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MANAGING DIRECTOR, THE CARLYLE GROUP
Fernando Chueca is a Managing Director with Carlyle Europe Technology Partners focusing on buyouts, growth capital and strategic minority investments throughout Europe in the technology, telecommunications, software and business services sectors. Mr. Chueca is based in London.
Fernando holds an M.Sc. in electrical engineering from Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain.
Fernando is a member of the Board of Directors of Itconic (formerly Telvent Global Services), Expereo, ITRS Group, and Nature Delivered (Graze), and was formerly on the Board of Directors of Arsys Internet S.L., Bigmouthmedia GmbH and FRS Global.
FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER, FELIX CAPITAL
Frederic is the Founder and Managing Partner of Felix Capital ("Felix"), a London-based venture capital firm operating at the intersection of technology and creativity. Felix’s first and second funds closed oversubscribed at $120m and $150m respectively, with a strategy to invest in digital lifestyle, backing new digital brands and related enabling technologies. The investment strategy is in line with Frederic's track-record in these markets with investments such as Farfetch (a global online marketplace for the fashion and luxury industry, where he was the first investor and is still on the board), Zong (mobile payments, sold to eBay for $240m), Vitrue (social media marketing SaaS, acquired by Oracle for $310m), Dailymotion (online video platform, now part of Vivendi), or Olapic (SaaS for the CMO, sold to Monotype for $130m, just 13 months after Felix’s investment).
At Felix, Frederic works closely with Farfetch, goop, The Business of Fashion, La Ruche Qui Dit Oui, Yoobic, and Mirakl.
Frederic has worked in the technology industry for nearly 20 years. He was General Partner with Advent Venture Partners in London, which he joined in 2001. Previously he was an entrepreneur in France, building a VC-backed online marketplace for the textile industry, and before that a technology banker in London and New York with Lazard. Frederic was named "Investor of the Year" in Europe by his peers at the 2012 Investor All Stars event. Frederic was on the Midas List Europe 2017.
A graduate of ESSEC in Paris and Bocconi University in Milan, Frederic is fluent in French, Italian and Spanish. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters.
GENERAL PARTNER, TCV
John is a General Partner in London and a founding member of TCV’s European investment efforts. He focuses on investments in the software, internet, and fintech sectors. John’s current investments include Believe, Brillen.de, NewVoiceMedia, Perfecto, The Pracuj Group, and WorldRemit.
John was previously an investor at Summit Partners, where he focused on investments across software, internet, and financial technology. John started his career in investment banking at Morgan Stanley and later moved to New York.
John left his native Ireland more than 20 years ago and has lived and worked in the U.S., Asia and now Europe. Prior to joining the investment world, John competed on the men’s ATP Tennis Tour and was a member of the Irish Davis Cup team between 1996 and 2004. He is a sports fanatic and has competed in tennis, rugby, football, squash, and Gaelic football. These days, John mostly plays on the playground with his young family and enjoys watching the occasional Manchester United match.
John received his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and graduated with a B.A. in Economics (with honors) from Harvard College.
PARTNER, WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH & ROSATI
Daniel Glazer leads the US Expansion group at the Silicon Valley-headquartered law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He divides his time between London and NYC, assisting technology-driven UK companies with US expansion and with US fundraising, commercial and exit transactions.
Dan is a Tech City UK Fellow and worked with Tech City UK to develop a comprehensive US expansion and fundraising online resource for UK tech companies. He also collaborated with the US Department of Commerce to develop its "SelectUSA Tech" initiative to assist non-US technology companies with US expansion.
The American Lawyer has honored Dan as its “Transatlantic Innovator of the Year” and Tech City News named him one of the London tech community’s top "International Connectors.”
DIRECTOR GENERAL, BVCA
Tim Hames is the Director General of the BVCA. He started his professional career as a Lecturer in Politics at Oxford University where he obtained a doctorate and specialised in American and British Government. He became a journalist at The Times assuming the roles of Assistant Editor, chief leader writer and columnist. He regularly edited the newspaper as a whole between 2006 and 2008 as part of his duties. He has also served as Special Adviser to the Speaker of the House of Commons in 2009-2010. He is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at De Montfort University and a Fellow of the Institute of Travel and Tourism.
HEAD OF GROWTH CAPITAL, SANTANDER CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL BANKING
After graduating in Modern Languages & European Economics, Darren joined NatWest where ultimately he co-founded their last mezzanine fund in the late 1990’s. Since then, Darren has led mezzanine businesses at Legal & General Ventures and Barclays, giving him nearly 20 years experience in subordinated debt and a high profile in the market. He is a regular speaker at international conferences on the mezzanine asset class.
