Speakers - Leading GPs and LPs confirmed are
John Connaughton is Co-Managing Partner of Bain Capital, a leading global alternative investment firm with $105 billion in assets under management in 18 offices worldwide with leading positions in private equity, alternative credit, venture capital and real estate. He also serves as the head of Bain Capital Global Private Equity. Since joining the firm in 1989, Mr. Connaughton has played a leading role in a wide spectrum of prominent healthcare and information/media businesses in which Bain Capital Private Equity has made investments. Prior to Bain Capital, Mr. Connaughton was a strategy consultant at Bain and Company.
Mr. Connaughton currently serves on the boards of IQVIA Holdings Inc. (IQV–NYSE) and the Boston Celtics. Mr. Connaughton previously sat on over two dozen private and public boards including iHeart Media Inc. (IHRT-OTC), Grupo NotreDame Intermedica (GNDI-BR), HCA Inc. (HCA-NYSE), Warner Chilcott (WCRX-Nasdaq), Warner Music Group (WMG-NYSE), ProSieben Sat.1.Media ag (PBSFY), and Stericycle, Inc. (SRCL-Nasdaq).
He is also active in a number of charitable and civic activities including serving as a member of the Berklee College of Music Board of Trustees, the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce Foundation Board, the Roxbury Latin School Board of Trustees, the Harvard Business School Dean's Advisory Board, the Brigham & Women's Hospital President's Advisory Board and the Bain Capital Community Partnership.
Mr. Connaughton received a B.S. in Commerce with Distinction from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker scholar.
Juan is a Vice Chairman and Head of International at Hamilton Lane, based in the firm’s Hong Kong office, where he oversees the firm’s Asian and European investment activities and client relationships.
Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in 2005, Juan was an Investment Manager at Baring Private Equity Partners Ltd. in London, where he focused on mid-market private equity in Europe. Previously, Juan held senior research positions at UK institutions such as the University of Essex and was a lecturer and Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University. Juan began his career as an analyst in Madrid at the SEPI (formerly known as lnstituto Nacional de Industria).
Juan received a Ph.D. in Research Methods/statistics and a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a member of the CFA Institute and the Securities Institute.
Eric Lang, is responsible for formulating and directing the investment strategy and portfolio construction for 32% of the Trust (14 percent allocation to Real Estate, 13 percent allocation to Private Equity, and 5 percent allocation to Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure). He is a member of the TRS IMD Management Committee. He is also a member of the overall TRS Investment Committee, as well as a member of the Private Equity Investment, Real Estate Investment, and ENRI Investment Committees. Prior to his current position, Eric was a Managing Director of Real Estate at TRS. Previously he was Managing Director of Kennedy Wilson. He also was an asset manager with American General Corporation.
Eric is board director of Home Partners of America. He is Past-chairman and former board member of the Pension Real Estate Association (“PREA”) and is a member of PREA’s Capital Market Trends Affinity Group. He is a current member of the PREA Foundation Board of Directors. He was Chairman of the 2009 PREA Fall Conference. Eric was the inaugural Chairman of the PREA|IPD U.S. Property Fund Index Advisory Board. He is also a member of the University of Texas Real Estate Finance and Investment Executive Council.
Eric received his BBA from the University of Texas in Austin and his MBA from the University of Houston.
Jean Eric Salata is the Chief Executive and Founding Partner of Baring Private Equity Asia (or “BPEA”), Chairman of the Investment Committee and member of the Portfolio Management and Exit & Liquidity Committees. Mr. Salata oversees all investment and divestment decisions made at the Firm, as well as its strategic direction. Mr. Salata has been responsible for the investment activity of the Firm since 1997 when he started the regional Asian private equity investment program for UK-based Baring Private Equity Partners Ltd. Mr. Salata later led the management buyout of this program in 2000 to establish BPEA as an independent firm. Before that, Mr. Salata was a Director of Hong Kong based AIG Global Investment Corporation (Asia) Ltd., the Asian private equity investment arm of AIG. Before that, he was the Executive Vice President of Finance of Shiu Wing Steel, a Hong Kong based industrial concern, and prior to that a management consultant with Bain & Company based in Hong Kong, Sydney and Boston. Mr. Salata has lived and worked in Hong Kong since 1989, and graduated magna cum laude from the Wharton school of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Finance and Economics. Mr. Salata was born in Chile and is fluent in English and Spanish.
Baring Private Equity Asia is one of the most experienced, best-resourced and strongest performing private investment firms in Asia. The Firm has a 20-year track record and advises over $16 billion of committed capital .
The Firm runs a pan-Asian private equity investment program focusing primarily on mid- and large-cap buyouts and corporate partnering transactions across the Asia Pacific region, as well as a pan-Asian real estate investment program and a private credit fund. The Firm also invests in the US and Europe in companies seeking to expand to Asia. Notable investments include Nord Anglia, the world’s largest premium international school operator, St. Georges University, the world’s largest private medical college, HCP, a leading prestige packaging company for cosmetic products, and Hexaware Technologies, a leading Indian IT services company. BPEA has been investing in Asia since its formation in 1997 and has over 160 employees located across offices in Hong Kong, China, India, Indonesia Japan and Singapore. BPEA currently has over 30 portfolio companies active across Asia with a total of 158,000 employees and sales of approximately USD30 billion (as of June 30, 2018). The Firm has received numerous awards for its outstanding performance, including 2015 “Large Cap Firm of the Year in Asia” by Private Equity International. Asian Venture Capital Journal selected Baring Asia as the 2015 winner for “Fundraising of the Year – Large Cap” and Jean Salata as “PE Professional of the Year.”
Scott Sandell is the Managing General Partner of NEA. During his nearly 25 years since joining the firm, Scott has led investments in many industry-transforming technology companies including Data Domain, Salesforce.com, Tableau Software, WebEx and Workday, and is among the most frequently named venture capitalists to the Forbes Midas List. Scott is currently a director of Bloom Energy (NYSE: BE) and a number of private companies including Automation Anywhere, Banjo, Branch, Cloudflare, Coursera, Divvy, Expanse, One Concern, and Robinhood. He also remains actively involved with the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), where he served as Chairman of the Board from 2014-2015.
Outside of NEA, Scott serves on the Board of Advisors of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. A frequent guest lecturer at both Stanford and U.C. Berkeley, Scott also recently co-created and is now co-teaching a course at Stanford on principled entrepreneurship.
Before joining NEA, Scott was a product manager at Microsoft. Prior to that, Scott co-founded and ran the European subsidiary of C-ATS Software. He began his career at the Boston Consulting Group. Scott holds an MBA from Stanford and an AB in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College.
Mr Tang is the Founding Chairman and Managing Partner of Affinity Equity Partners following its spin-off from UBS in 2004. Prior to that, he was the Chairman of UBS Capital Asia Pacific, the private equity arm of UBS since 1999. Before UBS Capital, he was the Chief Executive for Investment Banking, East Asia at Union Bank of Switzerland since 1995. Following the merger of Union Bank of Switzerland and Swiss Bank Corporation to form UBS, Mr Tang became Chief Executive, Hong Kong, of UBS Group and Asia Regional Head of Investment Banking for UBS Investment Bank. Prior to Union Bank of Switzerland, he served as President and CEO of Banque Indosuez’s Asian investment bank and Chairman of WI Carr (Far East) Limited, one of the leading stockbroking firms in Asia. Mr. Tang began his financial career with Chase Manhattan Bank. During his 17 years at Chase, he served in a number of senior roles in Malaysia and Hong Kong.
Thomas von Koch was part of the team that founded EQT in Stockholm in 1994. He headed EQT's Equity business line between 2008-2011 and as of March 2014, Mr. von Koch assumed the role of CEO and Managing Partner. He also became a board member of EQT AB. As of January 2019, Mr. von Koch is Chairman of EQT Asia and Deputy Managing Partner of EQT. He is also Chairman of the business lines EQT Mid Market Asia, EQT Ventures and EQT Public Value.
Previously, Mr. von Koch worked at Investor AB, a Swedish investment company controlled by the Wallenberg family, which he joined in 1992. At Investor AB, he worked within equity research, corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions. Mr. von Koch graduated from the Stockholm School of Economics with two majors (Financial Economics and Accounting & Finance).
Jon Winkelried is the Co-Chief Executive Officer and a Partner of TPG. Mr. Winkelried was formerly with the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. for more than 27 years when he retired in 2009 as President and Co-Chief Operating Officer. He became a partner at Goldman Sachs in 1990 and, in addition to holding a series of senior leadership positions, helped build significant businesses for the firm. Mr. Winkelried was also a long-standing member of the firm’s Management Committee, Partnership Committee, Capital Committee and Founding Chairman of the Business Practices Committee. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Prior to joining TPG in 2015, Mr. Winkelried managed JW Capital Partners with investments across a range of industries including technology, real estate, healthcare and natural resources. Mr. Winkelried was also Strategic Advisor and Partner at Thrive Capital, a New York-based venture capital firm focused on technology investing, and an advisor to TSSP Sixth Street Partners, TPG’s special situations and credit platform. Mr. Winkelried serves on the Board of Directors for Evolution Media, McAfee, Delos Living LLC, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Bounty Minerals and Cadre, and he serves on the Board of Overseers for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He was elected to the Board of Trust of Vanderbilt University in 2012, and was elected Chair for the Investment Committee in 2017. He served as a trustee at the University of Chicago from 2006 to 2012. Mr. Winkelried received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1981 and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago in 1982.
Lars Aagaard is a Managing Director and Head of Mergers and Acquisitions and the Financial Sponsors Group, Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong.
In his role as Head of the Asia Pacific M&A business, which he assumed in January 2019, Lars is responsible for driving and overseeing the Firm’s M&A activity across the region.
As Head of the Asia Pacific Financial Sponsors Group, Lars is responsible for leading all Banking relationships and transactions in the Financial Sponsor sector. Lars was appointed to this position in 2015.
Lars is a member of the Asia Pacific Banking OpCo, Chair of the Firm’s Regional Citizenship Council and Banking representative of the BAF committee. He joined Barclays in 2010 in Sydney, as Head of Financial Sponsors Group, Australia.
Lars has 20 years of investment banking experience. Prior to Barclays, he was at Morgan Stanley for 10 years, in London and Sydney in a variety of roles, including Operations Officer for IBD Australia. Prior to his banking career, Lars worked for two years as assistant and interpreter to the Defence Attaché at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Moscow.
He graduated from Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in 2000 with a Master of Science in Finance and holds a university degree in Russian Language from the University of Bergen. Lars also graduated from the Norwegian Defence School for Intelligence and Security in 1993 and is a First Lieutenant (reserve) in the Norwegian Army.
Amit Anand is the Founding Partner of Jungle Ventures, a Singapore based Venture Capital Firm that invests in and helps build tech category leaders from Asia. Jungle has a dedicated team of operating partners and functional experts to support startups as they scale across the region or globally. The firm closed its second fund at US$100M, backed by leading institutions and family offices.
Amit brings 15 years of experience in Asia having played go-to-market and corporate development roles for startups and corporations alike. He later presided as Deputy Chairman for Business Angels Network South East Asia (BANSEA). A Kauffman Fellow, Amit is passionate about creating global companies from Asia and currently works with Founders at companies such as TradeGecko (Singapore), Livspace (India). Kredivo (Indonesia) and Pomelo Fashion (Thailand) amongst others.
Joined Advantage Partners in January 2002. Katsuya has been responsible for Advantage Partners’ investor relations, ESG, and middle/back office administration functions since 2018 and is a member of AP’s investment committee for Japan buyouts. As an investment partner prior to assuming the role of CAO, he was responsible for investments including Polygon Pictures Inc., Nihonkaisui Co., Ltd., and Xacti Corporation. After graduating from university, he joined Bain & Company Japan Inc. and was engaged in various strategic and operational projects for clients across broad industry sectors (financial services, software, auto, electronics, and others). He subsequently transitioned into venture investment and incubation activities for e-commerce and software-related start-ups before joining Advantage Partners. Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, Asian Studies, University of Tokyo; Master of Business Administration (MBA), Harvard Business School.
Mr. Belonogoff is a principal for CarVal Investors. Based in London, Mr. Belonogoff is responsible for leading the firm’s London office, as well as managing individual Corporate Securities investments globally. Prior to joining the firm in 1998, Mr. Belonogoff was business development manager for Fritz Companies CIS, a subsidiary of UPS, based in Moscow, Russia. Fluent in English and Russian, Mr. Belonogoff received his MBA with a concentration in finance from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth and a B.A. in economics and Russian studies from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, graduating magna cum laude.
CarVal Investors is a leading global alternative investment fund manager focused on distressed and credit-intensive assets and market inefficiencies. Since 1987, our experienced team has navigated through ever-changing credit market cycles, opportunistically investing $108 billion in 5,300 transactions across 79 countries. Today, CarVal Investors has approximately $11 billion in assets under management in both credit and real estate strategies.
Kurt Björklund is the Co-Managing Partner of Permira, a global investment firm that backs market leading businesses in growing segments of the global economy. Founded in 1985, the firm advises funds with a total committed capital of approximately €32 billion. The Permira funds make long-term investments in companies with the ambition of transforming their performance and driving sustainable growth.
Kurt joined Permira London in 1996 and took over the leadership of the firm in 2008 as Co-Managing Partner, after having served as head of the Nordics for 5 years. He serves on the Board of Permira and chairs the Investment Committee of the funds. He is also on the board of pan-European healthcare outsourcing company Pantheon Holdings Ltd, a Permira V investment. Initially Kurt specialised predominantly in growth investing in the technology sector and built his career on finding investment opportunities in disruptive technologies including mobile technology and early internet and broadband technologies. Notable investment successes have included the acquisition of Swedish mobile security software and IT services company AU Systems, the acquisition of satellite business Inmarsat from Telenor and the acquisition in 2005 of Danish telecom monopoly TDC, the biggest European buyout at the time. In 2008, Kurt was promoted to lead the firm alongside Tom Lister. Under their leadership the firm raised to date a further €12.8bn of equity for the private equity strategy and established a very successful pan-European debt investment business, Permira Debt Managers.
Prior to joining Permira, Kurt worked for the Boston Consulting Group in Stockholm. He has a degree in Economics from SSEBA, Finland, an MBA from INSEAD, France and also conducted graduate studies at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, USA. Outside of Permira, Kurt supports a number of prestigious universities. He sits on the INSEAD campaign board which is in charge of alumni fundraising and is a financial backer of the Hanken School of Economics in Finland. In his spare time he enjoys nature and is an avid skier, runner and kite surfer.
Adam Black has worked in private equity for over 11 years and been involved in ESG for over 26 years. He has worked in the oil and gas industry, in consultancy and at a buy-out firm as an ESG Operating Partner.
He joined Coller Capital in 2016 and is responsible for embedding ESG into the investment management process.
During his career he has worked in over 50 countries worldwide and instigated ESG value creation and risk mitigation initiatives across most industry sectors, including during his time in private equity.
Mr. Black has a background in occupational health and safety, environmental science and law.
Richard Blair, a Managing Director, is the firm's General Counsel for Asia Pacific.
Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Blair was a partner at the law firm of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he focused on private equity and cross-border M&A transactions for a wide range of global financial and corporate clients, including Blackstone Real Estate and Private Equity. During his career to date he has worked in London, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Mr. Blair received a Bachelor of Laws with European Legal Studies from King’s College London and a Diploma in European Legal Studies from Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. He is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong, England and Wales.
Nicholas Bloy, Managing Partner – is one of the three founders of Navis Capital Partners. Navis currently manages USD 5 billion in private and public equity funds.
Mr Bloy leads investment teams in making, monitoring and exiting investments, sits on Investment Committee and sits on the boards and/or executive committees of several Navis portfolio companies, and is responsible for fundraising. He also sits on the International Advisory Council of CIMB, one of the Southeast Asia’s largest banking groups.
Prior to co-founding Navis, Mr. Bloy worked at The Boston Consulting Group in Asia from 1989 to 1999 after spending 3 years with Bain & Co. In London.
He holds a BA Hons degree from University College, London and an MBA from INSEAD, France.
Patrick Boocock is a Managing Partner and responsible for Brookfield’s investment and asset management activities across Asia.
Mr. Boocock brings 20 years of private equity and infrastructure investment and operational experience to the role. Mr. Boocock joined Brookfield in 2009 and has held a number of senior roles, including Chief Financial Officer of Brookfield’s global construction company and Managing Director of an Australian natural gas transmission and distribution portfolio where he was responsible for the restructuring and ultimate sale of the group. Prior to joining Brookfield, Mr. Boocock held various senior positions in the infrastructure financing and development sector in Canada.
Mr. Boocock is a Chartered Accountant (Canada), Certified Public Accountant (United States), and received a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from McMaster University in Canada.
