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HKVCA APEF 2017
18 January 2017
The Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association’s (HKVCA) annual Asia Private Equity Forum (APEF) was held on 18 January, 2017 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The theme of this year's event focused on the many challenges but also opportunities that exist for value creation within the industry, and featured more than 80 expert speakers and panelists representing general partners, limited partners and advisors. The Forum attracted over 650 delegates, of which more than half were senior level and C-suite executives.
As it has in previous years, the 2017 Forum brought together a diverse and experienced groups of private equity and venture capital practitioners who invest across all stages and geographies in Asia, including private equity real estate and private debt. Among the topics discussed as part of the event’s programme were the key issues emerging in fundraising, investor relations, performance reporting and investor demands for greater attention to environmental, social and governance standards. There was also discussion on the current issues facing investors in private markets in the making, managing and exiting of investments across the key markets of Asia, and the important role that Asia continues to play in the global market.
As this is the year in which the HKVCA commemorates the 30th anniversary of its founding, the Forum also provided the Association with a tremendous opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to extending its reach to all sectors of the profession. Among the distinguished guests who participated in APEF 2017 were Paul Chan Mo-po, GBS, MH, JP, Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong SAR; Martin Mok, Partner and Head of Asia of EQT Partners; Jean Salata, Chief Executive and Founding Partner of Baring Private Equity Asia; and Ming Lu, Head of Asia Private Equity for KKR.
We are proud that the Asia Private Equity Forum has come to be seen as an indispensable platform for practitioners to meet not only their peers, but also government representatives and professional colleagues from other industry associations across the globe. We would like to thank our extremely knowledgeable audience of attendees, many of whom traveled from around the region and overseas. Our most sincere appreciation extends also to our valuable media partners and supporting organizations, and, finally, to our generous sponsors, whose substantial contributions and support made the event not only possible, but indeed hugely successful.
Please click here for Mr Paul Chan's speech.
Media coverage can be viewed here.
More photos can be viewed here.
Video highlights can be viewed here.
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HKVCA Gala Dinner 2017
17 January 2017
The HKVCA held its Gala Dinner 2017 on the evening of Tuesday, 17 January. This popular annual event, which this year was sold out, had more than 200 attendees who gathered at the elegant Hong Kong Country Club to enjoy an evening of great food and excellent entertainment. Each of the tables at the dinner featured creative and colorful decorations incorporating themed figures representing the festivities associated with the upcoming Chinese New Year of the Rooster. The evening’s entertainment was perhaps the major highlight of the night, with a unique yet totally captivating performance delivered by a group of students from Kings College Hong Kong who each played the harmonica. The HKVCA was pleased to be able to make a donation to support the young musicians dedicated to the development of this often overlooked instrument. The evening also featured a presentation outlining the HKVCA’s 2016 activities and outstanding achievements throughout the year. We would like to extend our special thanks to our cocktail sponsors, King & Wood Mallesons and MVision, for supporting this tremendously successful event. Our thanks also to all participants who helped to make our annual dinner a most unforgettable and wonderful night.
More photos can be viewed here.
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AFF Deal Flow Matchmaking Session
17 January 2017
The AFF Deal Flow Matchmaking Session was successfully held on the second day of the Asian Financial Forum (17 January 2017). More than 1,000 companies have taken part in this deal sourcing and matchmaking session over the years, including investment project owners, corporate investors, high net worth individuals, and senior professionals from intermediaries and professional services providers. This unique deal-sourcing and matchmaking session co-organised by the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, connected sources of funds with sources of deals with enabled participants to meet with potential business partners from around the world, based on their shared areas of interest. More than 160 investors, 300 project owners and 600 meetings took part this year representing a number of different sectors, including agriculture, biotechnology, consumer, construction, food and beverage, healthcare, infrastructure, medical, real estate, technology and PE/VC funds.
HKVCA Members Breakfast Meeting
6 January 2017
The HKVCA monthly breakfast meeting was held at the Hong Kong Club on Friday, 6 January. The event was oversubscribed, with more than 70 members taking full advantage of the opportunity to network and reconnect with their fellow industry practitioners after the end of year festivities. To commemorate this first breakfast meeting of 2017, the HKVCA conducted an informal and fun poll surveying members’ views on the outlook for the global and Chinese markets in 2017, as well as who they believed would be the next chief executive of Hong Kong. The results of the very unscientific poll were best described as being “positive”.
This month's breakfast would not have been possible without the sponsorship of Intertrust to whom we would like to extend our sincere thanks for their continued support and help in making this terrific networking event possible for our members. We of course also wish each and every one a very happy New Year and best wishes for 2017.