To IPO or Not To IPO: Strategies and Trade-offs When Selecting the Right Funding Option

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To IPO or Not To IPO: Strategies and Trade-offs When Selecting the Right Funding Option

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The next event in the British Chamber's Business Class for Entrepreneurs series focuses on available options for owners of well-established, mid-stage companies to continue their growth trajectories and prepare for a potential exit. For many, this may include several further rounds of equity funding (Series C to Z), while other businesses with more tangible assets, may see greater benefits in leveraging up and raising debt financing.

At the same time as running the company, owners need to be thinking ahead about major liquidity events and exit strategies. Preparing for IPO or sale of all or part of the business means examining all the pros and cons, and considering how decisions that you make today could ensure a successful transaction in the future.


About the speakers

Alexandra Tracy is President of Hoi Ping Ventures in Hong Kong, which she founded to provide research and consulting on sustainable and low carbon investment in Asian emerging markets. Alexandra began her career as an investment banker in Hong Kong and Singapore, and then ran a number of start-up businesses, including a software company and a publishing and information business. Following the sale of the latter, she was for several years Vice President - Strategy at First Eastern Investment Group, an independent private investment group in Hong Kong. 

Alexandra is a member of the Listing Committee of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, an Active Private Sector Observer to the United Nations Green Climate Fund and a director of the Climate Markets & Investment Association. She was non-executive Chairman of the Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia for six years, stepping down in 2015, and was instrumental in establishing the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change during this period.

Alexandra sits on a number of corporate and non-profit boards in Hong Kong, including Tom Hugh Limited, where she is non-executive Chairman, the Asia Pacific Investors Cooperation and The Indus Entrepreneurs Hong Kong Chapter. She is also an Advisor to the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology's Asian Family Business Research Centre and to the climate commitment community. Alexandra speaks and writes regularly on sustainable finance, development and infrastructure issues.


Ashwin Mahabaleswara serves as the Head of Debt Investments for Asia, Africa & the Middle East at DWM Asset Management (DWM). DWM is a private debt and private equity impact investment manager with a focus on emerging and frontier markets, and recently surpassed $1 billion in impact debt investments in over 40 emerging market countries.  Ashwin also serves on the Loan Committee of Partners for the Common Good (PCG). Founded in 2000 and based in Washington D.C., PCG is a thought and innovation leader within the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) industry.

Prior to joining DWM in 2012, Ashwin served as the Head of Finance & Treasury for Grameen Financial Services, a microfinance institution in India. Previously, he worked in the Indian capital markets at JM Financial (formerly JM Morgan Stanley) and as an Investment Executive advising institutions and high-net-worth individuals at Scotia Capital and Berkshire Securities in Montreal. He served as the Chair of the Quebec Chapter of the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce in Montreal from June 2007 to June 2008.


Kenneth Kwok, a Partner in the Corporate and Business Law group of the Firm, is an experienced cross-border corporate finance lawyer, who specialises in capital markets, emerging companies, private equity and mergers & acquisitions transactions. He regularly advises and counsels issuers and underwriters on equity and debt capital markets transactions, emerging companies, founders and early-stage investors on venture capital investments, sponsors of and investors in private equity funds in connection with fund formations and private equity investments, and buyers and sellers in mergers & acquisitions.

Kenneth has been based in Hong Kong since 2004, during which time he has worked on deals across the Asia-Pacific region, spanning from India to Japan.


Ticket includes a light sandwich lunch.

Member $ 270.00 HKD
Non-Member $ 350.00 HKD
Y-Network $170.00 HKD
Startup $170.00 HKD
  • Reservations in advance are required. Please consider your booking confirmed unless notified otherwise.
  • Cancellations must be made in writing 24 hours prior to the event. No shows will be charged.
  • This event is closed to the media.
  • The event will be cancelled if the No.8 Typhoon signal or the Black Rain Storm warning is in force.
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  • Please make cheques payable to: "The British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong" & send it to Room 1201 Emperor Group Centre, 288 Hennessy Road, Hong Kong

To IPO or Not To IPO: Strategies and Trade-offs When Selecting the Right Funding Option

Wed, November 28, 2018
12:30 PM - 02:00 PM

Alexandra Tracy, Member of Listing Committee, Hong Kong Stock Exchange


Ashwin Mahabaleswara - Director, Head of Asia Debt Investments, DWM Asset Management


Kenneth Kwok, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney


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