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.

Investors

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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Schroders

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

Confirmed attendees:

ABL Life Insurance
Affiliated Managers Group
AIALife Korea
CapitaLand Fund Management
Catella Asia
Crescent Capital Group
Crestline Investors Inc
DGB Life Insurance
Government Employees Pension Service (GEPS)
Hanwha Life Insurance
Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance
I Squared Capital
KB Life Insurance
KDB Life Insurance
Korea Investment Corporation (KIC)
Korea Post Savings
KTB Asset Management
Lotte Non-Life Insurance
Meritz Fire & Marine Insurance
MetLife Investment Management
MG Non-Life Insurance
Mizuho Group National Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives
National Pension Research Institute
National Pension Service (NPS)
Payton Capital
Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance (SFMI)
Samsung Life Insurance
Seoul Guarantee Insurance
Shinhan Life Insurance
The K Non-Life Insurance
Willis Towers Watson
and more...

2019 Speakers

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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.


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

150+

senior private debt professionals

80+

LPs

2:3

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 2:3
  • 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

Confirmed attendees:

Aflac Asset Management Japan
AISIN Employees’ Pension Fund
Asahi Mutual Life Insurance
BlueBay Asset Management
Crescent Capital Group
Daido Life Insurance
DBJ Asset Management
DENSO Pension Fund
Gibraltar Life Insurance
Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)
I Squared Capital
ICG
Japan Post Insurance
Lotte Non-Life Insurance
Manulife Japan
MetLife Real Estate
National Federation of Mutual Aid Associations for Municipal Personnel
National Mutual Insurance Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives (Zenkyoren)
National Pension Fund Association
Nippon Life Insurance
Nomura Funds Research and Technologies
Orix Life Insurance Corporation
Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank
The Dai-ichi Life Insurance
The Manufacturers Life Insurance Co
Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance
Tokio Marine AssetManagement
West Japan Metal and Machinery Pension Fund
and more...

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:

Why should I attend

Why are the 2019 Forums are a must-attend series? Find out the confirmed attendee list, speaker line-up and agenda highlights in the digital brochure.

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.

Includes:

  • 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$1,339 before 2 October 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.

Includes:

  • 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$400 before 2 October 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.

Includes:

  • 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$400 before 2 October 2019

Preliminary Agenda

For any enquiries, please contact Niann Lai at niann.l@peimedia.com.

Day 1
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Agenda

Day 1 - Thursday 7th

Day 1
08:15 - 08:45

Registration & networking

08:45 - 09:15

PEI welcome and opening remarks from Chairperson

Gabriella Kindert
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Gabriella Kindert

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

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09:15 - 09:45

Keynote: The value of scale and differentiated sourcing capabilities in private credit

Michael Patterson
  • Non-sponsor lending: not just sourcing, it’s about execution
  • An awash in debt capital – Utilizing scale as a competitive advantage
  • Opportunities to find alpha returns persist at the larger end of the lending market
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Michael Patterson

Governing Partner, Portfolio Manager, HPS Investment Partners

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09:45 - 10:25

Keynote panel: Global debt under the microscope

Andrew Hedlund, Robert Radway , Hemant Daga
  • The role of private debt within the wider portfolio
  • Addressing the impact of unique global issues in debt
  • The tighter terms and limited deal sourcing opportunities: How do they affect the return expectations?
  • Lessons learned from the global financial crisis
  • Where does the real asset debt sit for investors?
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Andrew Hedlund

Americas Editor, Private Debt Investor

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Robert Radway

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, NXT Capital

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Hemant Daga

President and Head, Global Asset Management, Edelweiss Group

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10:25 - 10:55

Keynote: Getting your debt strategy right

Tom Connolly
  • Evolution of the private debt market and diversity of fund structures
  • What LPs should look for when finding a fund manager
  • Case study: Investing in complex debt structuring deals: The perils and the potential of the unitranche
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Tom Connolly

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

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10:55 - 11:25

Networking break

11:25 - 12:05

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

Deborah Ogawa, Art Penn, Mark Brenke, Lee Landrum
  • US, Europe and 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 is currency risk impacting investor sentiment in these markets?
  • What type of deals are currently available in these markets?
  • What is the risk-adjusted return expectation?
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Deborah Ogawa

Senior Director, U.S. Structured Credit Group, Fitch Ratings

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Art Penn

Founder and Managing Partner, PennantPark Investment Advisers

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Mark Brenke

Head of Private Debt, Managing Director, Ardian

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Lee Landrum

Managing Director, BlackRock

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12:05 - 12:45

Panel: A focus on mid-market direct lending

Sandra Lee Montgomery, Ian Fowler, Paul Johnson, Greg Racz, Timothy J. Conway

• 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?

