Connecting APAC and global private debt markets

Expand new investment horizons at PDI APAC Forum on 29-30 March 2023. Create new connections, discover opportunities, and engage in insightful discussions with the global private debt community.

Connect with Asia’s behemoth investors and leading global allocators to analyse the region’s most promising private credit markets from an investor standpoint.

Key conversations include:

  • How to prepare yourself for changing investor appetites and dynamic scenarios in the markets
  • Vital trends impacting the investor outlook and private credit capital allocation
  • How global investors are looking at the return of Asia-Pacific’s private debt compared with developed and public markets

Fundraise effectively. Reconnect easily. Gain an edge.

Connect with APAC cornerstone investors

Meet and network with CDPQ, IFC, Japan Post Bank, Temasek, and more to discuss new investment opportunities and exchange market information.

Gain insights directly from the market

Hear rockstar speakers share APAC debt investor profiles, executive insights, and key ESG priorities to help fast-track your decision-making process.

Discover hidden gems and new investment

Gain regional market intelligence to strengthen your portfolio performance, accelerate quick-wins, and bring alpha opportunities to achieve your firm’s objectives.

Understand APAC private debt growth with keynote

 

Cheng Khai Lim
Executive Director, Financial Markets Development Department
Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)

Cheng Khai will share insights into how private credit serves as a key driver in creating new growth opportunities in Asia-Pacific.

 

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Gain macroeconomic insights from our keynote

 

Clarence Wong
Chief Economist
Peak Reinsurance

Clarence will discuss the ongoing and emerging macroeconomic issues impacting investors in the APAC region. Rethink and re-evaluate investment options as covid-related headwinds dissipate and how your portfolio mix should look in 2023.

 

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2023 featured speakers

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Key programme highlights include:

  • APAC investors’ appetite profile and checklist for selecting the best fund managers
  • Regional market deep dives and strategy preference profiles
  • The future development of private debt and how you can position yourself for long-term growth

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Key insights from 2022 event

 

Among many highlights in 2022, POBA, Employees Retirement System of Texas, Victorian Funds Management Corporation, and more shared their unique perspectives on Asia-Pacific private debt investment. View post-event report today to have a glimpse of the APAC Forum 2022.

2022 attendees included:

Meet Asia-Pacific’s leading investors and private debt leaders from the region and across the globe in March 2023.
Aflac Life Insurance Japan
Asian Development Bank
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Aware Super
AXA Life Insurance
Benesse Group Pension Fund
CDPQ
China Taiping Life Insurance (Hong Kong)
Daiwa House Industry Pension Fund
DBJ Asset Management
Fubon Hyundai Life Insurance Japan Post Bank
Hong Kong Jockey Club
IFC - International Finance Corporation
Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)
Japan Co-Op Insurance Consumers' Co-Operative Federation
Japan Post Bank
Japan Post Insurance
KoreaPost
Kyobo Life Insurance
Macquarie Group
Manulife
MGG Investment Group
NGS super
Nippon Wealth Life Insurance
National Kyosai Federation of Japan Agricultural Cooperatives (ZENKYOREN)
Non-Government Schools Superannuation Fund
OMERS
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (OTPP)
PAG
Pension Fund Association
Public Officials Benefit Association (POBA)
Singapore Management University
Singlife
SunSuper
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank
Texas County & District Retirement System
The Hachijuni Bank
The University of hong Kong
Victorian Funds Management
And many more...

What our attendees say

Kim, Sang Hoon

Lead Portfolio Manager / Alternative Investment, Meritz Asset Management Co., Ltd.

It was very helpful for me to understand Korea, Asia, and the global private debt market.

Tetsuya Nagamochi

Shinsei Bank

A good opportunity to connect with the market, hear market participants’ opinions and views from home.

Jayme Younghee Han

Executive Director - Asia Funds Advisory and Distribution, Jones Lang LaSalle

Great way to connect people during this unprecedented time. One of the best alternatives conferences I have participated this year – very well presented by each…

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Day 1 Day 2
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Agenda

PDI APAC Forum 2023 - Day 1 - Wednesday 29th

All times in UTC+8 (Singapore)
11:30 - 13:00

Investor only Workshop: A 360-degree view of private debt investing

Leading by a facilitator to understand the current state of private debt markets and potential pitfalls that investors need to be wary of.

