Speakers

Sanjay Aggarwal

Sanjay is a Managing Director in Citi Private Bank based in Singapore. He is the Southern Asia Head of Investment Finance and has been in the Private Bank since 2010.

He has been a Senior Credit Officer since June 2011.

In his current role, Sanjay is responsible for Citi’s Private Bank’s lending franchise with across Aus/NZ, ASEAN and India. In addition, he is the Program Manager and Team Head for all subscription line lending in Asia. He also oversees the commercial and residential real estate lending by Citi Private Bank across Asia.

Sanjay was previously with Citi’s Global Securitized Markets business from 2004. During this period, his principal focus was on securitized commercial real estate lending lending to Private Equity Funds and REITs across Asia, and asset backed securitization in South East Asia. Sanjay originated and led several landmark and first time transactions, including the first ever Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities transaction from China, the largest financing for the acquisition of a publicly listed REIT in Australia, and the first domestic credit card receivables securitization in Thailand.

Sanjay has been with Citi for over 24 years, based in Hong Kong, Singapore and a number of locations in India, working in the areas of margin lending, aircraft finance, real estate finance, securitization, project and export credit agency finance, loan syndications, foreign exchange and debt and equity capital markets.

Sanjay has a B.Sc (Hons) degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from The City University, London and a M.B.A from Boston University, Massachusetts.

 

John Cahill

John Cahill is the head of the Real Estate Finance practice group and a partner in the Real Estate Private Equity practice of Paul Hastings. Mr. Cahill divides his time between Hong Kong and New York. He has extensive experience working with clients throughout the United States and Asia, including Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, China, and Korea.

Mr. Cahill represents major financial institutions, private equity funds and other institutional investors, in complex domestic and cross-border commercial transactions. His practice has concentrated on the representation of investment banks, insurance companies, private equity funds, development companies, other types of institutional lenders and venture capital firms in the formation of real estate private equity funds and raising equity and debt for such funds. In addition, his practice encompasses the development, acquisition and sale, finance, leasing, operation, management, licensing, branding, repositioning, workout and restructuring of hotels, condo-hotels, resorts and other hospitality, recreational and real estate-based entertainment properties for businesses in North America and Asia.

Mr. Cahill received his J.D. degree from Fordham University Law School.

 

Omar Chaudhary

Omar has responsibility for fund financing for the Merchant Banking Division (MBD).

Prior to assuming this role in 2016, Omar served as head of the US CLO New Issue Business. Omar was based in London from 2012 and headed the European effort on financial institution solutions for credit and mortgage products, and he was head of the Mortgage desk in Asia Pacific from 2005 to 2012. Before that, Omar worked on the Structured Product Syndicate desk in New York before setting up the department’s desk in Tokyo in 2005. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2000 in the Investment Banking Division, where he worked on structured finance solutions for the firm’s clients until transitioning to the Securities Division. Omar was named managing director in 2008.

Omar earned a BS in Business Administration from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College in 2000.

 

Jann Perng Chee

Jann Perng (“JP”) is an Executive Director in the Financial and Strategic Investors Group (FSIG) in Greater China and North Asia, based in Hong Kong.

Before joining FSIG, he worked in Corporate Finance for more than six years, focusing on sponsor financing and structured lending in Greater China.

Prior to joining Standard Chartered in mid-2011, JP worked in China Construction Bank, Bank of America and KPMG Corporate Finance, where he worked on a variety of transactions including M&A, corporate advisory, leverage and structured finance, special assets and capital markets in Singapore and Hong Kong.

JP graduated with First Class Honours from the London School of Economics and Political Science on a scholarship from Singapore Press Holdings, shortly after which he obtained his CFA charter. He speaks fluent English, Putonghua, Cantonese and basic German.

 

Paul Christopher

Paul is the managing partner of the Hong Kong office and leads the corporate and investment funds team in Asia. He regularly advises on the establishment of investment funds, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and restructurings of companies and structures. These will often be private equity-related transactions. He has been with Mourant Ozannes since 1999. Paul qualified as a Solicitor (England) in 1999 (currently non-practising), an Advocate (Guernsey) in 2003 and was admitted as a Solicitor (British Virgin Islands) in 2013.

 

Marco Chung

Marco is an Executive Director in the Legal division of Morgan Stanley, heading up the Private Funds Legal team and the IBD (M&A) Legal team in Asia Pacific. Marco joined Morgan Stanley in 2011 from Slaughter and May where he was a senior corporate attorney in their London and Hong Kong offices. Marco advises on fund formation (both offshore and PRC domestic structure), downstream M&As (minority and majority deals), regulatory issues of the manager and commitment financing of PE funds. He is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales, Hong Kong, Australia (New South Wales) and New Zealand.

