Secure capital allocations from anywhere with our virtual experience

Connecting Japanese capital to global private debt opportunities

The 2nd annual PDI Tokyo Forum Virtual Experience successfully connected Japanese LPs to global private debt funds on 12 November 2020.

Maximise your fundraising efforts and exposure to Japan’s key institutional investors through our immersive virtual experience, giving you full access to 5-day virtual networking, live and on-demand conference content, and connectivity with Japan’s largest LPs until the end of 2020.

Key conversation topics at the conference:

  • How has COVID-19 impacted the global credit market and what is the way forward
  • Global GPs’ view on the best risk adjusted returns
  • Where to find non-crowded opportunities in emerging market
  • Distressed and special situations
  • Style shift and appetite of Japanese focus in 2020 and beyond

Global LP keynote
Join the fireside chat with Private Debt Investor to discuss
the future landscape of private debt

PDI50 #1 firm Ares Management Corporation to keynote

Kipp deVeer, Director, Partner, Head of Credit Group staged a keynote presentation about the impact of the pandemic and the role of private debt in the subsequent future downturn. Learn how to be resilient and pivot your strategies to adapt to a covid-19 world.


Our speakers

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Expand your fundraising horizons in Asia

The Tokyo Forum is the #1 virtual private debt fundraising conference to secure capital allocations from Japan's most influential LPs.
Aflac Life Insurance Japan
Asahi Mutual Life Insurance
AXA Life Insurance
Cathay Life Insurance
Daido Life Insurance
DBJ Asset Management
DENSO Pension Fund
Development Bank of Japan
Farmers’ Pension Fund
Fuji Xerox
Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)
Idemitsu Pension Fund
Japan Post Bank
Japan Post Insurance
Konomi Inc
Manulife Life Insurance
Marubeni Corporation
Mizuho Trust & Banking
National Federation of Mutual Aid Associations for Municipal Personnel
National Kyosai Federation of Japan Agricultural Cooperatives (ZENKYOREN)
National Pension Fund Association
Nippon Life Insurance
Nomura Funds Research & Technologies
Orix Life Insurance
Osaka Shoko Shinkin Bank
Pension Fund Association
Pension Fund Association for Local Government Officials
Shinkin Central Bank
Sony Bank
T&D Financial Life Insurance
Taiyo Life Insurance
The Dai-ichi Life Insurance
The Gibraltar Life Insurance
The Pension Fund of Bridgestone
The Prudential Life Insurance
Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance

What our delegates say

Qianru Yang

Keppel Capital

Well thought through and relevant content. Provides good insight into how LPs think about this asset class.

Ryoko Katayama

Topaz Capital

Very well organized and structured. Great access to the assets’ leading players and insights.

Harald Eggerstedt

Towers Watson

PDI events bring private debt investment and structuring expertise together like no other conference I have attended.

Seize the growth opportunity

Following the news of Pension Fund Association for Local Government Officials’ (Chikyoren) debut in private corporate debt investment and its existing exposure to private lending, as well as GPIF’s recent $73.4 million commitment for direct co-investment along with IFC and Development Bank of Japan, Japan’s institutional investors are expanding their alternative investments to generate yield amid the low interest rate environment. There has never been a better time to connect with the Japanese investors and grow your business in 2020 and beyond.

Access global market intelligence

Utilising Private Debt Investor’s position as the most prestigious publication specialised in private debt, the Forum will provide you the most exclusive analysis together with unrivalled insights from global senior private debt professionals.

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


Supercharge fundraising by connecting with the most influential Korean LPs

Expand connections. Unlock the opportunities.

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

Past attendees in Japan & Korea series events:

Shape the future of the private debt by joining the most elite community in Japan

Join more than 200 Private debt senior decision-makers around the world at the PDI Tokyo Forum and seize the opportunity to share the future of the private debt while building invaluable connections with institutional investors and fund managers.

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

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

This is 2020 agenda. Tell us what you like to hear at PDI Tokyo Forum by contacting Niann Lai at

Day 1
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Agenda - Thursday 12th

Full day
08:00 - 08:50

Registration and coffee

08:50 - 09:00

Welcome from PDI and Chair's opening remarks

09:00 - 09:40

Opening panel: How will the private debt change in the next cycle?