Tim Burroughs is managing editor of Asian Venture Capital Journal, having joined the publication in May 2011. He is responsible for all editorial content put out under the AVCJ brand, including Asian Venture Capital Journal, AVCJtv, AVCJ Awards and AVCJ.com. Tim previously spent five years at China Economic Review, serving as editor-in-chief and then editorial director. Located in Greater China since 2003, during which time he has lived in Beijing, Qingdao and Hong Kong, Tim has been a China-based contributor for publications including The Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, BBC and China Daily. Prior to moving to China, he trained and worked as a journalist in the UK. He was honored at the Society of Publishers in Asia awards in 2007, 2008 and 2010, and at the State Street Institutional Press Awards - Asia in 2012.
Linda Cai joined Loyal Valley Capital in 2017 as Partner in charge of institutional fundraising and COO. She has 14 years of experience in the private equity sector. Prior to joining Loyal Valley, Ms. Cai was the Head of Cross border investments at Hony Capital for five years, and Head of China for Partners Group prior to that. She graduated from Harvard Business School with a MBA and also holds a MS in Computer Science from California State University Northridge.
Will Cai is a corporate partner and the head of Cooley Asia capital markets. His practice focuses on cross-border China-related legal matters. He represents issuers and global investment banks in US and Hong Kong capital market transactions. He also advises private equity funds and multinationals in their investments in the Greater China region, as well as Chinese companies in their cross-border M&A activities.
Will has worked on 40+ successful IPOs in the US and Hong Kong capital markets in the last decade, with a focus on technology and new economy companies. In addition, Will has represented a significant number of leading new economy companies in their M&A transactions, including a number of landmark deals.
The deals Will has worked on over the years have garnered a number of rankings and accolades including the ‘Best IPO of 2017’ by FinanceAsia Magazine, ‘Equity Deal of the Year for 2017’ at the IFLR Asia Awards in 2018, the largest technology IPO in Hong Kong in 2017, one of China Business Law Journal’s Deals of the Year in both 2016 and 2015 and one of Asian-MENA Counsel magazine’s Deals of the Year for 2015.
From 1997 to 2003, Will worked for the Supreme People’s Court of China, where he acquired extensive experience and knowledge of the Chinese judiciary.
Will received his JD from Stanford Law School and LLB from China University of Political Science and Law. He is a native Mandarin speaker and is fluent in English. He is admitted to practice in California and Hong Kong.
Tanya Carmichael leads the Global Funds Team at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (“OTPP”). With offices in Toronto (where Tanya is based) as well as Hong Kong and London, the team invests with and partners with leading GPs around the world. Tanya represents OTPP on numerous limited partner advisory committees. Earlier in 2019, she stepped down as Chair of the ILPA board of directors, where she had the privilege to serve for many years. She is also a former member of the Private Equity Steering Committee of the PRI. Strong governance, engagement and collaboration are strong drivers for Tanya and her approach to private equity.
James has over 15 years of capital raising, investor relations, fund investment, operations and consulting experience. Prior to joining CBC, he was previously a Senior Director at the Fosun Group where he was primarily responsible for fund/ project capital raising and strategic partnerships at several platforms including the venture capital team, Fosun Kinzon Capital, the internal placement agent/ partnerships team, Fosun Capital Group, as well as the TMT & Entertainment Group. Prior to joining Fosun Group, James was an Associate Director at Jade Invest in Shanghai, an independent China dedicated fund of private equity funds, where he covered fund investments, operations, legal matters and investor relations. Previously he has also worked at PwC in their corporate finance/ transactions services strategy consulting practice in Shanghai and London.
James holds a Masters Degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge.
As one of the top 5 Women to watch in Asia Tech ( Nikkei Asian Review ), Carman Chan is a veteran in the technology industry with decades of experience as an entrepreneur with multiple exits, a tech columnist and a globally recognized venture capitalist.
Carman began her entrepreneurship journey when she was at university. In order to pursue her passion for the newly emerging Internet, she passed up a fully sponsored Ph.D. from Imperial College to become a serial internet entrepreneur. Carman’s first company, English Street was acquired by HKET(0423.HK), a Hong Kong listed newspaper group. Her second company was merged with Hiiir in Taiwan and later acquired by FarEasTone (4904.TW).
Carman is also a best-selling book author for several accelerated learning books. Spending eight years as a tech columnist for IT magazines, she wrote about internet business models and internet marketing.
After several successful exits Carman started Click Ventures, her angel fund. With a focus on providing seed to series A financing to technology startups, Click Ventures is differentiated by offering mentorship from entrepreneurs with over twenty years of first-hand experience.
Click Ventures has grown into a leading investment manager, and named as the Most Consistently Top Performing Venture Capital Fund Managers by Preqin in 2019 with all three funds in the top quartile!
Click’s current portfolio includes 50+ investments including Spotify.com, Docusign, Palantir.com, Memebox.com, Youappi.com...etc. Due to her deep experience, Carman is frequently invited to speak or serve as a panel member for prestigious events around the world.
David joined the MLC Private Equity team in 2009 and has primary coverage of the Asia Pacific region. His current responsibilities include manager research, co-investment assessment, portfolio analysis, investment strategy development and general market coverage. MLC is a pension fund in Australia, running one of the country's largest private equity programs with $5b of commitments globally. David has extensive experience in the financial services and technology industries, especially in Asia Pacific where he has completed local projects in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia & NZ. He holds a Master of Commerce (Finance), a Bachelor of Software Engineering with First Class Honours and the University Medal from the University of NSW, Australia, and is a CFA charterholder.
Vincent Chan is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Asia for Samena Capital Hong Kong Limited. Samena Capital is a principal investment group focusing on the Subcontinent, Asia, Middle East and North Africa (collectively, the SAMENA region). The firm has raised more than US$1.5 billion of capital since 2008 and has returned US$700 million to investors from over 45 full and partial exits. The firm currently manages total capital of approximately US$950 million across three primary investment strategies: private equity, direct investments and credit.
Vincent was previously the Founding CEO of Spring Capital, an independent private equity firm that invests exclusively in China. He was also a Member of the Listing Committee of the HKEX (2007-2012). He is currently the Co-President of the HK Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (previously Chairman 05/06) and a member of the Chengdu CPPCC.
Sandeep Chandak is a Managing Director on the Asia Corporate and Traded Credit team. Based in Singapore, he joined the firm in 2016.
Prior to joining Värde, Sandeep worked at Deutsche Bank Hong Kong as a Trader in Distressed and Illiquids, covering Asia Pacific stressed loans and bonds. Prior to Deutsche Bank, he was at Ernst &
Young India in Transaction Advisory Services, providing corporate valuation, acquisition and fundraising advisory to clients.
Sandeep received a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) from the University of Delhi, India. He is also a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
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Sanjay has more than 20 years of experience in private equity and strategy consulting. He joined Tata Capital Private Equity in August 2010 and the Tata Capital Growth Fund in 2015. He has full life cycle experience in private equity and has served on boards and various committees for his investee companies.
Prior to joining Tata Capital Private Equity, Sanjay was a strategy consultant with Palo Alto based boutique consulting firm Strategic Decisions Group. As a strategy consultant, he has extensively advised private equity funds and companies on transactions that included strategic and business due diligences, deal structuring, negotiations, first 100-day plan. He was one of the founder members of the India practice of Strategic Decisions Group (SDG), and started the transactions and private equity practice of SDG in India.
Sanjay has an MBA from Columbia Business School, Columbia University, New York and Asian Institute of Management, Manila. He has a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India.
Lorna Chen is the firm’s Asia Managing Partner, Head of Greater China, and the founder and head of the Asia Investment Funds practice. Lorna has 18 years of experience in the investment funds and private equity field. She advises clients in the structuring, restructuring, formation and operation of alternative investment products, including private equity funds, venture capital funds, hedge funds, real estate funds, funds of funds, project funds and co-investment structures.
Lorna has extensive experience in cross-border transactions representing top global institutional clients such as the world's major sovereign wealth funds, wealth management platforms, commercial and policy banks, insurance companies, as well as start-up companies and family offices.
Lorna is a frequent speaker at major regional conferences and is regularly interviewed by the financial media in Asia. She has also been consistently rated a leading lawyer by various independent ranking publications.
Michael Chen is a managing director at Centurium Capital and responsible for the firm’s investment activities in consumer and healthcare sectors. He is an experienced and respected private equity investor in China with a proven track record of successful investments such as CAR Inc., China Kidwant, ZTO and Souche. Prior to joining Centurium, he led Warburg Pincus’ consumer and retail investment team in China. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus in 2011, Mr. Chen was a vice president in Crescent Point, a Pan-Asia growth capital fund. Before Crescent, Mr. Chen was an associate in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong and a consultant with Accenture in China. He received a B.A. of economics from Fudan University and an M.B.A. from INSEAD.
Dr. Chen has rich experience in corporate ﬁnance and investment banking, especially in providing comprehensive ﬁnancing solutions with ﬁnancial innovation. Prior to joining Sino-Ocean Capital, Mr. Chen held senior positions in China Construction Bank (CCB) and CCB Trust. He also serves as a Supervisor for master’s degree students at the Northeastern University of Finance and Economics and is an acting member of the Asset Management Division of the Finance Industry Committee of the China Silver Industry Association (CSIA). Dr. Chen holds a PhD degree in Policy Fnance from Liaoning University. He is also a post-doctor fellow and deputy-researcher in the Institute of Finance and Banking of Chinese academy of Social Science (CASS).
Ph.D. in Pharmacology, School of Medicine, UC San Diego
Dr. Chen has worked as a research scientist at Harvard Medical School, Technical Lead, CTO, and a senior consultant for the APAC headquarter of Agilent Technologies (Seahorse Bioscience), Director of Strategic Development of Beijing Promed, Cofounder of I&I Ventures (a global med-tech VC), etc. She has led M&A, IPO, fund-raising, and out-licensing of several companies as a member of the core management team or as a senior consultant. She has extensive professional background and connections in healthcare industries, with expertise in VC investment and US-China strategic business development.
Investment cases: Seahorse Bioscience (Agilent Technologies), Beijing Promed (835373), BRIM Biotech etc.
Mr. Ben Cheng is the Managing Partner at C Ventures, Head of Investment at K11 Investment and the General Manager at Business Strategy Department of New World Development. He is a member of Advisory Committee of Vertex SEA Fund, a subsidiary of Temasek Holdings and a member of Venture Committee of Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association. Mr. Cheng leads the investment directions and new business development initiatives within those organizations.
Mr. Cheng has been actively engaged in major venture capital and private equity investments, including sourcing, negotiation, and hands-on support of Go-Jek (Indonesia’s largest Transportation/Logistic brand), Day Day Cook (China’s largest Culinary social media and e-commerce), YOHO! (China’s largest Streetwear e-commerce and social media), Full Truck Alliance (China’s leading Truck Service application). Recently, He has also been involved in leading other sought-after deals including Xiaohongshu, Aibee, Knowbox, Video++, etc.
Prior to joining C Ventures, Mr. Cheng was an investment banker at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Standard Chartered Bank. Mr. Cheng has been involved in some major transactions in the region, including the US$3.3bn take-private of WuXi PharmaTech, Temasek’s $5.7bn investment in Watson’s and the US$2.1bn acquisition of ING's insurance business in Hong Kong, Macau and Thailand.
Shane Chesson is Founder and Partner of Openspace Ventures (formerly NSI Ventures), a Singapore-headquartered VC focused on Series A and B investments in Southeast Asia-based technology companies. Selected Openspace investments overseen by Mr. Chesson include Go-Jek, Chope, Tradegecko, CXA, Topica, Oway, HaloDoc, Sale Stock and Pathao. Mr. Chesson was previously Managing Director and Co-Head (Technology Investment Banking, of Citigroup Asia-Pacific.
Mr. Chesson has an MBA with distinction from INSEAD Singapore where he was a recipient of the IAA Asian Campus scholarship.
Patrick was born in Fuzhou in 1977 and moved to Hong Kong in 1983. He graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a major in Business Administration. After graduation, he joined the Swire Group as management trainee and quitted the job for start up after 9 months. In 1999, he founded UR Photo in Hong Kong, which is the first online photo servicing company in Greater China. UR Photo provides a platform for photo storage, sharing, editing, photo-finishing and other value-adding services. The company was acquired by a listed company, China Hong Kong Photo Group (sole agent of Fujifilm in Hong Kong & Mainland China) in early 2003.
OOH Media Network Group was founded by Patrick in Shanghai in 2002. With its systematic database and platform, OOH Network consolidates all outdoor media resources from Greater China, providing a one-stop professional outdoor advertising service. Patrick has led the company to become the largest outdoor media service provider with extensive coverage over 100 cities in China. In late 2007, the company merged with Focus Media Group, which was formerly listed on NASDAQ stock market as the first listed media company in China joining the NASDAQ-100 in 2005. Patrick's investment group had also been one of key investors in Focus Media’s privatization in 2013 with a valuation of USD 3.8 billion. Focus Media is the largest private media company and re-listed in the China stock market in 2015 with its current market capitalization of over USD 20 billions.
Patrick is the alumni of China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) Global CEO Program (class 2010) and the alumni of Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) China CEO Program (class 2009)
Patrick is currently the Chairman of HGI Capital Holdings. With headquarter in Hong Kong, HGI Capital has offices and teams in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen. The company manages investments in Venture Capital, Growth Equity Investment and InnovativeBusiness Incubation specializing in internet, technology and consumer- related sectors. He is also the Founding and Managing Partner of Zhong Wei Capital (ZWC Ventures), which has a strategy to invest in innovative companies with high growth potential in TMT (technology, media & internet) and consumer sectors. His investment track records include privatization of Focus Media Group (stock code: SZ002027), Juneyao Airline (stock code: SHA603885), VIPKid, Jingdong Finance, YituTechnology, Mobike, Souche, Xiaopeng Motors, Tokopedia, Tantan, Mesosphere, Wattpad , etc.
Besides his business ventures, Patrick also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship. He also conducts academic researches as a visiting scholar at Stanford University (2017 – Current).
Mr. Chew is a Senior Managing Director and Managing Partner of CITIC Capital Partners and has been with the Firm since its establishment in 2002. Previously, Mr. Chew worked for Whitney & Co., joining as an Associate in 2000. Mr. Chew worked in the Private Equity and Corporate Finance divisions of Morgan Stanley in New York City and Singapore and at Charterhouse Development Capital, a private equity firm, in London. Mr. Chew received a B.B.A. from The University of Michigan, with Honors.
Dr. Jeffrey Chi is a veteran in the venture capital industry and a strong advocate for the promotion of venture capital, entrepreneurship & socially responsible investing.
Dr. Chi is a Managing Director of Vickers Venture Partners, Vice Chairman of Vickers Capital Group and a member of its Investment Committee. He is also former Chairman and currently Ambassador of the Singapore Venture Capital & Private Equity Association. Dr. Chi also sits on board of SEEDS Capital (Investment arm of Enterprise Singapore) and on the advisory panels of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, the commercialization arm of A*Star and the National University of Singapore Division of Engineering and Technology Management.
Based out of Shanghai, Dr. Chi heads Vickers Venture’s investments in Asia and has investments in artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, education, e-commerce, healthcare/wellness and financial services (including fintech) technology companies.
Dr Chi’s wealth of experience include investment banking (Partner at Pegasus Capital), strategy consulting (senior consultant at Monitor Delloitte) and operations (Managing Director of Spandeck Engineering SEA). Dr. Chi is a CFA Charter holder and graduated from Cambridge University with 1st Class Honours in Engineering. He earned his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in organizational knowledge and information technology.
Mr. K O Chia is Director of GRACE FINANCIAL LTD., a Hong Kong family office where he focuses on direct and private equity investment program as well as managing the office. He brings 40+ years of diverse experience as U.S.-Asia venture capitalist, an entrepreneurial journey with a successful telecom technology start-up. He started his career with Hewlett-Packard (Agilent) and later at Apple Asia in varied functions as in manufacturing, product management, and market development.
Mark Chiba is Group Chairman and Partner of The Longreach Group. The Longreach Group is an established independent private equity firm with offices in Hong Kong and Tokyo. The firm focuses on Japan and related Greater China control buyouts in the mature industrial and technology, consumer, business services and financial services sectors. The firm manages three Funds which have accumulated approximately US$2.1 billion of committed limited partner and co-investment capital.
Mark co-founded The Longreach Group in late 2003. Mark's lead responsibilities at Longreach include firm management, senior relationship driven deal sourcing and execution, investments in the financial services sector, and building the firm's capital base and global networks.
Before co-founding Longreach, Mark served as Chief Executive Officer and President of UBS Securities Japan, Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Investment Banking Management Committee, Head of Japan Investment Banking and as a member of the UBS Global Investment Bank Board. Previous to this role in Japan, Mark headed the UBS Asia-Pacific Financial Institutions Group.
Mark is an Australian citizen, resident in Hong Kong. He holds First Class Honours degrees in Economics (University of Melbourne) and Law (University of Sydney). Mark is a Rhodes Scholar with a Master of Philosophy degree in International Relations (with Distinction) from Oxford University.
