Program

Wednesday 24 February 2021
9:00am
Registration and networking
9:30am

Welcome

9:35am
Challenges and opportunities post COVID-19

Outline of the economic effects of the pandemic and what it means for the Australian and New Zealand private capital markets over the year ahead.

  • Paul Bloxham – Chief Economist Australia and New Zealand, HSBC
10:00am
Running a growth fund – why it is different from venture or buyout

Outline of early (first year) experiences in developing a growth fund. Contrast with (primarily) buyout funds as well as venture funds. What should a growth investor look for in an investment and what should it offer in addition to potential for a cash return?

  • Justin Ryan – Managing Partner, Quadrant Private Equity

10:25am

Impact investing – the commercial lessons 
LeapFrog Investments has directly improved the lives of disadvantaged people in developing economies in Africa and Asia while generating private equity level returns for its investors. This presentation explains the firm’s ‘profit with purpose’ concept and its lessons for all growth investors.

  • James Burton – Senior Manager, Strategy, LeapFrog Investments

10:50am

Networking Morning Tea
11:20am
Can Growth Capital and Venture firms work together for mutual benefit?

It would seem to be natural for tech companies to progress from venture to growth funding as they develop. Are there opportunities to improve this process? Where and how should Growth Capital and VC firms work together?

12:00pm

Why ESG considerations can make or break an investment
While many private capital investors now accept that environmental social and governance considerations should be included in due diligence on deals, some still see ESG as risk issues to be dealt with at the compliance level. In this discussion, we will look at reasons why ESG considerations are important for investment teams.

12:30pm

Networking Lunch

1:20pm

Sources of funding – getting the balance right between debt and equity

Entrepreneurs need funding to convert ideas into viable businesses. Investors want security for their capital. How can the different requirements be balanced?

2:00pm

Scaling up a business – practicalities and pitfalls

Even with adequate funding, scaling up a business can be a challenging process. This session takes an inside look at why some succeed and some fail.

2:40pm

Networking Afternoon Tea

3:10pm

Opportunities for growth – new needs, new industries

In this session, the audience will be presented with three views of growth companies of the future.

3:50pm

Routes to Exit 
This session looks at the alternative routes to find a return on investment that may be considered by growth businesses, their investors and advisors.

4:30pm
Closing remarks
4:45pm
Networking drinks
* This program is subject to change
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