2020 Certified Trade Mission for Blockchain
April 20, 2020 - April 21, 2020
April 20, 2020 – April 21, 2020
For Blockchain Venture Capital Funds, Private Equity Funds, Hedge Funds and other Alternative Asset Fund Managers.
One-to-One meetings with pre-qualified investors
HNWI, Family Offices and Institutions
One-on-one meetings with Hong Kong investors.
An opportunity to meet Hong Kong Institutional limited partner investors from the largest Insurance companies, Pension Funds, private family offices and private wealth managers.
A forum to exchange ideas and strategies with Hong Kong investors, other U.S.-based fund managers, and policy-makers from both Hong Kong and the United States.
Opportunities for intimate interaction between U.S. GPs and Hong Kong LPs
What are the cost benefits of participating in Trade Missions?
In less than 4 months, I met more than 200 LP’s in 5 cities on 3 continents. This required an average of two days per city including travel at an average, all-in cost of $300 per meeting. As the founding partner of a new fund, this experience has provided invaluable, first-hand insight into the differing needs by LP region and size, local market dynamics and face to face reaction to our product offering and messaging. For perspective, it would cost at least four times more and take an equal multiple of time to achieve the same results. In other words, 3 months full time with out-of-pocket costs in excess of $300,000! In addition to returning to all these cities for followup meetings within a few months, I plan to participate in Irwin’s upcoming missions to expand our pipeline of prospects and make efficient use of my time and resources.
— Greg Benson, Crucible Venture Partners
- Without the trade mission format, it would be impossible to set up 20-30 LP meetings in one day with pre-qualified potential LPs. It would require multiple days and multiple trips. This is a major benefit in terms of dollars, time and energy saved.
- The same level of meetings would probably require a minimum of two to three trips to meet the same number of high-level people. These additional trips alone are equivalent to or will cost more than the Trade Mission in terms of airfare and hotel.
- Without US Government support you would most likely need to hire a placement agent, which would be a significant up-front cash expenditure.
- A placement agent would also charge you a commission on your earned management fee and on your performance fee. There are no commissions charged on ANY investments you receive during the Trade Mission.
- There is a cost in time and energy involved in identifying prospects, securing contact info, contacting the prospects, convincing them to meet and then coordinating the schedule in an efficient manner. The Trade Mission takes place on one day and all the LPs come to your hotel. This is a major advantage and a significant save in time, expense and opportunity cost. As we all know, "Time is Money".
- The US Embassy is the "convener of stature" for the Certified Trade Mission which lends a prestige to the event, helps guarantee the quality of the attendees, and limits the attrition prior to the event.
Jehan Chu is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Kenetic, a Hong Kong based early-stage Blockchain investment and trading firm. Jehan has been a Blockchain evangelist since 2013, is the founder of the Ethereum HK meetup, Hyperledger HK meetup, and a founding member of the Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong, and Co-Chairman of the Blockchain Committee, Fintech Association of Hong Kong. Jehan is also Co-Founder of Social Alpha Foundation, and is a Global Patron of SF Museum of Modern Art, Kauffman Fellow , Vice Chairman of Para Site Art Space, and Director’s Circle of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Sandra Wu is a Founding Partner at Origin X Capital. She has 12+ years of experience working for Wall Street law firms in Hong Kong and Sydney, like Weil Gotshal, Kirkland & Ellis and Skadden Arps, as a Corporate M&A, private equity fund formation and securities lawyer.
As blockchain and digital assets investor, Sandra has advised various companies on the regulatory complexities of tax, legal & corporate compliance laws in the Asia-Pacific region as it pertains to financial and distributed ledger technologies, digital assets and the innovative capital raising techniques.
Sandra is also the former Head of Legal & Chief Compliance Officer at Mercer, an investment consulting & asset management company that is part of the listed MMC Group on NYSE. Currently, she serves as the President of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) and a Founding Member of the Blockchain Steering Committee of the ACC. She is also the legal & compliance advisor to various US & Asian family offices and the strategic advisor to emerging and established digital asset fund managers in the Asia Pacific.
