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KPMG is a global network of professional services firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. In Southeast Asia, our dedicated Private Equity (PE) group comprises leading transaction advisory, deal origination, portfolio value creation and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) Tax professionals. We work together as one team on deals for private equity funds and major direct investors.
We firmly believe in accompanying portfolio companies through the investment lifecycle. As such, our value creation professionals work closely with the management of companies to embed best practices, improve operating and financial performance and build value prior to exit. We also help organizations prepare for IPO and manage the sales process to enhance value on exit.
The team is integrated across Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, with KPMG in Singapore serving as the ASEAN hub. With a global network of over 189,000 people, we combine industry insights with on-the-ground experience and technical know-how to help companies respond to the changing business environment.
Founded in 1972, Adams Street Partners is one of the most respected and experienced private markets investment managers in the industry. With 150+ staff in nine offices - Beijing, Boston, Chicago, London, Menlo Park, Munich, New York, Singapore, and Tokyo - our deep industry experience and global outlook provide clients with customized access to the spectrum of private markets strategies. Adams Street is 100% employee-owned and independent, and manages over $29 billion in assets for more than 350 institutional investors, including corporate and public pensions, foundations, family offices and endowments.
Advantage Partners is a leading provider of services to private equity and similar funds focused on the Japanese and Asian markets. Advantage Partners was founded in 1992 by Taisuke Sasanuma and Richard Folsom and has been providing services to funds since 1997, when the firm established the first buyout fund in Japan. Funds served by Advantage Partners have invested in more than 50 companies representing total invested capital of over JPY350 billion across a wide range of industries and sectors. Advantage Partners has offices in Tokyo and in Hong Kong.
Alpha JWC Ventures: A Southeast Asia venture capital firm with an Indonesia angle and a focused value-add approach
We are an independent and institutional firm who focus on backing extraordinary founders as a value-add partner. We take a hands-on and collaborative approach with founders and management teams, understanding their challenges and needs, and working with them to build and scale their business.
Our team has a strong track record, and we have a balanced fund approach whereby our investment spectrum is from seed stage to series B stage. We take a long-term perspective in partnering with founders, in line with our long-term capital partners of well-established institutional investors, strategic institutions, and family offices in Asia, United States and Europe.
Commitment to Value Creation
We believe there is tremendous unlocked potential in Southeast Asia particularly in Indonesia as the world's fourth most populous nation, and Alpha JWC Ventures is in a unique position to capture this opportunity.
If you are in Indonesia, think of us as your local partner with the hands-on experience and international network to build and scale your business.
If you are from outside of Indonesia, think of us as your trusted partner with deep local network and on-the-ground know-how to enter Indonesia successfully.
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Companies, investors and government entities around the world turn to Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) when conventional approaches are not enough to activate change and achieve results.
A&M's dedicated Global Private Equity Services team provides independent analysis across the investment lifecycle that delivers results for investors and their portfolio companies. We integrate our financial, tax, commercial and operational expertise to seamlessly translate pre-due diligence findings and leverage our interim management approach to deliver post-deal operational improvements.
Privately-held since 1983, A&M is a leading global professional services firm that delivers business performance improvement, turnaround management and advisory services to organizations seeking to transform operations, catapult growth and accelerate results through decisive action. Our senior professionals are experienced operators, world-class consultants and industry veterans who leverage the firm's restructuring heritage to help leaders turn change into a strategic business asset, manage risk and unlock value at every stage.
BDA Partners is an investment banking firm that advises on international mergers and acquisitions, distressed situations, private placements, capital raisings, valuations and financial restructurings. We specialize in cross-border transactions involving Asia with enterprise values up to US$1bn, where we have a strong track record advising North American, European, and Asian corporates and financial sponsors. We have over 80 professional staff throughout 10 offices located in Asia, the US, and Europe.
Founded in 2015 by three founding partners, DCL Investments is an alternative asset management firm in China that specializes in distressed assets and special opportunities investments with a focus on NPLs. To date, DCL manages two RMB funds and a USD fund with over ¥5 billion assets under management. Furthermore, DCL Investments raises capital primarily from domestic institutional investors.
