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Event Date

22 March 2019

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Event Location

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Alternative Fund Strategies Series - Alternative Lending Forum


The success of the alternative lending sector has continued apace, and we have seen increasing appetite among investors. From a handful of players a decade ago today we are presented with a plethora of funds of different sizes and strategies. Competition for assets has heated up as alternative lenders find themselves competing increasingly with each other and with the traditional lending banks. This forum will bring together key fund managers, investors and advisers to assess the state of the market and the outlook for the future.


08:30: Registration and Coffee

09:15: Welcome and Opening Remarks
Tim Hames, Director General, BVCA

09:25: Lending and Fundraising Activity update
Mark O'Hare, CEO, Preqin

09:45: Where are we in the credit cycle?
Nicholas Brooks, Economist, ICG

10:05: State of the market: deploying capital in an increasingly competitive but uncertain climate
Panel discussion
Moderated by Tim Hames, Director General, BVCA
Alex Schmid, CEO, ESO Capital
Blair Jacobson, Partner, Co-Head of European Credit, Ares Management
Mark Wilton, Managing Director, Barings Private Finance
Maxime Laurent-Bellue, Managing Director, Tikehau Capital

10.35: Refreshment Break

11.05: Developments in key terms and negotiation points in alternative lending
Panel discussion
Moderated by Alan Davies, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton
Olivier Berment, Co-Head of Private Debt & Managing Director, Ardian
Francois Decoeur, Managing Director, MV Credit
Fred Nada, Partner, Bluebay Asset Management
Christian Ovesen, Investment Professional, Cordet

11.35: What impact is alternative lending having on small and early stage businesses, and is the opportunity scalable for alternative lenders?
Panel discussion
Moderated by Leon de Bono, Assistant Director General & Director of Member Services, BVCA
Julien Michaux, Managing Director, Norgine Ventures
John Mould, CEO, Thincats
Alastair Brown, CEO, Shard Credit Partners

12.05: The LP Perspective: what are the expectations for private debt and how will allocations change?
Panel discussion
Moderated by Ravi Nevile, Director, Aztec Group
Richard Coldwell, Director, British Business Investments
Sanjay Mistry, Portfolio Manager, Pension Protection Fund

12:35: Closing Remarks
Tim Hames, Director General, BVCA

12:45: Lunch

Dress Code

Business attire


The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, St James's, London SW1Y 5AG


Members - advisers and banks: £395 +VAT
Members - GPs and LPs: Complimentary, to register your place please click here.
Entrepreneurs (PE/VC backed): Complimentary, to register your place please click here.
Non-members: Limited allocation, please email Jack Hughes to discuss participation.


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