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Diversity & Inclusion Series: The drive for differentiation

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26 January 2022
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The drive for differentiation: how important is diversity of talent to stand out from the crowd?


How important is diversity of talent for a private equity manager in a competitive, high valuation environment? Our expert panel will discuss their actions and expectations around the importance of diversifying talent pools in order to win deals and achieve outsized returns for their investors.

  • Operating partners, data scientists, and sector specialists – what are private equity firms doing to bring expertise to their dealmaking and portfolio companies?
  • Refining the internal model – is sector specialism essential?
  • Diversity of talent – the importance of diversity of ethnicity, gender and background

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Date and time

Wednesday, 26 January, 13:00-14:00


David Barbour, Managing Partner, FPE Capital

David Barbour is joint Managing Partner and co-founder of FPE Capital, a leading sector specialist growth investor focussed on the UK software and services sectors. He qualified as a lawyer at Ashursts and worked in the media, telecoms and corporate advisory worlds before moving into private equity investing. His advisory career was entirely at the Fleming investment bank and successor firms, where his experience helping small technology and telecoms firms to raise equity built on his interest in growth company financing.

David focusses on the ICT services, B2B data and fintech sectors. He also leads the firm’s investor relations and fundraising activities, including the successful raising of the firm’s spin out FPE Fund II at £101m. He currently sits on the board of Optimity, a London based ICT Services business and Intragen Holdings, a cyber security software business.

Madeleine Farman, Senior Reporter, Private Equity, S&P Global Market Intelligence

Madeleine Farman is a senior reporter covering the private equity industry. She reports breaking news and writes in-depth features on a variety of topics related to the asset class and private capital more broadly. Prior to joining S&P Global Market Intelligence, Madeleine was a reporter at publications covering European private equity and the advisers working alongside the industry.

Nina Kraus, Vice President, Hamilton Lane

Nina is a Vice President on Hamilton Lane’s Fund Investment Team. Nina is based in the firm’s London office, where she is focuses on fund investment opportunities across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Nina began her career at Hamilton Lane in 2013 and has previously worked for Hamilton Lane in Philadelphia and Munich, where she focused on North American and DACH market fund investment opportunities, respectively.

Nina received a B.A. in Economics from Hamilton College.

Susie Stanford, Partner, Livingbridge

Livingbridge is an award-winning private equity with 20yrs+ experience and £3bn AUM. We make minority or majority equity investments of £10m to £150m into business valued up to £300m EV. With 100+ people in offices in London, Manchester, Boston & Melbourne, we are passionate about backing ambitious entrepreneurs to turn their businesses into household names. At Livingbridge we invest in Technology, Services, Consumer, Healthcare & Education businesses. I lead our Consumer practice, where we have made 30+ investments and currently have 8 businesses in our portfolio. These range from D2C supplement business Absolute Collogen, to recommerce platforms Superbike Factory and World Of Books, through to holiday ecommerce businesses LoveHolidays and Sykes Cottages. Before joining Livingbridge in 2017, I worked for two different private investment groups, latterly the founding family and owner-operators of fast-fashion retailer River Island where I worked on a portfolio of investments including the Hut Group, Everyman Cinema and womenswear brands Mint Velvet. Prior to this I was at Goldman Sachs, which I joined on their graduate program and where spent the first 6 years of my career after graduating with a degree in Economics from The London School of Economics.


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