 

Tommy Constantinou

Tommy Constantinou is Co-Head of Fund Finance at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Ltd. (SuMi TRUST) within the New York Branch Structured Products Department. Tommy has led the expansion of the Fund Finance business within SuMi TRUST and is responsible for originating and executing asset based and subscription credit facilities. Tommy has extensive knowledge in various asset classes including Collateralized Loan Obligations, Subscription Finance, Middle Market Senior Leverage Facilities and Private ABS. Given SuMi TRUST’s unique position as investor, lender and asset manager within alternative investment universe, Mr. Constantinou acts as liaison between Asia and North America by leveraging relationships and knowledge within the SuMi TRUST global network.

Prior to joining SuMi TRUST in 2011, Tommy was with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (formerly Citi Smith Barney) for four years within the Private Wealth Management Division. Mr. Constantinou is a graduate of Iona College and received his MBA from the Binghamton University School of Management.

 

Derek Crane

Mr. Crane is a Partner and the Group Chief Operating Officer of PAG. He has extensive experience in Alternative Asset Management. Specializing in Fund and Investment structuring, Operations, Corporate Governance and Financial oversight across asset classes. He was formerly with ICAP PLC based in Hong Kong and London, UBS AG in Jersey, Channel Islands and Jones Wertheimer Capital Ltd in Hong Kong.

Mr. Crane is a Fellow Chartered Management Accountant, FCSI and FHKSI.

 

Nicholas Davies

Nicholas is a partner based in Appleby’s Hong Kong office, with a broad corporate finance practice spanning fund finance, capital markets and structured finance, and all aspects of private equity transactional and financing work. He also provides regulatory advice, particularly in relation to international sanctions.

Led by Nicholas, our Hong Kong Fund Finance practice operates as one global fully-integrated team, focuses largely on lender-side representations, and enjoys a market-leading position and global recognition. As a firm, we act for all of the global, regional and niche banks active in the fund finance space. We leverage this expertise and our global credentials in providing the full range of fund finance advice in the Asian time zone out of Hong Kong.

Nick has been rated in various legal directories for both his offshore and onshore work, with Legal 500 noting that he ‘provides excellent advice and is easy to work with’; IFLR ranking him as a ‘rising star’; and Who’s Who Legal commenting that ‘the “impressive” Nicholas Davies offers “expert advice” combined with “substantial understanding and experience” of the commercial, legal and cultural issues associated with completing transactions in this area’.

 

Lee Doyle

Lee has been acting on funds financings for over 20 years and has a unique range of experience acting as internal and external counsel for the major lenders in this sector, including European, US and Asian lenders and across all funds.

Lee is now also Ashurst’s Global Head of Bank Industry and prior to joining Ashurst Lee was Head of the UK Corporate and Global Restructuring Legal teams and sat on the UK Board of RBS. His experiences within the Bank leave him well versed in structuring matters to best benefit internal bank metrics with a broad appreciation of capital and credit matters. Lee particularly specialises in umbrella or multi fund deals with an eye to the growing hybrid market.

Chambers highlights that he is “enormously customer focussed and always willing to go the extra mile”. He is especially admired for his “ability to think outside the box”.

 

Granville Engle

Granville Engle joined SMBC in 2008 and is currently in the Real Estate, Gaming & Leisure Finance department, where he is mainly responsible for providing Subscription Financing within the Asia Pacific Region. He initially worked in SMBC’s New York office and was transferred to the Hong Kong office in 2015 to expand the core business into the Asian marketplace. Prior to working for SMBC, he spent 4 years working for Citigroup Global Markets in New York. Granville holds a Masters in Finance from New York University, an Executive Masters in Science from Baruch College and a Bachelor’s degree in Business from The University of Mississippi.

 

Fabrice Guesde

Fabrice Guesde took up his role as Head of Global Structured Credit & Solutions (GSCS), Asia Pacific in April 2016. Based in Hong Kong, he is responsible for overseeing the development of Natixis’ structured credit solution offering in the region, including across asset-backed securities (ABS), collateralized loan obligations (CLOs), capital call facilities and fund financings, and a range of bank and insurance regulatory solutions.