13:00 - 14:00

Investor lunch

13:30 - 14:00

Registration

14:00 - 14:40

Panel: New directions for Europe and the US

  • What are the drivers for growth in Europe and the US?
  • Which areas of the market look most exciting over the next 12-18 months?
  • With the launch of ESG Integrated Disclosure Project in 2022, does ESG continue to be a prime focus? How far have fund managers/investors progressed with ESG, and what innovations are we seeing?
14:40 - 15:20

Panel: Why real estate debt is gaining traction amongst APAC investors

  • Have deals and activity changed compared with 12 months ago?
  • How are investors’ appetites developing for real estate debt?
  • Where does real estate debt fit into a multi-asset portfolio?
15:20 - 15:40

Networking break

15:40 - 16:15

Presentation: How to manage the diversify of local jurisdictions in Asia

Led by lawyers, to discuss the latest developments in reporting tax, regulations such as IFRS 17 and practical approaches in Asia.

16:15 - 17:00

Panel: Retail investors lifting the lid on the growth of private credit

  • Opportunities for retail investors to play a key role in supporting alternative assets are growing fast. How is Asian private wealth community positioning itself for private debt market?
  • The liquidity hurdles are always addressed – what are the feedback from managers?
  • Is the interest from retail investors expected to be an ongoing and rapid expansion in the years ahead?
17:00 - 18:00

Networking cocktails

A gathering of the most senior and influential leaders within private credit. Mingle and drink with experts that deep dive into themes such as AI and technology; ESG in private debt; Tips for fundraising in Asia and Talent management, etc.

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PDI APAC Forum 2023 - Day 2 - Thursday 30th

All times in UTC+8 (Singapore)
08:30 - 09:00

Registration, networking and welcome refreshment

09:00 - 09:10

PDI welcome

09:10 - 09:50

Opening panel: The next phase for APAC private credit

  • Asia at the forefront: how well Asian private credit market has survived its stress test given the global market volatility?
  • Analysing the capital raised and deployed – Is there a growing pool of opportunities in specific sectors?
  • For investors who want exposure to this burgeoning asset class, what should they be aware of by allocating into emerging sectors?
09:50 - 10:10

Keynote: Macroeconomic outlook for Asia-Pacific 2023: Emerging risks and impacts

Clarence Wong

Ongoing and emerging macroeconomic issues and concerns for all investors, fund managers to rethink and re-evaluate the investment options as covid-related headwinds dissipate

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Clarence Wong

Chief Economist, Peak Reinsurance

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10:10 - 10:50

Panel: Fundraising in Asia and building successful relationships in the new era

Johnny Adji, Yuko Hara, Samarendra Singh, Jayashree Jena
  • Key learnings from covid crisis and raising capital from APAC investors.
  • How does the current environment affect the manager selection when it comes to investor’s top of the mind, in terms of sourcing and investment due diligence?
  • Generalist vs specialist managers – what are pros and cons of each type? What differentiates them in a competitive fundraising market?
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Johnny Adji

Senior Investment Director, Cambridge Associates Asia

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Yuko Hara ORIX Life Insurance

Yuko Hara

Director, Alternative Investments Team, ORIX Life Insurance

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Samarendra Singh

Principal, Equity Investment Unit, Asian Development Bank

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Jayashree Jena

Associate Director – Private Debt, TransAsia Private Capital

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10:50 - 11:20

Morning networking break

11:20 - 12:00

Panel: Global issues and market trends shaping private debt

  • How has private debt been affecting by all the global issues such as energy crisis, inflation spike, rising interest rates and continued supply-chain disruption?
  • Examine the risks and returns of US vs Europe direct lending and find alternatives
  • Technology, data analytics, ESG and innovation: which elements are changing alternative lending space?
  • Beyond yields, what will be drivers for private credit investments going forward?
12:00 - 12:40

Is private credit the new megatrend in Australia?

