Creating global opportunities for Korean capital

The 2nd annual PDI Seoul Forum returns on 7 November, creating unrivalled opportunities to align your business strategies with the investment preferences of more than 100 Korean LPs.

Utilising Private Debt Investor’s position as the most trusted private debt publication globally, the Forum programme will ensure you are ahead of the curve in your investment strategies, with frequent networking sessions to enhance connections.

There has never been a better time than the Seoul Forum to join your global peers to connect with the LPs shaping global capital flows and strengthen your portfolio

Key topics featured at the conference:

  • Kaleidoscopic view from global to local private debt markets, focuses on different countries: US, Europe, Australia, Japan, Korea and other Asia markets
  • Panels: Gathering the leading asset management companies and gatekeepers
  • Hot strategies: Distressed, senior, mezzanine & unitranche
  • An introduction of private debt to local investors across capital stack
  • Growth and opportunities of real estate & infrastructure debts

Who is it for?

Fund managers

Connect with the giant Korean institutional investors to demonstrate your value-add capabilities and turbocharge your fundraising.


Meet global GPs and practitioners to share latest trends and market information to unlock investment opportunities.


Service Providers

Grow your business by demonstrating the unique service to global private credit leaders and create new connections with industry players


What our delegates say

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Keppel Capital

“It provides good insight into how Korean LPs think about this asset class.”

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Topaz Capital

“Very well organized and structured. Great access to the asset class’ leading players and insights.”

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“Founding members gave us insightful sharing and perspectives from regional LP are inspiring.”

As Korean institutional investors are expanding their alternative investments to grow revenue amid the global environment, the likes of KTCU, NPS, Korea Post, and Korea Investment Corporation are leading the way in allocating capital to global debt funds.

If you are fundraising in Asia, you cannot afford to miss connecting with more than 100 Korean LPs at the PDI Seoul Forum.

Access global market intelligence

As Private Debt Investor has been regarded as the most prestigious publications specialised in private debt, the forum will bring you exclusive insights and latest trends from the leading professionals and practitioners.


Based on the latest PDI 50 research the private debt market is stable, with future funds targeting more region-specific opportunities.

Source: PDI 50 ranking
*PDI 50 ranks that 50 private debt fund managers raising the most amount of capital over a five-year period.

LP’s drift to private debt, going to private credit in multiple forms

Based on Goldman insurance latest survey shows that LP’s drift to private debt

Join the leaders in private debt


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GP:LP ratio

Past attendees from Japan & Korea series events:

Expand Connections. Unlock opportunities

Latest survey completed by Private Debt Investor research team shows that private debts LPs are looking to increase the number of GP relationships.

1 Ticket, 2 Forums, 200+ LPs, Unlimited Opportunities

Join both the Tokyo and Seoul Forums in the same week to maximise your time in Asia

Invigorate your fundraising strategy by spending a week with Asia’s largest and most active outbound institutional investors in Japan and Korea by purchasing a single ticket. Connect with more than 200 Japanese and Korean LPs across two industry-leading events in Tokyo (5 November) and Seoul (7 November).

If you are fundraising in Asia, do not miss the chance to meet the regions’ largest LPs this November!

Key features of the Forums:

  • More than 200 LPs in attendance across the week at a GP:LP ratio of 1:1.5
  • 14 hours+ of premium networking across the week with institutional investors, fund managers, advisors, and strategic partners
  • Unparalleled content, featuring exclusive Japanese and Korean LP insight on the private credit industry
  • New and improved networking app to connect with key targets prior to event day

Why attend both forums?

Supercharge your fundraising

Secure your next capital allocation by connecting with senior decision-makers from Japanese and Korean LPs.

Knowledge-sharing with opinion leaders

Strengthen your investment strategy by sharing ideas with the most influential debt investment community that gathers at all PDI global events.

Maximise your time and money

Take advantage of your time out of the office to gain the greatest business results possible by connecting with both of Asia’s major outbound LP communities in the space of one week.

Past attendees to Japan & Korea series events:

Our findings in 2018

Check out the key takeaways from the PDI Seoul Forum 2018 to discover the high calibre of attendees and content that takes place at a PDI conference.

Which package is for me?

Check out package options available and then secure your place today to maximise savings.

PDI Tokyo & Seoul Forums
full access

Boost your networking opportunities, and gain the best savings, by attending both the Seoul & Tokyo Forums on 5th and 7th November.


  • Access to 200+ LPs from Japan and Korea
  • Access to two days of premium content
  • 14+ hours networking with global private debt’s most influential community
  • Access to both luncheon and cocktail networking receptions in Japan and Korea
  • Dedicated networking time for intimate knowledge-sharing with like-minded individuals
  • Contact PDI Tokyo and Seoul Forum attendees before, during and after the event utilising our new and improved event app
  • Save up to US$1829.50 before 14 August 2019

PDI Tokyo Forum only

The inaugural Tokyo Forum on 5 November is a one-of-a-kind event in Japan focused on global private credit markets and outbound capital flows.


