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Ashok Khotari, Pioneer In Asian Venture Capital And Private Equity, Speaking At China Leaders Forum 2012

(August 20, 2012, New York) Ashok Khotari, Founding Partner and Managing Director of APC private equity funds, will be speaking at Golden Networking's China Leaders Forum 2012, "Will the Chinese Tiger Come Roaring Back After the Crisis?", New York, October 2nd ( This forum will examine the challenges facing American companies that want to grow and expand their business in China, the opportunities to find Chinese investment partners that can provide a much-needed capital injection while opening the Chinese market, as well as important considerations to look at so that the high-powered Chinese rocket doesn't drastically slow down.

Mr. Kothari is a pioneer in Asian venture capital and private equity participating from angel to pre IPO rounds, and PIPEs. He holds licenses for Financial Advisory and Asset Management from Securities and Futures Commission. He also conducts courses in Art and Science of Private Equity in China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, and Korea.

Investors in his funds have included International Financial Institutions including The World Bank, (IFC), European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, (EBRD), German, Dutch and Swiss Development Banks; major corporations including Acer, GE, Mitsubishi, Reuters and Sumitomo; insurance companies including Daido Life Insurance of Japan and Tongyang Life Insurance of Korea; financial services companies including BNP Paribas, Daewoo, Khan Bank, Shinhan Financial Group; and pension funds.

Mr. Kothari has obtained and maintained Foreign Venture Capital Institution (FVCI) license from Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) for over 10 years. APC's investments in India have included those with the biggest and with best industrial houses including Tata, Birla, Godrej, Srei and Patni.

Mr. Kothari has extensive, hands on operating experience. Prior to APC, he was Hong Kong based Chairman and CEO of W.R. Grace (Asia Pacific) Ltd, which he later acquired in a management buyout. He also served as President of PPG Industries (Pittsburg Plate Glass) Europe, Middle East, and Africa based in Paris, where he led over 8,000 employees in 23 subsidiaries. At both Fortune 100 conglomerates, he executed very profitable acquisitions, rationalizations, LBOs, MBOs, privatizations, and IPOs.

Previously, he was with McKinsey & Co. and Deloitte & Touche, both in New York. Mr. Kothari holds B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Maharaja Sayajirao University in India, and M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford.

China Leaders Forum 2012, "Will the Chinese Tiger Come Roaring Back After the Crisis?", October 2nd, New York City, will provide attendees with the responses to the above-mentioned questions and the most up-to-date review of where the Asian giant stands and the challenges and opportunities for businessmen looking to expand their business with China when others only see growth contraction. Recognized experts, regulators, and strategists, will return to China Leaders Forum 2012 in its fourth edition to provide the information practitioners are looking for in an open and unbiased environment, highly conducive to the most efficient and effective networking.

China Leaders Forum 2012 is produced by Golden Networking (, the premier networking community for business executives, entrepreneurs and investors. Panelists, speakers and sponsors are invited to contact Golden Networking by sending an email to