Programme Day 1

Day 1 | Day 2

  • 08:00

    Registration and refreshments

  • 08:30

    Conference registration

  • 09:00

    Keynote address

  • 09:30

    Private markets in 2018

    In the last 18 months the world has witnessed Brexit, a Trump presidency, and a range of macro-economic and political warnings that could easily have triggered a global recession, or worse. However, none of these fears have yet become a reality and the business arena has remained resilient. With capital flooding into the private market asset class, enabling firms to raise ever larger funds, this – coupled with the availability of cheap debt – has contributed to ambitious deal-making. Our panel examines the world in 2018 and beyond, the impact events have had on Asia, and what private market managers can do to prevail in these conditions.

    • How is geo-politics affecting the investment landscape? How do you deal with political risk in Southeast Asia?
    • Will high levels of dry powder trigger high valuations and an unfavourable cycle?
    • What are the main threats that could damage the current buoyancy in the investment arena, and are they likely to occur?
    • How is the exit market in Asia evolving?
    • Has Southeast Asia become an attractive alternative to China and India?
  • 10:30

    Networking coffee break

  • 11:00

    Private equity’s role in the Belt and Road Initiative

    The Chinese government’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) continues to gain momentum, with investments in the economies along the ‘Belt’ and the ‘Road’ surging in the last two years. While the focus is currently on infrastructure and related projects, new investors are always looking towards emerging opportunities across various sectors that will enhance transnational connectivity and resolve the long-term development needs of BRI countries. The investment potential is enormous but complex. Our panel of senior policy makers and investment professionals highlight the opportunities which will emerge over the next five years.

    • What are the potential mid-to-long term investment opportunities triggered by BRI? How can private equity investors play a role?
    • What new policies and enhanced initiatives are in the pipeline to facilitate BRI- related investments?
    • Where are the most attractive opportunities for financial investors, and how can funds ‘get in the game’?
    • What are the key challenges encountered – from deal sourcing to deal execution– and how can they be overcome?
  • 11:45

    Fireside chat

  • 12:30

    SEA fintech: Taking the lead

    In the financial services space, digital disruption is opening up new opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors alike. The fintech revolution is definitely underway andSoutheast Asia’s burgeoning fintech ecosystem is attracting significant interest from both regional and global players. Penetration of smart phones, internet, and social media in the region has enabled this revolution, and combined with the universal availability of infrastructure providers such as payment processors, logistics providers, and digital marketing partners is proving to be a fertile ground for start-ups to scale across the region.

    • What is the current fintech landscape?
    • How can the regulatory framework help fast-track industry growth?
    • How is the region faring compared with other financial hubs?
  • 13:15

    Networking lunch

  • 14:15

    Disrupt or be disrupted: Singapore as a hub for innovation and technology

    Drones, artificial intelligence, autonomous driving, artificial reality, and virtual reality –each one has the potential to revolutionise traditional industries. The question for investors, is how can they identify the next wave of technologies and harness their disruptive power, and whether that means enhancing existing portfolio companies, or working with entrepreneurs to create new ones. Our panel of experts share their views on how, when, and where innovation will come to the forefront as a catalyst for change.

    • What technology shifts will have the most impact over the next 5-10 years?
    • When should investors act to access the best opportunities?
    • Which sectors present the greatest risks and rewards?
    • What are the opportunities in deep tech?
  • 15:00

    SEA exits: A timely boost?

    With Southeast Asian private equity and venture investment on the rise, the only blemish on an otherwise successful regional story is the lack of IPOs, as trade sales currently dominate the exit route. However, the recent NYSE listing of SEA (formerly Garneau) seems to illustrate a path for current and future crops of companies looking for exits and with some eye catching deal numbers involved, it is a matter of when rather than if the IPOs will come through.

    • What is the state of capital markets across the region?
    • How to find an optimal exit route, given the limited IPOs?
    • What is the LP view on exits, and does it weigh negatively on the region?
    • How have GPs sourced exit routes, and when should this process start?
    • What does the SEA IPO mean for the regional ecosystem?
  • 15:45

    Networking coffee break

  • 16:15

    The evolution of credit and debt as an asset class

    Funds are increasingly focused on the debt market, as they react to banks tightening up on lending and further diversifying their product offerings. Next to private equity, private debt is expected to deliver the highest returns over the next three to five years. With a strong appetite from LPs, private equity and specialist players are moving to establish offerings to exploit this opportunity. The panel will explore the macro factors that are contributing to the rise of debt-oriented strategies and direct lending, and how LPs can access this opportunity.

    • Where does private debt fit into an LP's allocation strategy, and are these allocations increasing?
    • Are distressed-debt and credit opportunities now a significant part of the private equity business?
    • Is venture debt emerging as a mainstream asset class in some markets?
    • How attractive are non-performing loans (NPLs), high yield bonds, defaulted bonds, and NPL securitisations for GPs?
    • With global GPs and funds of funds now establishing debt funds, will domestic players follow suit?
  • 17:00

    Investor selector: What do LPs really look for in a GP when deciding where to commit their money?

    In this interactive, educational, and enjoyable session, an LP representative will ask three GPs a series of unrehearsed investment-related questions that influence their firm’sdecision-making process when selecting a fund. Each of the GPs will have an opportunity to respond and convince the LP that their fund, focus, and investment philosophy willprovide the best returns. To add to the excitement, the GPs’ identities will not be revealeduntil the LP has picked a winner.

  • 17:40

    Close of Day 1 and networking cocktails