DCL focuses on capital inefficiency during economic structural changes. DCL utilizes diversified exit strategies to minimize downside risk and to provide timely distributions. Geographically, DCL invests in major metropolitan regions in China, including Yangtze River Delta centered at Shanghai, Pearl River Delta centered at Guangzhou and Jing-Jin-Ji metropolitan region centered at Beijing.
DCL has access to an extensive network of China's major banks, asset management companies, insurance companies, servicing companies, etc. DCL maintains exclusive close partnerships with local servicing companies to achieve local execution capability in the entire investment process. In particular, DCL has established strategic relationships with its limited partners that consist of insurance companies, university endowments, state-owned research institutions, etc. DCL leverages these partnerships to operate with market insights and execute exit strategies locally.
DCL's founding partners have been working closely for more than 10 years. DCL's management professionals have a deep reservoir of credit expertise and market experiences, with more than 5 years on average of investment and management experience in banks, AMCs and PEs. Their investment experiences, management skills and legal expertise are DCL's core advantage. DCL has one of the few domestic professional private investment team with a wealth of experiences in both RMB funds and USD funds in China's distressed assets market.
ICG is a specialist asset manager with over 28 years' history.
We manage €23.8bn of assets in third party funds and proprietary capital, principally in closed end funds. Our strategy is to grow our specialist asset management activities to deliver increased shareholder value. Our goal is to generate income and consistently high returns whilst protecting against investment downside for our fund investors. We seek to achieve this through our expertise in investing across the capital structure. We combine flexible capital solutions, local access and insight with an entrepreneurial approach to give us a competitive edge in our markets. We operate across four asset classes - corporate, capital market, real asset and secondary investments. In addition to growing existing strategies, we are committed to innovation and pioneering new strategies across these asset classes where the market opportunity exists to deliver value to our fund investors and increase shareholder value.
We are listed on the London Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: ICP) and provide investment management and advisory services in support of our strategy and goal through a number of regulated subsidiaries.
Navis Capital Partners was founded in 1998 in order to make private equity investments in buyouts, recapitalisations and financial restructurings in Asia, particularly on enterprises with a strong presence in Southeast Asia.
Navis acquires control of its portfolio companies. Since its founding, Navis has made over 70 controlling investments most of which have been completed with little reliance on acquisition finance. All Navis' companies are leaders or near leaders in their fields. Industries/segments in which Navis has invested include food processing, fast food/casual dining, industrial products, fast moving consumer goods, outdoor advertising, auto rentals, consultancy and professional services, amongst others.
The firm contributes both capital and management expertise to its portfolio companies with the objective of directing strategic, operational and financial improvements, typically through initiatives that drive growth, margin improvement and asset efficiency. Navis' investment model places a low reliance on leverage to drive its equity returns.
The firm manages several private and public equity capital commitments totaling ~USD 5 billion, and whose investors include a number of well-known US, European, Middle Eastern and Asian commercial and investment banks, pension funds, insurance companies, corporations, foundations, as well as a number of high net worth individuals and family offices. Navis has one of the largest private equity professional team in Asia, comprising more than 60 individuals, supported by over 30 administrative staff, in seven offices across the region.
PEP Funds take control positions in a select group of Australian and New Zealand companies with enterprise values in the range A$200M-A$1B. Operating company management are provided with capital and resources as necessary to deliver full potential.
Established in 1998, the firm has made 27 operating company investments and over 90 bolts-ons and joint venture acquisitions at the company level. PEP Funds have had ~A$8.4B of equity under management over time, and are currently investing PEP Fund V which is A$2.1B. Recent investments have spanned industrial, energy, food, consumer products, entertainment/media and the financial services industries, and employing over 50,000 people.
In terms of liquidity and returns PEP has been fortunate over the last 18 years to be among the best performers in the industry worldwide and recognised with a number of awards, including Firm of the Year, Best LBO Deal of the Year and Australian Private Equity Firm of the Year and has been included in the list of Top 20 Consistent Performers Globally by preqin.
