MEDIA MENTIONSTuesday, September 30, 2014

Houlihan Lokey Hosts Portfolio Valuation Seminar in Beijing

On September 22nd, 2014, Houlihan Lokey held a Portfolio Valuation Seminar in Beijing. Dr. Cindy Ma, Global Head of Portfolio Valuations, and Dan O’Donnell, Asia-Pacific Head of Valuations, discussed current trends and topics impacting alternative asset managers investing in illiquid assets. The event was attended by senior executives from leading international and local GPs, LPs, and law firms.

Valuation plays a critical role for alternative asset managers that carry illiquid investments in their portfolios. Limited partners allocating money to alternative asset managers rely upon valuations to make investment decisions, monitor portfolios, and evaluate exit options.  Additionally, regulators are increasing their focus on the valuation of illiquid investments given the ability for these values to be manipulated or improperly accounted for, to the detriment of the investors in their funds. As such, fund managers are faced with the challenge of providing supportable fair value assessments to both their investors and regulators. Best practices dictate that a fund manager have a sound set of valuation policies and procedures, and use appropriate methods and reasonable assumptions when valuing their investments.

During this event Houlihan Lokey’s speakers provided current insights into valuation issues impacting alternative asset managers investing in Chinese and Asian companies. Attendees actively participated and were left with new ideas on how to establish a robust valuation framework and mitigate risk when valuing illiquid assets.

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