Matt Conger is CEO of Cadence Translate, a firm providing due diligence language assistance to investors and consultants worldwide. Matt was previously a Vice President at Hudson Capital Management in New York. Prior to that, he was at Bain & Company, where his tenure included multiple due diligence projects in the firm's Private Equity Group. He currently teaches courses on the principles of due diligence at two universities in North America and writes about cross-border due diligence issues on LinkedIn. He holds a MS in Management Science from Stanford and a BS in Economics from Wharton. He is based in Los Angeles.
Doug Coulter joined LGT Capital Partners in 2007 to lead its Asian private equity investment activities. Prior to LGT, Doug was a Senior Investment Officer for the IFC, responsible for direct investments in the TMT, retail & consumer and healthcare sectors. He previously worked at Nomura Securities in Hong Kong and as a lawyer at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP in Toronto. He holds an MBA from INSEAD in France, a M.Sc. from the LSE, a law degree from the University of Western Ontario and a B.A. from Queen’s University in Canada.
LGT Capital Partners is a leading alternative investment specialist with over USD 60 billion in assets under management and over 150 private equity professionals worldwide. Headquartered in Pfaeffikon, Switzerland, the firm has offices in New York, Dublin, London, Paris, Vaduz, Dubai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Sydney. LGT Capital Partners was selected as Alternatives Manager of the Year in Asia in 2016 and 2017 and Alternatives Fund House of the Year in 2018 by AsianInvestor and was recently named Fund of funds of the year in Asia for 2018 by Private Equity International.
Jaideep Das is a Partner in ERM and the Account Director for services to Private Markets clients. Jaideep also acts as the global lead for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) advisory services and his work has included supporting Fund Managers apply market-leading approaches to integrate ESG factors in their strategy, investment and ownership processes. Jaideep has worked extensively for Private Markets clients including Permira, Bain Capital, Bridgepoint, Carlyle, EQT, Partners Group, KKR, MidEuropa, Advent, IFM and Inflexion and Limited Partners (LPs) such as PGGM and APG. Jaideep was retained by InvestEurope from 2012-2015 to co-develop and deliver their Integrating ESG training course to 60+ Fund Managers and LPs. Jaideep was an author of the PRI-ERM guidance on ESG Monitoring, Reporting and Dialogue in Private Equity published in 2018. Jaideep is an environmental engineer by background and has a Masters in environmental economics and sustainability management from Strathclyde Business School.
Hugues is a Partner at CIGP Hong Kong which he co-founded, part of the Executive Senior Management, leading and managing CIGP’s global Investment Banking practice. He also sits on the Group’s Investment Committee, where he is co-responsible for CIGP’s asset allocation and investment strategy in Asia.
Prior to joining CIGP, Hugues worked as a UK Financial Services Authority approved investment professional in London and Paris for Credit Suisse, ABN Amro, Rothschild and BNP Paribas where he started his career in 2002. In these roles, Hugues advised various corporate clients and private equity sponsors in the context of M&A and Leveraged Finance transactions.
Hugues is a Responsible Officer and Manager in Charge registered with the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission.
He attended HEC Business School in Paris, graduating with a Master’s degree in Finance.
He is fluent in French and English, and proficient in Spanish.
Dr Michelle Deaker is a Managing Partner of OneVentures and has been primarily responsible for the foundation of OneVentures firm and capital raisings of OneVentures Funds. The firm now has almost $400M in funds under management. Michelle serves on the investment committee of OneVentures three main Funds, leads the technology practice within the firm and is responsible for investor relations managing the supervisory boards of OneVentures funds.
Michelle has over 20 years experience in the development of high growth technology companies in Australia and the US, has served on the boards of large and small listed and unlisted companies and has a strong background in Australian R&D and expertise in global business expansion. She has negotiated technology transfer contracts with research institutions; established financing syndicates with Australian, Asian and US investors; chaired the boards of several high growth companies; supported early breakthrough commercial contracts; leveraged her extensive networks for the benefit of OneVentures companies; and negotiated both financing and exit transactions.
Michelle established OneVentures in late 2006, coming into the venture capital industry as a successful IT industry business owner, entrepreneur and subsequently angel investor. The Company she founded in 1999, E Com Industries (www.giftvouchers.com), became the leading prepaid card and electronic voucher provider in Australia, servicing over 100 major retail brands including Coles Myer and Woolworths, managing $700m in Australian retail liability and eventually expanding operations into the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand. E Com was acquired by UK publicly listed company, Retail Decisions, in 2005, in a transaction returning to investors 4.6xcapital and an average IRR of 70%. Notably, E Com industries was one of only a handful of Australian companies that successfully migrated the dotcom boom and crash through to a successful outcome for investors. Prior to E Com Industries, Michelle established IT enterprise business, Networks Beyond 2000.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours 1st class), Master of Science and a PhD (Applied Science). She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chief Executive Women (CEW).
Dr. Frances Du is the founding partner of The Jiangmen Ventures, overseeing investments in technology-driven startups in AI, specifically machine intelligence, IoT, natural human-machine interaction and enterprise computing areas. The Jiangmen is a venture capital firm not just focusing on tech investment, but also work with many global Fortune 500 companies and China leading companies on their Open innovation strategy to incubate and accelerate startups business value creation.
Before founding The Jiangmen, Dr. Frances Du was the head of Microsoft Ventures in Greater China Region. Dr. Frances Du is also a veteran entrepreneur. She co-founded the financial data company - JL McGregor & Company in 2005 which was sold in 2009 through acquisition. She also worked at Intel China and ABB China for various investment and corporate finance roles.
Dr. Frances Du is the author and translator of couple bestselling business books covers the topic of venture investing and startup management, including “Ways of Venture Financing”, “Think Like an Entrepreneur” and “CEO”. From 2009 to 2010, she also opened a popular “PE Watch” column at cn.wsj.com.
Dr. Frances Du received her doctor degree on Economics from Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. She also hold MBA degree from Guanghua School of Management, Peking University.
Rishi joined the First State Super Private Equity team in 2019. His experience includes manager research, co-investment assessment, portfolio analysis and investment strategy development. First State Super is one of Australia's largest superannuation funds, with more than $100bn in funds under management and over 760,000 members. Prior to First State Super, Rishi worked in the Private Equity team at the Future Fund, where he helped manage its $24bn private equity portfolio. Rishi started his career in the Corporate Finance team at KPMG primarily focussed on Mergers and Acquisitions. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and Commerce and a Graduate Diploma in Chartered Accounting.
Marcia Ellis is the co-head of Morrison & Foerster’s Asia Private Equity Practice and a member of the firm’s global board of directors. Her practice focuses on private equity transactions and complex mergers and acquisitions involving companies and assets located in Asia.
Having practiced in Asia for more than two decades, Marcia is one of the most experienced PE M&A lawyers active in the Asian market. In the past 12 months alone, she has advised clients on deals the aggregate value of which is well in excess of US$80 billion.
Marcia was named Dealmaker of the Year by Asian Legal Business Hong Kong Law Awards in 2018, and is ranked by Chambers Asia Pacific as a leading lawyer for Corporate/M&A and Private Equity and as a leading individual for Private Equity by Legal 500. Clients consider her a “trusted adviser on all aspects of private equity transactions” who is “highly effective and passionate about success and achieving the right outcomes.”
Alex Emery is Head of Asia at Permira and also serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. He joined the London office in 2002 and moved to Tokyo to establish Permira’s Japanese presence in 2005, which he led until the end of 2010. Alex has worked on numerous transactions including ABS, Akindo Sushiro, Arysta LifeScience, Cortefiel, Galaxy Entertainment Group, I-MED Radiology Network, Grobest, John Masters Organics, Magento, New Look and Tricor.
Prior to joining Permira, Alex spent five years at McKinsey & Company in London. He was previously at Braxton Associates and began his career at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A French national, Alex has lived in Asia for over 30 years and is a fluent Japanese speaker.
He majored in Political Science and East Asia Studies at Yale University and holds a Master’s degree in European Politics from the College of Europe, Belgium. He also has an MBA from Kellogg Business School, Northwestern University.
Tim Flower joined HarbourVest in 2008 to focus on European secondary investments. In 2010, he transferred to the Hong Kong office to establish and manage the secondary platform in the Asia Pacific region. Tim has led the Firm’s secondary investment efforts in Asia and has helped HarbourVest establish an exceptional reputation for completing complex transactions in Asia and the emerging markets. Tim also supports HarbourVest’s investor relations in Asia. He serves on the advisory boards of funds managed by Asia Growth Capital Advisors, Absa Capital Private Equity Partners, NewQuest Capital Advisors, and RMB Capital Partners.
Tim joined HarbourVest from Bridgepoint in London, and his prior experience includes positions with MCF Corporate Finance, Nordea Securities, and Ernst & Young, where he received his ACA certification.
Tim graduated with a degree in Economics from the University of Nottingham in 1997 and speaks conversational Danish.
HarbourVest is an independent, global private markets investment specialist with 36 years of experience and more than $58 billion in assets under management, as of March 31, 2019. The Firm’s powerful global platform offers clients investment opportunities through primary fund investments, secondary investments, and direct co-investments in commingled funds or separately managed accounts. HarbourVest has more than 500 employees, including more than 125 investment professionals across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. This global team has committed more than $36 billion to newly-formed funds, completed over $21 billion in secondary purchases, and invested over $10 billion directly in operating companies. Partnering with HarbourVest, clients have access to customized solutions, longstanding relationships, actionable insights, and proven results.
Paul Ford is a partner and leads Private Equity, Transaction Services, and Deal Advisory Data Analytics for KPMG Japan. With over 20 years of deal execution and industry experience in Japan, Hong Kong, and Canada, Mr. Ford directly acts for global private equity clients operating in Japan, and leads KPMG’s broader support of domestic Japanese private equity funds and their portfolio companies. He also focuses on the technology sector, helping Japanese technology leaders such as Rakuten and SoftBank execute their global mergers and acquisitions programme.
Based in Japan, Mr. Ford leads KPMG Japan’s deal advisory digital transformation initiative, exploring how data and analytics can transform the insights KPMG delivers to clients in-deal and post-deal, in particular to help private equity clients identify hidden value attributes during the diligence phase and execute the value creation agenda post-deal.
In addition to 15 years with KPMG, Mr. Ford has held executive management roles in the private equity and technology industries, including the senior finance role in a venture-backed life sciences software company.
Pamela Fung is an Executive Director for Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners Private Equity Fund of Funds group, and leads AIP's Asian investment activities. She has 15 years of industry experience. Prior to AIP, Pamela was a consultant with McKinsey's corporate finance practice in Hong Kong; she has also worked for Monitor Group and Lehman Brothers. Pamela has Business and Law degrees (first class honors) from the University of Hong Kong and an M.B.A. with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Raj Ganguly is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at B Capital. He is based in B Capital’s Los Angeles office, and currently serves on the boards of Lanetix, InTurn, and Evidation Health. In addition, Raj is a Senior Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group.
Previously, Raj was a Managing Partner of Velos Partners, a global venture growth firm with offices in Los Angeles, Singapore, and London. He led investments in a number of companies and sat on the boards of SurfAir and Silvercar (acquired by Audi AG).
Before his career in venture capital, Raj spent six years at Bain Capital, with a focus on conducting operational due diligence and driving growth and operational improvements in portfolio companies across the United States and Asia. During his time at Bain Capital, he had significant involvement in the diligence and boards of numerous investments, including Skylark, Genpact, and Burlington Coat Factory. He also served as the co-leader of the firm’s global technology initiative.
Raj also spent time at the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he was a Senior Engagement Manager in the Technology, Media, and Telecom Practice of the firm. He has experience as an interim executive with British food and beverage giant Diageo, and was part of the early team of Miradiant, one of the first internet payments startups, which was acquired by Bank One Corporation, that later merged with J.P. Morgan Chase.
Raj earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, and summa cum laude honors as a BSE and BAS from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and School of Engineering and Applied Science, where he graduated from the Management & Technology Program as a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and Joseph Wharton Scholar.
Robin oversees Asia-Pacific coverage for Inframation. A 22-year news veteran, with 13 of them spent editing financial news, Robin has worked for the world's leading news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. He has been a regular on live television, commenting mainly on Chinese government and central bank policy. At Inframation he is responsible for daily news coverage and analysis written by a team of journalists spread across Greater China, Japan, India, Singapore and Australia.
Jie Gong is a Partner at Pantheon, and a member of the firm’s Asia Regional Investment Committee and the Global Co-investment Committee. Jie joined Pantheon from Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners' private equity fund of funds group, where she was head of Asia, and before that she worked at JP Morgan in leverage finance. Previously she worked at the International Finance Corporation on emerging market debt and equity investments. Jie received a Masters in Finance from London Business School, an MA in Economics from University of Miami and a BA in Economics and International Trade from Shanghai International Studies University. Jie is Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (HKVCA) and serves on its board. She founded and chairs HKVCA’s ESG committee, and co-chairs its LP committee. She is also a committee member of United Nation Principle of Responsible Investment Private Equity Advisory Committee (UNPRI PEAC).
Professor Oliver Gottschalg is part of the Strategy Department at HEC School of Management, Paris. He serves as Academic Dean for the TRIUM Global Executive MBA Program, directs the HEC PE Observatory and teaches courses private equity, management buyouts, business strategy and entrepreneurship. He acted as one of the academic directors of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative and designed a joint program between HEC Paris and Tsinghua University to educate female entrepreneurs in China. He holds a Wirtschaftsingenieur Diploma from the University of Karlsruhe, an MBA from Georgia State University and a M.Sc. and PhD degree from INSEAD. His current research focuses on the strategic logic and the performance determinants of private equity investments. His work has been published in leading academic journals and in various publications for practitioners and was featured over 100 times in the business media (press, radio, TV and online) in the past 2 years. His book on ‘Private Equity Mathematics’ is one of the bestselling books with PEI Media. He regularly presents his research at academic conferences and private equity symposia and serves as an advisor to leading investors in the private equity industry. He repeatedly served as an advisor to policy makers at the national and European level in the context of the ongoing debate about a possible need for regulation of the Private Equity industry. His company PERACS is the leading provider of standardized independent PE Track record analytics and validation services, currently advising approx. 20% of the market of fundraising PE Fund Manager worldwide.
Edward J. Grefenstette serves as President/CEO and Chief Investment Officer of The Dietrich Foundation, a ~$1.0 billion charitable foundation that was formed following the passing of William S. Dietrich II in October 2011. The Dietrich Foundation primarily supports higher education institutions and other civic/charitable organizations in Western Pennsylvania. Ed previously served as Treasurer/CIO of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Prior to CMU, he co-founded a small-cap private equity fund, following seven years in investment banking and law. He earned his AB in Economics and Juris Doctor from Georgetown University and an MBA in Finance and Strategy from CMU. He currently serves as trustee and IC member of CMU and as trustee and IC Chair of University of Pittsburgh and The Hillman Family Foundations.
Mounir (“Moose”) Guen is the Chief Executive Officer of MVision Private Equity Advisers, which he founded in 2001. He is a veteran fundraising specialist, adviser and manager, with 30 years of experience in the industry during which he has worked on over 350 General Partnership funds totaling over $200 billion in capital committed across these funds. He has led MVision to the point where it is now the leading private equity capital raising firm in the world.
Moose is an active industry participant and sits on the EMPEA Investor Relations and Marketing Member Community Steering Committee. He also chaired the Invest Europe working group revising the Guidance for Placement Advisers on the application of the Code of Conduct, which was originally drafted under his chairmanship in 2009 and has been fundamental in establishing best practices in the industry. Moose has previously served on the EVCA Investor Relations Committee, and also the EVCA European Valuation Committee to establish policy currently in use. In 2018 Moose was appointed as Co-Chair of the HKVCA Wine Tasting Committee.
Moose is a member of the New York University President's Global Council and the Liberal Studies Dean’s Council and sits on the faculty of London Business School and is a mentor in the Hong Kong University MBA Mentorship Programme.
Maria Guo is an Investment Manager in Private Markets at Sunsuper, a A$74 billion profit-for-members superannuation fund in Australia. Private Markets include investments in Private Capital, Infrastructure and Property asset classes. The Private Capital portfolio is a total programme of over A$5 billion, which consists of primary and secondary fund investments, co-investments and direct investments across buyout, venture/growth, and distressed opportunities.
Maria has over 14 years of experience in public and private markets. Prior to Sunsuper, Maria was an Investment Director at AP Capital, Equity Capital Markets at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, a Senior Research Analyst at Asia Pacific Arbitrage Partnership, and an Investment Strategist at AMP Capital. Maria has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours in Finance) from the University of New South Wales, and a Masters of Applied Finance & Investment from FINSIA. Maria is also a CFA Charterholder.
James Hahn is Managing Partner of Asia Alpha VC (www.AsiaAlpha.com). Asia Alpha is a Family Office investor in Venture Capital Funds and growth stage direct investments in marquee technology companies. Asia Alpha is an investor in VC funds and companies diversified by sector: AI, Consumer, E-commerce, Life Science & Medical Devices, Media, SaaS and Semiconductor located in New York, Silicon Valley, Israel, and Asia.