  • Connect with 100+ Japanese LPs
  • Access to one day of premium content at the ONLY dedicated private credit event in Japan
  • 7+ hours networking
  • Access to luncheon and end of day cocktail reception
  • Contact Tokyo Forum attendees before, during and after the event utilising our new and improved event app
  • Save up to US$800 before 14 August 2019

PDI Seoul Forum only

The second annual PDI Seoul Forum on 7 November is Korea’s only conference exclusively focused on global debt strategies and fundraising opportunities.


  • Connect with 100+ Korean LPs
  • Access to one day of premium content at the ONLY dedicated private debt conference in Korea
  • 7+ hours of networking
  • Access to end of day cocktail reception
  • Contact Seoul Forum attendees before, during and after the event utilising our new and improved event app
  • Save up to US$800 before 14 August 2019

Preliminary Agenda

For any enquiries, please contact Niann Lai at

Day 1
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Day 1 - Thursday 7th

Day 1
08:30 - 08:55

Registration & networking

08:55 - 09:10

PEI welcome and opening remarks from Chairperson

09:10 - 09:40

Keynote presentation

09:40 - 10:10

Keynote panel: Global debt strategies under the microscope

  • How do investors view the role of private debt within the wider portfolio?
  • Addressing issues unique to debt such as tighter terms and limited deal sourcing opportunities
  • What are the most compelling funds in market, and how do they stay competitive?
  • Where are investors likely to find the returns?
10:10 - 10:40

Keynote: Getting your debt strategy right

  • Understanding different fund structures and gaining exposure across the capital stack
  • Hot strategies in focus: Distressed, mezzanine and senior debts
  • Case Study: Investing in complex debt structuring deals: The perils and the potential of the unitranche
10:40 - 11:10

Developed market focus: Where to find value in private credit?

• US, Europe & Australia: Where are these markets in the debt cycle?
• How regulations are likely to change and how they will impact manager strategies and allocations?
• How currency risk is impacting investor sentiment in these markets?
• What type of deals are currently available in these markets? What is the risk-adjusted return expectation?

11:10 - 11:40

Networking break

11:40 - 12:20

Panel: Private corporate debt – A focus on mid-market direct lending

• What are the drivers for investing in the mid-market? How does the upper and lower mid-market compare for deals, visibility, terms and returns?
• What are the trade-offs between syndicated lending and private market lending in the mid-market and SME space?
• To what extent to mid-market lending dynamics align with the overall private debt cycle?
• What are the documentation trends for mid-market transactions?

12:20 - 13:00

PDI Talk: Effective ways to manage, add value and extract maximum return from a distressed portfolio

• How are Asian or European counties dealing with their NPL issues?
• Distress and NPL exit strategies that meet return expectations: What are the available options?
• Where are we in the economic cycle and how does credit special situations change in response to the wider economic situation?

13:00 - 14:30

Networking lunch (Sponsored by HPS)

14:30 - 15:00

Panel: Strategies for successful fundraising in Korea

  • What can and cannot Korean LPs invest into internationally
  • What is the role of asset management and securities companies in Korea and how do they work?
  • How do opportunities in private debt in Korea and compare to the rest of the Asia?


15:00 - 15:40

Panel: Investor appetite for real estate debt

• Real estate investment as an asset class: What makes it so popular?
• Where in their portfolio does real estate debt sit for Korean LPs and how does this impact return expectations?
• Debt fund and direct real estate lending opportunities in US, Europe and Australia
• What is LPs’ appetite for real estate debt?

15:40 - 16:10

Networking Break

16:10 - 16:50

Panel: The rise of infrastructure debt

• How do recent local regulations encourage Korean investors to pursue this strategy?
• Where are we in the debt cycle and how long can the good times last?
• Where does infrastructure debt sit in an LPs portfolio and how does this impact return expectations?