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Sandra Lee Montgomery

Partner, Proskauer

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Ian Fowler

Managing Director, Barings

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Paul Johnson

Partner, EQT Credit

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Greg Racz

Co-founder and President, MGG Investment Group

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Timothy J. Conway

Head of Private Credit, First Eagle Investment Management

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12:45 - 13:15

Panel: Effective ways to manage, add value and extract maximum returns from distressed debt and special situations

David Forbes-Nixon , Jake Nam
  • How are Asian or European countries dealing with their NPL issues and performing loans?
  • Distressed, special situations 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?
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David Forbes-Nixon

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Alcentra

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Jake Nam

Head of Private Debt, Hana Alternative Asset Management

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13:15 - 14:30

Networking lunch (Sponsored by HPS)

14:30 - 15:00

Panel: Strategies for successful fundraising in Asia

Hakku Lee, Sean J. Egan
  • Opportunities in private debt: How do Korea and Asia compare with the rest of the world?
  • The dos & don’ts of fundraising in Korea
  • What is the role of asset management companies in Korea and how do they work?
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Hakku Lee

Executive Vice President. KTB Asset Management

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Sean J. Egan

President, Egan-Jones Ratings

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15:00 - 15:30

Panel: Investor appetite for real estate debt

Adam Davis, Adam Ruggiero, Adalla Kim, Isaac Wong
  • 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
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Adam Davis

Director, Property, Wingate

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Adam Ruggiero

Managing Director, MetLife Investment Management

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Adalla Kim

Reporter, Private Debt Investor

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Isaac Wong

Executive Director, Huatai International 

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15:30 - 16:00

Networking Break

16:00 - 16:50

Panel: Korean LP perspectives on private debt

Byung Kyu Cheon, Suk-Moon Woo, Andrew Shin, Yoonpyo Lee, Yong-Gwan Kwon , YoonChan Um, Jung Yong Yang
  • How do global trends or local regulations encourage investors to pursue private debt?
  • What are the appealing strategies and other priorities for Korean LPs?
  • What are the risk appetite and geographic focus appealing to Korean LPs? Where on the capital stack are investors looking?
  • Who will manage capital the best – single strategy fund manager vs multi-asset fund manager vs multi-strategy fund manager?
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Byung Kyu Cheon

Chief Investment Officer, DGB Life insurance

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Suk-Moon Woo

Head of Investment Banking Division, Shinhan Life Insurance

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Andrew Shin

Andrew Shin

Head of Investments (Korea), Willis Towers Watson

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Yoonpyo Lee

Team Head, KDB Life Insurance

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Yong-Gwan Kwon

Head of Private Equity Team, Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance

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YoonChan Um

Senior Portfolio Manager, Korea Post Savings

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Jung Yong Yang

Head of Asset Management Department, Meritz Insurance

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16:50 - 17:00

Closing remarks from Chairperson

17:00 - 18:00

End of forum and Cocktail (Sponsored by MGG)

Mark Brenke

Head of Private Debt, Managing Director, Ardian

Mark has over 20 years’ private capital investment experience in the European markets, encompassing both private debt and private equity. He heads Ardian’s Private Debt business and is a member of the Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ardian, Ma… Read full bio

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

Timothy J. Conway

Head of Private Credit, First Eagle Investment Management

Timothy J. Conway heads First Eagle’s Private Credit team and serves as a member of the firm’s Management and Investment committees. Tim led the team from the time of its 2004 launch as NewStar Financial and has continued to lead it following First E… Read full bio

Hemant Daga

President and Head, Global Asset Management, Edelweiss Group

Hemant Daga has close to one and half decades of investment experience and is the Deputy CEO for Global Wealth and Asset Management. As the head of the Asset Management business, he oversees the investments and distribution of funds across multiple p… 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