James graduated with a B.S. In Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has served on Wharton Undergraduate Board, Harvard Kennedy School Dean's Council, NYU President’s Global Council, NYU College Arts & Science, NYU Tandon Engineering, NYU Langone Perlmutter Cancer Hospital, Advisory Board of Israel Firstime Venture Capital Fund, and Advisory Board of Israel Pontifax Venture Capital Fund.
Ben Hart focuses on the development of institutional client and consultant relationships, and works with other members of the investor relations team to serve the needs of Adams Street Partners’ clients.
Prior to joining the firm, Ben worked at Capital Dynamics as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Asia, overseeing the firm’s business development efforts in Asia and North America.
Before Capital Dynamics, Ben served as Managing Director at Aircom International, focused on improving regional business performance. He also held senior business development positions at Convergys Corporation, Alliance Digital, Inc., and the JM Network.
Olof Hernell joined EQT as Chief Digital Officer (CDO) in June 2015. Olof Hernell heads the Digital Team at EQT, which besides working with digital business development of the EQT portfolio companies, also looks after internal IT and engineering teams.
Coming from a Google background, he was Head of Android and Chrome Hardware for Google Nordics until June 2015 and prior to that Head of Enterprise, Google Sweden. Olof started his career developing algorithms for computational fluid dynamics and have throughout his career been on the barricades evangelizing mobility, cloud technology and consumerization of IT.
Olof Hernell holds a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics and Chemical Engineering from Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
Partner, joined CVC in 2006. Based in Hong Kong, Brian is co-head of CVC's private equity business in Southeast Asia and also leads our regional industry groups.
Prior to joining CVC, Brian spent nine years working in JP Morgan's M&A department in New York, Hong Kong and Korea offices,
advising on a wide range of M&A and corporate finance transactions. Brian holds a BA degree in business economics and political science from Brown University, US.
Dave Hong is a Senior Portfolio Manager in Private Equity with British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI). He leads the Financial and Business Services (FABS) sector team to source and deliver co-sponsor/co-investment opportunities, and he also manages a number of strategic PE fund investment (GP) relationships. Dave is a board member of: Pilot Freight Services, a leading third party logistics company based in Philadelphia; Hayfin Capital Management, a leading European private debt lender based in London, and; Verifone, a global leader in payments and commerce solutions based in San Jose.
Prior to joining BCI, Dave was an executive with Scotiabank, a large Canadian bank, where he held positions in finance, risk management, investment management, M&A and strategy. Prior to Scotiabank, he worked with Grant Thornton Chartered Accountants and specialized in taxation, audit and advisory services.
Dave has a B. Comm (Hons) from Memorial University of Newfoundland and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA, CMA).
BCI is one of Canada's largest institutional investors with over $160Bn AUM and $13Bn in private equity investments. Over the next few years BCI is mandated to significantly grow it’s PE exposure with an emphasis on a higher proportion of direct investments.
Michael Hu is a Director at Ardian and primarily focuses on Ardian’s secondary investment activities in the Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Ardian, Michael was a Principal at Greenhill & Co. in their Capital Advisory team in Hong Kong where he led the origination and execution of secondary market transactions in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to this, he was an investment professional at QIC in the Global Private Equity team in Australia.
Mr. Huang is Head of Private Equity for Greater China and Korea for Blackstone. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Huang was previously a Managing Director for China investments in Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia, and also worked in investment banking for Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch in New York and Hong Kong. Mr. Huang received a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
James Ieong founded Pagoda in 2015 at Beijing China as a global investment platform transcending geographical boundaries. For the past 25+ years, his footprints have been found in various leading financial institutions across China and Asia Pacific, including CIC, QIC, Credit Suisse, JP Morgan and StateStreet.
In the most recent one decade, Mr. Ieong has been mainly shaping sovereign wealth funds strategy on private equity investment and portfolio construction, with roles including Managing Director at China Investment Corporation (CIC) and Senior Advisor to Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC).
Mr. Ieong has bachelor degree in Economics and Finance from RMIT University and Master in Applied Finance from Macquarie University in Australia.
Daisuke (Dice) Imaeda’s responsibility is coordinating and conducting the firm’s investor relations activities for both existing and new fundraising aspects across international and domestic clients. Prior to joining J-STAR, he worked at AMP Capital Investors KK and today’s UBS Asset Management (Japan) Ltd. for 29 years, taking care of various global asset management product solicitation ranging from traditional to alternative investment themes, including hedge funds, private equity and infrastructure investments, to institutional investors. Daisuke received a Master of Business Administration degree from Aoyama Gakuin University, and a Bachelor of Law degree from Sophia University. He holds CFA, CMA, CAIA and FRM designations.
Melisa Irene is Partner of East Ventures, an early-stage investment fund with B2C and B2B focus industry. Over 5 years, she has worked closely with startup founders across SEA to provide coordination and support for venture growth and fund raising.
East Ventures has funded hundreds of early-stage companies in Southeast Asia since their early days. Most of the companies have received subsequent funding round and riding on top of Indonesia's middle-class consumer growth. The firm has also exited investments through M&A to local and international companies. This year, East Ventures crowned as the most consistent top performing VC fund globally and is the most active investor in SEA and Indonesia.
Kanchan Jain has 22 years of experience across financial markets in Europe & Asia across deal origination, structuring, underwriting, portfolio & risk and fund raising. Prior to joining BPEA Ms. Jain spent 8 years focused on the mid-market corporate sector in India, most recently heading & managing Indian Private Debt Fund at Religare Credit Advisor Private Limited (RCAL), and prior to that as Chief Risk Officer & Board member for Religare Finvest Limited, a mid-market focused NBFC, responsible for managing risk across all businesses. Before joining Religare, Ms. Jain worked for 10 years in London as Managing Director at HSBC, and prior to that as Director at Barclays Capital in the Structured Credit business. Before her time in London she worked in debt capital markets covering Asia, based out of Hong Kong with Peregrine Fixed Income Limited across debt syndication, loan trading & risk function.
Ms. Jain has lived and worked in India, Hong Kong & the UK and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from VNIT and MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.
Xiaodong Jiang is the Managing Partner of Long Hill Capital. He focuses on healthcare and consumer services investments, and currently manages GST Clinics, LinkDoc Technology, Hygeia Medical Services, More Health and Simply Psychology on behalf of Long Hill Capital.
Xiaodong began his investing career at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), a leading global venture capital firm he joined in 2005 as its first full time Chinese employee and opened its China office. As Partner and Managing Director, Xiaodong led the on-the-ground China investing practice for NEA over the last 11 years, which has achieved over $500 million in realized investment returns with notable exits such as Spreadtrum, LineKong, LianLian Pay, WeDoctor, CITIC Pharmaceutical, and New Journey Hospital Group.
Xiaodong received a Master's degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor's degree from Nanjing University in China. He was a doctoral candidate in computer science at University of California, Berkeley as a United Nations Fellow and a Mayfield Fellow.
Gary Judd is the Regional Director of Product Development, APAC, for Merrill Corporation, where he focuses on identifying trends and applying technology to solve customer challenges related to the secure sharing of business-critical content for fundraising, M&A and other capital market transactions.
Merrill Corporation helps global companies secure success. We facilitate the secure sharing of our clients’ most sensitive content, perfect and distribute critical financial and regulatory disclosures, and create customized and compliant communications. With nearly 50 years of deep domain expertise, exceptional service and innovative technology, Merrill unlocks productivity and provides solutions so that our customers can secure the business of moving ahead.
Gary has lived in Asia for over 20 years and is proud to call Hong Kong home. He started his career in business finance and subsequently moved into the field of financial publishing, printing and communications, and then finally into technology and software development as part of Merrill’s digital transformation journey.
Gary holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Joint Honours) in Accounting and Strategic Management from the University of Wales, UK.
Atul Kapur co-founded the Everstone Group and currently serves as the Chief Investment Officer. Based in Singapore, he divides his time between all the Everstone offices to successfully oversee investments in each location. Before the foundation of Everstone in 2006, Atul spent 12 years at Goldman Sachs where he was a Managing Director in the Principal Strategies Group, based out of London. Prior to this, Atul worked in the Principal Investment Area group of Goldman Sachs in both Asia and Europe, deploying the Goldman Sachs Capital Partners family of funds.
Atul holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Delhi and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Takahiro Kato joined DBJ Asset Management in July 2017. He is head of global fund investments to private equity and infrastructure universe on behalf of the third party clients. Especially, he has strong knowledge for infrastructure and energy field, which includes not only global projects but also Japanese domestic investments. Mr. Kato joined DBJ group in 1995, and he experienced over 15 years to energy and infrastructure projects in various DBJ group companies located in both Tokyo and London. Previously he was seconded to German KfW (in 2004/2005) and Ministry of Finance in Japan (in 1999/2000), in which he contributed for the adoption of OECD environmental guideline to Japanese ECAs. He was also worked as an investment manager for Japan Greenhouse-gas Reduction Fund, which is the first carbon fund in Japan. He experienced broad infrastructure projects such as energy, environment, aviation & shipping, airport, road, and telecom. He graduated Kyoto University in 1995.
Tatsuo Kawasaki is one of the founding Partners of Unison Capital founded in 1998. His investment experience ranges from retail, service, food, financial service, to manufacturing sector. Prior to joining Unison, he worked for Goldman Sachs Japan, McKinsey, and NextCard, an online credit card venture based in San Francisco. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Keio University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Paul Keung is partner and COO of INCE Capital, a venture capital firm focused on consumer, internet and intelligent technology sectors in China. Prior, Paul was a venture partner with Qiming Venture Capital, and since 2010 he has also served as CFO of various Qiming portfolio companies in sectors ranging from e-commerce, entertainment to online education. He has successfully led IPOs on the NYSE and Hong Kong Main Board. Earlier in his career, Paul spent 16 years as either an equity analyst covering consumer and internet sectors or as an Asia equity strategist at various global financial institutions including Oppenheimer Investments Asia, CIBC World Markets, Deutsche Morgan Grenfell and Salomon Brothers. Paul holds a BS from Cornell University and MS from New York University
Manish Kheterpal is a seasoned private markets investor with over two decades of experience in venture capital, private equity, and operating experience in TMT sectors. Manish has led and managed over US$ 500 Million of investments in India and across the US-India corridor.
Currently he is a Managing Partner with WaterBridge Ventures, an early-stage VC firm focused on investments in India. His investments at WaterBridge include leading start-ups like 9Stacks, Atlan, Chalo, Dataweave, Magicpin, PocketPills, SocialCops, and Unacademy. Earlier Manish has been in senior investment roles at Rho Ventures, Actis Capital and Providence Equity Partners where he was involved in investments like Dalmia Group, Hathway Cable & Broadband, Idea Cellular, and Phoenix Lamps.
Prior to his investment roles, Manish spent 6 years in product marketing, business development with Ciena Corporation (through acquisition of Cyras) and multinational IT services firm Infosys.
Manish is an active member of entrepreneurship focused networks such as Stanford Angels and TiE. Manish graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from IIT Delhi and received his MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Han Kim is a Managing Director and co-founder of Altos Ventures, focusing on investments in the areas of mobile and software services. He also concentrates on companies with significant business in Asia, leveraging the firm’s substantial contacts in the region, particularly in Korea. Han currently serves on the boards of numerous Korea based private companies. Before co-founding Altos Ventures in 1996, Han worked at Booz Allen & Hamilton solving strategic and operational issues for global media, retail and distribution companies. Previously, he was at Procter & Gamble. Han also served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Han served two years in Korea, commanding both U.S. and Korean soldiers. Han received an MBA from Stanford University and a BS from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Mr. Kim is a Senior Managing Director of CVC Capital Partners and is based in Hong Kong. He leads CVC’s Asia Capital Markets team, where he has spent the last 12 years raising debt financing for, and supporting IPO exits of, the firms’ investments. In his role, Mr. Kim has accumulated experience in capital market activities across various Asian countries, including China (incl. Hong Kong), India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. Prior to his role in the Capital Markets team, Mr. Kim served in CVC’s South Korea team for 3 years. Before joining CVC, he worked at Seoul Z Partners, a South Korea-based private equity team sponsored by Zurich Financial Services Group and Soros Fund Management. Mr. Kim holds a BA degree in Business Administration from the Yonsei University, South Korea.
Prior to joining Coller Capital’s investment team in London in 2009, Peter was in the Healthcare Investment Banking Team at Merrill Lynch. Previously, he worked in the Real Estate, Corporate Securitisation and Infrastructure Finance team at Barclays Capital in London.
Peter graduated Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge.
Kapil Kirpalani is a Director and serves as KKR’s Chief Compliance Officer for the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Kirpalani was at HarbourVest Partners where he was responsible for the legal/compliance coverage of the funds, secondaries and direct co-investing businesses across Asia. He was previously with Pacific Harbor Capital (a Citigroup affiliate) where he covered a broad range of businesses including special situations, debt & equity investments. He began his career in private practice. Mr. Kirpalani holds an LL.B. (with honors), an LL.M. and has completed further business studies at the University of Cambridge.
Motoya Kitamura is a Managing Director with HQ Capital focused on investments in private equity funds, through secondary transactions as well as on a primary basis, and on co-investments with funds in Asia. He divides his time between HQ Capital’s offices in Hong Kong and Tokyo.
Prior to joining HQ Capital in 2019, Motoya was a managing partner and investment committee member with secondaries specialist firm AB Value Capital, based in Tokyo. Motoya has been working in private equity investment and fund manager research for more than 20 years, including as a co-founding partner of ROC Partners, formed in a management buyout of the Macquarie Group’s Asian private funds business.
A native of Japan, Motoya holds a master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from Osaka University of Foreign Studies.
Rob Koczkar is a Managing Director of Adamantem Capital. His experience spans private equity investing, public company governance, strategy consulting, philanthropy and social impact investing.
Prior to establishing Adamantem Capital he was Chief Executive Officer of Social Ventures Australia, a Managing Director of Pacific Equity Partners and a Principal with Texas Pacific Group. Rob started his career with Bain & Company.
Rob received a BEng (Hons.) in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Melbourne. He currently serves on the boards of Goodstart Early Learning Limited, Hygain, Servian, Zenitas & Legend.
T.J. Kono joined Unison Capital in 2002. He has managed a number of investments in Japan since Unison’s first fund, then led Unison’s expansion to Korea as its founding member. Today, he serves as a member of both Japan and Korea Investment Committee. He has been involved in Unison’s investments in Drug Eleven (Japan), Mine-Mart (Japan), UCOM (Japan), Nexcon Technology (Korea), Gong cha (Korea)/Royal Tea Taiwan (Taiwan), and Forbes (Japan). In addition to investment role, he oversees Unison Group’s investor relations functions. Prior to Unison Capital, he worked at Merrill Lynch Japan.
Mr. Kono has a B.S/B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.
Richard Kunzer joined BC Partners in New York in 2009. Previously, Richard spent five years at Credit Suisse Alternative Investments, most recently as a director and a global private equity product specialist. Prior to this, he held positions at Singer and Friedlander Investment Management, Credit Suisse and Paribas Asset Management. Richard also spent four years as a Captain in the British Army.
Dennis Kwan is the Regional Head of Asia Pacific and a member of the Global Leadership of MVision Private Equity Advisers, which he joined in 2014.
At MVision, Dennis is involved in global origination as well as managing global fundraisings, and developing and maintaining investor relationships. He is an experienced private equity and infrastructure professional with a strong management consulting and restructuring experience in Asia and Europe.
Prior to joining MVision, Dennis spent seven years with Sumitomo Mitsui Trust (Hong Kong), a subsidiary of one of the largest trust banks in Japan. At Sumitomo Mitsui Trust, he focused on private equity and infrastructure fund investments. Prior to Sumitomo Mitsui Trust, he was a senior advisor at KPMG Business Advisory Practice, where he has led numerous restructuring, reorganization and performance improvement initiatives. Dennis also held various senior roles at Sony Corporation in both Asia and Europe.
Dennis received an MBA from Henley Business School, University of Reading and Bachelor of Commerce in Finance (With Distinction) from the University of Alberta. He is also a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Amit is a seasoned business leader with more than 15 years of experience in product development, global account management and enterprise sales in the investment banking industry.
At DealCloud, Amit focuses on driving our business development efforts globally to provide a unified deal management and compliance platform to our investment banking and Private Equity clients.
Prior to joining DealCloud, Amit was the head of sales at Dealogic (a Carlyle portfolio company), a global provider of capital market content and workflow solutions to investment banks.
While at Dealogic, Amit held various roles with growing responsibilities and most recently was responsible for devising the growth strategy and driving new revenue across Dealogic’s products in capital markets spanning Equity, Fixed Income, M&A and Loans.
Amit received his B.S. in Business Management from NJIT his M.S. in Information Systems with specialization in Corporate Finance from NJIT.