Sandra’s combined knowledge of the legal complexities governing Asia’s financial markets, and the growing digital assets market, lend her a unique perspective on the future of blockchain development and the regulation of cryptocurrencies in Asia.
Julian Kwan is CEO of InvestaX, a capital markets licensed digital securities platform headquartered in Singapore providing issuance, investment, custody and divestment of private equity and real estate digital securities.
The Singapore based entrepreneur is recognized as a leader in the proptech and blockchain space and is the first mentor for the JLL/Lendlease proptech accelerator propell and has been invited to speak at over 200+ conferences in the region.
He has a passion for constant learning by building better and alternative platforms and systems for the benefit of more not less, and being early at the forefront of change.
He maintains advisory roles with multi-family offices investing into real estate, proptech and blockchain startups through his family office 2H Capital, is an EIR (Entrepreneur in Residence) at INSEAD, and a member of ACCESS (Singapore Blockchain Cryptocurrency Association) and GITA (Global Initiative for Token Alliance).
Alice Chen is the Co-founder and General Counsel for InvestaX. InvestaX is a MAS licensed platform offering end-to-end solutions for the primary issuance, fundraising and life-cycle management of digital securities in the private securities market, specifically private equity, real estate and venture capital. InvestaX is also building a secondary exchange for trading tokenised securities. Alice spent more than 10 years in private practice with prominent international law firms (Skadden Arps, DLA Piper) in the areas of corporate and real estate law across multiple jurisdictions (US, China and Japan) prior to her entrepreneurial journey. Alice is actively engaged in the Fintech and blockchain communities in Singapore and beyond, regularly speaking, presenting and mentoring in the areas of Fintech, blockchain and entrepreneurship. Pioneering a new industry requires her to constantly engage with regulators, policymakers and multilateral agencies across markets. She is a founding member and/or committee member of various industry advocate groups for blockchain adoption (GITA, ACCESS, Digital Exchange Association). She is also a guest lecturer at Singapore Management University Academy in the area of Digital Assets and Blockchain.
Yiu Joe Toh, has over 30 years experience in asset management involving both public and private assets, and working with private family groups, private banks and private equity firms.
The Aglaia Family Office supports ultra high net worth families, trusts and foundations around the world.
He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia.
Dee Hu worked at CICC, one of the largest investment banks in China. He is the Co-founder of T3 Labs, Global Partner at DoraHacks, Former Partner at 8 Decimal Capital, Advisor at Global Blockchain Council Korea
T3 Labs is a multi-strategy blockchain investment firm backed by some world’s most successful family offices.
Professor Renee Leibler is a General Partner and Co-Founder of Harmonic Chain, a firm investing in early stage emerging technologies specifically blockchain infrastructure. Ms. Leibler brings over 15 years of experience in the tech startup space and is also the Founder and President of the NYU Stern Blockchain Digital Asset Forum. Ms. Leibler is a professor teaching entrepreneurship and has co-authored courses in blockchain and cognitive entrepreneurship. Ms. Leibler has had experience as an entrepreneur in the mobile technology space as well as real estate and the equine industry. She brings this experience and perspective to Harmonic Chain.
She hold an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business specializing in entrepreneurship and finance and a B.A. Psychology from Case Western Reserve University and attended the University of Reading, UK for International Politics.
Heidi Pease, As a leader in the Los Angeles blockchain community, Heidi co-founded the Los Angeles Blockchain Lab — a collaboration of academia, government, enterprise, and community focused on developing the blockchain ecosystem in Southern California and abroad.
Alex Nascimento, MA, MBA is a faculty member and Co-founder of the UCLA Blockchain Lab & Blockchain at UCLA where he lectures on Blockchain Business Applications and Security Tokens in addition to his role of Managing Director of 7CC – Blockchain Investments, a company focused on supporting & fostering the Blockchain industry.
