The most high profile event for private equity and venture capital ecosystem in India is here. VCCircle’s annual congregation of the who’s who of global Limited Partners (LPs) and India-focused General Partners (GPs), representing the cream of the alternative asset management industry, will get together for the third edition of VCCircle’s India Limited Partners Summit, to be held in New Delhi on February 15-16 at ITC Sheraton, Saket.

The two-day event will kickstart with a keynote address by Amul Gabrani, VC & MD of Tecpro System, who will share his views on Indian PE through an entrepreneur’s lens and deliberate on how the PE firms stand to benefit from macro opportunities and powerful entrepreneurship. PE-backed Tecpro, a material handling company which went public in 2010, gave stellar returns to one of its financial investors in its part-exit during the IPO. Undoubtedly, it is one of the many success stories of PE funding in India.

The event will then bring on an esteemed group of panellists, putting forth their views on ‘Marketing India: How to make India more attractive to LPs’. It will have Kelvin Yap (vice-president of HarbourVest Partners) moderating the panel comprising Achal Ghai (founder & managing partner, Avigo Capital Partners), Praneet Singh (MD of Siguler Guff India), Punit Shah (partner & head, PE Tax, KPMG) and Rahul Bhasin (managing partner, Baring Private Equity Partners India).

In the next session, Nirav Kachalia (MD of Morgan Creek Capital Management), Ajay Relan (founder & managing partner, CX Partners) and Sameer Sain (co-founder & MD of Everstone Capital) will come together in a panel moderated by Praneet Garg (principal, Asia Alternatives LLC) to bust some fundraising myths.

Day 1 will also see Nishesh Dalal (partner, Transaction Services, KPMG India) sharing some key findings from a recent report on returns from PE exits in India; a panel comprising Vincent Huang (partner, Pantheon), Maninder Saluja (partner, Quilvest Group) and Vikram Bhaskar (MD, Customized Fund Investment Group, Credit Suisse) deliberating on India-China comparison in a session moderated by Jennifer Choi (vice-president of EMPEA) and another session on venture capital investment trends in the technology field with speakers such as Kiran Rao (principal, Grove Street Advisors LLC), Sudhir Sethi (founder & CMD, IDG Ventures) and Kanwal Rekhi (MD, Inventus Capital Partners) in a panel moderated by Rebecca Fannin (author, Startup Asia).

The opening day of the Summit will also have a keynote address by Bruno E. Raschle (chairman, Adveq) sharing an update on the Asian PE industry and where does India fit in the scheme of things.

The event also includes GP Runway, a platform for select PE funds to present their profiles and investment strategies to an audience comprising of prominent international and domestic PE fund managers, LPs and also the CEOs/managing partners of leading Indian law firms and consultancies.

Day 2 of the India Limited Partners Summit will begin with an overview of India’s macro-economic constraints and growth prospects by Arvind Virmani, executive director (India) of the International Monetary Fund.

This will be followed by a fireside chat on emergence of new models in Indian PE in a session moderated by Deepak Shahdadpuri (MD, Baer Capital Partners) and speakers such as Shankar Narayanan (MD, Carlyle India), Raj Dugar (senior MD, Fidelity Growth Partners).

In the next session, Vikram Godse (MD, Mayfield Fund India), GV Ravishankar (MD, Sequoia Capital India) and Mukul Gulati (MD, Zephyr Peacock India) will deliberate on PE and VC exits in India in a discussion moderated by Kutty Dutta (investment manager, Coller Capital).

In the penultimate session moderated by Gopal Srinivasan (CMD, TVS Capital), Himanshu Kohli (partner, Client Associates), Ameet Desai (CEO, Adani Advisory, the Adani Group Family Office) and Rahul Vohra (head, Global Private Clients, ICICI Bank Wealth Management) will discuss the road ahead for domestic fundraising.

The Summit will wrap up with a panel discussion on the fast-evolving secondaries market. The discussion will be moderated by Amit Dabbas (vice-president, Guggenheim Partners) and will bring together views from Rohan Ajila (managing partner, Capvent India Private Equity) and Jason Sambanju (MD, Paul Capital).

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