Asia-Pacific Private Equity Investing Strategies in 2021 [Video]

Watch a revealing discussion of private equity leaders based in the region. They share insights into where they believe the market is heading in the next 12 months.


8 January 2021

Asia-Pacific Private Equity Investing Strategies in 2021

For SS&C Intralinks’ inaugural Alternative Investments Global Virtual Summit, some of the world’s leading investment professionals came together for a wide-ranging exploration of the asset class. We were honored to have a stellar lineup of industry veterans participate on our panels, some of whom included David M. Rubenstein, founder and co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group; Orlando Bravo, founder and managing partner of Thoma Bravo; and Sam Zell, founder and chairman of Equity Group Investments.

I had the privilege to moderate “Keynote Conversation: Private Equity Strategies in APAC,” the first panel of the day that discussed private equity strategies in Asia-Pacific with a focus on 2021. I was joined by Jason Cheng, co-founder and managing director at Kerogen Capital; Neil Stanford, head of Private Equity at HOSTPLUS; Robert Petty, co-founder at Clearwater Funds & CEO/CIO at Fiera Capital; and Amit Sachdeva, managing director at AlpInvest Partners.

Since three of the four panelists are based in Greater China, the region naturally surfaced as the dominant topic. Expert insights were provided on China’s swift recovery from COVID-19 — both from a public health and economic perspective — and the rise of ESG (Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance) and clean energy in China.

There were some opinions shared about China’s domestic and foreign policy concerning both Western and Asian nations, with Australia being on the unfortunate end of some recent disputes.

A longing for “fireside chats” was also a common theme — not only in this first session but across the full-day event. However, the lack of in-person meetings has also brought out the best in asset managers, many of whom have had to innovate to keep investors engaged throughout the fundraising process. This is a sentiment echoed by managers who I have met with in-person in recent weeks following the event.

Given the virtual setting and how it was held across time zones globally, it was perhaps an apt ending to a very disrupted 2020. It reminded managers around the world of the need to remain agile, nimble and flexible, but at the same time ready to move into top gear and capitalize on opportunities that arise.

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Alan Chu

Alan Chu

Alan Chu leads the marketing team in Asia-Pacific, overseeing six regions that span 13 countries. He supports the sales teams across the different lines of businesses with various routes to market. Alan has prior experience across the Americas, where he worked with fund managers in the alternatives space on placement and marketing projects.