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Event Date Wed Jun 26 JST - Thu Jun 27 JST (over 2 years ago)
In your timezone (EST): Tue Jun 25 7:00pm - Thu Jun 27 4:10am
Location Conrad
1 Chome-9-1 Higashishinbashi, Minato City, Tokyo 105-7337, Japan
Region APAC

The 19th Annual AVCJ Japan Forum gathered a record attendance of 465 of the industry’s leading figures in Tokyo, including over 270 LPs, for two days of thought-provoking discussions, presentations and networking.

The AVCJ Japan Forum has been at the heart of the investment community for nearly two decades, and is unrivalled as the most influential gathering of domestic Japanese and international institutional investors, fund managers and service providers. Japanese investors’ interest in private markets continues unabated and the was reflected in a record attendance at the forum of over 465 of the industry’s leading figures in Tokyo, including 270 LPs.

The Forum featured a wide range of presentations and panel discussions covering topics including how global investors can find opportunity in the face of volatility, how PE can evaluate potential technology risks and opportunities when forming their investment thesis, why Japan is becoming a market of choice for global investors, where GPs are finding value in the middle market, LP’s view on portfolio management and how you establish best practice, how Japan can live up to its potential as an innovation nation, the rise in demand for credit and debt and LPs’ views on Japan and beyond.

Highlights of the AVCJ Japan Forum included:
• Opening keynote address from Tokihiko Shimizu, Chief Executive Officer at Japan Post Investment Corporation
• More than 210 leading companies in attendance, including institutional investors from the USA, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Japan, Korea and UK
• A panel featuring some of the world’s biggest buyout firms on the current outlook for deals in Japan with Hiro Hirano, Member and Chief Executive Officer at KKR Japan and Kazuhiro Yamada, Managing Director and Head of Carlyle Japan Buyout Advisory Team, The Carlyle Group
• Sessions with domestic LPs sharing the type of investments, funds and geographies they wish to commit to featuring Harbourvest, Japan Post Insurance, Pension Fund Association, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, Japan Post Bank and Nissay Asset Management
• Interactive discussions examining the latest mid-market investment strategies from the leading domestic players including Unison Capital, ClSA Capital Partners Japan, Advantage Partners, The Longreach Group and Integral.


2019 Speakers


Takuya Fukumoto
Director of the Industrial Finance Division and Startup and New Business Promotion Office, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

Timothy C. Collins
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner, Ripplewood Advisors Llc


Masanori Asawaka
Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer, Denso Pension Fund

Kirk M. Beaton
Partner, Lexington Partners

Masashi Kataoka
General Manager, Venture & Innovation Investment Group, Alternative Investment Dept., the Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company

Tomoko Kitao
Managing Director, Hamilton Lane

Chris Kojima
Partner and Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Kimiyasu Kono
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Tatsuya Kubo
Managing Director, Harbourvest Partners (Japan)

Toshiyuki Kuruma
Co-head of Private Equity Investments, Tokio Marine Asset Management

John Y.s. Lee
Principal, Lexington Partners

Dennis Mccrary
Partner, Pantheon

Reinier Daisaku Mikami
Senior Associate, Harbourvest Partners (Japan)

Tadashi Nishizawa
Director, Private Equity Investment, Japan Post Bank

Shinji Ohno
Managing Executive, Senior General Manager, Corporate Finance, Asahi Kasei Corporation

Kaoru Onishi
Deputy General Manager, Foreign Equity & Alternative Investment Dept., Nippon Life Insurance Company

Isamu Sai
Partner, Adams Street Partners

Katsushi Sakurai
Principal, Hamilton Lane

Soichi Sam Takata
Head of Private Equity, Tokio Marine Asset Management

Yasuyuki Tomita
Managing Director, Global Investment Management Department, Dbj Asset Management

Mingchen Xia
Managing Director, Hamilton Lane


Atsushi Akaike
Partner, Cvc Capital Partners

Katsuya Baba
Partner, Advantage Partners

Katsunori Banno
Partner, Erm Japan

Michael Boyle
Managing Director, Bain Capital Credit

Tim Burroughs
Managing Editor, Asian Venture Capital Journal

Kee Lock Chua
Chief Executive Officer, Vertex Holdings

Ryo Fujii
Partner, Head of Japan, Permira

Kelvin Goh
Executive Director and General Counsel, Openspace Ventures

James Greenwood
Chief Executive Officer, Permira Debt Managers

Chris Hedberg
Chief Financial Officer, Carval Investors

George G. Hicks
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Värde Partners

Yuichi Hiromoto
President & Chief Executive Officer, Japan Industrial Solutions

Yoshito Hori
President, Globis University; Managing Partner, Globis Capital Partners

Akira Iinuma
Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Polaris Capital Group

Tony Jiang
Co-founder and Partner, Ocean Link

Tatsuo Kawasaki
Founding Partner, Unison Capital

Shinichiro Kita
Senior Partner, Advantage Partners

Megumi Kiyozuka
President & Representative Director, Clsa Capital Partners Japan Kk

T.j. Kono
Partner, Unison Capital

Chris Lerner
Partner and Head of Asia, Eaton Partners

Greg Margolies
Partner, Head of Markets, Ares Management

Mike Mills
Partner, Deal Advisory, Kpmg

Kazuki Nakamoto
Advisor, Crosspoint Advisors

Ryoichi Ogawa
Partner and Head of Operations Group, Polaris Capital Group

Jovasky Pang
Chief Executive Officer, Archipelago Capital Partners

James Riney
Founding Partner & Chief Executive Officer, Coral Capital

Taisuke Sasanuma
Representative Partner, Advantage Partners

Tomoya Shiraishi
C, Phronesis Partners Co. Ltd

Sarbvir Singh
Managing Partner, Waterbridge Ventures

Jun Tsusaka
Managing Partner, Cio and Founding Member, Nssk

Yasushi Ujioka
Partner & Head of Climate Change Investments, Jupiter Impact Partners

Kazuhiro Yamada
Managing Director and Head of Carlyle Japan Buyout Advisory Team, the Carlyle Group

Reijiro Yamamoto
Founding Partner, Integral

Yoshinobu Yarita
Managing Director, Pag Asia Capital

Daniel Yeh
Partner, Head of Private Equity, Asia-pacific, White & Case

Masamichi Yoshizawa
Representative Director and Partner, the Longreach Group

Emre Hidekazu Yuasa
Principal, Globis Capital Partners

Tatsuya Yumoto
Partner, J-star Co., Ltd

Wei Zhou
Founding Managing Partner, Ccv

Sponsors & Partners

2019 Sponsors

• Goldman Sachs Asset Management
• Lexington Partners
• Polaris


• Adems Street Partners
• Advantage Partners
• Ares
• BainCapital
• Carval Investors
• Eaton Partners
• Globis Capital Partners
• Hamilton Lane
• HarbourVest
• J-Star
• Japan Industrial Solutions
• Jupiter Impact Partners
• Ocean Link
• Pag
• Pantheon
• Permira
• Phronesis Partners
• Strait Capital Investment Group
• The Longreach Group
• Unison Capital
• Varde
• Vertex
• Waterbridge Ventures
• White & Case

• Intra Links

• Merrill Datasite One

• Preqin

• Goldman Sachs Asset Management