ShawKwei & Partners is a private equity fund manager specializing in investments with mid-market advanced manufacturing, industrial, and service businesses operating across Asia. ShawKwei has offices in Hong Kong and Singapore, and was established in 1998. Our long experience and knowledge enables us to understand the unique challenges faced by Asian companies competing in today's global markets.
ShawKwei takes significant ownership stakes in our investments coupled with a disciplined and hands-on management of those investments. ShawKwei implements intensive business and financial restructurings to transform companies into businesses attractive to multinational buyers. Key initiatives typically include rationalizing and upgrading facilities, implementing stringent financial controls, and launching branding initiatives to enhance marketing to customers and better position the company for sale. The ShawKwei strategy, methods and practices are specially crafted for private equity investments in businesses operating in Asia. Together they form the partnership between ShawKwei and our portfolio companies.
Strait Capital Investment Group is an Asia-based private equity company that specializes in providing growth capital to companies in the consumer-related, healthcare services, and entertainment sectors in Asia. The firm was established in 2013 by three founding members who have worked together for over 15 years and served as investment professional in Asia since the 1990s. The team has a track record of generating top-tier returns over 60 transactions amounting to approximately US$1 billion in Asia. Strait Capital Investment Group manages approximately US$240 million and currently has eight investment professionals located in Taipei and Shanghai.
China Consumer Fund, Fund II, has US$190 million under management, 78% from institutional investors and 22% from family office, with geographical spread 45% from Japan and 55% from Taiwan. We are seeking investment opportunities equipped with significant minority interests, market leading position, sound management expertise, and interests and vision that aligned with the firm's strategy as well as potential of accelerated growth. The team has established a reputation to grow with its portfolio companies through value creation and it is steadfast in its approach.
Unison Capital, originally founded in 1998 by three founding members, operates mid-cap buyout funds in Japan and Korea. In Japan, Unison Capital is widely recognized as a pioneer in the industry and has the longest track record in its space. In 2014, Unison Capital expanded in Korea to apply its well-tested mid-cap strategy and harness its deep Japan network for value-add.
Since its inception, Unison has launched four Japan-focused funds and invested in 26 companies with 19 exits. Today, Unison manages JPY 70 billion (~$680 million) for Fund IV. In Korea, Unison Capital raised KRW 307 billion (~$280 million) for its debut fund and has five portfolio companies. To date, cumulative investment amounts are JPY 770 billion (~$7 billion) and KRW 320 billion (~$280 million) in enterprise value, respectively.
Unison's Tokyo and Seoul office are comprised of 31 investment professionals, having diverse professional backgrounds in finance, strategy consulting and operations. Furthermore, Unison's broader network extends to in-house management advisers, financial institutions, consulting firms, and other experts in two countries and beyond to drive the robust growth of our portfolio companies.
Simmons & Simmons JWS is a leading international law firm with more than 1,000 legal staff in 22 offices situated in key business and financial centres across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
In building our international business, we have created a closely knit and cohesive network of lawyers who seek to balance local business needs with the delivery of a global service. Our current client base includes a significant number of the current FTSE 100 and Fortune Global 500 companies. We also advise the top 10 investment banks by assets under management, many of the world's largest financial conglomerates and more than half of the top 50 European hedge fund managers.
Our Asia private equity team has the experience, industry knowledge and legal skills to advise clients across a wide spectrum of industry sectors. With a particular focus on asset management & investment funds, financial institutions, technology, media & telecommunications (TMT), energy & infrastructure and life sciences, we are able to put our legal advice in context.
Private equity work often requires skills in specialist areas and we are supported by our leading tax, employment, acquisition finance, competition, regulatory and IP teams. We also draw on the market leading position of our funds practice.