Fabrice has over 25 years’ experience. He began his career in 1989 at Manufacturers Hanover Bank (now JPMorgan Chase), based in Paris, and in 1991 joined Bayerische Landesbank, Paris Branch as Head of Credit and then Head of Structured Credit & Syndication. In 1996 he moved to Commerzbank as Head of Corporate Banking and Structured Credits, France, and in 2003 he joined European IT business-to-business service provider Econocom as Group Financial Director. He joined Natixis in 2006 as Head of Commercial Coordination in the Structured Finance and Market platform, and in 2008 was appointed Head of Debt Engineering. In 2011, Fabrice was named Head of Credit & Insurance Solutions as part of the creation of the GSCS business line, subsequently overseeing the setup and development of Natixis’ capital call and fund financing business for Europe.

Fabrice is a graduate of Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris, and holds a Master of Law degree from University of Paris II. In addition to French, he speaks English, German and Dutch.

 

Makiko Harunari

Makiko Harunari is the Head of Asia Banking & Credit currently practicing in the Hong Kong office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Makiko regularly represents financial sponsors, corporate borrowers and financial institutions in complex cross-border financing transactions throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including acquisition finance, real estate finance, back-leverage transactions, fund-level financings and other innovative financing products.

Previously based in the New York office, Makiko has long been involved in growing Simpson Thacher’s Banking & Credit Practice in Asia, especially by establishing the Japanese Finance Practice.

 

Tom Highnam

Tom is the Head of the Banking & Finance team at Allens. He has extensive experience advising lenders and borrowers in a range of financings, with particular expertise in fund finance, leveraged and acquisition finance, structured finance, derivatives, and general institutional corporate lending.

Tom is recognised as a leading practitioner representing lenders on financing transactions for both domestic and global funds, including Partners Group, Pacific Alliance Group, Babson Capital, IFM, AMP, Advent Private Capital, Next Capital, Allegro and First State Super. His experience covers the spectrum of funds active in the Australian market including private equity funds, infrastructure funds and offshore funds accessing Australian capital, and his knowledge of this market covers subscription finance facilities, NAV based facilities and hybrid financings. Over the past three years he has led the team advising on 34 capital call facility transactions totalling over A$8 billion and counting.

Client sources in Chambers Asia Pacific describe Tom as ‘… very open, very direct and will tell you straight if something needs to be discussed – he’s the most direct, commercial and savvy lawyer I know’. He is lauded for ‘always knowing the law and documents inside and out’ and being ‘extremely diligent’ in his work.

Tom graduated from Cambridge University in 1996.

 

Brian Lee

Brian Lee is the general counsel of FountainVest Partners, a leading China focused private equity firm with ~US$5 bn AUM. FountainVest’s investments are long-term oriented and target high-growth industry leaders in China in the consumer retail, media and internet, healthcare, industrial services and other sectors. FountainVest works closely with management teams to create value in the areas of strategy, operations, finance, industry consolidation and governance.

Prior to joining FountainVest, Brian was working in the Hong Kong office of a well-known offshore law firm. His legal experience includes (i) corporate finance and corporate restructuring matters such as fundraising transactions for venture and private equity investments, mezzanine and pre-IPO financing, IPOs on global stock exchanges such as Hong Kong, Nasdaq, NYSE, China A-share and London, note and bond issuances of listed and unlisted entities, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, takeovers and privatisations, backdoor listings and company reorganisations; and (ii) fund-related matters such as the structuring and establishment of offshore and PRC private equity and venture investment funds. He had also previously worked in the investment banking and legal fields in Singapore and as a venture capitalist in Shanghai focused on China-related investments. He holds a bachelor of laws (honours) degree from the University of Bristol.

 

John Yong Suk Lee

John is a Principal of Lexington Partners based in the Hong Kong office, and is primarily engaged in the evaluation of secondary purchases of non-U.S. buyout, mezzanine and venture capital interests, and the origination of non-U.S. equity co-investments.

Prior to joining Lexington in 2014, John was a Vice President in Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley, where he executed numerous transactions for various corporate and financial sponsor clients during his eight-year career with the Asia Pacific Mergers & Acquisitions team.

John graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Economics.

 

Viola Lui

Viola is a consultant in Clifford Chance’s Hong Kong office and is experienced in fund establishment and advises private equity funds, hedge funds and real estate funds on their establishment and ongoing regulatory requirements. She is also an experienced financial regulatory lawyer with in-depth knowledge of securities and banking regulations and has advised banks, financial institutions, asset managers and private banks on all key topics under the Securities and Futures Ordinance, the Banking Ordinance and their subsidiary legislations.

