SOURCE: Association for Corporate Growth

May 08, 2008 11:57 ET

ACG Announces Panel Topics for the Second Annual China International Private Equity Forum (CIPEF) June 9-12, 2008 in Tianjin, China

Meet With Senior Executives From Over 1,000 Chinese Growth Companies

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - May 8, 2008) - The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), the Tianjin Municipal People's Government and the All China Federation of Industry & Commerce are pleased to announce panel topics focusing on all aspects of investing in China for the second annual China International Private Equity Forum (CIPEF), to be held June 9-12, 2008, in Tianjin, China. ACG, the premier authority on corporate growth, corporate development, and mergers and acquisitions, is pleased to again co-host CIPEF. Registration is live, please visit for more information.

Last year's event earned rave reviews throughout Asia and drew more than 4,500 corporate executives, government officials and investment professionals for the three day event. In 2008, ACG has recruited members from all over the world to aid in designing the event program, recruiting high-level participants for the panels and to build on last year's spectacular success.

This year's panel topics will include:

--  International Investment in Chinese Growth Companies
--  Corporate Perspectives on Strategic Investment in China
--  The Changing Role of Western Private Equity in China
--  Roles of Intermediaries in Identifying and Completing Deals in China
--  Due Diligence and Managing Expectations

"CIPEF is the best introduction to investing in China and the easiest way to make promising connections for private equity portfolio companies and potential acquisition targets for strategic buyers," noted Patrick Hurley, ACG CIPEF Chair and Managing Director at MidMarket Capital. "Whether you are new to China or a seasoned hand, this is a valuable opportunity to make contacts and deepen your understanding of this increasingly important market."

ACG and Tianjin's third partner, the All China Federation of Industry & Commerce, screens and draws Chinese companies from across the country to the event. Complimentary translators are provided for seamless one-on-one conversations, and meetings can be pre-scheduled or arranged throughout the event to facilitate private sessions with contacts of particular interest.

"ACG members who attend the conference will have unfettered access to private, emerging business owners seeking capital to finance and grow their businesses -- be sure to bring plenty of business cards," said Harris Smith, ACG Chairman and West Region Managing Partner at Grant Thornton.

The Capital Connection at CIPEF will ensure all ACG attendees have their own table at no additional cost, providing a forum to identify Chinese candidates for strategic investment, establish contacts with a wide variety of advisors and market players in China and to forge relationships with Chinese private equity investors as well as prospective corporate buyers and sellers.

"For ACG's 53 chapters in North America and Europe, China continues to represent an attractive and compelling investment opportunity," said Bradley J. Hughes, ACG Acting President and CEO. "I'd like to thank our Chinese partners, as well as CIPEF Chair Patrick Hurley for his dedication and tireless work in driving this initiative for ACG."

Register now at The cost is $1,500 for ACG members and includes transportation from Beijing and Tianjin airports. Please check the website for the latest hotel information. For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Joanne Bonaminio at (312) 673-4981 or via e-mail at

About ACG

Founded in 1954, the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) is a global association for professionals involved in corporate growth, corporate development, and mergers and acquisitions. Today ACG stands at more than 12,000 members from corporations, private equity, finance, and professional service firms representing Fortune 1000, FTSE 100, and mid-market companies in 53 chapters in North America and Europe. For more information, please visit

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