Alex got his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and has developed training, marketing & blockchain strategies for companies in the United States, Latin America, and Asia.
Alex can be found lecturing at UCLA and speaking at main Global Blockchain conferences and Corporate events about the future of Blockchain Technology & Security Tokens.
Flavio Mansi, Since the end of 2017 Flavio has been leading a group of highly talented individuals who are developing the TessaB blockchain ecosystem. He has gained distinct insight and experience in the technology industry sphere, having spent 16 years at Qualcomm with roles that included Senior Vice President and President of Qualcomm Latin America. More recently, Flavio joined PCS Wireless as Chief Commercial Officer in 2014 and has held several roles within the PCS group of companies. Flavio is passionate about the great opportunity TessaB has to revolutionize the way people buy and sell mobile devices and related services, while introducing cryptocurrency to a mass consumer audience.
LP Participant Profile
A unique feature of the U.S. Commerce Department Certified Trade Mission is the leadership of prominent and knowledgeable Hong Kong business leaders as our Hong Kong co-chairs for LP recruitment, who work in partnership with the U.S. embassy to recruit the right mix of LP attendees.
Partial List of Hong Kong LPs that participated in previous Trade Missions
ACA Capital Group
AIA Company Limited
Bank of China
Baring Asset Management
Blue Pool Capital
BNP Paribas Bank
Bright Minds Capital
Changjiang Securities Holdings
Cheetah Investment Management
DBS Bank(Hong Kong) Limited
Dymon Asia Capital(HK)Limited
Fact Family Office
Fortune Management Consulting
Grand Paradise Group
Houston Investment Limited
IAM Legacy Family Office
New World Strategic Investment Limited
Orca Capital/Atom Assets
Orix Asia Capital
Peace Field Ltd
Pinnacle Capital Ltd.
Sinopac Asset Management
Star Magnolia Capital
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Endowment
April 20, 2020
7:00 pmWelcome Reception hosted by the Consul General representing the United States to Hong Kong and Macauat. Reception to be held for the U.S. GPs and Hong Kong Investors.
April 21, 2020
7:00 am - 8:30 amBreakfast on your own in the Horizon Club Room
8:30 am - 9:00 amRegistration of LP & GP attendees and light breakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmOne-on-one meetings: Members of the U.S. delegation will meet one on one with each investment professional from the leading Hong Kong institutions, insurance companies, pension funds and family offices. Each attendee will meet with each Hong Kong institution. Meetings will be approximately twenty minutes long.
12:30 pm - 1:30 pmLunch
1:30 pmTrade Mission formal program ends
April 22, 2020
*The government of the United States, particularly the US Department of Commerce and the US Embassy is not involved in selecting or recruitment for this mission. Such selection and recruitment is strictly left to the mission organizer. The US and foreign commercial service supports the goals of this event but does not endorse the specific products or views of the participating organization.
Fees & Registration
First Attendee: $19,500
Second Attendee: $5,225
Payment may be made by wire transfer. Full payment is required to reserve your attendance and is due immediately.
Attendance is by invitation only. The quantity of fund manager participation is strategically limited to maximize the level of overall access and one on one meeting opportunities with our foreign institutional investor attendees. Since space is limited, we encourage you to register immediately to reserve your spot.
Included in your certified trade mission fee are the following:
Deluxe accommodations: Two nights at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
King Club Harbour view room
Exclusive access to the Grand Club Private lounge
Breakfast, lunch, and snacks
Dedicated on site team for you while in Hong Kong
Complete Conference program including one-on-one meetings arranged with Hong Kong’s leading institutional investors and family offices.
Distribution of your materials to Institutions prior to the Trade Mission.
Complimentary local telephone calls.
GRAND HYATT HONG KONG
1 Harbour Road
Hong Kong SAR, China
The fee does not include:
International Air travel
The cancellation policy is as follows:
60 days or more: Refund of 75% of full Payment
59-30 Days: 10% refund
Less than 30 days: No refund