 

Pierre Magüé

Pierre Maugüé is a corporate partner at Debevoise & Plimpton. He focuses his practice on acquisition and leveraged buyout financings and structured financings.

Mr. Maugüé brings a global perspective to his work, having lived and worked in Asia, Europe and the United States. He joined Debevoise in 1999 in the firm’s Hong Kong office. He relocated to the New York office in 2002 before moving to London in 2014.

Mr. Maugüé has been recommended by The Legal 500 UK every year since relocating to London, and was previously recommended in The Legal 500 US. The guide has described him as a trusted adviser who helps clients achieve goals in the most efficient manner. Mr. Maugüé is also recommended as a leading lawyer by IFLR1000 (2018).

Mr. Maugüé writes frequently on legal matters related to finance topics. He is the author of “Certain funds in strategic acquisitions,” International Financial Law Review (February, 2016); “ Differing Approaches to the Documentation Risk in European and U.S. Acquisition Financings,” Private Equity Report (Fall, 2014); “French Bankruptcy Law Becomes More Creditor Friendly,” Pratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy Law (July/August, 2014); and “Asset-Based Loan Facilities: Recent Market Trends Relating to Availability,” Westlaw Journal Bank & Lender Liability (June, 2014).

Mr. Maugüé was admitted to the New York bar in 1996, and as a solicitor in England & Wales in 2016. Mr. Maugüé received a Magistere and DESS in Business and Tax Law, with high honors, from the University of Paris II-ASSAS in 1991, and a Master in Comparative Jurisprudence from New York University in 1995.

 

Chiwu Park

Chiwu Park leads Shinhan’s Real Estate Investment Team which helps Korea investors to reach out to the cross border commercial real estate investment / equity / debt markets, including exposure to hard assets and / or credit funds in Alternatives space. His business background is based on the real estate and finance. He is currently focusing on investments in the US, UK, Continental Europe and Japan. Previously he had worked for Korea Exchange Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. in Korean related cross-border financing market.

 

Danielle Roman

Danielle is an experienced banking and finance specialist and advises on a broad spectrum of cross-border transactions including fund financing (in particular subscription credit facilities), asset finance, acquisition and leveraged finance, debt restructurings, project finance, real estate finance, securitisation, Fintech and general corporate lending. In fund financing, Danielle regularly represents investment and commercial banks on subscription credit facilities. Her corporate experience includes advising on mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments and corporate reorganisations. Danielle regularly advises major international banks and financial institutions, listed and private corporations, investment funds and leading onshore law firms. Danielle is on the steering committee for the Fund Finance Association’s symposium for Asia, co-chair of the Women in Fund Finance Asia committee and is also the chair of the Philanthropy Committee Chair for the Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s Women in Finance Asia forum.

 

Paul Sephton

Paul Sephton is a partner in Harneys’ Banking and Finance practice group and is based in their Hong Kong office. He regularly advises a top-tier client base including leading onshore law firms, major international financial institutions and listed and private companies. Paul specialises in debt finance, advising on a range of financial products including leveraged finance, margin lending, acquisition finance, pre-IPO finance, take-private transactions, bond issuances, convertible instruments, derivative transactions, property finance and syndicated lending.

Prior to joining Harneys, Paul worked as a counsel in the finance team of Walkers’ Hong Kong office. He previously worked with Allen & Overy in London and Linklaters in Hong Kong, during which time he undertook secondments with Barclays’ legal team in London and with Standard Chartered’s leveraged finance team in Hong Kong.

Paul is recommended as a leading lawyer by Legal 500 and IFLR 1000, and was named as one of the top ten offshore lawyers operating in Asia in ALB’s 2016 Offshore Client Choice List.

 

Alexander Shaik

Mr. Alexander Shaik is an Equity Partner and General Counsel of ADM Capital.

He has 20 years legal and commercial experience working on corporate and structured finance transactions. Mr. Shaik has been involved in innovative private credit and equity transactions in most of the key Emerging Markets across Asia and Eastern Europe, including China, Hong Kong, Bulgaria, Croatia, Japan, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Australia and New Zealand.

Before joining ADM Capital in 2005, Alexander Shaik was employed in the Hong Kong office of the US law firm, Sidley Austin, and he has also worked with the Tokyo office of UK magic circle firm, Allen & Overy.

Mr Shaik’s role involves supervising legal, structuring, execution and regulatory issues arising in respect of the ADM Capital Group’s investments in Europe and Asia, and covering all of ADM Capital’s seven offices.

