Applying global lessons to Asian tech investments

With Cyrus Driver, Managing Director, Partners Group

Asia is seeing intense competition for technology assets, and global private equity major Partners Group is the latest to join this crowded space. Can the Swiss alternative assets manager, which plans to allocate 15-20% of its global tech investments to opportunities in Asia to start with, stand out? Driver, now managing director of Partners’ Private Equity Technology business unit, will dwell on the firm’s efforts at making pure technology investments as part of its strategy after the global pandemic has thrown up a plethora of opportunities with enormous growth potential.

While Partners Group has invested in software services providers in the US and Europe, its exposure to similar opportunities in Asia remains limited. Can the firm bring its learnings from non-tech businesses that it typically invests into sectors such as SaaS, software and other segments within the internet ecosystem? Partners Group has recently reorganised its business units based on sectors as opposed to geography previously.