Mr. Alvin Lam is a Principal with CVC Capital Partners. Alvin joined CVC in 2005 and is a member of the CVC’s Asia Operations Team, based in Hong Kong. Prior to joining CVC, Alvin was a Principal with the Boston Consulting Group’s Greater China practice and worked for Philip Morris International in a regional business development role. Alvin holds a BSc Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Lau is Chief Executive Officer and Partner of HOPU Investments, a premier Asia-based private equity firm with a capital under management of over US$15 billion. At HOPU, Mr. Lau oversees the firm’s management and overall investment activities, leading a number of landmark transactions such as ARM China and Global Logistics Properties.
Mr. Lau has over 25 years of experience in finance and investing in Asia, over 20 of which are China related. Prior to HOPU, Mr. Lau was Managing Director at Temasek International, where he spent 10 years building, managing and executing its investment strategy for China. Mr. Lau also spent 9 years with United Overseas Bank, where he held various positions in Singapore and China including Chief Representative of UOB’s Beijing Office and Deputy General Manager of UOB’s Beijing Branch.
Mr. Lau’s current board membership includes ARM China, Global Logistics Properties and Beijing Hualian REIT. He holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, and has served in the Singapore Armed Forces as a military officer.
Brian Lee is the general counsel of FountainVest Partners, a leading China focused private equity firm. FountainVest’s investments are long-term oriented and target high-growth industry leaders both in China and in businesses having a strong China nexus. Its core focus is to invest in the Consumer, Media & Technology, Healthcare, Industrials and Financial Services sectors. FountainVest works closely with management teams to create value in the areas of strategy, operations, human resource management, finance, industry consolidation and governance.
Prior to joining FountainVest, Brian was working in the Hong Kong office of a well-known offshore law firm. His legal experience includes (i) corporate finance and corporate restructuring matters such as fundraising transactions for venture and private equity investments, mezzanine and pre-IPO financing, IPOs on global stock exchanges such as Hong Kong, Nasdaq, NYSE, China A-share, Singapore and London, note and bond issuances of listed and unlisted entities, mergers and acquisitions, takeovers and privatisations, backdoor listings and company reorganisations; and (ii) fund-related matters such as the structuring and establishment of offshore private equity and venture investment funds. He had also previously worked in the investment banking and legal fields in Singapore and as a venture capitalist in Shanghai focused on China-related investments. He received a bachelor of laws (honours) degree from the University of Bristol.
Pang Lee is a partner in the Shanghai office of Cooley LLP and the founding partner of CYL & Partners, a firm of Hong Kong solicitors which practices in association with Cooley HK, a HK registered law firm. His practice is focused on the formation and operation of various private investment funds, with a focus on venture capital funds, buyout funds and investment advisory businesses. He has been involved on behalf of sponsors and investors in the formation of some of the largest and most active funds and managers in the region. His practice is focused particularly on fund managers making investments around the Pacific Rim, with an emphasis on Greater China, Southeast Asia and India. Pang also has experience advising clients on a variety of issues including carried interest arrangements, co-investments and strategic joint venture arrangements.
Pang is a regular speaker and moderator at venture capital industry conferences.
Pang received his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his BS in Biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Pang is fluent in English and is a native Cantonese speaker. He is admitted to practice in New York and Hong Kong.
Chris Lerner is a global Partner and Head of Asia for Eaton Partners where he leads the origination and execution of fundraises, secondaries and strategic advisory. Mr. Lerner has over 18 years’ experience in private markets investments and investment banking with over $15 billion in completed transactions. He is based in China where he has lived and worked for fifteen of the last twenty years. He began his career with Citigroup and its predecessor firms, Salomon Brothers and Smith Barney.
Mr. Lerner received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Tufts University. He also earned a Certificate in Mandarin Chinese from the College of Foreign Languages in Beijing. Under his leadership, Eaton Partners has been awarded Private Equity International’s fund placement firm of the year in Asia for the past three years, and secondary advisor of the year in Asia for 2016.
Nisa Leung is Managing Partner of Qiming Venture Partners, leading its health care investments. She sits on the board of Gan Lee Pharmaceutical, Zai Lab (NASDAQ:ZLAB), Venus MedTech, Nurotron, dMed, CanSino Biologics (HKSE:6185), New Horizon Bio, Berry Oncology and Insilico Medicine. Her other investments include Acea, Berry Genomics (SZSE:000710), CITIC Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Shanghai Pharmaceutical HKSE:02607), Crown Bioscience (acquired by JSR), Goodwill, Novast, Origene (acquired by VCAN Bio SHSE:600645), Richen, Wuxi Leiming, Chain Medical Labs, Suzhou Qiagen, Cure Genetics, SinoCell Tech, Apollomics, Sino-United, Schrodinger and Jacobio.
Nisa was recognized by the Forbes Global 100 VC Midas List in 2019, named Top 3 Best Female Venture Capitalist in China by Forbes in 2018 and won Venture Capital Professional of the Year by Asian Venture Capital Journal in 2017. She is visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School and member of Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. She serves on Board of Trustees of Hotchkiss School and is board member of the Hong Kong Palace Museum.
Nisa earned her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Brian Lim, Partner at Pantheon, joined the firm in 2009 and has 20 years of private equity experience. Brian is Pantheon’s Head of Asia and Emerging Markets Investment teams and is involved in all aspects of investment activity in those regions. Prior to joining Pantheon, Brian was a Portfolio Director at CDC Group where he helped build their Asia and Emerging Markets portfolio, and before that worked at Watson Wyatt. Brian is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, holds an MBA from the London Business School, and a BSc in Actuarial Science from City, University of London. Brian is a member of the EMPEA Board and the Chair of its Asia Council. Brian is based in Hong Kong.
An experienced fintech entrepreneur, Henry is the Founder and CEO of Linnovate Partners AFS (“Linnovate”) and has been in the PE/VC industry for over 10 years. Linnovate is at the vanguard of the new breed of Fund Administration and Portfolio Monitoring providers for Alternative Investments, combining cutting edge technology solutions with highly skilled fund accountants and administrators, resulting in a transformational service for GPs and LPs.
Prior to founding Linnovate, Henry was the Managing Director of eFront in Asia - one of the world’s leading private equity software providers with a specific brief to develop the operations of Greater China and South Korea. Henry has comprehensive knowledge of the Alternative Investment industry having worked in consulting and operations management roles previously.
Erhai Liu has over 16 years of experience in venture capital. His recent deals include: Luckin Coffee (NASDAQ: LK), Mobike, NIO(NYSE:NIO), Danke Apartment, Tuhu, Xiaozhu, MegaRobo, etc.
His prior deals include: BitAuto (NYSE: BITA), CAR (HK: 00699), Renren (NYSE: RENN), iDreamSky (NASDAQ: DSKY), Zhaopin.com (NYSE: ZPIN), Zeus Entertainment (SZ: 002354), Xin.com (NASDAQ: UXIN), UCAR (NEEQ: 838006), Happy Elements, Locojoy, EverCare, Shopex, WISH, etc.
Mr. Liu has been honored with prestigious awards in China and across the globe, including: “Global Top 100 Technology Investors”2012, 2018, 2019, Forbes Midas List;“Top 30 Most Influential Investors”, FORTUNE Magazine China, from 2016 to 2018.
Mr. Liu got his MBA from Fordham University, MS in Psychology from Peking University, MS in Communication and Information System from Xidian University, EMBA from the PBC School of Finance at Tsinghua University, and BA in Communication Engineering from Guilin University of Electronic Technology.
Bonnie Lo is a founding partner and COO of NewQuest. Ms. Lo oversees the finance, investor relations, operations, and administrative functions of NewQuest. She has nearly 20 years’ experience in finance and investing. Prior to taking on the COO role, Ms. Lo was co-head of China business for NewQuest. Prior to founding NewQuest, she was a director in Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s (BAML) Asia private equity group focusing on investments in Greater China. Ms. Lo has also held other positions within BAML including in the corporate principal investments and investment banking groups. She also previously worked at 3i Group plc focusing on growth capital investments in Greater China.
Ms. Lo has an Executive MBA from EMBA-Global Asia, a joint programme between Columbia Business School, University of Hong Kong Business School, and London Business School. She received her undergraduate degree in Economics and East Asian Studies, magna cum laude, from Brown University in Providence, RI. Ms. Lo also serves on the Board of the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (HKVCA).
Patrick's practice focuses on the representation of high-growth emerging technology and life sciences companies as well as venture capital and other firms that invest in those companies. As a specialist in corporate and securities law, he has counseled company clients and investors in a wide variety of projects, including company formations, spin-offs, private and public financings, initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, joint venture and other strategic transactions, employee equity incentives, corporate governance matters and SEC reporting and compliance. Patrick counsels companies in a variety of industries, including the wireless, hardware, Internet, software, telecommunications and biotechnology, healthcare and medical device industries.
Patrick received his JD, summa cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1999, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as Lead Editor of the San Diego Law Review. He completed joint Bachelor's degrees in International Relations and Anthropology, with an emphasis in Latin America, at Stanford University in 1988. Patrick is bilingual in Spanish and English and has lived in Ecuador.
Ming Lu, based in Hong Kong, joined KKR in 2006. He is the Head of Asia Pacific at KKR Asia Limited and is a Member of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. Mr. Lu currently serves as a member of the KKR Asian Private Equity Investment Committee, KKR Asian Portfolio Management Committee and the Firm’s Investment Management and Distribution Committee. Mr. Lu has played a significant role in private equity investments across Asia Pacific. Since 2018, he has been playing a leadership role in KKR Asia’s growth and expansion, including serving as a member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Committee and Asian Real Estate Investment Committee. He was previously a Partner at CCMP Capital Asia (formerly J.P. Morgan Partners Asia). At JPMP Asia, Mr. Lu was responsible for investments in the automotive, consumer and industrial sectors in Korea, China, Japan, Australia and South East Asia. Prior to joining JPMP Asia in 1999, Mr. Lu was President of Asia Pacific at Lucas Varity, a leading global automotive component supplier. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Lu worked for Kraft Foods International Inc. From 1985 to 1993, he worked for CITIC, the largest direct investment firm in China. Mr. Lu received a B.A. in Economics from Wuhan University of Hydroelectrical Engineering in China and an M.B.A. from University of Leuven in Belgium.
Mr. Lyons joined Bain Capital Credit in 2006. He is a Managing Director and Head of Bain Capital Credit Asia based in Bain Capital Credit’s Hong Kong office. He is the Portfolio Manager of Bain Capital Special Situations Asia fund. Mr. Lyons is also a member of the Distressed and Special Situations team focused on special situations and portfolio investing. Prior to his current role, Mr. Lyons was based in Bain Capital Credit's London office covering European distressed opportunities. Previously, Mr. Lyons was a consultant at Bain & Company where he advised clients in a range of industries.
Mr. Lyons received an A.B. Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University.
MBA in Finance, University of Houston, Houston, Texas
BA in Journalism, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
John Ma, Managing Partner of CVCapital, specializes in private placements and M&A advisory services in the TMT and consumer sectors.
John worked on Wall Street for nearly 20 years, with extensive experience in M&A, IPO, PIPE, follow-on and private placement advisory services. He led a number of M&A and private placement transactions, such as Phoenix Travel Private Placement, Blackstone Acquisition of Global Sources, Ctrip strategic investment in Ctour Holiday and Universal Vision, BlueFocus’s acquisition of Madhouse, BesTV’s acquisition of adSage, and Qunar.com strategic investment in 517best.com, etc.
Before joining CVCapital, John was the China Chief Representative for ROTH Capital Partners. Before joining Roth, he had worked at AIG and Bank of America.
Darren is Managing Partner of NewQuest Capital Partners, a Hong Kong-based private equity manager with over US$1.25B in committed capital and three funds under management. Prior to launching NewQuest in 2011, Darren led Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Asia Private Equity Group based in Hong Kong and spent over eight years at the International Finance Corporation. Darren has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, a Masters from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a BA from Cornell University.
Kaitlin Miles is an Investment Manager in the Private Equity Group for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
Prior to joining TRS in 2015, Kaitlin worked at Altius Associates, a private equity advisory firm. Previously, she worked in the investment banking group at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, a full-service boutique investment bank specializing in the financial services sector.
Kaitlin received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, summa cum laude, from the University of Richmond.
Mike Mills has over 17 years of experience working with management teams and their shareholders on working capital enhancement and profit improvement projects across a wide range of industry sectors.
Mike and his team identify and deliver value enhancements for PE owned and listed businesses across multiple areas of revenue enhancement, cost reduction and cash improvement using innovative and interactive tools.
He leads, on a global basis, KPMG’s relationship with a number of global multi class asset managers, and leads the cash and working capital improvement offering for PE globally.
Mike also leads KPMG’s PE Value Creation team across the Asia Pacific region
Recently supported a listed UK business prepare a bid defence response following a hostile takeover bid. Mike led the Working Capital elements of the work, culminating in the preparation of a QFBS and supporting statement to the London Stock Exchange.
Led a multinational team in the operational and network redesign for a major global metering business, including site consolidation and closure, delivering significant EBITDA and cash flow improvements.
Led the separation planning for operations and back office functions for a major soft drink manufacturer, following carve out from a global FMCG major.
Developed and leads the global working capital partnership between KKR and it’s advisors. Alongside establishing a quarterly portfolio wide reporting structure, he also led all working capital programmes conducted within the portfolio including amongst others, programmes at Kion, Northgate Information Solutions, WILD Flavors, Acteon, Van Gansewinkel, Saba, Ursa and more recently with Hensoldt, Q Parks, CHI, GfK, Calsonic Kansei, LS Automotive, and Travelopia. He has also worked on recent deals with KKR Asia such as Project Count, Project Ski and Project Denton.
Led work with the likes of CVC, Blackstone, Cinven, TowerBrook, Bain and GSO to drive working capital improvement opportunities.
Hemal Mirani rejoined HarbourVest's senior management team in Asia in 2015 to focus on investments and investor relations across the Asia Pacific region.
Ms. Mirani first joined HarbourVest in 1997 and spent eleven years developing relationships with leading Asian private equity managers and working with our investors and consultants across the region to advance and optimize their private market investment programs. She rejoined HarbourVest after six years with CVC Capital Partners in Hong Kong, where she was head of investor relations in Asia and Chief Administrative Officer.
Ms. Mirani received a BA in Commerce from Sydenham College (Bombay) in 1989, an MA in International Studies with a Japanese language concentration from the Joseph H. Lauder Institute, and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School in 1997. The latter two were part of a joint degree program at the University of Pennsylvania. Hemal speaks fluent Japanese.
Chester Moynihan is a founding Partner of Allegro Funds. Mr. Moynihan has over 25 years’ experience in private equity investing, turnaround and restructuring, corporate advisory and executive management. Prior to Allegro Mr. Moynihan worked at Permira Advisers in London, Gresham Private Equity in Sydney and KPMG in both New Zealand and South Africa.
Mr. Moynihan is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree with post-graduate honours from the University of Natal, South Africa. Mr. Moynihan also holds an Investment Management Certificate from IMRO, London and has completed the IPAA course, Advanced Insolvency Law & Practice II, from the University of Southern Queensland.
Mr. Moynihan is currently on the boards of Perth Radiological Clinics, Questas Group, Journey Beyond Group, The Interiors Group (New Zealand) and Pizza Hut Australia.
Anthony Muh is a Senior Partner of H.R.L. Morrison & Co, a specialist investment manager and operator of infrastructure assets. An investment professional with more than 30 years of experience in both traditional and alternative investments. He is responsible for expanding Morrison & Co’s infrastructure investment capabilities outside of its core markets of Australia/New Zealand.
Mr. Muh previously spent over a decade with Citigroup Global Asset Management and Salomon Brothers Asset Management as regional Chief Investment officer. He was a member of its global asset management committee. Mr. Muh also previously headed up the proprietary investment activities in Asia Pacific of Alliance Trust PLC.
Mr. Muh is a Non Executive Director of London listed Utilico Emerging Markets Trust plc, a specialist emerging market infrastructure investment company and was also a former Board of Director of Infratil, a NZ/Australia listed infrastructure company. Mr. Muh is the current Chairman of Asian Corporate Governance Association and an Advisory Board member of Euromoney Institutional Investor Plc. He is a past Chairman and Fellow of Hong Kong Securities and Investments Institute and a past Chairman and Fellow of New Zealand Society of Investment Analyst (now known as INFINZ).
Mr. Rodney Muse is one of two Managing Partners of Navis. He leads Investments teams in making, monitoring and exiting investments, sits on Investment Committee and sits on the boards and /or executive committees of several Navis portfolio companies. He has been active in Navis investments across many industries and geographies since Navis' inception.
He co-founded Navis in 1998 with Messrs. Bloy and Foyston with whom he worked while at The Boston Consulting Group.
He holds and MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts Hons degree from St. Lawrence University.
