Creating global opportunities for Korean capital

 The PDI Seoul Forum Virtual Experience took place on 10 November and set the direction of investmentfrom major regional LPs to global private credit funds. 

The Forum is your gateway to connect with Korea’s largest LPs and exchange insights with the most influential global GPs through our immersive virtual experience, giving you full access to 5-day virtual networking, live and on-demand conference content, and connectivity with Korea’s largest LPs until the end of 2020.

This event is essential for any private debt fund managers seeking to raise capital from Korea’s most active outbound investors.  

The LP keynote fireside chat with Korea’s biggest allocator, POBA
had uncovered how Korean LPs deal with the unprecedented challenges
and dissect the current and future capital allocation preferences.

The discussion with PDI 50 leading fund managers Ares Management Corporation and The Carlyle Group discovered new trends in private debt investment in a covid-19 world.

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Expand your fundraising horizons in Asia

The Seoul Forum is the #1 virtual private debt fundraising conference to secure capital allocations from Korea's most influential LPs.
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 many more...

What our delegates say

Qianru Yang

Keppel Capital

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

Ryoko Katayam

Topaz Capital

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

Juno, Hee Kyoung Yoon


“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.

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


senior private debt professionals




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
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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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

We are preparing the 2020 agenda. Tell us what you like to hear at PDI Seoul Forum by contacting Niann Lai at

Day 1
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Agenda - Tuesday 10th

Full day
08:00 - 09:00

Registration and coffee

09:00 - 09:10

Welcome from PDI and Chair's opening remarks

09:10 - 09:50

Opening panel: What is fuelling the rise in global private debt?

• What are the key learnings from the COVID-19 crisis?
• Senior debt, mezzanine and distressed: which strategies have emerged well in 2020 and which have suffered?
• Why transparency in reporting will remain important and what data is required in decision making
• Will ESG investing be the new norm?

09:50 - 10:10

Keynote presentation: How senior debt fit into an LP portfolio

• What should LPs aware, in terms of deal structures and extend, when they seek to allocate to private debt
• How can a private debt strategy make the portfolio different for LPs?
• How to effectively diversify geographically and by sector

10:10 - 10:30

LP keynote fireside chat

10:30 - 11:00

Networking refreshments

11:00 - 11:40

Middle market lending in Europe and US

• What does the mid-market direct lending market look like now?
• Major strategies and regions providing maximised returns
• Incentives and deterrents to deploy capital

11:40 - 12:10

Distressed and special situations

• Where are the opportunities in the enormous market?
• How can distressed funds make the current environment work for them?
• What are factors that accelerate or derail future growth?

12:10 - 12:40

Presentation: Australian private debt

• Market outlook: how allocation levels are going to change?
• What is working best and why?
• What factors could accelerate or derail future growth?

12:40 - 13:50

Networking lunch

13:50 - 14:20

Keynote: “The impact of COVID-19 on private debt”

14:20 - 14:50

Real asset debt

• Risks and returns compare to corporate debt
• What type of opportunities are firms seeing in real asset debt?
• Why real estate and infrastructure debt fit into a mixed asset portfolio?

14:50 - 15:20

Networking refreshments

15:20 - 15:50

Panel: Where to find uncrowded opportunities in Asia?

  • How different managers dealing with opened-end and closed-end vehicle?
  • What are the competitive advantages for funds catering to the larger end of the market?
  • Opportunities and key challenges ahead for private debt in Asia
15:50 - 16:30

Panel: Meet the Korean LPs and gatekeepers

• What now is the LPs’ view of private debt?
• Challenges facing lately regarding the asset allocations
• What is the relationship between LP and GP in a world of restricted travel? Are LPs prepared to commit to funds without seeing managers face to face?

