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Gavin Anderson, International Counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton
Gavin Anderson is based in the Hong Kong office and is a member of the firm’s Private Equity Group. He has experience in advising sponsors and investors on a variety of investment management issues, and acts for a range of sponsors in their fund formation, coinvestment and related activities.
Mr. Anderson’s recent experience includes acting for clients such as Baring Private Equity Asia, CDH Investments, D. E. Shaw, Global Infrastructure Partners, HarbourVest, Morgan Stanley, Navis Capital Partners, Southern Capital and Quilvest.
Mr. Anderson is ranked in Chambers-Asia Pacific (2014 and 2015) and Chambers Global (2014 and 2015), which note that he is “very responsive, very competent, and fun to work with” and “clients have a ‘very positive impression’” of him. Market commentators have been quoted as saying “we have been very impressed with his technical and commercial balance.” He is “as good as a partner” according to Chambers Asia-Pacific (2011). Mr. Anderson is also recognized as a top practitioner in Lawdragon Insights: Private Funds (2014), where clients say that he is “extremely bright, extremely responsive, very intelligent: he just gets it.”
Mr. Anderson writes and speaks on private equity topics, and has co-authored the articles “New ILPA Principles: What Has Changed,” The Deal Pipeline (June 2011); and “The King Can Do No Wrong: Sovereign Immunity and Its Exceptions,” The Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report (March 2014). Mr. Anderson earned his B.A. (Hons) from the University of Oxford (Brasenose College) in 2000 and PgDL from the College of Law at Guildford in 2001. He graduated from the Legal Practice Course at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice in 2002. Prior to joining Debevoise in 2006, he trained and worked as an associate at an international law firm in London.
Mounir Guen, Chief Executive Officer, MVision Private Equity Partners
Mounir Guen is the Chief Executive Officer of MVision which he founded in 2001. He is a veteran fundraising specialist, advisor and manager, with 30 years of experience in the industry during which he has worked on over 300 General Partnership funds. He has led MVision to the point where it is now one of the leading private equity capital raising firms in the world.
In 2011, he was selected by Private Equity International as one of the industry’s 100 most influential personalities of the decade. Mounir is on the EMPEA Investor Relations and Marketing Member Community Steering Committee and has served on the EVCA Investor Relations Committee and also the EVCA European Valuation Committee to establish policy currently in use. He also chaired the ‘EVCA Placement Task Force’ that drafted the Code of Conduct for Placement Agents which has been important in establishing best practices in the industry.
Mounir is frequently called upon by Private Equity media to give his expert opinion and insights, as well as being invited to speak at industry conferences throughout the world. He is a member of the New York University President’s Global Council and the Liberal Studies Dean’s Council. Mounir is on the faculty of London Business School, regularly lecturing at the school’s Private Equity Masterclass and on its MBA course, being honoured with the title of Executive Fellow of the Accounting Department in 2014. He also is a regular guest speaker at other universities.
Previously Mounir spent 13 years at Merrill Lynch where he was a Managing Director and was responsible for building up the international non-US placement business, both on the General Partner and Investor level, and creating a particularly strong franchise. He established an innovative proactive origination program for Europe and extended the concept to a global model. Prior to that, he trained at JP Morgan whilst working at the Saudi International Bank.
Mounir completed Postgraduate ABD studies in Economics and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and History from Georgetown University, and a Master of Science degree in Economics from the London School of Economics.
Dennis Kwan, Managing Director, MVision Private Equity Advisers
At MVision Dennis is involved in deal co-ordination and deal execution as well as developing and maintaining relationships with investors.
Previously, Dennis spent seven years with Sumitomo Mitsui Trust (Hong Kong), where he focused on private equity and infrastructure funds investments. Prior to that, he worked at KPMG on the Advisory – Business Performance Services team.
Dennis earned a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of Alberta. He is also a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Ralph Keitel, Principal Investment Officer in the Private Equity and Investment Funds, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Ralph Keitel is a Principal Investment Officer in the Private Equity and Investment Funds department of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. Since joining IFC in early 2006, he has been responsible as regional lead for IFC’s private equity fund activities in Eastern Europe/Russia (2006-2008), Africa (2008-2011), Latin America (2011-2015) and East Asia (since 2015).
Prior to joining IFC, Ralph was with Caisse de Dépot et Placement de Québec (CDP) in Montréal, where he managed a portfolio of venture capital funds in North America and Europe. Previously, he spent nearly 5 years with TBG (now part of the KfW Group, Frankfurt), providing seed early-stage venture capital financing for technology start-up companies before assuming responsibility for TBG’s funds portfolio.