 

Richard Siddle

Richard Siddle is a partner in the banking and finance practice in Walkers’ Singapore office. He advises both lender and borrower clients on a wide range of finance matters including fund finance, acquisition finance, syndicated lending, general banking, asset and project finance transactions. Prior to joining Walkers in 2011 Richard worked for Clifford Chance in their London and Amsterdam offices.

 

Jan Sysel

Jan Sysel is a corporate finance partner resident in Fried Frank’s New York office and co-heads the Firm’s fund finance practice. Mr. Sysel represents sponsors, borrowers, arrangers and lenders on a wide variety of financing transactions primarily in connection with fund formation, as well as leveraged acquisitions, spinoffs, recapitalizations and restructurings, across a broad range of industries. He has extensive experience in structuring, negotiating, documenting and executing complex financings, including syndicated senior facilities, mezzanine facilities and private debt placements. His work includes unsecured and secured first and second lien facilities, both cashflow-based and asset-based, with particular focus on fund subscription facilities and other types of investment fund leverage.

Mr. Sysel previously worked on secondment at Goldman Sachs, where he advised on loan transactions for private wealth management clientele. Prior to joining Fried Frank, he practiced corporate law in the Czech Republic for several years and served in the Czech Army as a staff attorney at the Litigation Department of the Czech Ministry of Defense.

Mr. Sysel received his JD from Charles University Law School (Prague) in 1999, his JSD from Charles University Law School (Prague) in 2002 and his LLM from Columbia Law School in 2005, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He is admitted to the bar in New York.

 

Albert Tan

Albert Tan is a Partner and Co-Chair of the Global Fund Financing Group with Haynes and Boone, LLP. Additionally, he serves as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. During his career at the firm, among his lending transactions, he has represented investment and commercial banks, as agents and arrangers in more than $50 billion of subscription secured credit facilities to Asia, US, Europe, Latin America and global real estate, infrastructure, debt, buyout and energy private equity funds, including some of the first real estate private equity funds in Japan, Greater China, Singapore and Korea and some of the largest global infrastructure and buyout funds. From 1997 to 2000, while on a secondment from Haynes and Boone, Albert was based in Hong Kong and served as Chief Counsel of Greater China for Caltex Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ChevronTexaco, overseeing all legal affairs for Greater China. He has made presentations sponsored by PEI – CFO and COO Forum, PERE – Asia, Japan and North America, PEI-Global Alternative Investment Forum, Institutional Real Estate, Inc., PrivCap, Asia Law and Practice, Fund Finance Association’s Global Fund Finance Symposium and Asia-Pacific Fund Finance Symposium, Texas A&M University of School of Law, and Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business; and is recognized as a Leading Practitioner for International Private Equity by Euromoney Expert Guide. Albert received his JD and LLM from Southern Methodist University and Georgetown University; and speaks English and Chinese (Mandarin).

 

Niamh Targett

Niamh heads the Specialty Funds Finance team for Asia at ANZ. The team provides private equity firms in Asia with subscription facilities, hedging support and cash management solutions, along with financing for real estate assets in Hong Kong, Singapore and China.

Niamh has 17 years of banking experience. Prior to joining ANZ, Niamh managed the FIG risk team for Standard Bank London for over 5 years. Previously she worked at ABN Amro, JP Morgan and Barclays Capital across various risk management functions.

 

Emma Wang

Emma is a Director at East West Bank’s Private Equity Group, which provides innovative credit structures to private equity firms in both the US and China. Emma has more than 12 years in banking private equity firms with a primary focus currently in Greater China.

Before joining East West Bank, Emma was responsible for developing client relationships and managing a loan portfolio with private equity firms in the US at Comerica Bank’s Equity Fund Services Group for 6 years. Previously, she worked at MUFG’s Japanese Corporate Banking Group in the New York office.

Emma holds a Master’s in Finance from Brandeis International Business School, and a BA from Osaka Prefecture University. Emma is a trilingual, speaking Chinese, Japanese and English.

 

David Wasserman

David Wasserman is Managing Director and Heads the Subscription Secured Finance business for Morgan Stanley. Mr. Wasserman’s department is responsible for the origination, structuring, syndication and servicing of Subscription Facilities to Private Equity Funds across all alternative asset classes.

Previously, Dave worked at SMBC for 14 years and was the Global Head of Subscription Finance. At SMBC he had lent to real estate, infrastructure & energy, buyout, and credit funds with operations in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas. Mr. Wasserman has been previously with Bank of America and PwC.

David has a B.S. in Applied Mathematical Economics from SUNY Oswego and a MBA and Masters of Quantitative Finance from Rutgers University.