Monday, 13 November 2017

07:30

LP registration

07:45

ILPA-PRI breakfast briefing for LPs: ESG and Emerging Opportunities for Transparency and Disclosure (By invitation only)
ILPA and PRI will be co-hosting an LP-only breakfast alongside the AVCJ ESG Forum. Both ILPA and the PRI will share updates from recent initiatives to highlight where progress has been made in aligning LP-GP interests, and areas where further alignment may be required. Over breakfast, LPs will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with colleagues on transparency and disclosures, and explore how various techniques and tools, including the ILPA Reporting Template and the PRI Guidance on Incorporating Responsible Investment Requirements into Private Equity Fund Terms, can provide support to Limited Partners operating in Asia.

08:15

Main conference registration and refreshments

09:00

Welcome address

09:15

Opening keynote interview

09:45

Sustainable investing in private equity: The trends and opportunities in Asia
The rise of sustainable investment practices is transforming private equity investments globally, and in Asia. In addition to soaring demand from LPs, GPs have realised successfully integrating ESG into their investments can improve returns, mitigate risk, and create value. Despite adoption of ESG standards by some Asian firms, take up is still fairly slow and implementation varied. However, consumer demand for ESG-friendly products and services; proven success with solutions-investing; and the growing need for adherence to ESG standards at the time to exit, are all propelling development in Asia. Our panel of senior investment professionals discuss where they see the opportunities and how to generate returns from them.

  • Where do you see the most exciting ESG opportunities in different geographies?
  • How do successful fund managers integrate ESG strategies into their investments to maximize value and impact?
  • How is an improvement in ESG issues translating into a higher exit premium?
  • What can Asian GPs learn from their European counterparts?

10:30

Networking coffee break

11:00

Fireside chat: The rise of impact investing in Asia

11:30

A new climate for sustainable investment
In this policy initiatives update, senior professionals and investors will give an update on the development of the hottest issues affecting responsible investment and analyse the implications for private equity investors:

  • The Trump administration and its influence on trade and sustainable investment
  • China and Green Finance
  • The Paris agreement: Withdrawal of the US vs. support from Asia
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals

12:15

Crisis management case study: Preparing for the worst - scenario analysis and LP incident reporting

12:45

Networking lunch

13:45

Formalising your commitment to responsible investment
Global LPs, are increasingly committed to factoring in ESG as part of the decision process when making a commitment to fund managers. GPs who implement a good responsible investment policy and employ a practical approach to ESG considerations when deal sourcing will attract a wider-range of quality LPs. In this session, our panel of leading GPs and LPs will discuss what constitutes as best practice in responsible investment and how to convert a policy into reality.

  • What does a good responsible investment policy look like?
  • How are LPs taking ESG into account when making their allocation decision?
  • What are the most important ESG factors that LPs look for when selecting a GP?
  • How can responsible investment be incorporated into fund terms?

14:30

LP-GP reporting and dialogue on ESG: Where are we now?
The wide scope of ESG metrics, no formal reporting regulations, and a lack of agreed standards are challenges that hinder the evolution of ESG adoption. To resolve these issues, industry players are developing a toolkit for consistent and streamlined LP-GP reporting for the lifetime of a fund. Panellists will give an update on the progress of this initiative and share how this will help make better investment decisions.

  • What is the value of ESG reporting to LPs and GPs?
  • Proliferating questionnaires, standards and initiatives: How do we simplify reporting?
  • In practical terms, how do we manage the whole process?
  • What does good look like? And how does this translate into investment decisions for LPs and GPs?

15:15

Networking coffee break

15:30

The corporate view: How sustainability is driving performance
Hear directly from a successful corporate who has embedded ESG into its operations on a significant scale. The session will explore why one needs to invest beyond what is necessary from a compliance perspective. They will share real life experiences of what worked, what did not, and lessons they learnt along the way.

16:00

Meet the ESG experts roundtables
These interactive group discussions will each be assigned a key theme with industry experts, to deeply examine a topic in an environment that will promote sharing and networking.

Specialist roundtables on some of the most pressing ESG challenges for investors, including:

  • Safeguarding against governance and corruption
  • Environmental management and climate change
  • Cybersecurity
  • Human capital
  • Food safety

17:00

Close of conference and cocktail reception

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