Tiger cub economies of Southeast Asia to take centre stage at the Asia PE-VC Summit 2017

Menara Berkembar Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo by Vlad Shapochnikov on Unsplash

Singapore and Indonesia may get the lion’s share of attention when it comes to Southeast Asia but we will also shine the spotlight on the region’s tiger cub economies — Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand — at the Asia PE-VC Summit 2017.

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Malaysia is riding strong this year, with record deal volumes in the first half. The country recorded 256 deals (M&A, PE/VC and IPOs) worth $13.6 billion in H1 2017.

Vietnam and the Philippines are among the world’s fastest expanding economies, with growth rates exceeding 6 per cent.

On the back of increased privatisation of its state-owned enterprises and greater focus on infrastructure development, Vietnam is set to welcome more private investment and position itself as Southeast Asia’s next tiger economy.

The Philippines is set to outpace neighbours Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and even Vietnam, with an expected economic growth this year of 6.5 per cent. With a small percentage of car owners and low penetration of modern retail, its consumption metrics suggest a large untapped potential for private investment.

Thailand may appear to be a laggard due to continued political uncertainty but its economy has been on a recovery path. The second quarter of this year saw sustained exports growth momentum and a rebound in private investment help drive the economic growth rate past most analyst estimates.

How do investors view these economies? What trends are they excited about and what challenges could derail these markets? We will pose these questions and more to our panelists who have significant experience of navigating these markets. 

Meet our panelists:

Dzuleira Abu Bakar

CEO, Cradle Seed Ventures

Cradle Seed Ventures (CSV) is the venture capital arm of Malaysia’s premier early stage financier Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd. The firm manages an early stage venture fund based out of Malaysia that focuses investments in internet and mobile technology, software and enterprise solutions, and engineering and hardware.

Prior to CSV, Dzueleira was the VP of Investment at the Malaysia Venture Capital Management Berhad (MAVCAP). In this role, she was responsible for identifying and investing in high growth tech/digital companies and managing strategic partnerships and corporate relations.

Minette Navarrete

Founder and President, Kickstart Ventures

Kickstart Ventures is Philippine telco Globe Telecom’s wholly-owned corporate venture capital arm that funds early-stage digital startups, providing capital, mentoring, and market access. Its portfolio includes SaaS firms such as Kalibrr and Lenddo, ecommerce firms AVA and ZipMatch, and digital lifestyle brands such as Zap.

Minette is also a Senior Vice President at Globe Telecom, focusing on new business, and a member of the Board of Directors of AdSpark, Globe’s wholly owned digital advertising subsidiary. She has held a number of CEO/COO positions in various industries, ranging from scrappy Philippine startups to iconic global companies.

Kin-Wai Lau

CEO, Fatfish Internet Group

Fatfish Internet Group is a Singapore-headquartered regional venture builder and accelerator that focuses on building internet businesses in Southeast Asia and Australia. It is the first of its kind to be listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

Kin-Wai is a serial entrepreneur who founded his first company at the age of 23 and has a track record of building successful companies across internet media, software and biotechnology. He became one of the youngest managing directors of a publicly traded firm in Southeast Asia when he listed his first company, Viztel Solutions Berhad, at the age of 28. Kin-Wai has to-date built five technology companies; four of them are listed on major stock exchanges in the Asia Pacific region.

Priscilla Han

Director of Venture Investments, REAPRA

Southeast Asia-focused industry builder REAPRA invests from a pool of its Japanese founder’s capital. With the goal of developing into a business conglomerate with varied business interests, REAPRA Ventures has made investments in over 35 firms in the region, and also built its own subsidiaries that span across sectors such as digital media, healthcare and education.

With over 10 years of professional experience in the M&A and venture capital space, Priscilla has worked with a range of companies across the growth spectrum, successfully closing 13 M&A deals valued at S$370 million across Southeast Asia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and making over 17 VC investments globally in the Digital Media & Technology space in Europe, U.S., Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Michael A. Finn 

Co-Founder & COO, The Fifth Collection; Co-Founder & Director, Finn Evdemon Capital Partners

Michael co-founded angel investment firm Finn Evdemon Capital Partners in 2006. The firm has made 12 investments in China, Singapore and Indonesia, including in leading Southeast Asian property portal PropertyGuru.

Starting his career with Goldman Sachs, Michael subsequently started his own PE fund, Pangaea Capital Management. The fund was acquired in 2007 by Oaktree Capital Management. He moved to Shanghai with Oaktree to help build its China business, eventually leaving to pursue his own real estate investment advisory, Compania Ltd.

In 2014, Michael Finn also co-founded THE FIFTH COLLECTION, an award-winning luxury vintage fashion re-commerce platform with his wife Nejla Matam-Finn.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.