Ralph holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Bonn (Germany) as well as a post-graduate degree in Finance and Management (Dean’s Honour List) from McGill University in Montreal (Canada).
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is the World Bank Group’s private sector arm, headquartered in Washington DC. IFC’s private equity funds department has invested more than US$ 3 billion in over 180 emerging markets private equity funds.
Hemal Mirani, Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners (Asia) Ltd.
Hemal Mirani rejoined HarbourVest’s senior management team in Asia in 2015 to focus on investments and investor relations across the Asia Pacific region.
Ms. Mirani first joined HarbourVest in 1997 and spent eleven years developing relationships with leading Asian private equity managers and working with our investors and consultants across the region to advance and optimize their private market investment programs. Ms. Mirani rejoined HarbourVest after six years with CVC Capital Partners in Hong Kong, where she was head of investor relations in Asia and Chief Administrative Officer.
Ms. Mirani received a BA in Commerce from Sydenham College (Bombay) in 1989, an MA in International Studies with a Japanese language concentration from the Joseph H. Lauder Institute, and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School in 1997. The latter two were part of a joint degree program at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Mirani speaks fluent Japanese.
Sunil Mishra, Partner, Adam Street Partners
Sunil is a Partner who primarily specializes in the sourcing and execution of Asian investments specifically in India, Australia, Vietnam and Southeast Asia. He actively participates in all fund investment decisions at Adams Street.
Prior to joining our organization in 2007, Sunil worked for Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore performing financial and business analyses of local and regional companies and advising them. Prior to this, Sunil worked in India as an Investment and Strategy Associate in Tacogroup, the automotive technology and engineering investment arm of the Tata Group of India.
Sunil is a native Indian with permanent residency in Singapore. He is fluent in Hindi and has basic working knowledge of several Indian languages.
Randy Mitchell, Vice President, EMPEA
Mr. Mitchell is uniquely exposed to institutional investors—globally. As the former U.S. government official responsible for private equity Mr. Mitchell created an initiative of international trade missions to promote inward LP commitments to U.S. based general partnerships resulting in $1 billion in inward flows to the United States. Over the years at the U.S. Department of Commerce and now at EMPEA, the global industry association for private capital in emerging markets, Mr. Mitchell facilitated 3,500+ LP:GP introductions; and moderated 50+ LP:GP roundtable discussions across the globe giving him unique insights.
Andrew M. Ostrognai, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton
Andrew M. Ostrognai, resident in our Hong Kong office, is a corporate partner and Chair of the firm’s Private Equity practice in Asia. He is also a member of the firm’s Private Equity Group focusing on private equity fund formation and downstream investment in the Asia-Pacific region.
Mr. Ostrognai has extensive experience in forming all types of funds, from large pan-Asian buy-out funds to smaller focused sector or country-specific funds, as well as separate account programs and foreign-sponsored, RMBdenominated private equity funds. Mr. Ostrognai also has strong experience in various types of secondary transactions.
Mr. Ostrognai was named to Private Equity International’s first-ever “Legal Power 30” – a list of the 30 most influential private equity lawyers globally, and remains on the most current version of the list. In 2014, The Asian Lawyer named Mr. Ostrognai as an All-Star in the investment fund category of its inaugural Asian Lawyer All-Star Awards.
Mr. Ostrognai leads a team which Chambers Global (2012) says “is regarded as the gold standard regarding fund formation” in Asia. In 2015, the team worked on Baring Asia Private Equity Fund VI, which was named “Fundraising of the Year – Large Cap” at the AVCJ Private Equity and Venture Capital Awards.
Chambers Global (2015) ranks Mr. Ostrognai as a key contact for Private Equity: Fund Formation and Investment Funds. Sources describe him as an “undisputed leader” with a “very deep knowledge and quick turnaround.” He is said to gain “serious respect” from peers thanks to his profound knowledge of private equity funds. In Chambers Asia Pacific (2014) sources describe him as “a top-notch lawyer who is very responsive and supportive to clients,” and “an undisputed leader and very well known in the market.” The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2010) says Debevoise is the “team to beat in the Hong Kong market.” The International Financial Law Review 1000 (2014) reports that “the Hong Kong team is busy even in a somewhat difficult fundraising environment. The client list is stellar.” The International Financial Law Review 1000 (2011) reports a fund manager as saying “The quality of their advice and the chemistry between our teams is first-rate.” Similarly, the International Financial Law Review 1000 (2010) reports that “A rival says: ‘They are the best in Asia.’ Another client agrees: ‘Hands-down, Debevoise has the premier fund establishment practice here. Their work ethic is incredible and they are a pleasure to work with, even during stressful times on difficult issues.’” The firm was named “Investment Funds Law Firm of the Year” at the Asian Legal Business Hong Kong Law Awards in 2015, fund formation firm of the year in Asia by Private Equity International in 2013, and the “International Investment Funds Team of the Year” at The Chambers China Awards in 2012.
