opportunities.
Our dedicated Private Equity (PE) group in ASEAN comprises leading transaction advisory, deal origination, portfolio value creation and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) Tax professionals. We firmly believe in accompanying portfolio companies throughout their investment lifecycle. Our value creation professionals specialise in working closely with the management of companies to embed best practices, improve operating and financial performance and build value prior to exit. We also help organisations prepare for an IPO and manage the sales process to enhance value upon exit.
Rajah & Tann Asia is the region’s new “home team”. By bringing together leading local law firms and lawyers, we’ve created the first unified, coherent, and authentically Asian legal services offering throughout the region.
Our single-minded goal is to be the best across the region and all our practice areas; a legal team of uniformly outstanding calibre capable of delivering exactly what clients really want, wherever and whenever they need it.
A key pillar to our strength in cross-border transactions is our Rajah & Tann Asia network with offices in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam as well as dedicated desks focusing on Japan and South Asia. With vast experience and boots-on-the-ground exposure across our regional practices, our lawyers have a deep appreciation of the local culture, business practices and language in these markets. This gives us an unparalleled edge over our competitors in presenting and pursuing solutions that are business-oriented, practical and cost-effective. It provides our clients with the “home advantage” in any transaction.
ShawKwei & Partners is one of the oldest independent private equity fund managers in Asia with offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai.
ShawKwei has been investing in middle-market industrial and service companies operating across Asia for over 25 years. Our deep knowledge and experience enable us to understand the unique challenges faced by Asia companies competing in today’s global markets.
We take significant ownership stakes in our investments coupled with a disciplined and hands-on management of those investments. Our investment philosophy includes teamwork to build better businesses and achieve long-term success.
The ShawKwei strategy, methods and practices are specially crafted for private equity investments in businesses operating in Asia. Together they form the partnership between ShawKwei and our portfolio companies.
Strategic Year Holdings Limited (“Strategic Year”) is a private investment holding company. The Founder of Strategic Year has 20 years of private equity investment experience in the Asia Pacific region. We adopt a value-oriented investment approach, utilizing our extensive local networks to originate and execute proprietary investment opportunities. We also spend tremendous efforts adding value to our investees.
Over the past 20 years, we have accumulated significant investment experience in the following sectors: education and professional services consumer, TMT, environmental products/services, natural resources/mining, advanced manufacturing, automotive, healthcare, retail, logistics, energy and alternative energy, and financial services.
We have always been a value-added investor. The areas of value-add that we have been providing to our portfolio companies include: business development, bolt on acquisitions or divestitures, board membership, strategic review, sales and marketing initiatives, human resource matters, subsequent fund raising, capital market access etc.
Our strategy is to leverage our local networks to originate and execute proprietary, value-oriented investment opportunities, maximizing value for our portfolio companies and their various stakeholders. We believe this proactive and value-oriented approach will benefit our investors and ourselves through time.
Unison Capital, originally founded in 1998 by three founding members, operates mid-cap buyout funds in Japan and Korea. In Japan, Unison Capital is widely recognized as a pioneer in the industry and has the longest track record in its space. In 2014, Unison Capital expanded in Korea to apply its well-tested mid-cap strategy and harness its deep Japan network for value-add.
Since its inception, Unison has launched four Japan-focused funds and invested in 41 companies with 26 exits. Today, Unison manages JPY 70 billion (~$640 million) for Japan Fund IV and KRW 500 billion (~$450 million) for Korea Fund II, respectively.
Unison’s Tokyo and Seoul office comprise of 34 investment professionals, having diverse professional backgrounds in finance, strategy consulting and operations. Furthermore, Unison’s broader network extends to in-house management advisers, financial institutions, consulting firms, and other experts in two countries and beyond to drive the robust growth of our portfolio companies.