We offer advice on all stages of the funding cycle from formation to exit, including:
• early stage fundings
• acquisition and bid financing
• debt financing (including LBOs)
• late stage financings and joint ventures
• MBOs, MBIs, public to privates and institutional buyouts
• exits, including flotations, secondary sales and trade sales
• restructurings and refinancings
• turnarounds and distressed debt
• management incentive schemes and stock option plans
• international transactions
Cooley LLP is an international law firm representing clients in a wide range of industries from our offices in China, Europe and the United States. With 900 lawyers, Cooley has the range and expertise to serve clients of all sizes to seize opportunities in today's global marketplace.
Our dedication to China's fund industry is unparalleled and unrivaled by any other law firm. Cooley has been advising on China-related matters for more than 25 years, dating back to 1989, when the firm advised on the formation of the first institutional venture capital fund investing in China. Today, we are counsel to more than 350 private investment fund organizations worldwide, including more than 45 fund managers with their primary operations in China and numerous other managers outside of the PRC making investments in portfolio companies in China. We form considerably more dollar-denominated China venture capital and growth equity funds in dollar terms than any other law firm worldwide. Our Shanghai office has also advised on well over US$1 billion in venture financings across more than 200 financing transactions in the last two years. We have a team of more than 35 specialist fund formation lawyers and dozens of other practitioners dedicated to serving our clients headquartered and doing business in China. Multiple members of our team are Mandarin-speaking, Chinese native fund formation specialists who assist our China funds clients and their investors in both USD and RMB fund formation matters.
As a full service global law firm, we regularly assist our China fund clients and their portfolio companies with complex mergers, acquisitions and disposition transactions, a wide variety of private financing and capital markets transactions, public company disclosure issues, share distributions, local and cross-border intellectual property issues, licensing transactions, joint ventures, as well as supply and distribution arrangements, among other matters.
KOTRA (Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency) was established in 1962 as a national trade promotion organization, focused on creating new export markets and encouraging trade and foreign investment. With the vision to be a ‘global business platform', KOTRA continues to strengthen the global capabilities of SMEs and attract foreign firms and investors in order to build a partnership of sustainable growth. As of today, KOTRA has an extensive global network of 126 overseas offices in 86 countries.
Invest KOREA, Korea's national investment promotion agency, was established within KOTRA with the sole purpose of supporting the entry and successful establishment of foreign business into Korea. Invest KOREA attracts foreign investment by identifying potential investors, supporting investment projects, providing aftercare services and building a cooperative network with related organizations. The agency is committed to providing unmatched, comprehensive one-stop service that allows foreign investors to join many of the world's most successful corporations who have selected Korea as an investment destination.
KOTRA Singapore is the headquarter of Southeast Asia Region. It covers 14 offices in Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.
S&P Global Market Intelligence, formerly S&P Capital IQ and SNL Financial, is a division of McGraw Hill Financial (NYSE:MHFI). The firm is a leading provider of financial and industry data, research, news and analytics to investment professionals, government agencies, corporations, and universities worldwide. S&P Global Market Intelligence integrates news, comprehensive market and sector-specific data and analytics into a variety of tools to help track performance, generate alpha, identify investment ideas, understand competitive and industry dynamics, perform valuation and assess credit risk.
Strategy Consulting Group, established in 2004, focuses on quantitative hedge fund solutions which offer strong alpha coupled with impressive absolute return in the US Equities markets. We rigorously source and develop talented quants for our extensive private equity partners. Current hedge fund seeds have outstanding ivy league legacies and unparalleled track records.
Ruder Finn Asia - The Art and Science of Engagement
Founded in 1989, Ruder Finn Asia (www.ruderfinnasia.com) is the Asia-Pacific subsidiary of New York-based Ruder Finn (www.ruderfinn.com), a global communications consulting firm, producing award-winning work at the intersection of content, creative and digital. Ruder Finn Asia today employs close to 400 consultants in Asia-Pacific and has offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mumbai, New Delhi and Bangalore. The firm is represented across all other regional markets through a network of high quality partners. Ruder Finn Asia's business centers on four strategic pillars: Corporate & Public Trust, Global Connectivity, Health & Wellness and Life+Style.
