The 30th AVCJ Private Equity &; Venture Forum to Take Place in November

The 30th AVCJ Private Equity &; Venture Forum to Take Place in November

by October 18, 2017

The 30th Anniversary of the AVCJ Private Equity & Venture Forum (“AVCJ Forum”) will bring together over 1,000 leading industry experts and investors from 34+ countries to discuss the future of the private equity industry on 14-16 November in Hong Kong. These leaders will address some of the industry’s most pressing challenges, with a focus on Asia.

“The private equity industry globally has undergone a significant evolution in the last 30 years, and in the last decade alone we have seen it go from boom to bust and back to boom again. In terms of fundraising, valuation multiples, and leverage levels, there have been times in the last 12 months when market conditions seemed like those in the run-up to the global financial crisis,”

said Tim Burroughs, Managing Editor of Asian Venture Capital Journal.

Asia has also been on a roll, with fundraising reaching an all-time high of $127 billion in 2016, driven to a large extent by a resurgence in renminbi-denominated funds, according to AVCJ Research. Nine months into 2017, the fundraising total stands at $73.1 billion. Meanwhile, investment reached $144 billion in 2016, the second-largest annual total on record. This is likely to be surpassed this year, with investments amounting to $140.8 billion announced as of September. Private equity exits came to $72.4 billion last year, another record high, while $53.4 billion has been realized so far in 2017.

“Private equity has entered a new era in the region as global brand-name firms sit alongside a growing collection of new and established managers. With a degree of macroeconomic and political uncertainty also present in Asia, it will be interesting to hear how private equity firms are responding to these changing dynamics,”

Burroughs added.

Four distinct summits — The Investment Summit, VC Summit, PE Leaders’ Summit and LP Summit — will be hosted during the three-day event, each covering a different facet of the private equity and venture capital industry in Asia. The program combines discussions on the key themes and topics affecting the sector and deep industry knowledge from notable expert speakers, which include:

Christopher Ailman, CIO, California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS)

Daniel A. D’Aniello, Chairman & Co Founder, The Carlyle Group

Jonathan Lavine, Co- Managing Partner, Bain Capital

Hideya Sadanaga, Managing Director and Head of Private Equity Investment Department, JAPAN POST BANK

Steve Byrom, Head of Private Equity, Future Fund

Anders Stromblad, Head of External Managers, AP2

Ilfryn C. Carstairs, Partner & Co-CIO, Varde Partners

Kurt Bjorklund, Managing Partner, Permira


Global Limited Partners include:

Steve Moseley, Director of Investments, Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation

Jeremy Coller, Executive Chairman & CIO, Coller Capital

Dave Brochet, Managing Director, CDPQ Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

Marcus Simpson, Head of Global Private Capital, QIC

Brooks Zug, Senior Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners, LLC

Georg Wunderlin, CEO, HQ Capital Group

Sebastiaan Van den Berg, CIO & Head of Principal Investment, Sung Hung Kai

Juan Delgado-Moreira, Managing Director, Hamilton Lane

Sherry Lin, Managing Director & Asia Head, Mousse Partners

Josh Stern, Director, Private Investments, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Rakesh Saraf, Head of Private Investments, Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund


“I have been coming to the AVCJ Forum for over 20 years. The reason I keep coming back is, firstly the content is very good and secondly everyone is here, making it easy to catch up with managers, fellow investors and advisers,”

said Marcus Simpson, Head of Global Private Capital, QIC. The AVCJ Forum not only will offer industry professionals unique opportunities to exchange market insights, but more importantly, it celebrates the achievements of PE and venture capital industry in Asia.

To register for the AVCJ Forum 2017, book online at or contact Anil Nathani directly on +852 2158 9636.


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