Thunderbird hosts inaugural Southeast Asia Private Equity Investing Conference

October 18, 2010

Thunderbird School of Global Management will host its inaugural Southeast Asia Private Equity Investing Conference in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam on October 19-21, 2010.  The event will feature rapidly growing small & medium enterprises (SME’s) from throughout Southeast Asia as well as global private equity investors interested in the region. 

The conference, held at the Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers, will explore investment trends in Southeast Asia, with the opening day featuring a discussion on opportunities in state-owned divestitures. The conference will feature expert commentary on agribusiness, energy, and infrastructure; institutional investment trends; risk management; exit strategies; and more.  Additionally, regional SMEs and Mid-size companies will have an opportunity to interact directly with leading funding sources from around the globe.

 “Southeast Asia provides valuable correctives and diversification opportunities through GDP output of 3 trillion USD: larger than India and about 40% the size of China,” said Jim La Marche, managing director, Thunderbird Private Equity Center.”

Due to the high demand of the program, organizers are limiting attendance to 250 individuals, most of who comprise limited partners, general partners, and other professionals from the asset class.  Thunderbird also is expecting approximately 150 SMEs and Mid-size companies from the region for the pre-conference events.

More than 50 expert speakers, from 15 countries, will make presentations at the conference, including Pote Videt, Managing Director, Lombard Investments; Phouthaxy Sivilay, Director General, Bank and Financial Institution Supervision Department, Lao People’s Democratic Republic; Dr. Ros Seilava, Deputy Secretary Generaal, Ministry of Economics & Finance, Kingdom of Cambodia; Helen Wong, CEO & Founder, Lapis Global Limited; Peter Amour, CEO, AIF Capital; John Cook, Chairman, Rock Lake Associates; and Douglas Clayton, CEO, Leopard Capital. (More about the conference here.)

The conference will also feature senior government officials from Viet Nam, Laos, and Cambodia. It is sponsored by CB Richard Ellis, Auxesia Holdings, Lexington Partners, Sciaroni & Associates, IDFC-Singapore, Leopard Capita, Saigon Capital, Dragon Capital, Thai Duong Capital, VNR500, VCCI, and Preqin Ltd.

For more information about the Conference and to register, visit the Conference Web site at or contact Jim La Marche at 602-978-7501 or via e-mail at