Darren has worked in credit risk as well as on the front line and his roles have spanned origination, debt and equity structuring, distribution, portfolio fund management, workouts and risk strategy, both in the UK and across Europe. The common theme is partnering with entrepreneurial management teams and investors in expanding businesses, from SME’s mid corporates.
Darren was invited to join Santander in 2011 to create and lead the Bank’s Growth Capital proposition which is aimed at supporting high growth SME’s though development capital and M&A projects. To date, the team has completed over 90 investments, supporting over 70 businesses who are in the process of creating nearly 4,000 new jobs through their growth. Total new debt facilities committed through the programme now exceed £250m.
PARTNER, INFLEXION PRIVATE EQUITY PARTNERS
As Partner, Flor is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and leading investment opportunities with a particular focus on financial and business services. She led Inflexion’s investment in Ocorian and British Engineering Services (the carve-out of the Engineering Inspection & Consultancy division of RSA Plc) , where she sits on both boards. Flor also led the investment and subsequent successful IPO of Sanne Group plc, and co-led our investments in Alcumus Group and CMO.
Before joining Inflexion in 2011, Flor worked for five years at HgCapital, where she was an Associate Director focusing on business services across Europe. Prior to that Flor spent two years at Bain & Company advising private equity clients on commercial due diligence engagements and two years in JP Morgan’s investment banking team in New York.
Flor has significant international experience having lived and worked in Argentina, New York, Philadelphia and London. She is a specialist within niche business services sectors, including fund administration.
SENIOR ASSOCIATE, SMEDVIG CAPITAL
Joe Knowles is a Senior Associate at Smedvig Capital, having joined in 2015. He is currently a board member at Infinity and My Home Move, and was on the board of Picture Production Company prior to exit in 2017. He works across deal sourcing and execution, but spends at least half his time working with portfolio companies to help them achieve their ambition (the fun part).
Joe is interested the application of technology to any sector, and enjoys learning about new categories and niches. He has spent a lot of time with B2B SaaS companies, which is probably the area he knows best and gets most excited about.
Prior to Smedvig, Joe was a consultant at OC&C, where he worked with management teams on strategy projects across retail, consumer, media and B2B services, and on buy-side and sell-side due diligence for some of the UK’s top private equity firms. He has also worked in debt capital markets at JP Morgan and in engineering at Airbus.
Outside of work Joe enjoys trying (and usually failing) to look in control on the slopes and in the sea. His current activities of choice are surfing, kite-surfing and skiing, with a bit of yoga thrown in for good measure.
PARTNER, PANORAMIC GROWTH EQUITY
Malcolm is one of the founding partners of Panoramic Growth Equity. Panoramic are one of the leading equity investors in fast growing, entrepreneurial companies. They invest between £1m and £5m in companies that have a turnover of more than £1m and the potential for fast growth across a range of sectors.
Having initially pursued a career as a professional footballer with Aberdeen FC, Malcolm qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG. Malcolm has over 15 years private equity experience gained in the UK and overseas. He has worked across a range of sectors and has a specific interest in the energy and media sectors. Malcolm is a graduate of Aberdeen University and has studied the international private equity and venture capital market at Harvard Business School. Malcolm also sits on the board of Scottish Golf, the governing body for amateur golf in Scotland.
INVESTMENT DIRECTOR, DOWNING
James has been involved in venture capital for the last 6 years, both in sourcing and evaluating transactions and also managing an ever expanding portfolio. He trained at PwC in London and Hong Kong before leading the finance and operations of a start-up energy drink business in UK. Downing invests in businesses from Seed to Growth stages in a wide range of sectors.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, STRUCTURED FINANCE GROUP, SANTANDER CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL BANKING
Sean Longsdale joined Santander in June 2012 to help build out the Structured Finance business in the Corporate & Commercial Bank. The team now incorporates a Financial Sponsors team, who manage Private Equity backed transactions; a Growth Capital team who provide debt solutions to high growth SME’s; a Corporates team who support businesses with complex and/ or leveraged funding needs and a Renewables and Infrastructure team, who focus on the renewable energy sector.
Prior to joining Santander, Sean was Managing Director of the Corporate Banking business in the South of England for RBS.
