HKVCA Asia Private Equity Forum 2023      
The Asia Private Equity Forum (APEF) 2023, organized by the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (HKVCA), was successfully held on January 13, 2023. The event was held in-person and during International Financial Week. The event attracted close to 700 delegates and featured more than 65 GPs, LPs, and other industry professionals as speakers and panelists.
Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, distinguished guests at this annual event included The Honorable Paul Mo-po Chan, GBM, GBS, MH, JP, Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR); The Honorable Duncan Chiu, Legislative Council Member (Technology and Innovation sector) of the HKSAR; Jean Eric Salata, Head of BPEA EQT and Chairperson of EQT Asia; and K.Y. Tang, Founding Chairman & Managing Partner of Affinity Equity Partners.    

Rebecca Xu, Chairwoman of the HKVCA, said: “We are very pleased to see many familiar faces again at our flagship forum as it finally returns as a physical event this year. The HKVCA is committed to providing an unmatched platform igniting insightful conversations and building meaningful relationships among decision makers, senior business executives, and industry talents. As Asia remains a bright spot despite global headwinds, we are confident that Hong Kong will continue to be a leading international finance center and a prime location for private equity and venture capital managers.”
At the forum, leading industry practitioners addressed key opportunities and challenges facing investors in China, India, Southeast Asia, and North Asia in the context of the broadening and deepening of Asian private markets, as well as timely topics such as crypto investing, private equity real estate, ESG and regulatory matters.
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#1 The HKVCA was invited to join the consultation on the Budget Speech for 2023.  The meeting proved to be very productive with HKVCA Board Member Johnny Chan advocating on behalf of the private equity and venture capital industry before the FS and other related government officials. The Association also prepared a written submission (see link) addressing various tax and regulatory issues.

#2  The HKVCA has continued working with the IRD on finalizing the DIPN for the concession tax rate for carried interest. The Association also submitted a letter outlining a number of recommendations it feels the government should implement, including an effective and simplistic carried interest incentive scheme to retain PE firms and related talent in Hong Kong. A copy of the letter can be found here.  
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Women’s Private Equity Summit APAC 2023
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As a capital supporting arm of a decades old regional digital payment service and technology provider, start ups can ride on AsiaPay's long-lasting position and its broad operation and network in Asia for faster innovative adoption in the ecosystem. Portfolio returns over the past three years is >10x while startups are able to sustain their business with pragmatic and solid business validation support via resources shared by AsiaPay.
China International Capital Corporation Hong Kong Asset Management Limited
China International Capital Corporation Limited (CICC) is China’s first joint-venture investment bank and a pioneer in adopting best international practices in China. Since its inception in 1995, CICC's has been a full-service business that offers investment banking, equities, FICC, asset management, private equity and wealth management services. CICC Capital Management Co., Ltd. is the flagship platform of CICC for its global private equity businesses. The firm is committed to becoming a world leader in private equity management. Currently, it runs various categories of RMB private equity funds including real estate and infrastructure, fund of funds and USD private equity funds.
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Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, connecting top-tier talent to the world’s challenges and opportunities with 20,000 professionals including 12,000 lawyers, in more than 200 locations, in more than 80 countries.
Dentons Hong Kong has an impressive track record of offering legal services to multinational conglomerates and local clients. We have assisted our clients in solving their business issues and handled various transactions across the Asia Pacific region. Our strength includes leading capital markets, banking and finance, investment funds, litigation and disputes regulation practice areas. Our Hong Kong team comprises experienced lawyers and leading professionals qualified in jurisdictions including Hong Kong, England and Wales, the United States, Singapore and Malaysia.
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As the largest global pure play sustainability consultancy, we partner with the world’s leading organizations, creating innovative solutions to sustainability challenges and unlocking commercial opportunities that meet the needs of today while preserving opportunity for future generations.
Our diverse team of world-class experts supports clients across the breadth of their organizations to operationalize sustainability, underpinned by our deep technical expertise in addressing their environmental, health, safety, risk and social issues. We call this capability our “boots to boardroom” approach for its comprehensive service model that allows ERM to develop strategic and technical solutions that advance objectives on the ground or at the executive level.
Gerson Lehrman Group
Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) is a financial and global information services company headquartered in New York City. We provide financial information and advise investors and consultants with business clients seeking expert advice. We have the world’s largest expert network, with over 1,000,000 freelance consultants. We work closely with PE funds and Family Offices.
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