- AVCJ Awards
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 in university. In order to pursue her passion for the newly emerging Internet, she passed up a fully sponsored PhD 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 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 two of its funds are featured as Top 5 Seed Fund (Vintage 2003-2015) in the world and Top 4 Funds to Watch by Preqin respectively.
Click’s current portfolio includes 40+ 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. She has appeared in 10+ countries at high profile events including the Web Summit, Slush, AVCJ Private Equity and Venture Forum, and Silicon Dragon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jeremy Coller is CIO and Chairman of Coller Capital; he founded the business in 1990.
Prior to this, Jeremy spent five years at ICI Pension Plan, where he pioneered the acquisition of private equity secondaries and was previously Head of Research at Fidelity International Investment Management in London.
Jeremy holds an MA in Philosophy from Sussex University and a BSc (Hons) in Management Sciences from the University of Manchester, UMIST. He attended Carmel College and the Diplôme Cours de Civilisation Française at the Sorbonne.
Jeremy has won numerous accolades from the media – the most recent being in December 2018, when he was recognised by Financial News as one of the 50 most influential people in European private equity.
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 early 2007 to lead its Asia Pacific private equity investment activities. Prior to LGT, Doug was a Senior Investment Officer for the International Finance Corporation (the direct investment arm of the World Bank), based in Hong Kong and responsible for sourcing, structuring, monitoring and exiting Asian investments in the TMT, retail & consumer and life sciences sectors.
Mr. Coulter has over 15 years of experience in private equity and investment banking. He previously worked at Nomura Securities in Hong Kong and as a lawyer at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP in Toronto, Canada. He holds an MBA from INSEAD in France, a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, 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 USD 50 billion in assets under management and more than 400 institutional clients in 33 countries. An international team of over 300 professionals is responsible for managing a wide range of investment programs focusing on private markets, liquid alternatives, and specialized long-only and multi-asset class solutions. Headquartered in Pfaeffikon (SZ), Switzerland, the firm has offices in New York, Dublin, London, Vaduz, Dubai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Sydney. LGT Capital Partners has recently been selected as the winner of a number of prestigious international private equity awards and was also selected as best private equity Fund of Funds in Asia by AsianInvestor in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014 and the Asset in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
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 $330M in funds under management across three main funds and is raising its fourth fund. Dr Deaker serves on the investment committee of OneVentures Funds, leads the technology practice within the firm and is responsible for investor relations managing the supervisory boards of OneVentures funds.
Dr. Deaker 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 established financing syndicates with Australian, Asian and US investors. She is a current Director of OneVentures portfolio companies Phocas Group, Employment Hero and My Mobile Data (trading as OVO) and board observer for Smart Sparrow. She is a former member of the NSW government’s Digital Economy Taskforce and the Advisory Board of Head Over Heels. Dr Deaker is also a former Director of Seven West Media (Seven Network, Pacific, WAN, Yahoo7) and Australia’s ICT Centre of Excellence, NICTA (now Data61).
Dr. Deaker 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, Dr Deaker established IT enterprise business, Networks Beyond 2000.
Dr. Deaker 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).
Mr.Detor is a managing principal and member of the Investment Committee for CarVal Investors, responsible for leading the firm’s investment strategy and management. He also leads the firm’s high-yield and transportation investments and oversees capital formation and emerging markets for the firm. Mr. Detor joined CarVal from Morgan Stanley, where he most recently served as managing director and co-head of the global distressed and U.S. leveraged loan business. Mr. Detor has also served the U.S. government as a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service, as well as serving in the U.S. Army Reserves and New York National Guard. Mr. Detor received his M.B.A. from NYU’s Stern School of Business and his B.S. in accounting from SUNY Albany and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
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.
Jonathan English is a Managing Director of Portfolio Advisors, based in Hong Kong, and serves as a voting member of the firm’s Asia Investment Committee. He joined Portfolio Advisors in 2007 and, as Head of the Asia Investment Team, leads the firm’s Hong Kong office, primarily engaged in sourcing, evaluating and recommending investment opportunities in Asia private equity primary, secondary and co-investments. Prior to joining Portfolio Advisors he was an Associate with Abbott Capital Management for over five years, responsible for investing, marketing and fundraising on behalf of Abbott’s private equity fund of funds vehicles. Jonathan is serving as an Advisory Board member of eighteen private equity partnerships.
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.
Chris Freund founded Mekong Capital in 2001 and is a Partner. Chris is Chairman of the Board of Directors, a member of the Management Committee, Investment Recommendation Committee, and a member of the Board of Directors of a range of investee companies. Chris is also the Mentor for approximately 15 people in Mekong Capital's team.
Chris is currently the Deal Leader for Ben Thanh Jewelry (brand name: "Precita"), and is the Alternate Deal Leader for Red Wok, ABA Cool Trans, Pizza 4Ps, Vua Nem and Yola.
Chris has been involved in all stages of sourcing, due diligence & implementation, post-investment value creation, and exiting for a wide range of investments in Mekong's funds since 2001. Chris has been the Deal Leader for many investee companies, including MobileWorld, an investment which resulted in a 57x return for MEF II.
Chris has played a central coordinating role in the development and refinement of the Vision Driven Investing framework.
Chris originally moved to Vietnam in 1994 and has more than 24 years of direct investment management experience, 21 of which were in Vietnam.
In 2001, Chris was also a co-founder of Navigos Group, owner of VietnamWorks.com and Navigos Search, Vietnam's largest recruitment services firm. Navigos Group was sold in a trade sale to a Japanese recruitment services firm in April 2013 at a 70x return for Chris as a co-founder.
