Hogan Lovells Sovereign Investor Conference 2018

Hogan Lovells hosted its second annual Sovereign Investor Conference in New York on 17 October 2018 featuring keynote speaker Michael Sabia, President and CEO, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.

The conference, attended by investment professionals, as well as deal and regulatory lawyers, explored a number of key issues facing government-linked investors this year including trends in venture capital, investments in healthcare and life sciences with an emphasis on digital health and medical technology, and the impact of legislation and regulation such as CFIUS, tax reform, and data privacy on institutional investors, including:

Trends and developments in venture capital

Sovereign investors have increasingly targeted investments in venture-backed technology companies, and several have in recent years established offices in key markets to pursue their investment strategy. Our panelists discussed the current state of venture capital, identified key trends, and highlighted emerging areas that they and their peers expect to pursue in the near future.


  • Steve Abbott, Managing Director, Sapphire Ventures
  • Sean Lee, Vice President, Early Stage Investing, Wells Fargo Strategic Capital
  • Linus Liang, Principal, Signia Venture Partners
  • ChenLi Wang, General Partner, WndrCo
  • Jon Layman, Partner, Hogan Lovells (Moderator)

Life Sciences: digital health and medical technology

The life sciences sector continues to witness rapid transformation and innovation, and receive significant attention from institutional investors. The panel focused on one area of particular importance – digital health and medical technology – that is rapidly redefining health care.


  • Matthew Gline, Chief Financial Officer, Roivant Sciences, Inc.
  • Paul Manias, Managing Director, OMERS Platform Investments
  • Dave Mott, General Partner, New Enterprise Associates
  • Armie Lee, Healthcare Reporter, TheStreet and The Deal (Moderator)

Washington Insights: legislative and regulatory developments, including CFIUS, tax reform, and data privacy

CFIUS, tax reform, and data privacy are all major issues confronting institutional investors. Our panelists addressed these important topics, provided insights on the Trump Administration, and identified the key policy issues that they anticipate will be the focus for 2019.


  • Eric Chewning, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Industrial Policy, Department of Defense
  • Brian Curran, Partner, Hogan Lovells
  • Scott Evans, Managing Director, Discovery Capital Management
  • Robert Glennon, Partner, Hogan Lovells
  • Harriet Pearson, Partner, Hogan Lovells
  • Isobel Markham, Editor, Private Equity International (Moderator)

If you would like to receive a copy of the key takeaways from the 2018 Hogan Lovells Sovereign Investor Conference, please contact either Babak Nikravesh or Paul Downs.

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