  • How the landscape for private debt in globe is developing in response to COVID-19?
  • What a private credit deal looks like today and over the multiple cycles?
  • Are sponsor-backed transactions still appealing and what benefits do they offer private lenders?
09:40 - 10:00


Michael Patterson
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Michael Patterson

Governing Partner and Global Head of Direct Lending, HPS Investment Partners

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10:00 - 10:40

Keynote panel: Risks vs Yields

• What GPs and banks do anything to manage and mitigate risk, in terms of country, sector and performance?
• Why banks’ involvement still prevalent in debt market and their role in partnership? What role are banks playing in the market today?
• How does the risk-return profile compared in developed and developing regions?
• Risk management: What if pandemics strike again?

10:40 - 11:10

Networking refreshments

11:10 - 11:40


11:40 - 12:20

Middle market lending in Europe and US

• Predicting the post COVID-19 mid-market direct lending market
• Major strategies and regions providing exceptional returns
• Incentives and deterrents to deploy capital

12:20 - 12:50

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?

12:50 - 13:50

Networking lunch

13:50 - 14:20

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

14:20 - 14:50

The seamless solution - hybrid facilities in debt funds

• Where hybrid facility lies and how this adds into the fund management toolkit
• Why a high ratio of NAV facilities to hybrid facilities in the market
• Benefits by obtaining and using a hybrid facility for open-ended funds

14:50 - 15:20

Networking refreshments

15:20 - 15:50

Panel: Where to find uncrowded opportunities in Asia?

• How are different managers approaching open-ended and closed-ended vehicles and what are potential considerations for each?
• How do you see the opportunity set at larger end of the market? How does it differ in type and attractiveness with more mid-market plays?
• What should investors be aware of when approaching different markets across Asia?
• Opportunities and key challenges ahead for private debt in Asia

15:50 - 16:30

Panel: Meet the Japanese 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 - 16:55

Closing keynote

16:55 - 17:00

Chairperson’s closing remarks

17:00 - 18:00

End of forum and Cocktail

2019 Speakers

View the 2019 speakers below. Interested in speaking at the Forum? Please contact Ms Niann Lai at

Jingjing Bai

Advisor, Bfinance

Jingjing Bai is an advisor to bfinance in Asia since 2019, based in Hong Kong. In the recent years, Jingjing led a global alternative investment program mandated by Chinese State Owned Enterprises, covering Private Equity, Private Debt and Real Asset… Read full bio

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
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

Symon Drake-Brockman

Managing Partner, Pemberton Asset Management

Symon Drake-Brockman is the founder and Managing Partner of Pemberton Asset Management, a leading Private Credit manager in Europe. Symon has over 32 years’ experience in leading credit trading and investment businesses at RBS, ING Barings and JPMorg… Read full bio

Ari Druker

Director – Corporate Development North Asia, FLOW Digital Infrastructure

Ari recently joined FLOW Digital Infrastructure, PAG’s newly launched regional data centre platform, that aims to capitalize on the rapidly growing demand for digital infrastructure in Asia. Prior to FLOW, Ari was a member of the Investment Banking C… Read full bio
Nicole Gates PDITOKYO20

Nicole Gates

Chief Credit Officer, Pemberton

Nicole is Chief Credit Officer at Pemberton, responsible for the independent credit function. She co-chairs the Credit Review Committee at Pemberton Capital Advisors LLP and holds primary responsibility for implementing restructuring and recovery str… Read full bio
Tsutomu Ishida PDITOKYO20

Tsutomu Ishida

Deputy General Manager, Tokio Marine and Nichido Fire Insurance

Tsutomu Ishida is a Deputy General Manager of Alternative Investment Group. He took this position in April 2015 and has been responsible for managing alternative investment which includes investment in private equity fund, hedge fund, debt fund and r… Read full bio

Ian Jackson

Managing Director and Co-Head of Carlyle Strategic Partners, The Carlyle Group

Ian Jackson is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Carlyle Strategic Partners, focusing on distressed and special situations investment opportunities. He is based in London. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Jackson was a Director and Senior Analyst with… Read full bio

Yoshi Kiguchi

Chief Investment Officer, Pension Fund of Japanese Corporations

Yoshi focuses innovative strategies and products with the investment horizon structures. He has more than 30 years of experience in investment and risk management. Before that, Mr. Kiguchi was a managing director of Russell Investments in Japan, wher… Read full bio