With more than two decades of institutional investment experience, Steve Nelson joined ILPA in March 2018 as Chief Executive Officer. He is responsible for leading the growing organization in the realization of its mission to engage, empower and connect limited partners on a global basis.
Prior to his role at ILPA, Steve built his career at Cambridge Associates where he served most recently as Board Member, Partner and Chief Operating Officer based in C|A’s Arlington, Virginia office. In that role, Steve was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the firm, overseeing a staff of approximately 500 in Investment Operations, Portfolio Services, Information Technology, Human Capital and Administrative Services. He also served as a member of the C|A Risk Governance Committee and Compensation Committee.
Steve held a number of senior leadership positions with C|A including co-Head of Global Consulting from 2008-2013, where he was responsible for resource planning, training, staffing, communications, and oversight of C|A investment teams. This work spanned the core client-facing advisory activities of the firm, delivered by a team of over 300 investment professionals operating from 8 offices. Earlier in his career with C|A, Steve was the Head of Asia Pacific where he established firm’s first office in the region, with responsibility for cultivating a network throughout Asia Pacific consisting of institutional investors, investment managers, legal advisors, regulators, industry associations and the press.
From 2002 to 2004, Steve was a member of the Financial Services Committee with the Singapore chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for the Loudoun Country Day School located in Northern Virginia.
Steve is a graduate of the Carroll School of Management Honors Program at Boston College.
Dr. Andrew Ng is the General Partner at AI Fund and a globally recognized leader in AI. As the former Chief Scientist at Baidu and the founding lead of Google Brain, he led the AI Transformation of two of the world’s leading technology companies. A longtime advocate of accessible education, Dr. Ng is the Co-founder Coursera, an online learning platform, and founder of deeplearning.ai, an AI education platform. Dr. Ng is also an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University’s Computer Science Department.
Deborah Ng is a Director, Strategy & Risk and Head Responsible Investing at the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan. Deborah leads the Plan’s responsible investing initiatives, working internally with all investment teams to integrate environmental, social and governance considerations in their investment processes and externally with global peers and organizations to engage with corporations and promote sustainability in investments. Areas of focus for the plan include: corporate governance, climate change, supply chain, cyber security and ESG disclosures.
Prior to this Deborah was part of the Strategy & Asset Mix team where she focused on the research, evaluation, and introduction of innovative asset allocation strategies that are designed to help meet the Plan’s long-term liability objectives. She also provided input and support for the annual strategic investment plan and medium-term risk management.
Deborah is a member of the board and past Chair of the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark’s Infrastructure Advisory Board, and a member of the Bloomberg ESG Advisory Committee.
Prior to joining Teachers’, Deborah founded Acuity Communications, assisting investment firms such as UBS Securities, CIBC WM, and Desjardins Securities with their investment research requirements. Deborah was awarded with Directors Award from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto where she obtained her Master of Finance. She is also a CFA charter holder.
Mr. Nicholas Ng is a Managing Director at the Private Equity team of Ping An Overseas Holdings. Prior to joining Ping An, Mr. Ng was a founding member of the Private Equity Investment Division of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, where he played an active role in defining the HKMA’s PE investment strategy, and also completed a large number of transactions across PE fund investments, co-investments, and venture capital investments. Prior to this, Mr. Ng worked at the Asia team of Intermediate Capital Group (“ICG”), a credit fund manager with €25bn AUM. He started his career as a management consultant, working at Bain & Company and the Strategic Planning Group of American Express respectively. Mr. Ng graduated with a MSc and a BSc in Economics (First Class Honors) from the London School of Economics.
Ronen Nir joined Viola Ventures in February 2008 as a Principal and was promoted to Partner a year later. Ronen served as Partner in Fund III and is a General Partner in Funds IV and V. Before joining Viola, Ronen served as Director and VP Product in Verint Systems' ACS division (NASDAQ: VRNT). Prior to Verint, Ronen was a Project Team Manager at ECtel Ltd (NASDAQ:ECTX), in charge of delivering large-scale, multi-million dollar projects to North America and Latin America.
Ronen served in an elite Israeli Defense Forces' Intelligence Unit (8200) for 13 years and holds a rank of Lieutenant Colonel (Res.). He received a B.A. (Cum Laude) in Economics and Middle East History from Tel Aviv University and an M.Sc. in Technology Management from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC).
SaaS, Vertical AI, DevOps, Cloud, Deep Tech
Current Portfolio Companies
Redis Labs (III)
Perfecto Mobile (II)
Kampyle / Medallia (III)
Ronen is a board member at the Aharon Institute for Economic Policy and is a Lecturer at Kellog – Recannati Executive MBA program.
The Founder and CEO of APAC Advisors, Steven Okun is a leader in the private equity industry on ESG, sustainability and stakeholder engagement in Asia Pacific, having lived and worked in the region since 2003.
In September 2017, EMPEA appointed Mr. Okun as its ASEAN Representative, where he works with the members to increase private capital deployment and fundraising across Southeast Asia. In addition, he serves as a member of EMPEA’s global ESG and SDG Community.
EMPEA is the global industry association for private capital in emerging markets. An independent, non-profit organization, the association’s membership comprises 300+ firms representing institutional investors, fund managers and industry advisors who together manage more than US$5 trillion in assets across 130 countries.
As global investment firm KKR’s first Director of Asia Public Affairs from 2011-2017, his responsibilities encompassed government affairs, communications, stakeholder engagement, ESG and impact investing and supporting such efforts for its portfolio companies.
His work on ESG initiatives spans due diligence through the investment phase. His expertise includes developing ESG policies, determining critical considerations for specific deals taking into consideration market, sector and level of investment, engaging directly in due diligence, and working with investment teams to document the findings of due diligence and develop reports for a fund’s investors.
Previously, Mr. Okun led UPS Asia’s public affairs practice, and served in the Clinton Administration as Deputy General Counsel at the US Department of Transportation.
Often representing and advocating the views of the business community, Mr. Okun often guest hosts on CNBC and frequently appears on the BBC and Channel NewsAsia.
He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Michael Padarin's practice concentrates on the formation, operation and restructuring of private investment funds, primarily private equity and venture capital funds, and their related fund sponsor vehicles.
Michael also represents early and later stage companies in a range of industries, including fintech, life sciences and technology, in relation to private financings, listings, cross-border investments and other M&A transactions.
Michael lived and worked in the Cayman Islands before returning to Hong Kong and has a wealth of experience dealing with inbound and outbound China deals.
Prior to joining Carey Olsen, Michael was a partner in the global investment funds group of another offshore firm based in the Cayman Islands for seven years, having previously spent over four years in its Hong Kong office.
Michael was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2002, a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2012, a solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court of the British Virgin Islands in 2012 and as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands in 2012.
Prior to founding A91 Partners, Mr. Abhay Pandey (Abhay) was a Managing Director at Sequoia Capital India Advisors Private Limited from 2008-2018, which he joined in June 2007. At Sequoia Capital India Advisors Private Limited, Abhay’s has partnered with passionate founders in Consumer and Healthcare sectors focused on a on a few themes, including, creating challenger brands in large categories, supporting superior execution capabilities in massive market opportunities and building companies in new emerging categories. His investment track record and board positions include Vini Cosmetics, Indigo Paints, B9 Beverages, Faces Cosmetics; PI Industries (NSE: PIIND), La Renon, Koye Pharmaceuticals, Curatio Healthcare, Akumentis Healthcare, ASG Eyecare; and Awfis, MedGenome Inc, iBahn Illumination. Prior to Sequoia Capital, Abhay worked as an investment banker with DSP Merrill Lynch (2004-07) and as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. (Mumbai and Johannesburg) offices (1996-2002) where he served leading clients in media, industrials and automotive verticals on a wide range of strategic and operational issues.
Abhay received his PGDM (MBA) from Indian Institute of Management Kolkata (1996) and a B. Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Bombay (1993).
Abhay is passionate about supporting philanthropy and giving back to society in education. He is a founder sponsor at Ashoka University, and a Trustee of BECT, a charitable trust for primary and secondary education. He also serves on the Board of IIM Kolkata Innovation Park.
Wilson is the head of KPMG Southern China, and leads KPMG China’s Turnaround and PSG teams, helping Chinese state-owned enterprises on restructuring and reform. This team also provides commercial solutions to local banks how to deal with traditional non-performing loans (impaired loans) as well as those overdue and problematic performing loans with distressed signs
Wilson was Head of China, Special Opportunity Fund & Senior Investment Professional – TRG Management Hong Kong Limited (known as The Rohatyn Group) and was responsible for the China investment opportunities which included sourcing, executing, managing and exiting investments in Greater China, as well as the fund raising (PE), pre-IPO and growth equity
Prior to TRG, Wilson was also a Director of Citigroup’s Global Special Situation Group responsible for Greater China distressed assets, NPLs portfolios, pre-IPO and growth equity
Wilson has been in IMF Expert Roster since June 2018, specializing in China NPL Resolution and State-owned Enterprise Reform areas.
Wilson is the Divisional Councilor of CPA Australia (Greater China) and Deputy Chairperson 2019 of Greater Bay Areas Committee.
Wilson is appointed as the 13rd CPPCC member of Dongguan Municipal City.
Professional and Industry Experience
In the past 6.5 years, Wilson and his team have assisted both Chinese and foreign banks to dispose 1,089 portfolios with an OPB over CNY566 bn.
Since 2014 Wilson has acted as the NPL Financial and Transaction Advisor over 15 Chinese and foreign banks including big 4 state-owned banks, joint-equity commercial banks, policy banks, rural commercial banks, foreign banks and assets management companies.
Acted as the Financial Advisor of Agricultural Bank’s the largest NPL Securitization project back to the year of 2016.
Acted as the Financial Advisor for the onshore bank steering group of Kaisa Group Holdings Ltd. (HKEx stock code:1638.hk) in Yr 2015, with a total debt of USD10.32bn, to review the restructuring plan and financial forecast as well as the monitoring of the implementation process.
Acted as the Financial Advisor for the Tianjin’s largest Steel Pipe Group in Yr 2018 to reform and explore debt equity swap, with a total debt of over CNY 50 bn.
Acted as the Financial Advisor for a central state-owned enterprise (SOE) to resolve its non performing trade receivables triggered by steel trading crisis.
During his time at TRG, Wilson acted as a pre-IPO strategic investor to invest in the convertible bonds of Evergrande Real Estate, China South City Holdings and Zhejiang Sunflower Light (SHE:300111).
Wilson ran and managed a China NPLs joint venture, Platinum One Limited working with China Cinda Asset Management Corporation, China Huarong Asset Management Corporation and Silver Grant Investment Industries Limited (HKEx Stock Code:0171) on two NPLs portfolios in excess of RMB 90 bn.
Wilson was appointed as Board of Director of the Northern China German Auto Co. Ltd. (the first WOFE which owned the BMW’s distributorship for Northern China), where he acted as advisor to comment business plans.
From February 2009 – February 2013, Wilson was appointed as the INED and the Chairman of Audit Committee of Winteam Pharmaceutical Group Limited (HKEx Stock Code:0570).
In late 90s, Wilson completed the restructuring of CP Pokphand Group, Guangdong Holdings Limited and China Construction Bank’s pre-IPO Credit Review projects while he was in KPMG’s Corporate Restructuring team as a Manager.
Banking, Asset Management, Financial Services, State-owned Enterprises (SOE) and Regulations
Ferish Patel is a corporate partner at Cooley and a partner at CYL & Partners, a firm of Hong Kong solicitors which practices in association with Cooley HK, a Hong Kong registered foreign law firm.
Ferish advises high-growth companies and investment funds on strategic decision-making, private financings of all stages, initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters.
Ferish has led some of the most complex transactions for venture capital-backed companies in India and Southeast Asia, including for Cred, Flipkart, GoJek, Meesho, PhonePe and Zilingo. He has practiced in New York, India, Hong Kong and Singapore, and has been based in Asia for ten years.
Prior to joining Cooley, Ferish was a partner at Gunderson Dettmer in Singapore. He has also practiced with Simpson Thacher in New York and Davis Polk in Hong Kong.
Ferish received his JD from St. John's University School of Law. He is fluent in Hindi and Gujarati and is admitted to practice in Hong Kong and New York.
Peter is the co-founder of Science Inc., a Los Angeles-based incubator and venture fund focused on technology and internet companies that tap into societal shifts and disrupt entrenched markets. Founded in 2011, Science's portfolio has seen $1.3 billion in exits including Dollar Shave Club (acquired by Unilever). It built two of the first & largest influencer networks on YouTube and Pinterest: FameBit (acquired by Google) and HelloSociety (acquired by New York Times). Today, Science’s portfolio includes notable companies such as PlayVS, Bird, Earny, MeUndies, Grove Collaborative, Grow Mobility (Yellow and Grin), Mammoth Media, Liquid Death, Empirical Spirits, and more.
He is currently on the board of SōRSE (Tarukino). Additionally, he was an adviser for Kabam and the only adviser for Ring, each of which were acquired for $1B. Peter has had more than $2.23B in exits and raised over $500M in capital across 12 different early stage startups from top Silicon Valley investors.
Prior to Science, Peter was the VP of Business Development at Photobucket, where, as part of the founding team, he drove growth to 61M users and led its $300M acquisition in 2007 to Fox Interactive Media, a division of News Corporation. Prior to Photobucket, Peter was the CEO of BillShrink from inception to their 1st million users in a little over a year. BillShrink re-branded to TruAxis, which was acquired by MasterCard in 2012.
Peter earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Business Management from the University of California, Irvine.
Jim Pittman joined BCI as Senior Vice President, Private Equity in April 2016. He leads the team focused on growing private equity’s total fund exposure. They are extending the program’s global reach and building out networks for deal flow to increase the number of direct investments. With $135.5 billion of managed assets as of March 31, 2017, BCI is one of Canada's largest institutional investors within the global capital markets.
Prior to joining BCI, Jim was a managing director at the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSPIB) for over ten years. During his time there, he co-led the implementation of the firm’s private equity strategy. Prior to PSPIB, Jim was the chief financial officer/chief operating officer for PAL Aerospace, Canada. He has a background in acquisitions, divestitures, and tax.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
He currently serves on the board for Hayfin Capital Management LLP and Pilot Freight Services and has been a Board member on over eight Private Equity portfolio companies previously.
Ian Prideaux manages the Grosvenor Estate’s non-property financial investment portfolio. This includes long equity and bond portfolios, hedge fund and venture/private equity investments. He is responsible for asset allocation and manager selection, investments being managed externally. Ian has been with Grosvenor since 2006, and was previously at HSBC Private Bank, SG Warburg (now UBS) and Price Waterhouse (now PWC).
Mr. Mohit Ralhan is the Managing Partner & CIO of TIW Private Equity. Mr. Ralhan specializes in Buyouts, Margin Expansion & Turnaround situations. Prior to TIW, he was an Investment & Operating Professional at Baring Private Equity Partners India Fund II and Fund III. He has served on advisory board of companies in the interest-rate sensitive sectors, FMCG, Technology, Education, Consumption, Media, Digital Businesses, Real Estate & Manufacturing Consumption. He is a thought leader in buyout investments and has been a regular speaker in various industry forums such as AVCJ Japan, AVCJ USA, AVCJ Singapore, Super Investor Asia, GTech Leader’s Meet & Pension Fund Investment Summit to name a few.
Angela M. Rodell serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, having been selected in October of 2015 by APFC’s Board of Trustees. APFC is a state-owned corporation, based in Juneau, Alaska, that manages and invests the assets of the $65 billion Alaska Permanent Fund and other funds designated by law. As the CEO, Ms. Rodell is leading APFC at a pivotal time in history as it continues to emerge as a revenue generating center for the State of Alaska.
Since becoming the CEO, the Fund has grown by more than 23%. The Corporation has added 13 new positions, building up its internal management capacity. In addition, the Fund has won numerous awards including North American Private Equity Institutional Limited Partner of the Year for 2017 from Private Equity International, along with Institutional Investor’s 2017 Sovereign Wealth Fund of the Year for Hedge Fund Investments.
Ms. Rodell previously served on APFC’s Board of Trustees as a cabinet member, having been appointed Commissioner of the Department of Revenue in August of 2013 by Governor Sean Parnell. In addition to serving as a Trustee, Commissioner Rodell enjoyed the oversight role in working with the divisions and 900 employees within Revenue, and participated as a member of several boards, including: the Alaska Retirement Management Board, the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation Board, the Alaska State Bond Committee and the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, among others.
Angela Rodell currently serves as the Deputy Chair of the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds, member of the Investment Advisory Committee for the Alaska Community Foundation and board member to the Juneau International Airport. Ms. Rodell has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Kentucky in Lexington.
Raju Ruparelia leads Ontario Teachers’ direct private equity investing activities across Asia-Pacific. Raju joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2008, was a senior founding member of its Hong Kong office in 2013 and has nearly two decades of combined experience in private equity and corporate finance. He has worked in both Toronto and London for the organization and has been involved in a number of its direct investments, including the acquisitions of Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd., INC Research, Coway, DTZ and Cushman & Wakefield. Raju currently sits on the board of Cushman & Wakefield.
Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’, Raju worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse in New York, in investments at Cadillac Fairview (Ontario Teachers’ wholly owned real estate subsidiary) and in the corporate finance group at Deloitte.
Raju holds a BA from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
Mr Shah is a managing partner and co-founder of Gaja Capital and is based in Mumbai. Prior to co-founding Gaja Capital in 2005, Mr Shah had over 24 years of operating experience as an entrepreneur and manager.
Over 13 years at Gaja Capital, Mr Shah has led investments in the consumer and financial services sectors. He currently serves on the board of three of Gaja Capital’s active portfolio companies.
Prior to co-founding Gaja Capital in 2005, Mr Shah has held CXO roles in the telecom, technology and luxury sectors and also worked with leading investment banking and management consulting firms in India. As an entrepreneur, Mr Shah co-founded an asset finance company which he took public. He had been an active public markets investor and has also made personal private equity and corporate venture capital investments.
Mr Shah has an MBA from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from IIT Bombay. He is a member of the CII – PE/VC National Committee and is closely involved with the Ross School’s activities in India.
Kyle Shaw is the founder and managing partner of ShawKwei & Partners, a private equity fund manager based in Hong Kong and Singapore investing in Asian advanced manufacturing and service industries. ShawKwei is actively involved in managing portfolio companies and has specialist operating skills in areas such as revenue growth, margin expansion, and capital efficiency.
Kyle has managed investment portfolios starting in 1990 with Security Pacific National Bank in Hong Kong, then in 1993 with the Tudor Investment Group in Shanghai, and in 1998 establishing ShawKwei & Partners. Prior to private equity, Kyle worked in the oil industry with Union Texas Petroleum in Houston and Tidewater in Louisiana and Singapore. During his private equity career, Kyle has served on the board of directors of numerous companies in China, Southeast Asia, and Taiwan including Flextronics, China Fangda Group, YongLe Tape, Amos Holdings, and Beyonics.
Kyle received an MBA degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1987 and a BS Commerce from the University of Virginia in 1983. He studied Mandarin Chinese at Taiwan’s National Normal University Language Institute for foreign students in 1985, and has lived over 30 years in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Taiwan.
Christopher Smith, Managing Director, member of the ADM Capital Executive Committee and head of Business Development. Christopher has 32 years’ experience in the finance industry, largely focused on global emerging markets fixed income and derivatives. Prior to joining ADM Capital, Christopher worked at Spinnaker Capital in London. From 2008 to 2012, Christopher was Head of Alternative Investments for HSBC Asia. Christopher received a BA in Latin American Literature from Stanford University, and an MA in Latin American Politics from the London School of Economics.
Yar-Ping specializes in Asian pan-regional leveraged buyouts as well as country-focused funds, specifically in Greater China, Japan, Korea, and Indonesia. She leads the Primary Investment Team’s Asian practice, and actively participates in all fund investment decisions and manages relationships with several of Adams Street's managers.
Prior to joining Adams Street, Yar-Ping was a Senior Vice President of GIC Special Investments (GICSI), which is the private equity arm of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation. She spent more than a decade at GIC and worked in their New York, Redwood City, and Singapore offices. Yar-Ping was the Head of Asia/Emerging Markets based out of Singapore, leading GICSI’s investments in leveraged buyout funds, growth capital funds, and co-investments.
Yar-Ping is a member of the Adams Street Primary Investments Committee.
As Director of Eze Castle Integration’s network in Asia, Michael Steinkuhl oversees service and business development across Asia-Pacific from the company’s Hong Kong office. Michael’s expertise lies in tailoring services to meet the individual IT needs of firms operating in the financial services industry. Michael also acts as an external CTO to multiple hedge funds, private equity firms and family offices, to help them align business requirements to IT strategy.
With 15 years of global experience in the IT sector, Michael has held numerous positions of responsibility prior to joining Eze Castle Integration. Michael has successfully managed and delivered projects include the roll-out of SAP to factory in China, a large-scale global Virtual Desktop roll-out and a migration from Novell Directory Services to the Microsoft Active Directory environment.
Michael’s academic accolades include a MBA from Royal Holloway, University of London, and a bachelor of science in Business Management, from London School of Economics.
In addition to this, Michael continues to expand his skillset by working towards various technology specific certifications such as VMware ESX Professional, Citrix Certified Administrator and ITIL foundation.
Josh Stern joined the Investment Office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in January 2012. At the Foundation Mr. Stern is part of the group overseeing all private investments. Mr. Stern came to the Foundation from Rockefeller University where he was responsible for the private investment portfolio. In that role he oversaw a portfolio of Venture Capital, Buyout and Growth Capital and Real Assets investments. Previously he worked at Standard & Poor's as a director in the Higher Education and Not-for-Profit Group, which was part of the Public Finance Department. At S&P Mr. Stern worked closely with a large number of universities and foundations across the United States. Over the course of his career he also worked as an investment banker, focusing on higher education institutions. Mr. Stern received an M.P.A. in public finance from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, an M.S. in non-profit management from New York University and a B.A. in history and sociology from Binghamton University.
Guthrie Stewart is Senior Vice President and Global Head of Private Investments at the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments). He oversees a growing portfolio of more than CA$40 billion invested in Private Equity and Infrastructure.
Prior to joining PSP Investments in September 2015, Guthrie was a partner at one of Canada’s largest private equity buy-out and venture capital firms. He also held several executive roles in the telecommunications industry (international and mobile networks), including CEO, Teleglobe Canada; EVP, Global Development of Teleglobe Inc., and was a founding officer of what is now Bell Mobility.
Guthrie acted as a corporate director and advisor for various public and private enterprises and was an Adjunct Professor and member of the Faculty Advisory Board of the McGill Desautels Faculty of Management.
Guthrie holds an MBA from INSEAD, a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and he studied Honours Science at Queen’s University. He also completed the Rotman-McGill ICD certification program for corporate directors.
Oliver Stratton is a Managing Director for Alvarez & Marsal's Asian practice in Hong Kong. With 25 years of experience in consulting and private equity in Asia, his primary areas of concentration are business strategy, performance improvement, operational turnarounds and M&A. Mr. Stratton has worked with clients across a range of industries including private equity, financial services, telecommunications, consumer goods and retail, industrial products and services, transportation and logistics and energy and resources.
Prior to joining A&M, Mr. Stratton spent 20 years with Bain & Company, including 10 years as a Partner. Mr. Stratton also spent two years as a Managing Director with Candover as part of its Asia leadership team.
In these roles Mr. Stratton has served many of the global, regional and major local country funds operating in Asia. Working with those clients, he has led due diligence and portfolio company performance improvement assignments across a range of industry sectors in Greater China, Korea and Southeast Asia.
Mr. Stratton earned an MA in engineering from Cambridge University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. A British national, Mr. Stratton has been based in Hong Kong since 1988.
Anders Strömblad has been in charge of alternative investments at the Second Swedish National Pension Fund – AP2 (Total assets approx. 40 billion USD) since 2001. The alternative investment portfolio includes investments in private equity, real estate, timber and farmland, credit strategies and China A-share investments. The alternative portfolios NAV is today approximately 23% of the total AP2 portfolio and is expected to growth further.
In alternative investments Mr. Strömblad has designed the investments strategies and business plans and is responsible for portfolio implementation as well.
Since 2007 Mr. Strömblad is also responsible for all public assets that are managed externally. These assets are mainly global equities, global credits, emerging markets equities and debt and global tactical mandates.
Well-known globally for his well thought-through strategies, successful implementation and portfolio management, Mr. Strömblad has been a very important “brick” in the building of the well-known AP2 brand.
Before he became Head of Alternative Investments in AP2 he had more than 10 years of senior management positions (in the management team) in the manufacturing/food industry.
Mr. Strömblad started his career as an auditor of corporations at the Swedish Tax Office.
Due to his expertise and experience Mr. Strömblad is an advisory board member for several fund investments. Aside from being responsible for the alternative portfolio, he is also a board member in a couple of portfolio companies.
Mr. Strömblad has been active in the global private capital industry for many years. He speaks and attend panels on conferences globally. He is also active in responsible investments strategies and is a member of the UNPRI Advisory Board for Private Equity.
Mr. Strömblad was the first non-US / Canadian board member of the ILPA board. He is still very active in ILPA as a board member and is a member in their Public Affairs Committee.
Mr. Strömblad holds a BSc in Business & Administration.
Mr. Frank Su is the Managing Director, Head of Private Equity Asia at CPPIB, responsible for private equity investments in Asia. Mr. Su has more than 20 years’ experience in private equity, strategic consulting and operations in the region. Prior to CPPIB, Mr. Su took various positions at Bain Capital, Bain & Company, Ericsson and COFCO.
Mr. Su received an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA from University of International Business and Economics.
Shin is Managing Partner at GLOBIS Capital Partners. Shin leads GLOBIS’s investments in mobile, digital media, and web services. Shin takes a hands-on approach to his portfolio companies initiating strategy development, organization/process development, partnership development, and global expansion.
His track record includes: IPO iStyle (ticker TSE 3660), Aucfan (3674), Kayac (3904), Pixta (3416), and Mercari (4385); M&A Shimauma Print System (acquired by CCC), and nanapi (acquired by KDDI). His portfolio includes Lancers, Viibar, Timers, Coubic, Reblue, and Mirrative etc. Selected as Forbes Japan Midas List Most Influential Venture Investor 2018.
Prior to Globis, Shin led management consulting projects at Arthur D. Little where he developed corporate strategy, new business strategy and innovation strategy for leading IT service providers and software companies. Shin received BA in Economics from University of Tokyo (graduation thesis with Honor), and MBA from Harvard Business School (Second Year Honor). Shin has 8 years of overseas experience in England, Holland and the US.
Jerry Talton is the Director of Data & Machine Learning at Carta, where he leads the company's efforts to operationalize the ownership graph. Prior to joining Carta, he managed the Machine Learning Services team in Slack's Search, Learning, & Intelligence group in Manhattan, and was the founder and CEO of Apropose, a data-driven design startup backed by NEA and Andreessen Horowitz. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University, BS and MS degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and previously worked at Intel, Adobe, and Nvidia.
Serena Tan is a funds partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Hong Kong office. She has extensive experience in forming and investing in private investment funds (including offshore funds, RMB funds and dual-currency funds). A native Mandarin speaker with significant international experience, she has represented many of the most prominent sponsors and institutional investors. Ms. Tan represents Asia-based and international sponsors in the formation of a variety of private investment funds, including buyout funds, growth funds, venture capital funds, real estate funds, fund-of-funds, separate accounts and co-investment funds. In addition, she advises sponsors on their regulatory matters, carried interest plans and various operational matters. She regularly represents institutional investors in their investments in private investment funds, including insurance companies, banks, and asset management firms. Ms. Tan was recently named among Asian Legal Business’ top “40 Under 40”.
Wen Tan is a senior investment professional and investment committee member in Aberdeen Standard Investments’ Asia Pacific private markets division, which encompasses infrastructure, private equity and real assets. Mr. Tan started his career as a chartered accountant with KPMG's financial services division in London where he worked primarily with Asia Pacific banking groups including HSBC and Standard Chartered. He subsequently moved into investment banking as an M&A banker with Lazard, initially as an execution specialist across a range of sectors and then as a specialist in the financial institutions group. Mr. Tan moved to the alternative assets buyside in 2004 when he joined a Hong Kong family office, Search Investment Group, and has since focused purely on investing in illiquid alternatives. Mr. Tan was a Partner at FLAG prior to joining Aberdeen Standard Investments via the firm’s acquisition in 2015. Mr. Tan is conversant in Mandarin, Cantonese and Bahasa Malaysia, and holds a BA from Cambridge University.
Mr. Frank K. Tang is the Chairman and CEO of Fountain Vest Partners, a leading private equity firm dedicated to China with offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing.
Prior to founding Fountain Vest, Mr. Tang headed the China investments for Temasek Holdings. As a Senior Managing Director of Temasek Holdings, he was a member of the firmwide Senior Management Committee and Senior Investment & Divestment Committee.
Mr. Tang was with Goldman Sachs for nearly 11 years. He started his investment banking career at Goldman Sachs in New York, and then moved to Hong Kong. Mr. Tang worked as an Executive Director in Principal Investment Area, the private equity arm of Goldman Sachs. He was later Managing Director and Head of the Telecom, Media and Technology investment banking in Asia ex-Japan for Goldman Sachs prior to joining Temasek.
Mr. Tang was born and raised in Shanghai, and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York. He is a board governor of the China Venture Capital and Private Equity Association. Mr. Tang also sits on the board of Accenture (a global Fortune 500 company) and Weibo (the most popular social media in China). He is also a member of Columbia Business School’s Board of Overseers.
Emmett Thomas joined Advantage Partners in 2007 to lead the firm's activities in Asia ex-Japan. Advantage Partners is one of the leading Private Equity firms in North Asia, having invested over US$ 3.0 billion in more than 70 companies over the last 20 years. Emmett has led investments for Advantage Partners in a variety of industries including media, telecom, retail and business services.
He currently serves as the Managing Partner of Advantage Partners Asia Fund. He is on the Boards of several Advantage Partners portfolio companies. In addition, he oversees Advantage Partner’s portfolio company activities in Asia ex-Japan. Emmett started his career in Tokyo at TSE-listed SMC Corporation, the factory automation manufacturer. Subsequently he spent 18 years at the Monitor Group, the global strategy consulting firm, the last 10 of which he was President of Asia. Currently, he is a Director of the Harvard Business School Association of Hong Kong, and serves on the MBA Advisory Board of Hong Kong University. He graduated from Duke University with a B.A in Economics, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has resided in Asia for more than 25 years.
Andrew Thompson has over 24 years of experience with KPMG principally focused on major Corporate and Private Equity transaction due diligence and deal advisory. In late 2013 he relocated from Sydney, where he led KPMGs Australian Private Equity team, to Singapore to lead KPMGs Private Equity team across Asia-Pacific encompassing M&A deal origination, deal execution services and portfolio value creation activities. Andrew has directly led the transaction execution support work on more than 300 significant transactions with an aggregate deal value of more than $200 billion with the majority being Private Equity sponsored.
His major location experience include: London (5 Years), Sydney (13 Years) and New York (2 Years) and Singapore. In addition he has led deal teams across most SE Asia locations, China, Hong Kong, India and Japan. Andrew has acted for most leading Private Equity sponsors including: KKR, CVC, Blackstone, Carlyle Group, Texas Pacific Group, Macquarie, CHAMP Private Equity, Goldman Sachs PIA, CSFB / DLJ, AMP Capital Investors, Deutsche Bank Capital Partners, TA Associates, Ripplewood, Veronis Suhler, and Morgan Stanley. He has also assisted major Sovereign Wealth and pension funds in analysing direct and co-investment opportunities with Private Equity sponsors.
Mr Tsang has been in the finance industry for over 20 years, in particular he has close to two decades of experience in private equity and venture capital. Mr Tsang’s industry experience includes: education and professional services, real estate, natural resources/mining, advanced manufacturing, automotive, healthcare, retail, consumer products, logistics, TMT, environmental products/services, energy and alternative energy, financial services etc. The companies he has been involved with include Noah Education Holdings Limited, Minsheng Education Group (1569.HK), Galloping Horse Media Group Limited, Kangda International Environmental Protection Holding Limited (6136.HK), Pansoft Group Limited, Ambow Education, Hidili Industry International Development Limited (1393.HK), Launch Tech Co Ltd (2488.HK), Great Wall Auto (2333.HK, 601633.CN), Nord Anglia Education, Kasca Education, China Mini-Storage. Prior to founding Strategic Year Holdings Limited, he spent 13 years at Baring Private Equity Asia (“Baring Asia”), where his last position was Managing Director. He was the Founding Partner of Baring Asia’s Beijing office. Prior to that, he was with Merrill Lynch Asia Pacific doing equity research, focusing on media and retail sectors. In the 1990s, Mr Tsang began his career at Peregrine Investment Holdings, where he was involved with Asian fixed income sales and marketing.
Mr Tsang is currently President, Co-Chairman of PRC Committee and Co-Chairman of Real Assets Committee of the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (HKVCA). Previously, he was Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association’s Chairman of the Board (2013-2015). Mr Tsang is a Member of the Mainland Business Advisory Committee of Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). He is also the Co-Chairman of the Financial Services Committee of Hong Kong China Chamber of Commerce (HKCHCC). Prior to founding Strategic Year Holdings Limited, he was an Asia Senior Advisor with Apollo Education Group.
Mr Tsang obtained a Master’s Degree in Management Studies at University of Oxford, United Kingdom; and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (First Class Honors) at Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, United Kingdom.
