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Key Sessions

Gavin Serkin

Frontier: exploring the top 3 Asian markets of tomorrow

Frontier Funds

08:00 08:55 (55 mins)

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Welcome coffee

08:45 08:50 (5 mins)

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Chairman’s welcome address

08:50 09:20 (30 mins)

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Frontier: exploring the top 3 Asian markets of tomorrow

  • Gavin Serkin - Managing Editor and Author, Frontier Funds

09:20 10:00 (40 mins)

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Keys to success: excelling in Asia

How is the private equity market maturing in Asia-Pacific today? Given global uncertainty and volatility how do you make competitive returns and ensure not just survival but real success?

Data: 10 minutes. Panel discussion: 30 minutes.

  • Moderator Vinit Bhatia - Partner, Bain & Company
  • Panellists Atul Kapur - Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Everstone Capital
  • Jean Eric Salata - Founding Partner & CEO, Baring Private Equity Asia
  • Ashish Shastry - Member and Head of Southeast Asia, KKR
  • Padmanabh Sinha - Managing Partner, Tata Opportunities Fund, Tata Capital Ltd

10:00 10:40 (40 mins)

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Getting your money out

Which exit strategies are prevalent across Asia and what are the benefits and challenges associated with each?


Data: 10 minutes. Panel discussion: 30 minutes.

  • Moderator Mark O'Hare - Founder & CEO, Preqin
  • Panellists Nicholas Bloy - Managing Partner, Navis Capital Partners
  • Renuka Ramnath - Founder, Managing Director & CEO, Multiples Alternate Asset Management
  • Kyle Shaw - Founder & Managing Partner, ShawKwei & Partners

10:40 11:10 (30 mins)

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Morning Coffee and networking break

11:10 11:40 (30 mins)

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Australian LPs speak out: is their exposure increasing?

What is holding superannuation funds and pension funds back from accelerating their private equity and venture capital programmes as a significant part of their strategy? Is this phenomenon here to stay, or will allocations to Australian and offshore GPs increase over the coming years?

  • Moderator Yasser El-Ansary - Chief Executive Officer, AVCAL Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Limited
  • Panellists Alicia Gregory - Head of Private Equity, MLC
  • Adrian Kerley - Portfolio Manager - Private Capital, Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation
  • David Simons - Director, Private Equity, Future Fund

11:40 12:00 (20 mins)

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Keynote address

12:00 12:30 (30 mins)

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LP quick-fire

Quick-fire questions covering all LPs are thinking about concerning Asia-Pacific.

  • Moderator Eric Mason - Managing Director - Asia Investments, The Church Pension Fund
  • Panellists Steve Cowan - Co-Founder & Managing Director, 57 Stars
  • Kent Kirkpatrick - Senior Principal, Private Investments, Alberta Teachers' Reitrement Fund
  • Daniel Parker - Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Texas Tech Univeristy System - Office of Investments
  • Sebastiaan van den Berg - Chief Investment Officer, Sun Hung Kai & Co. Limited

12:30 13:45 (75 mins)

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Lunch and networking break

13:45 14:20 (35 mins)

Stream A: Countries in focus

Is India on the verge of change?

Are we seeing real growth and reform or does a lot still need to be done for this to reach the companies on the ground? Is the chance worth the risk?

  • Moderator Sunil Mishra - Partner, Adams Street Partners
  • Panellists Gaurav Ahuja - Managing Director , ChrysCapital
  • Florian Kohler - Managing Director, Asia, Obviam
  • Viswanathan Parameswar - Head of Investments Asia, Schroder Adveq
  • Senior representative, Gaja Capital

13:45 14:20 (35 mins)

Stream B: Crossing borders

Cross-border M&A

How do private equity funds facilitate cross-border M&A throughout Asia and beyond?

  • Moderator Jay Tai - Partner, Proskauer
  • Panellists David Han - CEO & Co-Founder, Yao Capital
  • Georges Nasr - Investment Manager, EDC Investments
  • Michael Wang - Managing Partner & President, Abax Global Capital

14:20 14:55 (35 mins)

Stream A: Countries in focus

Australia: a growing opportunity

How will uncertainty and volatility in global markets affect Australian private equity and venture capital? Will fundraising and investment levels remain stable over the next few years?

  • Moderator Yasser El-Ansary - Chief Executive Officer, AVCAL Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Limited
  • Panellists Matt Fifield - Partner, Pacific Road Capital Management
  • Andrew Gray - Managing Director, Potentia Capital
  • Rob Koczkar - Managing Director, Adamantem Capital
  • Senior representative, Pacific Equity Partners

14:20 14:55 (35 mins)

Stream B: Crossing borders

MENA, Africa and Asia relations

What is the current relationship between these regions and how is this developing? What are the nuances and similarities of investing in these regions and how can cross border strategies be utilised to enhance growth?

  • Moderator H. Richard Dallas - Managing Director of Private Equity, Gulf Capital

14:55 15:30 (35 mins)

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Afternoon refreshments and networking break

15:30 16:10 (40 mins)

Stream B: Too hot to touch

Veterans speak out: taking experience forward

What have investors learnt from their vast experience and what unique approach do they bring to the table? How do you overcome the challenges and risks associated with bringing in a new team for a first-time fund?

 Chatham House Rule applies. Closed to press. First come, first served. No late admittance.

  • Discussion leaders Andrew Gray - Managing Director, Potentia Capital
  • Jaime Hildreth - Managing Director, Head of PE and LP Market Strategy, Ipreo Private Capital Markets
  • Rashad Kaldany - Chief Investment Officer, BlueOrange Sustainable Capital
  • Rob Koczkar - Managing Director, Adamantem Capital

15:30 16:10 (40 mins)

Stream A: Sectors in focus

Which sectors are delivering?

From healthcare to education, India to China, where are the interesting opportunities? Which markets are underserved and how are different sectors developing across the region?

  • Moderator Katja Salovaara - Senior Portfolio Manager, Private Equity, Ilmarinen
  • Panellists James Ieong - Chairman and Managing Partner, Pagoda Investment

16:10 17:00 (50 mins)

Stream B: Too hot to touch

Disintermediation: what’s the end game?

What are the drivers for going direct and is this trend the natural result of increasing manpower and activity? How do LPs secure a competitive advantage and deploy enough capital to make direct investment a winning formula?

The Chatham House Rule applies. Closed to press. First come, first served. No late admittance.

  • Chairman Marcus Simpson - Head of Global Private Equity, QIC
  • Discussion leaders Chris Culbertson - Managing Director, Verger Capital Management LLC
  • Raj Ganguly - Co-Founder & Partner, B Capital Group
  • Maninder Saluja - Partner, Quilvest Group

16:10 17:00 (50 mins)

Stream A: Sectors in focus

Fintech on the rise

With growing levels of fintech investment in Asia-Pacific what innovations are set to disrupt the financial sector and change the face of the industry?

Is regulation overdue and how can companies ensure new regulations are met in an efficient way?

  • Chairman Ganesh Rengaswamy - Co-Founder & Partner, Quona Capital
  • Discussion leaders Melissa Guzy - Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Arbor Ventures
  • Sally Rocker - Managing Director, J.C. Flowers & Co. LLC
  • Sebastiaan van den Berg - Chief Investment Officer, Sun Hung Kai & Co. Limited

17:00 17:00 (0 mins)

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End of Main Conference Day Two

17:00 19:00 (120 mins)

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Main Conference Day Two networking drinks reception