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Recent Events Report

HKVCA Brownbag Luncheon Talk -

Australian agriculture: how technology and science is creating investment opportunities

16 April 2018

The HKVCA hosted its latest brownbag luncheon talk on April 16, 2018 at the offices of Macquarie Hong Kong. Elizabeth O’Leary, Global Head of Agriculture from Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, and Sean O’Reilly, Asset Director at Macquarie Agricultural Funds Management and head of its Crop Australia, discussed the latest trends in Australian agriculture investment. O’Leary noted that agriculture investments are tied to weather and that there was a positive correlation between population growth and food production. O’Reilly spoke about the latest technology being utilized in the sector, including GPS guidance, traffic control systems and other innovations that are working to resolve issues and optimize operation and production. 

The HKVCA and the Real Assets Committee would like to thank the many members who were able to take the time from their busy schedules to attend the lunch and take advantage of the opportunity to network with their colleagues. We would also like to extend a special thank you to our speakers and our sponsor, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, who made this event possible.

HKVCA Members Breakfast Meeting
9 March, 2018
The HKVCA's monthly breakfast meeting was held at the Hong Kong Club on Friday, 9 March, 2018. The event was oversubscribed, with over 80 members taking full advantage of the opportunity to network and reconnect with their fellow industry practitioners. This month's breakfast would not have been possible without the sponsorship of KPMG 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. 
HKVCA Annual Golf Day 2018
2 March, 2018

The HKVCA held its annual Golf Day on March 2, 2018 at the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling. The event was a tremendous success with perfect weather bringing blue skies and a brilliant sunny day.

Close to 90 people attended the event, including a number of attendees who were non-golfers.

There was a total of 19 teams competing in the tournament, with each team comprised of various GPs, LPs, and professional services providers serving the private equity and venture capital industry. More than 70 golfers teed off and all seemed to enjoy the challenging 40-year-old course and the truly great weather on the day. The tournament was followed by a buffet lunch.

In addition to the golf tournament, the HKVCA also held two special events: a hole-in-one challenge and a lucky draw. The lucky draw top prize was a Tudor Heritage watch, which was won by Andrew Koo from EY.  A total of HK$33,800 was raised through raffle ticket sales and was donated to the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children and the Hong Kong Golf Association's junior development program.

We would like to thank our generous sponsors, specifically our Platinum Sponsors Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and White & Case; our Gold Sponsors Ernst & Young, Lexington Partners and Vistra; our Breakfast Sponsor, AON; our Watch Sponsor, Oriental Watch Holdings Limited; our Hole-In-One Prize Sponsor, Mercedes-Benz; our Wine Sponsor, AOC Would Wine; and Lucky Draw Prize Contributors, The Golf Association, Paul Andersson of the Golden Bay Distillery and The Boars Club. We would also like to thank the HKVCA’s Golf Committee - Varun Bery, Chin Chou, Bob Partridge, Sunil Chandiramani and Adam Goern - for their support and leadership.

Course Competitions Winner

Simon Martyn
Varun Bery
Martin Angus
Roger Wu

1st Runners-Up

David Kim
Jeff Bi
Sung-Jin Hwang
Sally Kim

2nd Runners-Up

Anurag Mathur
Sunil Chandiramani
Xavier Le Sourne
Mike Imam

Straightest Drive – Hole #4 Lorenz Zimmermann
Closest to the Pin – Hole #2 Henry Zhang
Closest to the Pin – Hole #8 Varun Bery
Closest to the Pin – Hole #17 Anurag Mathur

HKVCA Seminar: The Case for Listed Private Equity in Hong Kong
7 February 2018

The HKVCA hosted a seminar on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 on the subject of listing private equity funds on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Exchange (HKEx). Held at the offices of Neuberger Berman, the seminar attracted more than 25 members of the HKVCA.

The speakers at the seminar were John Buser, Executive Vice Chairman at NB Alternatives; Gordon Crosbie-Walsh, Joint Head of China Investment Banking and Asia Head of Equity Capital Markets at Jefferies; and Stephen Peepels, Head of U.S. Securities, Asia Pacific at Hogan Lovell. Among the issues discussed were the advantages of listed private equity and the regulatory framework of listing rules in Hong Kong and the UK. The speakers also shared a number of relevant case studies and the latest industry statistics.
HKVCA Members Breakfast Meeting
2 February 2018
The HKVCA's monthly breakfast meeting was held at the Hong Kong Club on Friday, 2 February, 2018. The event attracted over 80 members taking full advantage of the opportunity to network and reconnect with their fellow industry practitioners. This month's breakfast would not have been possible without the support of Berkeley Research Group to whom we would like to extend our sincere thanks for their sponsorship and help in making this terrific networking event possible.
HKVCA Asia Private Equity Forum 2018
17 January 2018

The HKVCA’s annual Asia Private Equity Forum (APEF) was held on 17 January, 2018 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The focus of this year’s event was on the many challenges - but also the many opportunities - that exist for value creation within the industry. It featured more than 80 expert speakers and panelists representing general partners, limited partners and advisors. There were more than 700 delegates, most of whom were senior level and c-suite executives investing across all stages and geographies in Asia.

As it has in previous years, the 2018 Forum brought together diverse and experienced groups of private equity and venture capital practitioners, 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 robust discussion on key issues facing investors in private markets, including the making, managing and exiting of investments across key markets.  

Among the distinguished guests who participated in APEF 2018 were Paul Chan Mo-po, GBS, MH, JP, Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong SAR; Jonathan Zhu, Managing Director of Bain Capital; Rebecca Xu, Co-founder of Asia Alternative; and Suyi Kim, Head of Asia for Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. A copy of Paul Chan’s speech, as well as associated media coverage, photographs and video highlights, may be found by clicking on the relevant link noted immediately below:

Paul Chan's speech:
Media coverage:  
Video highlights:
We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to our valuable media partners and supporting organizations, and, finally, to our generous sponsors, whose contributions and support made this year’s Forum so successful.

HKVCA Gala Dinner 2018
16 January 2018

The HKVCA held its annual Gala Dinner on the evening of Tuesday, 16 January at the elegant Hong Kong Country Club. This always popular event, which was again oversubscribed this year, was attended by close to 200 guests who gathered to enjoy an evening of great food, robust conversation and excellent entertainment. With the Chinese New Year just around the corner, each of the tables were decorated with displays celebrating the upcoming year of the dog. But it was perhaps the evening’s entertainment that stole the show, featuring a fantastic performance by two young Hong Kong students playing the erhu, a traditional Chinese stringed instrument.  

The HKVCA was also pleased to make a special donation during the dinner to the Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service, which provides a diverse range of social services for the elderly, those struggling with mental illness, children and families in a holistic, caring manner. The evening also featured a presentation providing an outline of the many successful activities of the HKVCA during 2017.  

We would like to extend our special thanks to our cocktail sponsors, King & Wood Mallesons, and to MVision for supporting this very special event. Thank you also to all of our guests who helped to make our annual dinner an unforgettable evening.