The outlook for the Australasian market is positive as a record number of IPO exits have provided strong returns for investors, proving that Private Equity can outperform listed equities and compete with global divestment figures, says Tim Burroughs, Managing Editor of Asian Venture Capital Journal, a leading financial research publication in the Asian markets.

“As the Australasian industry continues to mature, Australian fund managers are finding that they must evolve, diversify and display skills to drive value in a low-growth environment and achieve world-class results from current deals to justify future commitments when competing on a global state,” said Mr Burroughs.

“We expect most local super funds will continue to move to a more global Private Equity focus, although with a key exposure to a few local Private Equity funds,” commented Michael Weaver, Manager, Private Markets, Sunsuper, a participant at AVCJ Australia & New Zealand Forum.

“However as superannuation funds become larger this means that while the domestic allocations will reduce as a percentage, the dollar allocations will remain the same or increase slightly,” he added.

The 2015 AVCJ Australia & New Zealand Forum, to be held in Sydney on March 4-6, will host leading global and local leaders speaking on upcoming expectations in investment activity, the opportunities in local private markets, ways to diversify by investing in real assets, and how Australasian benchmarks on the global stage.

The conference will also provide an opportunity to meet and hear the views of Limited Partners and thought-leaders on private equity.

“The AVCJ offers a great platform for anyone involved in private equity to get together and talk about the industry, and the best private market investment opportunities across Asia” said Mr Burroughs.

The 12th AVCJ Australia & New Zealand Forum, will be held at the Westin Hotel in Sydney on March 4-6, 2015.

Speakers confirmed to attend include:

Marcus Simpson, Head of Global Private Equity, QIC
Tim Sims, Managing Director, Pacific Equity Partners
Robert Credaro, Head of Growth Assets, First State Super
Simon C. Moore, Managing Director, The Carlyle Group
Michael Weaver, Portfolio Manager, Sunsuper Pty Ltd
Benjamin C. Gray, Managing Partner, TPG Capital
David Simons, Director, Private Equity, Future Fund
Steve Martinez, Head of Asia Pacific, Senior Partner, Private Equity, Apollo Management, L.P.
Neil Stanford, Investment Manager – Private Equity, HOSTPLUS
Natalie Meyenn, Head of Private Equity, MLC
The 2014 Annual AVCJ Forum brought together more than 265 of Australasia’s leading business executives, including over 90 LPs, for two days of discussions about the state of the market and how the industry can continue to attract investors, deliver returns and help Australasian businesses grow.

About Asian Venture Capital Journal:

Asian Venture Capital Journal (AVCJ) is a renowned magazine and online journal covering the private equity industry in Asia. It has been hosting events in the region for more than 20 years, including the Hong Kong Forum, the largest gathering of institutional investors in Asia. The firm has been at the forefront of the industry’s development by offering country-specific events across the Asia Pacific region over a number of years.

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