CBN Weekly, “2011-2012 Most Valuable Partners 50 in China”
Forbes China Magazine, “2008,2009, The 50 Best Venture Capitalists in China”
Top Capital Magazine, “2008 The Best PE Investor of The Year”
China Most Valuable Venture Enterprises Awards, “2008 The Best PE Investor”
Zero2IPO Group, “2007, 2009, Top 10 PE Capitalists in China”
World Eminence Chinesebusiness Association, “Top 100 Most Visionary Chinese Investors (2007, 2008)”
China Venture Group, “2008 The Top 30 PE Investors of The Year”
Jun Tsusaka is the Managing Partner, Chief Investment Officer and Founding Member of NSSK, an investment business managing several funds with a focus on Japan. Prior to the formation of NSSK, Mr. Tsusaka was a global Partner of TPG and a Managing Director and Representative of TPG Capital Japan, K.K. He was a member of the Global Investment Review Committee, and member of the Global Partner Selection Committee.
Mr. Tsusaka currently serves on various board of directors for NSSK portfolio companies and is President of the Harvard Club of Japan and a member of the Keizai Doyukai. Mr. Tsusaka graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from Harvard College where he graduated with Honors and has a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School where he graduated with Distinction.
Sebastiaan is Chief Investment Officer, Alternatives for Arch Investment Management, an Insurance company with approximately $20 billion AUM. Sebastiaan’s previous experience also includes senior positions with Sun Hung Kai & Co. where he was Head of Principal Investment, HarbourVest Partners (Asia) where he was Managing Director and Head of HarbourVest’s Hong Kong office. In addition, he held positions with AlpInvest Partners in Amsterdam, and Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong and London. Sebastiaan received an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 1996.
Ivan Vercoutere is a Managing Partner at LGT Capital Partners Ltd and co-founder of its private equity activities in 1998.
Bringing 25 years of private equity experience, Mr. Vercoutere is responsible for leading and coordinating the global private equity investment activities of the firm and chairs its global investment committee. Prior to LGT, Mr. Vercoutere worked at Pacific Corporate Group in La Jolla, California since 1992 where he was responsible for U.S. and European private equity investments on behalf of institutional investors including CalPERS, State of Oregon, World Bank pension fund among others. He received a BSc in Finance from San Diego State University.
Mr. Vercoutere serves on the advisory boards of a number of private equity funds globally and is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Henry joined as part of the creation of BCP Credit, having formerly been a Partner at Stonerise Capital Partners where he spent over five years. Previously, he worked for over seven years at Goldman Sachs in its Special Situations Group and Investment Banking Division. Henry also worked for Vulcan Capital (Paul Allen’s investment firm, co-founder of Microsoft) and Thomas Weisel Partners. Henry has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS/BA from Boston University.
Mr. Wang Piau Voon joined Legend Capital in May 2019, and is now the Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of the firm.
Mr. WANG was most recently the Co-Chief Investment Officer of Noah Holdings (Hong Kong) Ltd. and was responsible for its private market investments. Prior to Noah, Mr. Wang worked with Adams Street Partners as partner in charge of global primary investment. He was involved in formulating the firm’s private equity investment strategy for Asia and was a member of its Primary Investment Committee, deploying over US$3bn capital during over 20 years in private equity.
Prior to joining Adams Street, he was a Manager in the M&A Consulting Department of Arthur Andersen LLP, Investment Manager at Nikko Capital Singapore and Investment Officer at Indosuez Asset Management Singapore.
Mr. Wang is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University. He is a member of the Singapore CFA Institute and was a founding executive member of the Limited Partners Association of China.
Mr. Steven Wang is managing partner of HLC and a visting professor of Tsinghua University. He is former senior partner and investment committee member of CDH. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the medical industry and healthcare investment and focuses exclusively on healthcare services, medical device and pharmaceutical sectors. Prior to CDH, Mr. Wang served at Avenue Capital, Lehman Brothers (London) and Becton Dickinson Group. Over the last ten years, Mr. Wang was responsible for transactions totaling more than 1.5 billion dollars, including mergers & acquisitions, restructuring of publicly listed companies, growth and early stage investments.
Some of Mr. Wang's representative deals include Mindray, Phamaron, WuXi AppTec, Kanghong Pharm, KangNing Hospital, New Century Hospital, Yuwell, New Eyes, Linwha, STA, Poly, Angel’s Women and Children Hospital, Kintor Pharmaceutical, Malo Clinic, Dr. Cuiyutao etc.
Stephen Wesson is a Managing Director and the Head of Global Private Equity of HQ Capital based in New York. He has 26 years of financial experience (with the last 22 years at HQ Capital). He is responsible for the firm’s global private equity business and is the chair of HQ Capital’s private equity Investment Committee. Previously, Mr. Wesson worked in the Investment Services Group at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation where he designed investment programs for clients with a specific emphasis on investments in private equity and other alternative asset classes. He is a member of the advisory boards of various Bain Capital funds, and an Advisory Committee Member of various L Catterton funds, Heidelberg Capital L.P., Rho Ventures IV, L.P., and Sun Capital Partners V. He earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from St. Lawrence University.
Alex Wilmerding evaluates investment opportunities and monitors existing investments in Asia and is a member of Pantheon’s Asian Regional Investment Committee. He also manages Pantheon’s Asian client services team. Most recently, Mr. Wilmerding was a director at Citi Private Bank with a focus working with financial sponsors including private equity and venture funds. He previously spent nine years as a partner at Boston Capital Ventures where he sourced, structured and managed investments in the areas of business process outsourcing and distribution as well as the areas of information, hospitality and transportation services. Prior to working for Boston Capital Ventures, he served as Commercial Manager Eastern China for the Fednav Group, as well as in management positions for Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Jakarta. Mr. Wilmerding has a BA from Yale University and MBA from Columbia Business School. Mr. Wilmerding is based in Hong Kong.
Mr. Wong founded SSG Capital Management in 2009 and serves as its Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer. SSG makes Special Situations and private debt investments with currently more than $5 billion of assets under management. The firm invests across Asia-Pacific with a focus on China, India and South-East Asia. As a founding member of the APAC Alternative Credit Council (ACC), SSG plays an active role in developing the private credit markets in the region.
Mr. Wong is in-charge of all investment activities, as well as overseeing strategic matters and operations of the group. Mr. Wong has over twenty years of Special Situations experience and, since 1998, he has been instrumental in the acquisition of billions of dollars of distressed assets across Asia. He has also led numerous restructuring situations and served on many creditor steering committees.
Prior to SSG, Mr. Wong was a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers in Hong Kong and ran its Asia Special Situations Group. In addition, he headed the firm's credit businesses for Asia-Pacific excluding Japan, including High Grade, High Yield and Leveraged Finance. Mr. Wong started his career at Coopers and Lybrand, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1994, and at JP Morgan Securities Asia in Hong Kong.
He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Manchester Business School and the University of Wales. Mr. Wong was born in Hong Kong and is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
Kathy Wong is the Head of Private Equity and Direct Investment of the Private Markets Division of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (“HKMA”). Since joining the HKMA in 2012, her responsibilities have included leading the review and execution of HKMA’s Private Equity and Real Estate investments, with a focus on co-investments and opportunistic investments. Kathy has 15 years of experience in private equity and investment banking. Prior to joining the HKMA, she was a Vice President at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch and an Associate at Warburg Pincus prior to that. Kathy holds a MSc in Management and Regulation of Risk from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BEng in Information Systems Engineering from Imperial College London.
Haiyan is a founding member of the CGC, responsible for all investments and fund management. She is also the lead partner for enterprise software and services. Haiyan has been instrumental in contributing e-commerce deal flow given her prior unique experience as a corporate executive at DHgate.com, the first cross-border B2B marketplace in China, founded by ex-CEO of Joyo.com (now Amazon China).
Haiyan's core portfolio includes Tongdun, WISECO, Tiger Brokers (NASDAQ: TIGR), 2Dfire, PingCAP, Botai Records, MissFresh, SMZDM (300785.SZ), Wish and MagMode etc.
Haiyan graduated with a B.Eng in Engineering Physics from Tsinghua University and is recognized as Top 25 Forbes China Best Women VCs and Forbes China's Top 50 Women in Tech.
Mr. Roger Wu serves as Senior Partner at Maison Capital, where he takes overall responsibilities of fund's investments in consumer lifestyle and consumer technology sectors. Mr. Wu has been a private equity investor for the past 18 years. He has held key roles in several investment funds, including a Managing Director of CITIC Securities International Capital. Mr. Wu also served as Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers Asia Limited, operating a direct investment fund in Asia. Mr. Wu has made over 70 private equity investments. Notable past investments include institutional rounds in China Evergrande Group, ORG Packaging, Shenzhen DJI Technology and Transsion Holdings. Mr. Wu holds a Bachelor degree in Arts from Columbia University, majoring in Economics and Industrial Engineering.
Mingchen is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Asia Investments, based in the firm’s Hong Kong office.
Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in 2014, Mingchen was a Senior Fund Manager at Tokio Marine Asset Management in Japan, where he was responsible for private equity fund investment globally. Previously, he worked at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities and Mizuho Securities.
Mingchen received an M.B.A. from Hitotsubashi University and a bachelor’s degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Mr. Xin is a Senior Managing Director & Managing Partner of CITIC Capital Partners and has been with the Firm since 2002. Previously, Mr. Xin was a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. in Shanghai and Washington, D.C., focused on helping Japanese and U.S. multinationals set up factories and supply chains in China. Prior to joining McKinsey, Mr. Xin was a Deputy General Manager of the investment management department of China Leasing, China’s largest leasing company and an affiliate of CITIC Group. Mr. Xin earned a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, with Honors, and a B.S., with Honors, from Beijing University.
Over 17 years working experience as senior executives in the TMT industry. Worked in NetEase (NASDAQ:NTES) for 7 years and established its mobile internet business division at NetEase, during which time NetEase’s valuation grew from $2 billion to $23 billion. As the founder of NetEase news app, Ms. Xu led the growth of the app’s user number from zero to 400 million and revenue from zero to RMB2 billion in 2015.
Awarded Top 30 Outstanding Innovative Figures in China’s Equity Investment Market by Chinese Venture in February 2018, and Top 50 Most Popular Investors in China by 36Kr in September 2018.
Graduated from Nanjing University and China Europe International Business School (CEIBS).
Jingyi Xu’s practice focuses on the formation and representation of private investment funds, especially funds sponsored by fund managers investing in China, including venture capital funds and private equity funds, both in the United States and internationally. She also advises fund managers regarding upper-tier arrangements and related governance matters. Jingyi also represents institutional investors (including sovereign wealth funds and funds of funds) and other investors in connection with investments in private funds.
Jingyi received her LLM degree from Stanford Law School and her LLB degree from Peking University in China.
Jingyi is a native Mandarin speaker and is fluent in English. She is admitted to practice in California and New York.
Meiping is a Director within the Private Capital Investment team and is responsible for selecting private capital fund investments, portfolio construction and managing existing manager relationships. She joined the Group in 2018 having previously worked for the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation and HarbourVest Partners in London. Meiping graduated from the London School of Economics with a first class honours degree in Accounting and Finance.
Henry Yin is a corporate partner at Cooley. He is a trusted advisor to clients on complex public and private mergers and acquisitions (including cross-border/outbound investments), private equity, venture capital and growth investments, joint ventures, PIPEs, financings, going-private transactions and other general corporate matters in China, US and globally covering diverse industries including technology, life sciences, film, media, financial services, consumer, automotive, big data, e-commerce, software, hardware, education/edtech, manufacturing, fintech, logistics, blockchain, real estate, reinsurance, pharmaceuticals and infrastructure.
Henry also advises family offices, founders, significant shareholders and corporate clients in negotiated or contested complex transactions, corporate governance matters, boardroom and transaction strategies, ESOP matters, competitive bidding process and other technology transactions.
Henry started his legal career in the New York office of Skadden Arps and was a partner in the Hong Kong office of Kirkland & Ellis prior to joining Cooley.
Henry received his JD with honors from Duke University School of Law and BA from University of International Relations. He is a native Mandarin speaker and is also fluent in English. He is admitted to practice in New York.
Michael Yu is a corporate partner at Cooley and at CYL & Partners, a firm of Hong Kong solicitors that practices in association with Cooley HK. His practice focuses on initial public offerings and other equity capital markets transactions on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, pre-IPO investments, public takeovers and listing rules and securities regulations compliance.
Michael has actively participated in the strategic initiative by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange to attract new-economy companies to list in Hong Kong. In particular, he advised Ascletis Pharma on its $400 million Hong Kong IPO in 2018, the first pre-revenue biotech IPO on the HKEX under its new listing regime for companies from emerging and innovative sectors. He has also advised a number of new-economy companies, including companies in biotech and internet sectors, on their Hong Kong IPOs.
Michael was recognized in IFLR1000 2019 as a Notable Practitioner for equity capital markets work.
Michael received his LLM from New York University School of Law, his LLB from Peking University Law School and BA from Peking University. He is a native Mandarin speaker and is also fluent in English. Michael is admitted to practice in Hong Kong (Solicitor) and New York.
Emre Hidekazu Yuasa is Principal at Globis Capital Partners, leading investments in IT startups targeting digital transformation of various industries. His track record includes GLM (electric vehicle startup, acquired by a Hong Kong based public company) and he sits on the board of Sensyn Robotics (integrated drone solution), MFS (mortgage and personal credit scoring), Global Mobility Service (auto loan, IoT), TABILABO (digital media and brand studio), Photosynth (smartlock IoT) and work closely with Shippio (digital freight forwarder), and CADDi (procurement platform for manufacturing parts).
Prior to joining Globis Capital Partners, Mr. Yuasa worked for Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting (Tokyo) and KPMG Management Consulting (Tokyo), where he specialized in overseas expansion and Post Merger Integration.
He currently teaches at Globis University Graduate School of Management (MBA).
Mr. Yuasa graduated from Harvard Business School (MBA) and Ohio State University (magna cum laude).
Yue is a partner of Fangda Partners based in Hong Kong. His practice focuses on representing global and regional private investment fund sponsors in structuring and forming offshore private investment funds, and advising sponsor clients in managing their ongoing legal, compliance and governance obligations as well as their internal economic arrangements and structures.
Yue has represented well-known global asset management firms, as well as emerging sponsors in Asia and Greater China, in establishing investment funds investing in buyout, real estate, energy and infrastructure, technology, healthcare, biotech, logistics, travel and leisure and other industries and sectors.
In addition to representing fund sponsors, Yue also has significant experience in representing institutional investors, including sovereign wealth funds, pension plans, insurance companies, public companies, unicorn companies and other financial institutions, in their investment in private investment funds sponsored by global and regional sponsors.
Yue obtained his J.D. degree from Georgetown University, M.A. degree in economics from University of Pennsylvania and B.A. degree in economics from Peking University. He joined Fangda in 2019 as a partner. Prior to joining the firm, Yue had significant experience working on investment fund formation and structuring matters at two leading Wall Street law firms in their New York and Hong Kong offices. Yue is a member of the New York State Bar and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.
Wei Zhou is the Founding Managing Partner at CCV. Before starting CCV, Mr. Zhou was Managing Partner at KPCB China as a founding member, and led its digital practice group in Greater China.
Leading the top-tier Silicon Valley VC China fund for 10 years, Mr. Zhou backed companies at early stage including JD.com (NASDAQ:JD), CreditEase (NYSE:YRD), Rong360 (NYSE:JT), Himalaya FM, Yixia.com, Tan Tan (acquired by NASDAQ: MOMO), VenusTech (SZ:002439), Manzuo.com (acquired by SuNing), Yixia.com, ULUCU (NEEQ:837110), Miaozhen Systems, Asia Innovation Group, Scinor Water (acquired by TRCE:300332), KJY Water (NEEQ:835159), and Arrail Dental. After establishing CCV, Mr. Zhou invested JD Digits, Perfect, Ice Kredit, Zuzuche, Veer VR, Menya, Bizvane, Joyrun, Cowa Robot, Lomotif, Dingdong Class, Shukun Technology, and Yunhu Health. Wanka Online (HKSE:1762) went public in December 2018, less than 18 months after CCV’s series B investment.
Before joining KPCB China as a founding member, Mr. Zhou was the CEO of Shanghai Hanbo Tech Co., a leading e-payment solution provider, which was later successfully acquired. Prior to that, Mr. Zhou held senior positions at Start Computer Group (SH:600734) since 1994. As the youngest executive, he grew from a regional operation leader to the supervisor of the entire e-payment ecosystem and corporate M&A. He led the company throughout its startup stage, IPO, to the following years of fast growth.
Mr. Zhou was named among China’s Top 20 Best Venture Capitalists by Forbes, China’s Top 30 Most Influential Venture Capitalists by Fortune, China’s Top 10 Best Venture Capitalist by CV Awards, China’s Top 10 Influential Investors by Huaxing Group, and China’s Top 50 Founding Partners Voted by Fund of Funds by FoF Weekly.
Mr. Zhou also serves as a governor and treasurer of China Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (“CVCA”).
Mr. Zhou holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China.