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August Newsletter 2009
Dear AVCAL Colleague

Latest Policy and Research News

The latest mergermarket Private Equity alert. (AVCAL members only content.)

In the last six months to June 09 the top 5 PE firms in Asia-Pacific invested over US$21b in 8 deals according to the recent mergermarket Monthly M&A Insider. (AVCAL members only content.) . The value of PE investments in Asia-Pacific during the second quarter of 09 is at its highest point since the third quarter of 08.

$243m Allocated towards collaborative research and innovation

$64m From the IIFF allocated to 11 fund managers

AVCAL 2009 carbon-friendly initiatives

On the drawing board

We'll make an announcement shortly regarding UNPRI. We've had an expert panel prepare a submission to the AVCAL Council and we'll communicate the outcomes over the next few days.

Our events and training programs are undergoing a revamp. We expect to do some face to face surveying of members over the next few months to ascertain market demand so that we can continue to deliver the very best programs for you. Please contact us if you'd like to take part in a survey interview.

Only six weeks until conference. Registrations tracking well with 27 partners supporting us and 500 registrations. The conference program is available on the website. Submissions are all in for the annual AVCAL Awards, and these will be announced at conference at the dinner. Registrations are still open for members. You can register now. Travel can still be arranged through our partner, CTM on karen_larsen@ctm.com

Updated AVCAL Confidentiality Agreement template now available

The AVCAL Confidentiality Agreement template has been recently updated. The main changes relate to information that is required to be kept for specific purposes (the addition of section 5(e), and clearer flexibility in setting the expiration period (replacing the words "2 years" in section 8).

Victoria-Israel technology fund offers access to investment and global markets. Applications are now open and will close on 17 September 2009. For more information visit our website or call Roland on (03) 965 18170

Thanks a lot

I'd like to acknowledge the partners that have joined us this month, including KPMG who'll support us to convene the first of our AVCAL Executive Forum events and Coller Capital Partners from the UK who have joined us as conference partners.

Also a big thanks to Liz Crowhurst, Ironbridge, Louise Davidson from cbus and Azhar Ibidi from IFM for their tireless work on the principles for responsible investing. Cheers!

We would also like to thank the following AVCAL Members for completing the AVCAL Activity and Performance Survey FY2009.

Advent Private Capital

Accretion Investment Management

Anchorage Capital Partners

Hastings Private Equity

Navis Capital Partners

Technology Venture Partners

Tasman Capital Partners

The AVCAL Activity & Performance Survey FY2009 is currently open. All members would have received a launch and reminder email letter consisting of their login details and other facets of the survey. The deadline for the survey is August 26, 2009.

Katherine Woodthorpe
Chief Executive
AVCAL Events

"LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER" 26 August - VIC Lunch, The Relenza Biotech Story - A world first for Australia with Peter Cook of Biota. Register now

28 August - QLD Lunch "Super" into Queensland Private Equity. Register Now.

30 Sept - 1 Oct AVCAL 2009 Conference - Register now!

Other Events

Taxation Institute of Australia offers AVCAL members a discount to the following events. Mark AVCAL on the registration form.

17th National Tax Intensive - 'Extracting Value', Noosa. 27 - 28 August 2009 . Register now

2009 National GST Intensive Conference, Melbourne. 3-4 September 2009. Register now

2009 AIRG Winter Conference, 19th - 20th August 2009, Parliament House, Canberra. Register Now.

21 - 22nd September, Excellence in Mining & Exploration , 2009 Hilton Hotel, Sydney. Special rates available for AVCAL members. More details

Super Return Asia 2009 Conference, 21-24 September. Quote: KN2212AVCAL for 15% discount. More details

4-8 October Hong Kong, The International Company Directors Course October 2009. For more information

Tech23 Celebrating Innovation 2009,Sydney, 27 October 2009. Register now

Private Equity & Venture Capital Law Master class November 18, 2009, Sydney- Legal case studies and new strategies to manage distressed debt, LBOs, pipe deals, new fund formation and fundraising.
Contact: Stephanie.Sudzina@keymedia.com.au

Family Office Congress -December 3-4th, Sydney
Significant Australian families come together annually to explore issues of capital preservation and family endurance. Private families like to invest differently -can you help them? To see details of the congress or register visit http://www.tippingpoint.com.au/avcal/redirect.asp?preview=&firstname=*FName&id=214&linkid=1520

In this Issue:

5th Australia-New Zealand Climate Change & Business Conference
Melbourne, 24-26 August 2009
Register now.


Archer Capital

BOS International

Castle Harlan


Coller Capital

Champ Private Equity

CM Capital

Credit Suisse

GE Commercial Finance








Next Capital

NBC Capital

Pacific Road Capital Management

Pacific Equity Partners

Propel Investments


RMB Capital Partners




Ernst & Young




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