Advocacy Talking Points 30 November 2021
Venture Capital 2022: Brighter Skies or Troubled Waters Ahead?
Webinar presented by CFA Institute ARX
Venture capital (VC) is at historic highs with global start-ups raising US$158bn in Q3 2021, an all-time record for the industry. However, the deluge of investment flows does not fully capture today's market landscape. VC is rapidly evolving, undergoing structural changes, facing new challenges, and addressing new client segments. There are also new models and methods for allocators to access VC, which has traditionally been a closed, opaque and capacity-constrained asset class.
Regulatory changes- whether in China, the US or elsewhere, impact how governments grapple with how to regulate, protect data, etc., making certain stages of tech investing even more challenging than it already is. At the same time, capital flows into all separate stages of VC and ongoing restructuring among key players such as Sequoia Capital, necessitate fresh approaches to how allocators invest.
This webinar dives deep into the art of VC due diligence and funding, and explores how the industry has been evolving. The panelists address the following questions:
- How do VCs identify, negotiate, and close deals and what are the commonly adopted SOPs, if any?
- How does a VC maintain the alignment of interests with the founders while not overly diluting their stake to run the business after a round of capital injection?
- What are the skills and personality traits that help someone to thrive in the VC business?
- How does ethics screening works in the VC business?
- New methods to access the asset class that work within the construct of a disciplined and rigorous investment processes/asset allocation principles.
- The road ahead for asset allocators/advisors that are looking at global VC for the first time.
- Dr. Stratos Pourzitakis, director of society advocacy engagement for APAC at CFA Institute
- Dr. Alan Lok, director of ethics, education and professional standards for APAC at CFA Institute
- Chris Shen, co-founder of Revere VC
- Eric Woo, CFA, co-founder of Revere VC
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Stratos is the Director, Society Advocacy Engagement APAC at CFA Institute. He leads CFA Institute efforts to engage APAC societies in conducting advocacy initiatives in their local markets. In parallel, he offers training and support to CFA societies in the APAC region to engage in advocacy outreach with local stakeholders.
Previously, he worked as head of research at Asian Private Banker, he was a part-time lecturer at Hong Kong Baptist University, and he worked for more than five years at the Greek Ministry of Finance. He is also the vice-chairman of the Financial Services Business Council of the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.
Stratos holds a PhD in Government and International Studies from Hong Kong Baptist University, a Master of International Public Policy from Osaka University, and Bachelor in Accounting and Finance. He speaks, English, Greek, Japanese, and some Putonghua and French.
Dr Lok is responsible for nurturing ethics trainers, producing ethics bite-size media as well as facilitating member societies to promote ethical behavior in their local capital markets. In his role, Dr Lok works with member societies to advance awareness and adoption of CFA Institute ethics and standards, as well as policy positions on ethical conduct and culture related issues. This involves outreach to local stakeholders, including the industry, financial regulator, and the public across the APAC markets. Dr Lok also manages ethics related content and events together with societies leaders as well as facilitating their outreach activities on the Asia-Pacific Research Exchange (ARX) post publication.
Dr Lok joined CFA Institute in February 2014 as the Director of Capital Markets Policy in the Standards & Advocacy Division (APAC) before moving to the role of Director, Society Advocacy Engagement (APAC) in January 2017. In that role, Dr Lok has built up close relationships with society leaders and volunteers in the APAC region. Dr Lok was also responsible for directing the establishment of the Asia-Pacific Research Exchange (ARX). Over the years, he co-authored two monographs on portfolio pumping and market manipulation, submitted numerous regulatory consultation papers, written many blogs & articles and supported the Singapore Society in their Industry Research series in the Singapore Business Times.
During the decade prior to joining CFA Institute, Dr Lok was the senior investment manager of a Chinese solar-energy conglomerate and worked as both a buy and sell-side research analyst in Singapore. Dr Lok also served as the Adjunct head of two modules in Nanyang Technological University (南阳理工学院) as well as the module leaders for various universities in Hong Kong SAR, Mainland China, and Singapore.
Dr Lok graduated with a degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore in 2003. Subsequently, he went on to read his MBA at the University of Manchester in 2013. He obtained the FRM certification from the Global Association of Risk Professionals in 2007 and was subsequently awarded the CFA certification from the CFA Institute in 2008. Dr Lok was recently awarded a doctorate degree from the University of Middlesex, London in 2021. His latest publication was a co-authorship with ACCA entitled “21 Sector Analysis: A Questioning Framework for Investors”.
Chris Shen (沈偉士) is the co-founder of Revere VC, where he jointly oversees all investments, asset management, strategic initiatives and operational activities. Chris is also a managing partner of all Revere-managed fund products.
Chris also currently serves on the advisory boards of tech companies FiscalNote, Booqed and Zectr, and is a venture partner with BridgeWood Alternatives and GPO Fund. Chris is also a Founding Partner (non-executive) of West 22nd Capital Advisers, a Hong Kong-based single family office and investment firm that is licensed by the Securities & Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC). Among other roles, Chris established the firm’s operations, served on the investment committee, and led venture capital and external asset manager investments. Before that, he was a special counsel with the global law firm Baker McKenzie, focusing on corporate finance and fund formation matters in the APAC region.
Chris is a Type 1/4/9 responsible officer under the SFC, is admitted to practice law in the State of Texas, and speaks fluent Mandarin. He also serves on the board of directors of the Museum of Chinese Americans (MOCA) NYC and is active with the Association of Asian American Investment Managers (AAAIM) and The Investment Diversity Exchange (TIDE). A native Houstonian, Chris lived and worked in Greater China (Beijing, Taipei and Hong Kong) from 2006 to 2019, and now splits his time between Silicon Valley and Hong Kong.
Eric (烏家隆）is the co-founder of Revere VC, where he jointly oversees all investments, asset management, strategic initiatives and operational activities. Eric is also a managing partner of all Revere-managed fund products.
Eric was formerly Head of Institutional Capital at AngelList, the world's largest online venture capital investment platform that manages US$2.5B in assets and has produced 77 "unicorn" companies. At AngelList, Eric worked closely with family offices to curate early-stage fund and deal opportunities. He also developed systematic and data-driven strategies for institutional investors.
Over the last 11 years, Eric has helped invest over US$160 million as a limited partner in venture funds and as a direct co-investor. Notably, he played a key role in establishing the emerging manager investment programs at Top Tier Capital and Northgate Capital, organizations that collectively have more than $10B in AUM.
Before his venture career, Eric worked in pricing and risk management for a large insurance company and financial guarantor. He also has experience in online marketing and private markets research.
Eric graduated with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and has been a CFA charter holder since 2004.