Masao Konomi

President, Konomi Inc

Masao Konomi (B.E., Electrical Eng., Tokyo University; M.B.A. Harvard Business School) has been running, Konomi, Inc., his own Tokyo-based international investment banking firm, since 1983. Before starting his own firm, he worked with Morgan Stanley… Read full bio
Hiroaki Matsunami PDITOKYO20

Hiroaki Matsunami

Senior Vice President, Global Investment Management Department, DBJ Asset Management

Mr. Matsunami has been involved with private debt and private equity fund investments at DBJ Asset Management as a gatekeeper for Japanese clients. Prior to DBJ Asset Management, Mr. Matsunami worked at the Investment Division of Meiji Yasuda Life. M… 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

Michael Patterson

Governing Partner and Global Head of Direct Lending, HPS Investment Partners

Mr. Patterson is a Governing Partner of HPS Investment Partners, LLC where he leads the Direct Lending platform and is the Portfolio Manager for the Specialty Loan Funds, the Core Senior Lending Funds and the HPS Corporate Lending Fund. Mr. Patterson… 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, where he serves as President and is a member of the Investment Committee, 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 billi… 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, responsible for overseeing the origination, evaluation and monitoring of Northleaf’s private credit investments globally. He is also involved in Northleaf’s investor relations and business… Read full bio

Ken Shimasaki

Executive Director, Portfolio Manager, Mitsui & Co. Alternative Investments

Ken Shimasaki is responsible for the sourcing new managers and strategies globally in the alternative investment space with a focus on the credit strategies including credit related HFs and private debt funds. Before joining Mitsui & Co. Alternat… Read full bio

Jiro Shimpo

President and Chief Executive Officer, Tasku Advisors

Jiro Shimpo has 30 years of buy-side asset management experience including two decades in alternative investments. He runs his own advisory/investment firm to serve institutional investors. Prior to that, he spent each decade in a trust bank, life in… Read full bio

Koji Sugauchi

Director and General Manager, Fund Management Department, Osaka Shoko Shinkin Bank

Sugauchi Koji joined Osaka Shoko Shinkin Bank in 2016 as a head of investment. His responsibilities include alternative investment, equity and fixed income investments. Prior to the Osaka Shoko Shinkin Bank, he joined Dai-ichi Life in 1983. He worked… 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, HPS Investment Partners

Mr. Tong is a Managing Director at HPS Investment Partners. Prior to joining HPS in 2021, Mr. Tong was a Managing Director and the Head of Private Debt Asia at Partners Group, where he was responsible for senior and junior debt investments in sponsor… Read full bio

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Two Forums, Unlimited Opportunities

Join the Seoul Forum and maximise your time in Asia

The second PDI Seoul Forum returns on 7 November 2019 with more than 100+ influential Korean outbound investors and fund managers in ONE room. If fundraising is your core business, do not miss the chance to meet both Japanese and Korean LPs in the same week.



Korean Investors that attended last year

Dongbu Fire Insurance
GIC Real Estate
Government Employees Pension Service (GEPS)
Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance
KB Insurance
KB Kookmin Bank
KDB Life
KEB Hana Bank
Khazanah Nasional Berhad
Korea Fire Officials Credit Union
Korea Investment & Securities
Korea Investment Corporation
Korea Investment Security
Korea Post
Korean Federation of Community Credit Cooperatives
KYOBO Life Insurance
Lotte Insurance
Meritz Fire Insurance
Meritz Insurance
MG Korean Federation of Community Credit Cooperatives
Military Mutual Aid Association
Mirae Asset Life Insurance
National Agricultural Cooperative Federation (NACF)
National Credit Union of Korea (Shinhyup)
National Pension Service (NPS)
NH Life
Public Officials Benefit Association (POBA)
Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance
Samsung Life Insurance
Savings Bureau Korea Post
Shinhan Investment
Shinhan Life Insurance
Teachers' Pension
The Bank of Korea
The Korean Teachers' Credit Union
The Police Mutual Aid Association

Learn more about their strategy

KIC’s chief risk officer and executive vice-president, Seung Je Hong, told PDI: “I think the alternative investment industry is not standardised enough, and therefore it is perceived to be risky when making investment decisions by comparing return profiles with a GP’s peer group or their track records.

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