The Future of Finance: How Private Equity and Venture Capital Will Shape the Global Economy
Chairman, Executive Committee, Castle Harlan
Dan Schwartz was a first-hand witness to the birth of private
equity in Asia and has chronicled its explosive growth over the
past two decades. In The Future of Finance he uses an
insider’s perspective to full effect, pulling together the
views of many practitioners to illuminate both the roots of the
2008 global crisis and private equity’s potential role in
rebuilding our financial system. Schwartz’ fast-paced,
conversational style makes for a welcome contrast to dry economic
analysis—well worth reading for both business leaders and
students of finance.
Managing Partner, TPG
Dan Schwartz’s The Future of Finance offers an
insightful and compelling window into the world of private equity
and venture capital. Schwartz has leveraged his more than 20 years
of industry experience to produce a well researched and nuanced
work that will prove invaluable to anyone interested in these
Managing Partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Asia
For anyone concerned about the future economic impact of global
innovation, job creation, and finance, Dan Schwartz’s
comprehensive new treatise is a must-read. Replete with in-depth
perspectives of dozens of the most senior global venture capital
and private equity leaders and numerous case study examples, this
gem artfully explains the dramatic changes happening in these vital
industries and how government leaders, policy makers, entrepreneurs
and investors must adapt for continuing success in the second
decade of the 21st century.
Dixon R. Doll
Cofounder and General Partner, DCM
Chairman, U.S. National Venture Capital Assoc. (2008-09)
From cottage industry to multi-billion asset class, Asian private equity has transformed the region’s financial and corporate landscape in two short decades. Dan Schwartz was present at the beginning of this fascinating era as iconic spokesman and entrepreneurial founder of AVCJ. His contribution as chief convener to the industry helped shape an asset class. The Future of Finance is forward-looking while drawing upon the rich past of an industry’s development amid volatile cycles, financial crises, pandemics, capital excess, capital drought and Darwinian struggles. Many of the prime movers, who paved the way to the future, have shared privileged views with Dan over the years and now on these insightful pages.
Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners (Asia)
Dan Schwartz’s extensive and experienced network has
enabled him to tap the key issues and insights of today’s
leading private equity and venture capital practitioners around the
world. This enlivens Dan’s stroll through Europe, North
America and Asia as he examines the development of these private
capital markets…and these insights shape the prism through
which he views a future for private equity in the coming
Executive Chairman, Champ Private Equity
Dan Schwartz is the person best placed to write about the
history of the private equity industry in Asia—he was there
right from the beginning. In nearly two decades, he has been a keen
observer of the industry’s developments and market trends. He
was the cheerleader when the industry was down and he has been a
friend to most of the leading practitioners, a position that
provides him with unique insights into the actual workings of the
industry as described in the book. The “New Corporate
Theory” introduced in the last section of the book is an
interesting thesis. If it comes to fruition, it will transform the
shareholder-driven corporate governance model as we know it
Tang Kok Yew
Chairman and Managing Partner, Affinity Equity Partners (HK)
CHAPTER 1 Tomorrow Will Be Different than Today.
CHAPTER 2 Private Equity and Venture Capital: A Primer.
CHAPTER 3 2009: A Very Challenging Year.
CHAPTER 4 2010: Private Equity and Venture League Tables and Niches.
CHAPTER 5 Private Equity and Venture Capital in Markets Around the World.
CHAPTER 6 Industry Issues.
CHAPTER 7 The Next Decade: A Future Scape.
CHAPTER 8 Toward a New "Corporate Norm".
The Class of 2010 (People Interviewed in the Book).
Dan was born in Chicago and attended Oak Park and River Forest High School. He studied at Princeton University and graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School's undergraduate program in 1972. During his junior year, he received his Certificat from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris. He served with the U.S. Army Europe before earning a JD from Boston University and an MBA from Columbia. Dan resides in Hong Kong and San Francisco.
– Knowledge@SMU (Singapore)
“Synthesising the thoughts of the best minds in the private-equity business along with his own, Schwartz creates a masterful discussion of the industry, past, present, and the way forward.”
– The Nation (Thailand)
“The author offers insights into future opportunities and the new economic paradigm ahead of us, not with the intention to lionise but to explain and to look critically at the industry’s present and future.”
– The Star (Malaysia)
“The Future of Finance - How Private Equity and Venture Capital Will Shape the Global Economy offers an insightful and compelling window into the world of private equity and venture capital.”
– Malaysian Business magazine