Connecting Japanese capital to global private debt opportunities

Japan’s leading private credit conference, the 2nd annual PDI Tokyo Forum will bring the global private debt community together, connecting the Japanese LPs with global mandates to leading fund managers from across the world.

Utilising Private Debt Investor’s position as the most trusted global debt-specialised publication, this Forum is your gateway to connect with Japan’s largest LPs and exchange insights with the most influential global GPs. Maximise your fundraising efforts and exposure to Japan’s key players, emerging private credit investors, and industry-leaders from across the globe.

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
  • Case studies of direct lending in middle market, mezzanine and co-investment
  • Where to find non-crowded opportunities in emerging market
  • Distressed and special situations in next decade
  • Senior secured loans and hybrid facilities in debt funds
  • Style shift and appetite of Japanese and Korean LPs’ focus in 2020 and beyond

Previous conference highlights

– Key takeaways from 2019 conference
– Attendee list and statistics
– And many more…

2019 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

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.

2019 Speakers

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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

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

Day 1
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Day 1 - Thursday 12th

Full day
08:00 - 08:50

Registration and coffee

08:15 - 08:50

Breakfast briefing (by invitation only)

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

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
  • When to step out the comfort zone?
10:00 - 10:30

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?
10:30 - 11:00

Networking refreshments

11:00 - 11:40

Middle market lending in Europe

  • Major strategies and regions providing maximised returns
  • Incentives and deterrents to deploy capital
11:40 - 12:20

Middle market lending in US

  • Major strategies and regions providing maximised returns
  • Incentives and deterrents to deploy capital
12:20 - 13:00

Collateralised loan obligations and leveraged loans

  • Why CLOs and other structured credit products had drawn Japanese LPs’ attention?
  • How to avoid risks in the event of a sudden change of economic and market conditions
13:00 - 14:00

Networking lunch

14:00 - 14:20

Spotlight feature: Is ESG more important than ever?

14:20 - 14:40

The debate around debt secondaries

  • When does it begin to attract Japanese LPs and why?
  • Where are the opportunities in the enormous market?
  • What are factors that accelerate or derail future growth?
14:40 - 15:10

Panel: 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
15:10 - 15:40

Networking refreshments

15:40 - 16:20

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
16:20 - 16:50

Panel: Meet the Japanese LPs and gatekeepers

  • Where do Japanese investors find more risk, crowding out and undervalued opportunity?
  • What kind of challenges are you facing lately regarding the asset allocations?
  • Target returns and risks acceptable and unacceptable on private debts
  • The plan to deploy more, same or less capital in the market, in terms of geography, strategy and implementation approach
  • How should LPs due diligence private debt managers and when to step in when there is a performance issue?
16:50 - 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

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

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

Ryan Chung

Managing Director, Huatai International

Ryan Chung founded the business and the team in mid-2014 and invested US$650mm principal capital into 28 private credit deals to-date, generating gross IRR of 15%+ and MOIC of 1.5x. He was a founding member of a US$1.0 billion private equity fund in… 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

Akihiro Endo

Senior Fund Manager, Private Equity Investment Department, Tokio Marine Asset Management

Mr. Endo joined Tokio Marine Asset Management (TMAM) in 2017 and is a Senior Fund Manager in Tokyo office. His responsibilities include investment analysis, due diligence, investment monitoring, performance analysis, client reporting, and client serv… Read full bio

Jean-Baptiste Feat

Co-Head of Asia, Tikehau Capital

Jean-Baptiste Feat joined Tikehau Capital in 2008. He currently serves as Co-Head of Asia. Prior to holding this position, he developed the mezzanine debt business and then the broader Private Debt division which he has co-managed since 2013. He bega… 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

Nicole Gates

Chief Credit Officer, Pemberton

Nicole joined Pemberton from GE Capital International (GE Capital), where she was a Managing Director from 2005 to 2015 and latterly the Head of Restructuring with primary hands-on portfolio management responsibility for international stressed/distre… Read full bio

Hamish Grant

Managing Partner, Bridgepoint Credit

Hamish Grant is the Managing Partner of Bridgepoint Credit and chairs the Credit and Operating Committees of Bridgepoint Credit. Since being established in 2017, Bridgepoint Credit has made 31 investments and currently manages over €1.2 billion acros… 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