16:30 - 17:00

Closing keynote

17:00 - 18:00

End of forum and Cocktail

View the 2019 speaker line-up below. Interested in speaking at the Forum? Please contact Ms Niann Lai at

Anthony Biddulph

Chief Executive Officer, Capra Global Partners

Anthony is based in London. He has over 20 years of experience in raising capital from institutional investors for Real Estate investment. Prior to joining CAPRA, Anthony was a Director at BlackRock where he led the Institutional Investor Relations… 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
Kipp deVeer PDISEOUL20

Kipp deVeer

Director, Partner, Head of Credit Group, Ares Management Corporation

Mr. deVeer is a Director and Partner of Ares Management Corporation and Head of the Ares Credit Group. He is a member of the Ares Executive Management Committee and the firm's Management Committee. He additionally serves as a Director and Chief Execu… Read full bio

Jayme Younghee Han

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

Jayme Han, Executive Director, Asia Funds Advisory and Distribution, is responsible for JLL Asia Pacific mandates and distribution in the firm's Global Funds Advisory team. Ms Han takes on regional responsibilities focused on advisory mandates and di… Read full bio
Mark Jenkins PDISEOUL20

Mark Jenkins

Managing Director and Head of Global Credit, The Carlyle Group

Mark Jenkins is a Managing Director and Head of Global Credit based in New York. He is also a member of Carlyle's Management Committee. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Jenkins was a Senior Managing Director at CPPIB and responsible for leading CPPIB’s… Read full bio
Jiroo Eoh

Jiroo Eoh

Team Head, ABL Life Insurance

Jiroo Eoh is the Team Head, leading infrastructure and real assets (real estate) investment team, at ABL Life Insurance (Korea). Previously, Jiroo worked with Macquarie Group (Macquarie Capital and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, both Austr… Read full bio

Janghwan Lee

Managing Director, Financial Investment Group Head, LOTTE Insurance

Janghwan Lee has led alternative 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 investme… Read full bio

Jin Won Lee

General Manager, Local Finance Association

Jin Won Lee is General Manager of Alternative Investment Division at Local Finance Association from May 2019, after joining the company December 1993. He had been working Alternative Investment Division, Risk Management Office, etc. at Teachers’ Pens… Read full bio

Dalit Nuttall

Principal, West Valley Capital

Following a career in banking, Dalit Nuttall founded WVC in 2007 in order to connect preferred solution providers with European pension funds, insurance companies and asset managers in ways that address the investors’ market views and required consid… Read full bio
Carol Lee Park PDISEOUL20

Carol Lee Park

Managing Director, CLSA Capital Partners (HK)

Ms. Park is a Managing Director of Lending Ark Asia Secured Private Debt Fund and a member of the Investment Committee. Ms. Park has over 25 years of experience across investment banking, private equity, and private debt investments in New York and H… Read full bio

Won Joon Park

Chief Executive Officer, DS Networks Asset Management Company

Mr Park is the Chief Executive Officer of DSN AMC. Mr Park has over 20 years of asset management and investment experience. Prior to joining DSN AMC, Mr Park was a Senior Managing Director of Hana Alternative Asset Management where he invested and ov… Read full bio

Robert Petty

Co-CEO and Co-CIO, Fiera Capital (Asia)

Rob Petty is Co-CEO and Co-CIO of Fiera Capital (Asia). Since founding the Clearwater Funds in 2001 along with Amit Gupta, they have invested profitably across credit market cycles, investment sectors and geographies, building an Asia-focused busines… Read full bio

Greg Racz

Co-founder and President, MGG Investment Group

Prior to co-founding MGG, Mr. Racz was President of Hutchin Hill, a multi-billion multi-strategy hedge fund. Previously, Mr. Racz co-founded Octavian Advisors, LP, a $1.4 billion multi-strategy fund and was a corporate attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, R… Read full bio
David Ross Northleaf Capital Partners

David Ross

Managing Director and Head of Private Credit, Northleaf Capital Partners

David is a Managing Director and the Head of Private Credit at Northleaf Capital Partners, a global private markets investment firm with more than $16 billion in private credit, private equity and infrastructure commitments under management on behalf… 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

Thomas Swain

Director, Private Fund Group, Credit Suisse (Hong Kong)

Thomas joined the Credit Suisse Private Fund Group in 2006 and is based in Hong Kong. He is responsible for leading PFG’s advisory and fundraising execution activities in Asia Pacific across both primary fundraisings and secondary liquidity solutions… Read full bio

Edward Tong

Managing Director, Head Private Debt Asia, Partners Group

Edward Tong is Head of the Private Debt Asia business unit and Deputy Head of Partners Group's Singapore office. He is a member of the Global Direct Debt Investment Committee. Edward has been with Partners Group since 2013 and has 16 years of industr… Read full bio

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The PDI Seoul Forum 2020 will offer a unique opportunity for organisations to raise their profile among senior private debt decision-makers across the world.

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