Venture Capital investments are becoming increasingly popular and prevalent in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Each investment may be unique, but there is no need for founders and investors (and their respective advisors) to spend time and incur costs by preparing and negotiating each investment from scratch, especially for early stage financing.
Join us to learn commonly used VC terms and their applications. The panel will then provide exclusive insights to the fund-raising process and engage in a free-flowing discussion where they will share anecdotes about their experiences and provide advice to budding investors and entrepreneurs.
The Venture Capital Investment Model Agreements (“VIMA”) Kit was prepared by the VIMA Working Group.
2:00pm Registration and Networking
2:15pm Introduction to VIMA
Term Sheet & Negotiation
Case Study Discussion
3:45pm Tea Break
4:10pm Panel Discussion: Fundraising Process from the Investor’s and Entrepreneur’s Perspective
Moderator: Christian Chin, Partner, ALLEN & GLEDHILL LLP
Panellists: Aaron Tan, Co-Founder, CARRO
Dmitry Levit, General Partner, CENTO VENTURES
John Cordova, Director & Regional Counsel, Corporate Finance/M&A, GRAB
Kuan Hsu, Co-founder & General Partner, KK FUND
Kelvin Goh, General Counsel and Executive Director, OPENSPACE VENTURES
Nicholas Soh, Senior Associate, Allen & Gledhill LLP
Nicholas has acted for clients in connection with various matters with a particular emphasis on private mergers & acquisitions (joint ventures, private equity and venture capital work). Nicholas was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in August 2014, and acted as a facilitator for the Singapore Legal Institute of Legal Education Part B Course from 2016 to 2018. Nicholas completed a 6-month secondment with Slaughter & May Hong Kong in the Corporate Department in 2018.
Christian Chin, Partner, Allen & Gledhill LLP
Christian’s areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, corporate restructuring, joint ventures, employment law and general commercial contracts. Christian has been a Legal Case Studies Instructor at the NUS Law School and a lecturer and instructor for the Corporate & Commercial Practice module of the Singapore Bar examinations. He has been cited as a notable individual in Corporate and M&A by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and also noted for his work in M&A by IFLR1000.
Aaron Tan, Co-Founder, Carro
Aaron is a programmer by training and a venture capitalist by profession. Aaron started his venture capital journey at Singtel Innov8 where he spent 5 years overseeing Singtel Innov8’s investments in Southeast Asia. He later left Singtel Innov8 to start Carro with his other Co-Founders, and recently closed a US$60 million Series B round led by SoftBank Ventures, Insignia Ventures Partners and B Capital Group.
Dmitry Levit, General Partner, Cento Ventures
Cento Ventures is an early stage venture firm focused on supporting digital businesses operating across multiple fragmented emerging markets. Cento has been in operation since 2011, with majority of its investments concentrated in Southeast Asia. Cento’s portfolio includes, among others, region's premier digital payments player 2C2P (Thailand), region’s first and leading direct carrier billing provider Coda Payments (Indonesia), SEA's largest digital advertising platform CtrlShift (Singapore / Malaysia), region’s fastest growing price comparison platform iPrice (Malaysia), and several transactional marketplaces including Malaysia-based financial product delivery expert Jirnexu (Ringgitplus) and Thailand-based regional medical services aggregator Medical Departures. As the general partner of several funds under Cento’s management, Dmitry is responsible for overseeing all investment and fund activities in Southeast Asia.
John Cordova, Director & Regional Counsel, Corporate Finance/M&A, Grab
John is Director and Regional Counsel of Grab, the leading ride-hailing app in Southeast Asia and developer of Southeast Asia’s first everyday app, managing the legal aspects of corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions transactions of Grab. Prior to joining Grab, John was in private practice for approximately 16 years, where he spent time as a Partner at Rajah & Tann LLP, Counsel at Clifford Chance and Senior Associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
Kuan Hsu, Co-Founder and General Partner, KK Fund
Focusing on early stage internet and mobile investments in Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. He started his career in management consulting with McKinsey & Co. in the US, then focused on supply chain management in the US and China while at Solectron, an Electronics Manufacturing Services provider. Kuan obtained an MBA/MA joint degree from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and became an investment banker in the US with Goldman Sachs executing M&A deals in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector. He subsequently moved to Singapore, executing PE deals at Temasek throughout the region prior to becoming a Venture Capitalist responsible for GREE Ventures' Southeast Asian operations.
Kelvin Goh, General Counsel and Executive Director, Openspace Ventures
Kelvin Goh is an Executive Director and the General Counsel of Openspace Ventures, a fund focused on early stage technology companies in South East Asia. Prior to joining Openspace, Kelvin spent more than 10 years working at an international law firm in its London, Tokyo, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore offices.
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