Takeshi Ito

Senior Investment Officer & Chief Operation Officer, AISIN Employees' Pension Fund

Takeshi Ito is the Senior Investment Officer of AISIN Employees' Pension Fund. Ito has been supervising the investment and management of the pension’s funds since 1998 when he joined Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd. Ito started his career at Nomura Investment M… 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

Yoshifumi Kida

Manager for Foreign Equity and Alternative Investment Department, Nippon Life Insurance

Yoshifumi Kida is manager for infrastructure and farmland fund investment at Nippon Life from July 2017. Prior to the firm, he worked for Asset Management One, investment arm of Mizuho Financial Group. He played wide variety roles there from equity a… Read full bio

Yoshi Kiguchi

Chief Investment Officer, West Japan Machinery Pension Fund

Yoshi Kiguchi is CIO of West Japan Machinery Pension Fund in Japan. Yoshi focuses innovative asset strategies and products with the investment term structures. He has more than 25 years of experience in investment and risk management. He is also CEO… 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

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

Jessica Lee

Managing Director, Barings

Jessica Lee is a senior member of Barings’ Global Private Finance Group. Jessica is responsible for originating, analyzing, structuring and monitoring North American private finance investments. Jessica has worked in the industry since 2002. Prior to… 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

Kazuo Nishimura

Chief Product Strategist, Nomura Funds Research and Technologies

Kazuo Nishimura has been working in Private Equity gatekeeper industry in 17 years since he joined Nomura Group in 2002. Before joining Nomura, he worked for Fuji Bank (current Mizuho Financial Group) and was mainly involved in derivatives business a… 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, 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. Mr. Patterson joined HPS in 2007, establishing the European business before returning to the… 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

Jaime Prieto

Founder and Managing Partner, London, Kartesia

Jaime is a Founding Partner of Kartesia. In his role, Jaime is responsible for overseeing the management and development of the company, more particularly in relation to sourcing and trading. When founding Kartesia in 2013, Jaime had over 10 years of… 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

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

Reijiro Samura

President and Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer, Alternative Investment Capital

Mr. Reijiro Samura is the President and CEO at Alternative Investment Capital Limited (“AI Capital”) since April 2017. Prior to assuming his current role, he served as the Chief Investment Officer at the firm since November 2016. Before joining AI Ca… Read full bio

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, an independent global private markets fund manager with more than $13 billion in private credit, private equity and infrastructure commitments under management… 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

Helen Sanders-de Lieto

Director - Asia Conferences, PEI

Helen joined PEI in 2014 as a conference producer and in 2017 became the Director of Events for the Asia region. Helen oversees the team who create over 14 events per year across Private Equity, Infrastructure, Private Real Estate and Private Debt in… Read full bio

Randy Schwimmer

Senior Managing Director, Head of Origination and Capital Markets, Churchill Asset Management

Senior Managing Director Randy Schwimmer supervises origination and capital markets for Churchill Asset Management. He is widely credited with developing loan syndications for middle market companies. Mr. Schwimmer brings 30 years of experience in mi… 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

Daichi Suzuki

Deputy General Manager, Alternative Investment Group, Sumitomo Mitsui DS Asset Management

Mr. Suzuki joined Sumitomo Mitsui DS Asset Management in 2014 and is a Deputy General Manager at Alternative Investment Department. The Department covers private asset areas such as Private Equity, Infrastructure Real Estate & ILS. He is a founding m… Read full bio

Hisanori Takata

Senior Portfolio Manager & Executive Adviser to the Provost of Finance, Tokyo University of Science

Hisanori Takata is a Senior Portfolio Manager and an Executive Adviser to the Provost of Finance at Tokyo University of Science. He is also a Co-founder and a Managing Partner for Tokyo University of Science Innovation Capital. Before joining Tokyo U… Read full bio

Yoshikoto Tamura

Senior Portfolio Advisor, Aksia

Yoshikoto has over 10 years of experience in alternative investments and works in Aksia’s Tokyo office. As a Senior Portfolio Advisor, he advises Aksia’s Asia-based clients on portfolio construction by providing support tailored to their alternative… Read full bio

Yasuyuki Tomita

Senior Vice President in Growth and Cross Border Investment Department, Development Bank of Japan

Yasuyuki Tomita is responsible for new business development and management relating to private equity investment among Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) Group. Prior to his current position, he was Managing Director of Global Investment Management Depa… 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

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