16:50 - 17:30

Korean LP perspectives on private debt

  • What is giving LPs the confidence to increase allocations to private debt?
  • What are Korean LPs’ risk appetite and geographic focus? Where on the capital stack are investors looking?
  • How to pick your fund manager: Who will manage capital the best – single strategy fund manager vs multi-asset fund managers vs multi-strategy funds managers
  • What do Korean investors want from their global fund managers?
17:30 - 18:30

End of forum and Cocktail (Sponsored by MGG)

Byung Kyu Cheon

Chief Investment Officer, DGB Life insurance

He has 26 years experiences in both the Korean and International financial markets holding progressively more senior positions, first in the trading area, then the fund management industry and finally insurance industry. He has built a well proven an… Read full bio

Tom Connolly

Chief Investment Officer and Head of the Global Private Credit Group in Goldman Sachs’ Merchant Banking Division, Goldman Sachs Group

Tom Connolly is global head of the Private Credit Group within the Merchant Banking Division (MBD). He oversees the leveraged loan, mezzanine and preferred equity investing strategies, which include GS Loan Partners and the GS Mezzanine Partners Fami… Read full bio

Adam Davis

Director, Property, Wingate

Adam has extensive experience in property investment, development and finance, covering transactions in both Australia and the USA. Prior to joining Wingate, Adam was based in New York where he established and led the USA operations of Grocon, one of… Read full bio

David Forbes-Nixon

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Alcentra

David is the co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Alcentra. David chairs the Alcentra European Investment Committee and acts as Senior Portfolio Manager of the Special Situations business, including the Clareant Strategic Credit Fund a… Read full bio

Ian Fowler

Managing Director, Barings

Ian Fowler is Co-Head of Barings’ North American Private Finance Group, a member of the group’s North American Private Finance Investment Committee and President of Barings BDC, Inc. (NYSE: BBDC). He is responsible for leading a team that originates,… Read full bio

Andrew Hedlund

Americas Editor, Private Debt Investor

Andrew Hedlund is the Americas Editor at Private Debt Investor where he helps coordinate coverage of US private debt markets and also writes and reports about all aspects of the asset class. Before joining PDI, he wrote for The Deal and Reorg Researc… Read full bio

Paul Johnson

Partner, EQT Credit

Mr. Johnson joined EQT in 2010 and is a Director of EQT’s Credit team in London. Prior to EQT, Mr. Johnson worked for Credit Suisse in London as a Director and VP in the Leverage Finance and Financial Sponsor Coverage groups. Paul was responsible for… Read full bio

Adalla Kim

Reporter, Private Debt Investor

Adalla Kim is a Reporter for Private Debt Investor at PEI Alternative Insight, where she covers private debt investments across Asia Pacific. She joined from a Financial Times publication, having covered Korean institutional investments across asset… Read full bio

Gabriella Kindert

Expert In Alternative Lending and Private Debt, Supervisory Board Member – Mizuho Europe

Dr. Gabriella Kindert is a senior banking and investment professional specialized on Alternative Credit, Private markets and the digital transformation in the financial sector. She gained over 20 years of international experience in managing investme… Read full bio

Yong-Gwan Kwon

Head of Private Equity Team, Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance

Yongkwan Kwon is Team Leader of Hyundai Fire and Marine Insurance Co., Ltd. He joined the company in 2013 and is now responsible for PEF, VC, PDF and Acquisition Financing. Previously, he was working on related businesses at GEPS, Government Employee… Read full bio

Janghwan Lee

Executive Director, Team Leader of Alternative Investment Team, LOTTE Insurance

Janghwan Lee has led alterative investment team in Lotte non-life insurance company covering real estate, infrastructure, acquisition financing, aviation, private debt and private equity. He has led a couple of landmark deals in alternative investmen… Read full bio

Yoonpyo Lee

Team Head, KDB Life Insurance

Yoonpyo Lee, Head of Overseas Investment Team at KDB Life Insurance Co., Ltd., is in charge of approximately US$ 4 billion of investment assets in global markets, including all the alternatives(real estate, infrastructure, private equity, private deb… Read full bio

Sandra Lee Montgomery

Partner, Proskauer

Sandra is a partner in the Corporate Department and a member of The Private Credit and Finance Groups. Sandra represents first- and second-lien senior lenders, mezzanine investors, and equity sponsors in senior debt, mezzanine and private equity fina… Read full bio

Michael Patterson

Governing Partner, HPS Investment Partners

Michael Patterson is a Governing Partner of HPS Investment Partners and is the Portfolio Manager for the Specialty Loan Funds and Core Senior Lending Funds. He joined HPS in 2007, establishing the European business before returning to the United Stat… Read full bio

Art Penn

Founder and Managing Partner, PennantPark Investment Advisers

Arthur H. Penn is the Founder and Managing Partner of PennantPark Investment Advisers. He has over 30 years of experience in the middle market direct lending, mezzanine lending, leveraged finance, distressed debt, and private equity businesses. Art h… Read full bio

Greg Racz

Co-founder and President, MGG Investment Group

Updated bio coming soon.

Jung Yong Yang

Head of Asset Management Department, Meritz Insurance

Jung Yong joined Meritz Insurance in September 2014. He is responsible for Alternative Investments (excluding real estate and related) and Global/Domestic Fixed Income & Stock Portfolio at Meritz Insurance. He has expanded Meritz' Alternative Investm… Read full bio
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