According to Private Equity International, Mr. Ostrognai “has guided clients through many of Asia Pacific’s most demanding fund formation challenges.” Chambers Asia (2009) recognizes him as an “internationally acclaimed fund specialist,” and sources note his “ability to understand the intricacies of the local market and the demands of global investors.” Chambers Asia-Pacific (2012) describes Mr. Ostrognai as “highly sought after and recommended as ‘one of the best lawyers in town – he has incredible knowledge and is somebody you can really trust to provide accurate advice. He is also a real pro who is tireless in his efforts to find solutions.’” The Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2009/2010) noted that Mr. Ostrognai is “number one for China private equity fund formation.”
He serves as a member of the Advisory Council of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association, and is a regular guest lecturer to INSEAD’s MBA students on private equity fund formation issues. Mr. Ostrognai is ranked in the top band by Chambers Asia-Pacific. He is also ranked as a leading individual in investment funds in Hong Kong by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and is recognized as a “leading lawyer” for fund formation in the International Financial Law Review 1000. Mr. Ostrognai is also listed in the International Who’s Who of Private Funds Lawyers published by Law Business Research, which states that he is “internationally renowned” and that “for private equity fund formation, ‘there is nobody better.’”
Mr. Ostrognai serves as the Chair of SOW Asia, a Hong Kong-based venture philanthropy, and the Vice Chair of International Care Ministries, a charity devoted to serving the poorest of the poor in the Philippines. He also serves on the Yale Asia Development Council.
Mr. Ostrognai received his B.A. in 1986 from Yale University and his J.D. in 1989 from the University of Chicago Law School.
Stuart Schonberger, Managing Director, Head of Investor Relations, CDH Investments
Schonberger is one of the founding partners of CDH China Management Company Limited (“CDH Investments”) and is the head of the firm’s investor relations activities. He is the principal liaison between the investment team and the firm’s over 100 global institutional investors and regularly participates in investment team meetings. Prior to the formation of CDH Investments, Schonberger was a Vice President in China International Capital Corporation’s private equity group. From 1987 to 1994, Schonberger worked at The First National Bank of Chicago in New York providing corporate finance services to corporate clients. After leaving First Chicago, he returned to China to pursue entrepreneurial ventures from 1994 to 1998. Schonberger received his MBA from New York University’s Graduate School of Business and B.A. from Wesleyan University.
Vish Ramaswami, Managing Director, Cambridge Associates
Vish is a Managing Director based in Cambridge Associates’ Singapore office. He works on the firm’s private equity and venture capital research team, performing due diligence on investment opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region. Working as a resource for the firm’s investment directors, Vish identifies and researches high quality investment firms and keeps abreast of trends in the market.
Before joining Cambridge Associates in 2008, Vish was in strategy and software consulting roles before and after his MBA.
Ally Zhang, Managing Director, Siguler Guff
Ally Zhang is a Managing Director at Siguler Guff and head of the Firm’s Shanghai office. She is a member of the Investment Committees for the BRIC Opportunities Funds and oversees the Firm’s investment activities in China. Ms. Zhang brings a valuable combination of skills to the Firm, including direct investment experience and extensive knowledge of the consumer industry in China and throughout Asia. She also has established relationships with fund managers, entrepreneurs, industry experts, local intermediaries and government officials within China’s investment community.
Prior to joining Siguler Guff in 2012, Ms. Zhang was a Managing Partner at Shanghai JH Investment Management Co., where she focused on high-growth sectors in the Chinese markets such as consumer, pharmaceutical, technology, media and telecommunications. Previously, she was a Senior Director and Head of M&A for the Asia-Pacific region at Anheuser-Busch InBev where she led acquisition and divestiture transactions in China and throughout Asia. Notably, Ms. Zhang was involved in the acquisition of Sedrin Beer, one of the largest brewery acquisitions in China to date, and led the divestiture of Oriental Breweries in South Korea during the financial crisis in 2009. Ms. Zhang began her career in corporate M&A at Heineken-APB China as a Business Development Manager in the firm’s Shanghai office. Before Heineken-APB, she was a Management Consultant at Monitor Group in Beijing, where she focused primarily on the fast-moving consumer goods sector and the pharmaceutical sector.
Ms. Zhang holds a B.A. from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. She was born and raised in China.