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Victorian Treasurer to open Asia Pacific Financial and Innovation Symposium

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Tim Pallas MP

Minister for Industrial Relations
Minister for Economic Growth
Parliament of Victoria

Before entering Parliament, Tim worked as Assistant Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Chief of Staff to former Premier Steve Bracks, and had roles with the Federal Firefighters Union and the Storemen and Packers Union.

Tim believes strongly in his father’s mantra ‘give more than you get’ and has always wanted to give back to the community. This is what prompted him to run for Parliament. Tim’s vision for Victoria’s future is for Victorians to be empowered to get the jobs, education, housing, and lifestyle they aspire towards. He wants it to be a busy, liveable, global city. Victoria should be an Asian Pacific headquarters for tech, renewables, and financial services, and it should be renowned worldwide for its arts, culture, green parks, and great food.

An invitation to lead from the front

In the ever-evolving landscape of the financial industry, predicting the deployment of capital into the future is a monumental challenge, particularly in an environment characterised by pervasive uncertainty.

Welcome to this pioneering event curated for the financial industry sector, where innovation meets expertise to shape the future of finance. Spearheaded by industry luminaries including Lee Ainslie of Maverick Capital, Henry Cornell of Cornell Capital, Robert Kapito of BlackRock, Kathleen McCarthy of Blackstone, Steve Schwarzman of Blackstone, and James Zelter of Apollo, this groundbreaking event promises unparalleled insights and strategic vision.

The symposium delivery is meticulously designed to inspire and provoke thought. Participants can expect dynamic discussions, engaging debates, and innovative ideas that challenge conventional thinking and spark new perspectives.

Steve Schwarzman

Steve Schwarzman
Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder

CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone, a global leader in growth equity, secondary investing, special situations, and classic buyouts on a worldwide scale. And real estate, where it presently holds the greatest share of global commercial real estate.

James Zelter

James Zelter

Co-President of Apollo, one of the world’s largest alternative credit investors, offers insights into the evolving landscape and how private credit has emerged as the next frontier for investors in their ongoing search for higher risk-adjusted yield, and for borrowers looking for access to flexible and cost competitive capital solutions in order to fuel growth.

Robert Kapito

Robert Kapito
Co-Founder and President

A stalwart of the financial industry and President of BlackRock, brings unparalleled expertise in asset management and financial innovation. His insights into global market trends and investment best practices will provide attendees with actionable strategies to navigate an increasingly complex investment landscape.

Lee Ainslie

Lee Ainslie
Managing Partner
Maverick Capital

Renowned for his astute investment strategies at Maverick Capital, brings a wealth of experience in navigating volatile markets and identifying lucrative opportunities. His perspective on market dynamics and risk management will be invaluable to attendees seeking to optimise their investment portfolios.

Henry Cornell

Henry Cornell
Founder and Senior Partner
Cornell Capital

With his extensive background in private equity and investment banking, offers a unique perspective on deal structuring and capital deployment. As the founder of Cornell Capital, he brings a strategic focus on driving growth and creating long-term value in today's competitive landscape.

Kathleen McCarthy

Kathleen McCarthy
Global Co-Head of Real Estate

Co-Head of Blackstone, brings a wealth of knowledge in alternative investments and strategic advisory. With a focus on real estate, private equity, and infrastructure, Kathleen's expertise will shed light on emerging trends and investment opportunities in non-traditional asset classes.

Together, these industry titans are at the forefront of financial innovation and strategic thinking. Whether you're interested in fintech innovation, risk management strategies, the housing crisis or sustainable investing - attending APFIS 2024 is essential.

Where will you meet these thought leaders under one roof? Mark your diary for one day only, 16 April 2024, at the Palladium at Crown, Melbourne. To be a part of this remarkable opportunity, register your interest at down below.

Join us as we explore the latest trends, opportunities, and challenges in the financial industry and chart a course towards a more resilient and prosperous future.

You can expect interactive discussion, cross-sector collaboration, actionable insights, problem-solving orientation and plenty of networking.

On behalf of myself and the members of the Organising Committee, we look forward to welcoming you to this landmark event.

Sam Silica

Sam Sicilia, Symposium Chair
Chief Investment Officer

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters throughout Australia. We acknowledge the First Peoples throughout Victoria and their ongoing connection to the land and water. We pay our respects to their culture, knowledge, and Elders past and present.