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In the last iconic song he released, music legend David Bowie asked: ‘Where Are We Now?’. As we approach 2023, that is a question that is as apt today in the global financial markets as it was in a very different context in 2013 when the great man released his last album ‘Next Day’. But for those private clients with the wealth and wherewithal to invest well beyond the near-term, far beyond the ‘next day’, they can consider a time frame a good number of years beyond where we are right now.

Moreover, if they select the right opportunities, they can through private markets achieve returns that are at least in line with, or often considerably better, than public market returns, and with information flows and updates that allow for a good degree of monitoring of the underlying progress and performance of those companies and assets.

Accordingly, an increasing number of private clients in Asia have in recent years - as mainstream asset markets became so ‘toppy’ - been seeking to diversify their portfolios by including longer-term private asset investment strategies of all types, from plain vanilla early and later-stage private equity, to private debt of all types, private commercial real estate deals, hedge fund strategies, and so forth.

Such assets can offer investors strong long-term performance potential, while their historical downside resilience and lower volatility compared to public market securities also help make this asset class attractive for portfolio diversification and, to some extent, for peace of mind. The trend in Asia reflects a seismic global shift towards private markets amongst leading investment institutions – from sovereigns to pension funds - and also increasingly in the private wealth sector.

Entry prices to such opportunities have dropped in sync with mainstream public market valuations, and capital available has shrunk as the era of very easy money fades into the background. This presents a significant opportunity for the wealth management industry in the region to present their private clients – especially the family offices who are somewhat immune from the financial market vacillations – with some interesting deals.

The Asian HNW and UHNW clients that are taking up more of such opportunities of course need a highly professional point of access via private banks, the independent wealth community and other key specialists. They need experts who can filter, package, promote and then monitor these investments, thereby opening the door to what are considerably more complex and longer-term holdings. For the wealth management community members who are investing in building and delivering this expertise, the carrot is significantly higher fees than in the public markets and a mor meaningful engagement with their clients.

For our Digital Dialogue of October 6, Hubbis will assemble a top-flight panel of experts to look in-depth at the evolution of the private markets, looking from a 360-degree perspective at the pluses and minuses and analysing where the market is heading and how the Asian wealth management community is positioning itself for what will very likely be the ongoing and rapid expansion in the years ahead.

 

Oct 6

Private Markets as a Source of Opportunity for Asia’s Privat...

3.00pm - 4.00pm HKT/SGT

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David Z Wang

Helicap

Anthony Chan

Isola Capital

Fiona Liu

Hywin International

Conor Smyth

TritonLake

Tariq Dennison

GFM Asset Management

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  • 15.00pm

    Private Markets as a Source of Opportunity for Asia’s Private Clients

    • The Big Picture – are volatility, inflation, global geopolitical uncertainties in the public markets driving more Asian private clients to the private equity and debt markets, and what are key attractions of higher allocations to private assets compared to public markets?
    • What has happened to deal flows and valuations? Is this a good time to be entering or expanding in this market?
    • Which types of private clients in Asia are driving this trend, and looking ahead, what sort of allocations should HNW and UHNW investors be making to private assets as a percentage of their total portfolios?
    • In the private equity market – spanning from VC to pre-IPO funding, what are the key opportunities today and what are the key criteria investors need to consider?
    • In the private debt markets – spanning from senior to subordinated, trade finance and much more – what types of deals are Asian clients buying into, and why?
    • What about other private assets, for example real estate or alternatives?
    • Do ESG and sustainability play a significant or growing role in private markets?
    • What is the wealth management community doing to boost its private markets proposition and offerings?

    Moderator

    Michael Stanhope

    Founder & Chief Executive Officer

    Hubbis

    Speakers

  • 16.00pm

    Webinar

    Speakers

    Frank Yu

    Head of Private Markets

    Hywin International

    Conor Smyth

    Founder & CEO

    TritonLake

    David Z Wang

    Co-Founder and Group CEO

    Helicap

Oct 6

Private Markets as a Source of Opportunity for Asia’s Privat...

3.00pm - 4.00pm HKT/SGT

Speakers

David Z Wang

Helicap

Anthony Chan

Isola Capital

Fiona Liu

Hywin International

Conor Smyth

TritonLake

Tariq Dennison

GFM Asset Management

Oct 6

Private Markets as a Source of Opportunity for Asia’s Privat...

3.00pm - 4.00pm HKT/SGT

Partners
Oct 6

Private Markets as a Source of Opportunity for Asia’s Privat...

3.00pm - 4.00pm HKT/SGT