  • The retirement income covenant has been introduced in 2022, have the underlying drivers of private credit shifted? Do investors classify private debt as a fixed income security or an alternative security?
  • Deep dive into current Australia’s direct lending and mezzanine debt opportunities, in terms of size, specific industry sectors and growth
  • How do managers address the liquidity concerns of investors?
12:40 - 14:00

Networking luncheon

14:00 - 14:10

Keynote: Private credit – the next key driver of growth in private markets

Cheng Khai Lim
  • Potential opportunities for private credit financing in Asia
  • Supporting the growth of private credit eco-system
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Cheng Khai Lim

Executive Director, Financial Markets Development Department, Monetary Authority of Singapore

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14:10 - 14:50

Panel: Private debt opportunities in India and Southeast Asia

Diana Reeves, Paul Ong
  • How does the view of private debt look from India as well as Southeast Asia – which market appear to be more resilient in post-covid?
  • In which strategies, region and sectors are global investors finding opportunities?
  • What can specialist private credit funds offer investors?
Diana Reeves, Cabot Capital Partners

Diana Reeves

Director, Cabot Capital Partners

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Paul Ong

Partner, InnoVen Capital

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14:50 - 15:30

Panel: Investing in the infrastructure debt

  • Assessing the trends driving investments in energy transition, digital infrastructure and other infrastructure projects – how will these sectors impact infrastructure debt investments?
  • Where do emerging opportunities lie in Asia and the rest of the world?
15:30 - 16:00

Afternoon networking break

16:00 - 16:15

Macroscope: Spotlight on China’s economy, property market and moving forward out of “zero-covid” policy

Aidan Yao
  • Overview and key aspects of China’s 2023 outlook.
  • What impact does the zero-covid strategy have on the Chinese economy and recovering path?
  • Looming recession in developed-market economies is a newly minted risk – what is the implications for property market and potential growth?
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Aidan Yao

Senior Emerging Asia Economist, AXA Investment Managers

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16:15 - 16:45

Panel: Dislocation, distress and recovery

  • How has been the market cycle developing over the past 6 months around the world?
  • Where are distressed opportunities and special situations moving forward?
  • Which sectors and regions, onshore vs offshore, look more attractive for investors?
16:45 - 17:30

Global allocator panel: What is driving change in investors’ private credit allocation in a rapidly changing world?

Sean Low, Mike Fang, Kenton Freitag, Leslie Lim, Bruce Pan
  • Global investors’ appetites to private credit across the risk spectrum and sectors
  • Which types of vehicles are investors looking for?
  • Are there any shifts between bond, equity and debt in the coming years?
  • Into the unknown: What are the ultra long-term investor’s challenges and how are investors predicting and preparing for that?
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Sean Low

Chief Executive Officer, Golden Vision Capital (Singapore)

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Mike Fang

Senior Portfolio Manager, Maryland State Retirement and Pension System

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Kenton Freitag

Senior Managing Director of Private Debt, BCI

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Leslie Lim

Investment Director, Tsao Family Office

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Bruce Pan

Managing Director and Head of Private Debt Investment, China Ping An Insurance Overseas (Holdings)

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17:30 - 18:30

Chair’s closing remarks and networking cocktail

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2023 Confirmed speakers:

Johnny Adji

Senior Investment Director, Cambridge Associates Asia

Johnny Adji is a Senior Investment Director at Cambridge Associates, based in Singapore, and a member of the Real Assets Investment Group. This global group sources and monitors real asset investments (real estate, infrastructure and global natural r… Read full bio

Mike Fang

Senior Portfolio Manager, Maryland State Retirement and Pension System

Mike Fang is a financial professional with over 15 years’ experience in portfolio management, trading, business development, product strategy, technology development, risk, management, investment policy, team management, and managers due diligence (P… Read full bio

Kenton Freitag

Senior Managing Director of Private Debt, BCI

Kenton is the Senior Managing Director of Private Debt at BCI. Kenton joined BCI in 2010. Prior to joining BCI, Kenton worked as a corporate credit analyst for S&P in Toronto, a loan officer for Export Development Canada in Ottawa and a policy an… Read full bio
Yuko Hara ORIX Life Insurance

Yuko Hara

Director, Alternative Investments Team, ORIX Life Insurance

Yuko Hara is a Director of Alternative Investment Team of Investment Department. She took this position in July 2020 and has been responsible for managing mainly Private Debt while the team is covering Private Equity, Infrastructures Real Estate. Pri… Read full bio

Jayashree Jena

Associate Director – Private Debt, TransAsia Private Capital

Jayashree works as Associate Director at TransAsia Private Capital Limited based out of Singapore. TransAsia is a Hong Kong headquartered Private Debt Asset Management firm founded in 2013. In her role at TransAsia, Jayashree is responsible for origi… Read full bio

