EMPEA Private Equity Masterclass
Monday, 16 September 2019
Enterprise Singapore | Singapore

08:30 – 09:00 |Masterclass Registration

09:00 | Opening Remarks

  • Thomas Lanyi, Chairman, Singapore Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (SVCA)
  • Shannon Stroud, Managing Director, EMPEA

09:05 – 10:00 | Learning From Experience – How Successful Fund Managers Navigate the Fundraising Cycle

  • Based on recent fundraising experience, what is the general state of the market?
  • How do managers structure their fundraising efforts from an organizational perspective?
  • What are the real costs of raising a fund?  What are some strategies for making time on the road most cost-effective?
  • How can a manager make the most out of the in-person pitch?  What can managers do to put their best foot forward in the diligence process?
  • What are common fundraising pitfalls and lessons learned the hard way?

Faculty Firm & Presenters:

  • Jeffrey Chi, Vice Chairman, Vickers
  • David Gowdey, Managing Partner, Jungle Ventures
  • Melissa Guzy, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Arbor Ventures
  • Ellen Li, Head of Asia, Investor Development Group, Actis


  • Shannon Stroud, Managing Director, EMPEA

10:00 – 12:00 | Legal Strategies: Balancing GP Interests and Maintaining Marketable Positioning to LPs

  • What are the key elements and stages of the documentation process and how does this process work?
  • What are the latest trends in private equity terms and conditions?
  • What is the range of market terms and LP/GP pressure points?
  • Partnership negotiation strategies: when to be flexible and when to hold firm


  • Gavin Anderson, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Andrew M. Ostrognai, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton

12:00 – 13:00 | Networking Lunch

13:00 – 13:30 | EMPEA Data Presentation

  • How does Emerging Asia fit into the larger context of emerging markets private capital?
  • Diving deeper into EMPEA’s 2019 Global Limited Partners Survey: how are LPs’ investment plans evolving?
  • Recent trends in Emerging Asia fundraising and investment activity


  • Jeff Schlapinski, Senior Director of Research, EMPEA

13:30 – 14:00 | Presentation: Investors Driving Societal Change: The Evolution from CSR to ESG to SDG and Evolving LP Expectations

  • The difference between “CSR” “ESG” and “SDG”
  • Why a fund should have an ESG mindset
  • Global Best Practices for ESG Policy and Process


  • Steve Okun, ASEAN Representative, EMPEA

14:00 – 14:45 | LP Seminar – Sourcing and Securing LP Commitments

  • Evaluating a first-time fund means largely assessing the team. What complementary skill sets are you looking for?
  • How important is having operational expertise within the GP to drive value in portfolio companies?
  • What characterizes the managers with which you’ve maintained relationships across multiple fund cycles? Beyond track record, what are you looking for in your core manager relationships?
  • In adding new managers, do you prefer best in class generalists or promising managers with specialist strategies?

Faculty Firm & Presenters:

  • Ralph Keitel, Principal Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • Serge Lépine, Founder and Managing Partner, Cabot Capital Partners
  • Sunil Mishra, Partner, Adams Street Partners Singapore
  • Ashok Samuel, Senior Vice President & Head of PE Risk, GIC


  • Doris Yee, Director, Singapore Venture Capital & Private Equity Association

14:45 – 15:00 |The Perfect Pitch

Advanced signup is required. Space is limited.
Learn how to craft the best pitch from our panel of judges as GP attendees present their two-minute “elevator pitch” and gain on-the-spot feedback.

15:00 | Closing Remarks