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HKVCA PE Leadership Forum 2023

Date: Tuesday, 7 November 2023
Venue: The China Club, 14/F, The Old Bank of China Building, Bank Street, Central, Hong Kong
Time: 10:00 to 14:00

Limited seats available

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Date: November 7, 2023 (Tuesday)
Time: 10:00 - 14:00
Venue: The China Club, 14/F, The Old Bank of China Building, 1 Bank Street, Central, HK
CPT: 2.5 points

Dress code:

Business Attire

Corporate Full Member
One complimentary pass per company
additional passes: HK$1,200 per person
Corporate Associate/Overseas
(Full/Asso)/Individual Members

HK$1,200 per person


HK$2,500 per person

Registration deadline: November 6, 2023, 15:00 HKT


10:00 Opening Remarks
10:05 Panel Discussion: Risk Management

Panel Discussion: LP Reporting


  • Lydia Hao, Managing Director, Hong Kong, HarbourVest


  • Queenie Ho, Partner & Head of Investor Relations, Affinity Equity Partner
  • Wendy Zhu, Partner, Managing Director & Global Head, AlpInvest Partners
  • Haide Lui, Head of Investor Relations, Ascendent Capital Partners

Panel Discussion: Legal


  • Wayne Bannon, Managing Director and General Counsel, Asia, The Carlyle Group


  • James Ford, Partner, Allen & Overy
  • Grace Yuen, GLT-Managing Director, Legal Asia Pacific, CPP Investments
  • Brian Lee, General Counsel, FountainVest Partners
12:05 Panel Discussion: Tax
12:45 Closing Remarks
12:50 Networking Lunch
14:00 End


Wayne Bannon, Managing Director and General Counsel, Asia, The Carlyle Group

Wayne Bannon is General Counsel for The Carlyle Group in Asia. The Carlyle Group opened its first office in Asia in 1998 and has nine offices across seven countries with dedicated investment teams operating across buyout, growth capital, leveraged loans, and energy sectors. Carlyle has invested over US$18bn across Asia since 1998. Wayne joined Carlyle in 2007 having previously worked for a number of years in Tokyo as regional counsel for the Securitized Products Group and the Leveraged Finance Group of a US Investment Bank and prior to that position Mr. Bannon worked in the London, Tokyo and Hong Kong offices of the international law firm Allen & Overy LLP.

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James Ford, Partner, Allen & Overy

James co-heads Allen & Overy's Asia Pacific Funds & Asset Management group. His practice focuses on clients active in private equity and other alternative assets, where he has a broad range of experience covering traditional fundraisings, secondary transactions, mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments and capital markets transactions. He regularly guides clients in structuring funds and transactions to address a wide range of regulatory, tax and transactional issues. James is recognised as a leading lawyer by the industry’s most prestigious legal publications, including Chambers Asia Pacific, Chambers Global, Legal 500, and IFLR1000.

One long-term client applauds James for being “very knowledgeable about the market.” Chambers Asia Pacific 2022 Investment Funds, Greater China (International Firms)

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Grace Yuen, GLT-Managing Director, Legal Asia Pacific, CPP Investments

Grace Yuen is a Managing Director and member of the Global Leadership Team at CPP Investments. Grace leads the Legal team in Asia Pacific and is responsible for legal advice and support across investment strategies and enterprise affairs in the region. Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2018, Grace was a senior corporate M&A lawyer at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, and has worked in London, Brussels and Hong Kong. Grace holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Yale University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from BPP Law School.

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Brian Lee, General Counsel, FountainVest Partners

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.

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Lydia Hao, Managing Director, Hong Kong, HarbourVest

Lydia Hao joined HarbourVest’s primary partnership team in Hong Kong in 2021 and focuses on Asia-Pacific investments.

She was previously a Principal in Neuberger Berman’s private equity team, where she led the firm’s primary funds, co-investments, and secondary investments in the Greater China region. Prior to joining Neuberger Berman in 2017, Lydia spent seven years at CPP Investment Board in Hong Kong as one of the founding members of the Private Equity Asia team, building its direct investment portfolio across the Asia-Pacific region. Previously, she was based in New York where she worked at Apax Partners focused on US private equity buyouts in the consumer and TMT sectors, and worked at UBS Investment Bank in the Mergers and Acquisitions group advising clients across various industries.

Lydia received a Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude) in Hotel Administration, from Cornell University. She speaks fluent Mandarin.

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Queenie Ho, Partner & Head of Investor Relations, Affinity Equity Partner

Queenie Ho is a Partner and Head of Investor Relations at Affinity Equity Partners. Queenie joined Affinity in 2004. She is a Member of the Investment Committee, and Valuation and Portfolio Review Committee of Affinity.  She currently serves on the board of directors of Plaza Premium Group. Before joining Affinity, Queenie was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Queenie holds a BSc in Economics with first-class honours from the London School of Economics, a MPhil in Finance with distinction from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Wendy Zhu, Partner, Managing Director & Global Head, AlpInvest Partners

Wendy is a Partner, Managing Director and Global Head of AlpInvest Partners’ Primary Fund Investments team. She is also responsible for the Secondary and Portfolio Finance team in the Asia Pacific region and a member of the Operating Committee. She joined AlpInvest Partners in 2007 from Macquarie Funds Management, where she was Senior Vice President of Asia-Pacific regional private equity fund investments and co-investments. Previously, Wendy was a Director with Deutsche Bank Asset Management and an Associate Director at MetLife. Wendy received a BS in Business Administration and an MS in Accounting from the University of Southern California. She represents AlpInvest Partners on various Advisory Boards.

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Haide Lui, Head of Investor Relations, Ascendent Capital Partners

Ms. Lui is Head of Investor Relations of Ascendent Capital Partners. Ms. Lui is responsible for IR and fundraising. 

Prior to Ascendent, Ms. Lui spent over 10 years at HarbourVest Partners, focused on private equity fund investments across Asia. During that time, she served on the limited partner advisory committees of a number of pan-regional and China-focused private equity partnerships. Before that, Ms. Lui was with Morgan Stanley in the Global Capital Markets group in Hong Kong, focused on the origination and execution of equity financings, advising Asian and Chinese companies.

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  • Registration must be followed by payment to secure your place.
  • Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of payment.
  • Should you require an invoice, please contact us.
  • Cancellation must be made in writing at least 7 working days prior to the event. No refund will be made thereafter. 
  • Information is subject to change. The HKVCA retains the right to make changes as it deems necessary. 
  • Priority will be given to HKVCA Members.
  • No shows will be charged.
  • Seats are limited at first-come-first-served basis.
  • An additional charge may apply to accommodate special dietary requests.
  • Please inform us of any dietary requirements in advance. We cannot guarantee we can accommodate requirements requested on the day of the event.