Cheng Khai Lim

Executive Director, Financial Markets Development Department, Monetary Authority of Singapore

Lim Cheng Khai is the Executive Director of the Financial Markets Development Department with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), which aims to promote a vibrant financial market in Singapore, with a focus on development of Singapore’s capital… Read full bio

Leslie Lim

Investment Director, Tsao Family Office

Leslie is an investment director at the Tsao Family Office (TFO), a Singapore-based single family office, where he manages the Fixed Income, Private Credit, and Liquid Alternatives investments. Prior to joining TFO in Aug 2019, he worked at various h… Read full bio

Sean Low

Chief Executive Officer, Golden Vision Capital (Singapore)

Golden Vision Capital (Singapore) is a new Single Family Office set up in Aug 2021 to make PE and VC direct investments in Southeast Asia, leveraging on the family and team’s strong business connections in the region. It also invests in leading PE Fu… Read full bio

Paul Ong

Partner, InnoVen Capital

Updated bio coming soon.

Bruce Pan

Managing Director and Head of Private Debt Investment, China Ping An Insurance Overseas (Holdings)

Mr. Bruce Pan is a Managing Director and Head of Private Debt Investment at China Ping An Insurance Overseas (Holdings) Limited where he oversees Ping An’s credit investments across various strategies, including direct lending, mezzanine loans, speci… Read full bio
Diana Reeves, Cabot Capital Partners

Diana Reeves

Director, Cabot Capital Partners

Diana is a co-founder and director of Cabot Capital Partners, a Singapore-based boutique asset manager/adviser focussed on connecting Asian private market opportunities with mid-sized institutions and private investors globally. Diana’s multi-decade… Read full bio

Samarendra Singh

Principal, Equity Investment Unit, Asian Development Bank

Samarendra Singh is Principal Investment Specialist in Equity Investment Unit of ADB’s Private Sector Operations Department handling the Bank’s direct equity investments. He joined ADB in November 2015. Prior to joining ADB, Mr. Singh worked for Aozo… Read full bio

Clarence Wong

Chief Economist, Peak Reinsurance

Mr. Clarence Wong is the Chief Economist of Peak Re. Mr. Wong is responsible for delivering strategic insights on economic, insurance and emerging risks to the company and its key stakeholders. He also oversees the development of thought-leadership c… Read full bio

Aidan Yao

Senior Emerging Asia Economist, AXA Investment Managers

Aidan joined AXAIM in December 2013 as an Emerging Asia Economist, with a particular focus on the Chinese economy. Prior to joining AXA IM, Aidan was a senior financial market analyst at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority for two years, covering financ… Read full bio

Institutional Investors at the APAC Forum

The PDI APAC Forum provides an unrivalled platform for institutional investors and allocators to gather and discuss private debt investments.

A limited number of complimentary passes for the event are available for institutional investors. Check out the benefits of joining the conference and learn who among your peers attends. Apply for a complimentary pass for you or your team now.

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Meet the biggest global funds

Network and arrange one-to-one meetings with the biggest and leading private debt managers.

Network with your peers

Connect with your peers and understand their strategies and allocation approach to private debt at our networking cocktail and luncheon.

Get the latest insights

Discuss the opportunities and challenges your peers are facing in the market at the investor roundtable.

Explore opportunities

Find investment opportunities across different debt strategies, from direct lending, mezzanine, to unitranche lending.

Previous institutional investors that have attended include

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AIA International
Aozora Bank
Asian Development Bank
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Australian Retirement Trust
Aware Super
AXA Life Insurance
Bank of SIngapore
Benesse Group Pension Fund
BlackRock
BlackStone
California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS)
Cathay Bank United Bank
CDPQ Singapore
China Life Insurance (Overseas)
China Taiping Life Insurance (Hong Kong)
Cornell University
Dai-ichi Life International (Europe)
Fubon Life Insurance (Hong Kong)
Government Employees Pension Service
Japan Post Bank
Japan Post Insurance
Kumpulan Wang Persaraan
Mercy Super
Military Mutual Aid Association
NTUC Income
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (OTPP)
Sekisui Pension Fund
Sunsupe
Temasek Holdings
The Hachijuni Bank
And many more.

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