Chris was an early investor and is the Chairman of Pasteur Street Brewing Company, Vietnam's first and preeminent craft beer brand.
Fu Wei has over 14 years of private equity experience. Before founding CBC in early 2014, he was most recently the General Manager of Far East Horizon’s Investments Group, where he recruited and managed over 12 investment professionals and invested over $120 million in various sectors. Prior to joining Far East Horizon, he was the head of Beijing office and partner at Themes Investment, managing over $200mm. At Themes, Fu Wei sourced and successfully led the execution of $110 million buyout of an environmental company, one of the largest buyouts in China environmental sector. Beijing Enterprise recently announced the acquisition of this company. He was one of the earliest private equity professionals in China when he joined Temasek in 2004, and participated in over $2 billion private equity investments ranging from financial institutions, real estate, consumer to TMT. He later joined Macquarie Group, Standard Chartered Bank and Goldman Sachs with a focus on infrastructure, environment and utility sectors.
Fu Wei graduated from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University with a first class honors degree in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Business Administration. He is a scholar of Singapore's Ministry of Education. Fu Wei is a holder of the prestigious YPO membership (only available to individuals holding the top position of a qualifying company).
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.
Jie Gong, Partner, joined Pantheon in 2013 and has 21 years of private equity experience. Ms. Gong is a member of the firm’s Asia Regional Investment Committee, the Global Co-investment Committee, the Global Diversity Committee and the ESG Committee. Ms. Gong 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. Ms. Gong 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. Ms. Gong 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).
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 is an Investment Manager in Private Markets at Sunsuper, a A$70 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$4.5 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.
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.
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.
Tony Jiang is a co-founder and partner at Ocean Link. He leads all of Ocean Link's investments, and he currently serves on the board of eLong, Mafengwo, Yitiao, New Century Kaiyuan Hotels, Ruby Hotels & Resorts, and Mind Education. Prior to founding Ocean Link, Mr. Jiang was with The Carlyle Group from 2006 to 2016 focused on private equity investments in Asia. Earlier in his career, Mr. Jiang worked in the investment banking division of Deutsche Bank. He received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University with full scholarship.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Sanjay Kukreja is Partner & CIO with ChrysCapital and is part of the core team that helped the firm scale from a startup to India’s leading private equity firm with over $4 billion under management in twenty years. Mr. Kukreja joined ChrysCapital in April 2000 and currently leads the Business Services, Financial Services and Manufacturing verticals for the firm. Mr. Kukreja has been on the board of several companies such as Infogain, Hero FinCorp, KPIT Technologies, Liquid Hub, Shriram Transport Finance Company Ltd, Titagarh Wagons Limited etc. He has led several high-profile investments of the firm such as HCL, Infosys and Cyient and has also worked extensively on managing exits for ChrysCapital, where ChrysCapital has been an industry leader.
He holds an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Shriram College of Commerce, Delhi University and has also attended Executive Leadership Course for top management from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
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.
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.
Prior to joining CVC in June 2016, Alvin spent over 11 years with HSBC where he was Head of Investment Banking for Southeast Asia. Prior to that, he worked for the investment banking division of Citigroup / Schroders for over 7 years in Singapore and the UK working on transactions across Asia and Europe. He started his career with the corporate finance division of Coopers & Lybrand. Alvin graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc (Economics) degree specializing in accounting & finance and he is also a qualified Chartered Financial Analyst.
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).
Simon Marc is Managing Director and Head of Private Equity at the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments). He manages PSP Investments’ private equity global team, its C$23.5 billion portfolio and leads transaction opportunities globally - including direct PE investments, co-investment transactions with GPs and primary fund commitments. Based in London, Simon also heads PSP Investments’ London office.
Simon has over 20 years of investment experience. Prior to joining PSP Investments in August 2015, he held several executive-level positions at Permira, Candover and Apax Partners. Simon started his career at Goldman Sachs and is a graduate of HEC Paris School of Management.
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 24 years’ experience in private equity investing, corporate advisory, executive management and turnaround. 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 Chartered Accountant and has a BComm and Post Graduate Honours from the University of Natal, SA. Mr. Moynihan holds an Investment Management Certificate from IMRO in the UK and the Advanced Insolvency Law & Practice II unit from the University of Queensland.
Mr. Moynihan is currently on the boards of Endeavour Learning Group, Pizza Hut Australia , Carpet Court NZ and Experience Australia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prior to launching Coral Capital, James Riney was a co-founder and head of 500 Startups Japan. With about $100m under management, he’s been a seed investor in over 40 companies. He is also a Board Director at SmartHR, where he was an early investor and led their ~$14m Series B. Prior to 500 Startups, Mr. Riney covered early stage investments for DeNA’s venture arm, focusing on Silicon Valley and Asia. He was listed on the Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 list for Finance & Venture Capital in 2016.
Before investing, he was the founding CEO of ResuPress (now Coincheck, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in Japan), and the creator of STORYS.JP, the “Medium.com of Japan.” In another life, he worked at J.P. Morgan in New York and Tokyo. He grew up in Japan and speaks fluent Japanese.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
Mr. Wei is a managing director for CarVal Investors, responsible for managing corporate securities investments in Asia. Prior to joining CarVal in 2018, Mr. Wei was a portfolio manager with BFAM Partners in Hong Kong where he managed investments in performing, stressed and distressed assets. Prior to joining BFAM, Mr. Wei held positions with JP Morgan Partners, Goldman Sachs’ Special Situations Group and Arkkan Capital focusing on emerging markets distressed, high-yield, private equity and structured products. Mr. Wei earned his M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
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.
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.
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).
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.