In Person

2019 China Fund Manager Seminar Series

November 14, 2019
Event details
November 14, 2019
8:30 am
Hong Kong, China

Event summary

Join us for our annual seminar series aimed at managing directors, CFOs and in-house counsel of venture capital and private equity firms doing business in China. A team of senior Cooley lawyers specializing in fund formation and investment matters will address current commercial and legal issues facing China funds.

This event is by invitation only and there is no charge to attend. For more information, please email Heather Slavey.


8:30 Registration, Coffee and Light Breakfast
9:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:30 Ten Years of Good Times: Fundraising Strategy in 2019
It’s been a long ride. For the last decade, fund managers have had the upper hand in fundraising as LP demand has been historically strong and many new entrants have entered the PE/VC asset space. As the market cools, what fundraising strategies prevail to ensure the best outcomes? The panelists examine these issues and offer strategic guidance for the times at hand.
10:10 Unicorn IPOs: Avoiding the Pitfalls
The Cooley IPO team and a Hong Kong based IPO banker discuss the state of play for unicorn companies seeking an IPO. What went wrong in the WeWork meltdown? Are Asia based companies in a distinct position compared to US companies or are the issues the same? Are private market valuations simply too high? What happens when the company misses the QIPO target? What should the fund do when your fellow shareholders press you to waive the QIPO threshold? What other levers are investors pulling that impact the future of IPOs for Asia and global unicorns?
10:50 Networking Coffee Break
11:10 Walk Me Through Saying Goodbye: A Case Study of Handling an MD Termination
Sometimes the team determines that an MD has to leave the firm, or an MD on their own initiative decides to leave. Without care, it’s possible that the departure negotiations and the internal office dynamics can turn quite negative. The panelists explore best practices to handle these situations with dignity for the best outcome possible and offer specific tips about approaching and structuring departures to best protect the fund manager’s business.
11:50 Networking Lunch
13:00 Program Concludes

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