As an integrated communication consultancy, we help our clients engage with those vital to their success, delivering meaningful, measurable, business results through inspirational, data-driven, communications counsel and solutions. Our expertise encompasses reputation management, digital and social marketing strategy, employee engagement, branding and executive skills training. Our research and analysis team provides insights and counsel in market trends, producing annual research reports including the China Luxury Forecast, Physicians Digital Outlook Survey and other publications.
The Asia America MultiTechnology Association (AAMA) is the largest pan-Asian technology association in the world, accelerating ideas and best-in-class collaboration, resulting in successful business ventures throughout the Asia-Pacific region and global economy. With a network of 10,000+ leading executives, stakeholders and investors from over 2,000 companies and chapters throughout Asia and the U.S., AAMA's roster represents a diverse and influential spectrum of technology industries, from robotics, internet, telecommunications, financial, multimedia/gaming, life sciences, healthcare, and more. AAMA's global presence includes chapters in both the U.S. and Asia, with locations in Silicon Valley, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, Hong Kong/Pearl River Delta and Taiwan. Each chapter hosts events to promote business relationships and works closely with its U.S. headquarters to ensure members have access to global information and benefits.
The China Venture Capital and Private Equity Association ("CVCA"), incorporated in the middle of 2002, is a member-based trade organization. Currently CVCA has more than 150 regular member firms, which collectively manage over US$500 billion in venture capital and private equity funds. The regular member firms mainly including the Venture Capital and Private Equity funds investment organizations which focus on the market of venture Capital and Private Equity funds investment in the Greater China Region.
CVCA members help their portfolio companies enhance management expertise and create long-term value by drawing upon their rich knowledge of capital and business management, industry expertise, and experience of global markets. In China, CVCA members devote themselves to the following areas: promoting the transformation of economic growth methods and industry structure changes; facilitating the development and innovation of emerging strategic industries; generating financing channels and employment opportunities for business enterprises; enhancing management and operational capabilities and creating values; assisting Chinese enterprises with the creation of competitive brands to engender worldwide reputations. CVCA members' investments cover start-up stage, growth capital, late stage and merger & acquisition, which provides enterprises with invaluable support for every stage of their development.
To better demonstrate CVCA's members composition and to represent the private equity members in the Greater China region. November, 2010，China Venture Capital Association officially rename itself as China Venture Capital and Private Equity Association.
CVCA is incorporated in Hong Kong with a Beijing office and a shanghai office. CVCA also has liaison organizations in Hong Kong and Taiwan, facilitating local networking and communications. Funding for CVCA's activities comes from membership dues. CVCA's membership is open to all China-focused VC and PE firms and corporate investors, and it is also open to the related professional companies, which can join as members.
EMPEA is the global industry association for private capital in emerging markets. We are an independent non-profit organization. As EMPEA celebrates our 10th anniversary in 2014, we have over 300 member firms, comprising institutional investors, fund managers and industry advisors, who together manage more than US$1 trillion of assets and have offices in more than 100 countries across the globe. Our members share EMPEA's belief that private capital is a highly suited investment strategy in emerging markets, delivering attractive long-term investment returns and promoting the sustainable growth of companies and economies. We support our members through global authoritative intelligence, conferences and events, networking, education and general and regulatory advocacy.
Hong Kong Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (HKVCA), established in 1987, is the oldest industry Association in Asia. It represents institutional investors engaged in the venture capital / private equity industry at all levels - from seed, startup, growth, buyouts and restructuring - investing in the Asia-Pacific region. HKVCA's mission is to stimulate a vibrant venture capital and private equity industry in Asia while promoting the role of member firms in value creation, innovation and economic development. It works for the high standards in industry professional ethics, international best practices and standards; provides a forum for networking and experience sharing for its members; and represents the common interests and views of its members before governmental and other relevant bodies. The Association organizes an active program of luncheons talks, seminars and conferences, delegations, joint activities with the government and trade bodies, and networking with other business groups on a local and international level.
The Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) is the leading global, member-driven organization dedicated to advancing the interests of private equity limited partners through industry-leading education programs, independent research, best practices, networking opportunities and global collaborations. Initially founded as an informal networking group, the ILPA is a voluntary association funded by its members. ILPA membership has grown to include almost 400 organizations from around the world representing almost 50% of global institutional assets under management in private equity.
The Global Private Equity Initiative (GPEI) drives teaching , research and events in the field of Private Equity and related alternative investments at INSEAD, a world leading business school. It was launched in 2009 to combine rigour and reach to the school's research capabilities and the talents of global professionals in the private equity industry. The GPEI aims to enhance the productivity of the capital deployed in this asset class and to facilitate the exchange of ideas and best practices.
The Singapore FinTech Consortium is a FinTech Ecosystem Builder that aims to further the development, interaction and acceleration of the FinTech ecosystem in Singapore and Southeast Asia. We foster synergies among market players, including government bodies, financial institutions, corporates, investors and innovators, who believe that technology can bring added value to the financial industry.
Through our FinTech incubation platform, we offer corporate incubation, research lab and venture acceleration as well as provide access to analytical tools and FinTech related resources. We believe that FinTech is a crucial infrastructure layer for the Southeast Asia region and for Singapore to maintain and strengthen its leadership in financial services.
The Singapore International Chamber of Commerce (SICC) is Singapore's most established, independent, voluntary business association. Founded in 1837, its mission is to represent business interests to help maintain a vibrant economy.
SICC creates value for its members through content-rich events featuring policy makers, public intellectuals and business people. Value is also created in committee work which brings members together to share concerns, expertise and solutioning.
SICC's members represent the diversity of the Singapore business community: foreign and local MNCs and SMEs from 40 nationalities and over 20 industry sectors.
The Singapore Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (SVCA) was formed in 1992 under the patronage of the Economic Development Board to promote the development of the venture capital (VC) and private equity (PE) industry. From a humble start of two, our membership now exceeds one hundred and continues to grow in tandem with the industry's development.
To foster greater understanding of the importance of venture capital and private equity to the Singapore economy in support of entrepreneurship and innovation and to look after the interests of our members, promote professional development, raise professional standards as well as facilitate collaboration among members.
As a not-for-profit organisation, the association strives to:
- Promote the professional development of the industry through awards, training, workshops and conference
- Facilitate interaction and collaboration among its members through regular networking events
- Act as a platform for dialogue on regulatory and policy issues pertaining to VC and PE through data research, feedback and consultation with members and regulatory authorities
- Build linkages to centres of VC and PE activities in the region through active participation at regional and global VC & PE Initiatives
100 Women in Finance is a global network of professionals in the finance and alternative investment industries working together to empower women at every stage of their careers. Through peer engagement, philanthropic, and educational initiatives, more than 15,000 members make connections and create opportunities that help to advance careers and strengthen the industry.
Asia Business Law Journal is a new bi-monthly magazine for in-house counsel with the responsibility for all or part of Asia. It clarifies the regulatory environments in all key Asian jurisdictions and arms its readers with the tools to seize opportunity, manage risk, implement effective legal solutions and identify the most capable external advisers. Asia Business Law Journal is published by Vantage Asia. email@example.com / www.vantageasia.com
Caproasia Online is an E-Magazine for Wealth Managers, Private Bankers & Investment Professionals, providing the most exciting content for Asia's wealth management and investment professionals. Collectively, they manage more than $20 trillion assets in Asia.
Mergermarket is an independent Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) intelligence service with an unrivalled network of dedicated M&A journalists based in 62 locations across the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle-East and Africa. Unlike any other service of its kind, mergermarket specializes in providing forward-looking origination and deal flow opportunities integrated with a comprehensive deals database - resulting in real revenues for clients. Visit www.mergermarket.com.
Unquote is a dedicated private equity intelligence service based in Europe. Unquote fully researches all deals, funds and exits within the market and fully verifies the information directly with private equity deal-doers, fund managers, institutional investors and advisory communities.