Sean J. Egan

President, Egan-Jones Ratings

Sean Egan is a founding partner and president of Egan-Jones Ratings Company (EJR), which was organized in 1992 for the purpose of providing timely, accurate credit ratings. Over the past decade, EJR provide risk managers with warnings on Ambac, Count… 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 Strategic Credit Fund. David sit… 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

Paul joined EQT in 2010 and is a Partner of EQT’s Credit team , responsible for the firm's Direct Lending activity and serves as a member of the Credit Partners Investment Committee. Prior to EQT, Mr. Johnson worked for Credit Suisse in London in the… 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

Lee Landrum

Managing Director, BlackRock

Prior to joining BlackRock as part of its acquisition of Tennenbaum Capital Partners (TCP), Mr. Landrum was a Managing Partner of TCP. Before TCP, he worked with The Carlyle Group as a member of its Global Market Strategies investment team. Prior to… Read full bio

Hakku Lee

Executive Vice President. KTB Asset Management

Mr. Lee leads 30 professionals of Alternative Investment Division, consisting of domestic, overseas, infrastructure, shipping and PE operations. After joining KTB Asset Management in May 2016, during the term of around 3 years, he has overseen the co… Read full bio

Yoonpyo Lee

Team Head, KDB Life Insurance

Yoonpyo Lee, Head of Overseas Investment Team at KDB Life Insurance is in charge of approximately US$ 4 billion of investment assets in global markets, including all the alternatives(real estate, infrastructure, private equity, private debt, aviation… 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

Jake Nam

Head of Private Debt, Hana Alternative Asset Management

Jake Nam managed illiquid and distressed asset portfolio under Nomura Merchant Banking/Principal Investment at Nomura Holdings during 2010-2014 after ABN Amro Bank Credit Portfolio Management during 2007-2009. He sourced/traded distressed loan at Cre… Read full bio

Deborah Ogawa

Senior Director, U.S. Structured Credit Group, Fitch Ratings

Deborah Ogawa is a senior director in the U.S. Structured Credit group at Fitch Ratings, focusing on collaborative CLO and leveraged loan research. Prior to joining Structured Credit, Deborah was a corporate ratings analyst, specializing on high yiel… Read full bio

Michael Patterson

Governing Partner, Portfolio Manager, 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.

Robert Radway

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, NXT Capital

Setting NXT Capital’s strategic direction, leading and motivating its staff and defining and implementing the company’s investment and credit criteria are high priorities among Robert’s wide range of responsibilities. Prior to founding NXT Capital, R… Read full bio

Adam Ruggiero

Managing Director, MetLife Investment Management

Adam Ruggiero is a Managing Director with MetLife Investment Management (MIM) Real Estate. He actively monitors global markets, oversees the strategy development and structuring of new investment vehicles, and serves as a member of the Equity Investm… Read full bio
Andrew Shin

Andrew Shin

Head of Investments (Korea), Willis Towers Watson

Andrew Shin joined Willis Towers Watson in 2012 and is Head of Investment Services, Korea, advising Korean institutions. Andrew commenced his investment career in Canada progressing through a number of roles including product development, research an… Read full bio

YoonChan Um

Senior Portfolio Manager, Korea Post Savings

Yoonchan Um is a portfolio manager of Korea Post Savings Bureau. He is responsible for overseas private equity and overseas private debt. Prior to joining Korea Post, he was a senior portfolio manager at POBA (Public Official Benefit Association) whe… Read full bio

Isaac Wong

Executive Director, Huatai International 

Previously with Deutsche Bank, BAML and ANZ, Isaac Wong has over 15 years of professional experience across leverage & acquisition finance, private/illiquid credit and capital markets. He structured and deployed over USD1billion in risk capital acros… Read full bio

Suk-Moon Woo

Head of Investment Banking Division, Shinhan Life Insurance

Suk-Moon Woo is the head of Investment Banking Division of Shinhan Life Insurance Co., Ltd, which is a part of Shinhan Financial Group GIB (Global Investment Banking). He is currently managing more than USD 5 billion of AUM in alternative investment… Read full bio

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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