PARTNER, CHARLES RUSSELL SPEECHLYS
Malcolm MacDougall is a corporate lawyer specialising in private equity and mergers & acquisitions.
His experience includes a wide range of both UK and cross-border M&A and private equity work including acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, reorganisations, private equity investments and exits.
Malcolm heads up the wider Private Equity team at Charles Russell Speechlys, who advise on all aspects of private equity transactions including MBOs, MBIs, buy-and-builds, secondary buy-outs and exits. As a firm, we have an unusually broad range of skills and experience across the full spectrum of business and personal needs, which enables the team to originate deals and refer transactions to Private Equity houses.
MANAGING PARTNER, V | T CAPITAL
Nazo Moosa has spent 20+ years in the technology sector with the past eighteen years as an investor.
She is the Managing Partner of v|t partners, a specialist technology growth capital fund. Prior to v|t, she helped to launch C5 Capital, Europe’s first cybersecurity fund. Nazo began investing in technology buyouts with the first European tech fund of The Carlyle Group in 2000.
She currently serves as Senior Strategic Partner at Paladin Capital Group and on the Investment Committee of RTF, a GCC focussed venture fund. Outside her investment duties, Nazo has served on a number of public sector boards including The Charity Commission and Arts Council England.
Nazo has a Bachelors Degree in International Economics from UCLA and an MBA from Columbia University.
MANAGING PARTNER, OXFORD CAPITAL PARTNERS & BVCA VC COMMITTEE CHAIR
David leads the firm’s investment management activities across its specialist investment strategies. David is passionate about investing in and building businesses. During his career as an investment manager, he has led numerous investment and exit transactions, including both IPOs and acquisitions. In 2017, David was appointed Chairman of the BVCA Venture Capital Committee to promote the long term sustainability of the UK’s venture capital sector and support the thriving enterprise economy. He is a member of YPO, the Young Presidents Organization, London chapter. David has also advised the government and the European Commission on investment policy.
Prior to establishing Oxford Capital, David worked in London, Switzerland and Germany with Result Ventures, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and in Hong Kong with Jardine Fleming. David has a BA in Economics and Japanese from the University of Durham and completed the Private Equity leadership development programme at Harvard Business School.
David speaks French, German and Japanese. David is a passionate collector of contemporary art and has represented Great Britain at masters level in Modern Pentathlon.
MANAGING PARTNER, SCOTTISH EQUITY PARTNERS
Calum Paterson is Managing Partner of Scottish Equity Partners (SEP), a leading UK investor in innovative, high-growth technology companies. Calum co-founded SEP in 2000 and has been responsible for managing the firm since then. He chairs SEP’s investment committee and works across its offices in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Calum sits on the boards of a number of SEP portfolio companies. He was previously a member of the board of directors at the global travel-search company Skyscanner, prior to its £1.5 billion acquisition by Ctrip at the end of 2016.
Calum has worked in the private equity and venture capital industry since 1991. He trained as a Chartered Accountant with the international professional services firm, Ernst & Young. He has BA and MBA degrees from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and was named ‘Alumnus of the Year’ in 2017. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s national academy of science and learning.
In addition to his responsibilities at SEP, Calum is Chairman of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) for 2018/19 and sits on the BVCA Council.
PARTNER, SCOTTISH EQUITY PARTNERS
Jan Rutherford is a Partner at Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) and leads the firm’s London office and investor relations. With 17 years of technology investment experience and a background in the pharmaceutical industry, Jan oversees SEP’s healthcare investment activities and was heavily involved in SEP’s investment in BioVex, a cancer therapeutics company sold to Amgen in a $1bn deal. She also led SEP’s investment in Exco InTouch and co-led its recent investment in Dotmatics, both providers of innovative software to the life sciences industry.
OPERATING PARTNER, GENERAL ATLANTIC
Pierre Samec is an Operating Partner and part of General Atlantic’s Resources Group, providing strategic support and advice to the firm’s EMEA investment team and portfolio companies with a focus on technology and digital transformation. He has been closely involved in helping to drive strategic growth initiatives at the firm’s portfolio companies including Argus Media, ControlExpert, Flixbus, Hyperion, MeteoGroup, and Network International.
Before joining General Atlantic in 2014 Pierre was Chief Technology Officer at TriZetto Corporation, leading the upgrade of the company’s healthcare payer suite to support the Accountable Care Act. Prior to that, Pierre was Chief Technology Officer at Expedia, Inc., beginning in 2006 when he led the rebuilding of the company’s core software and infrastructure. He also led technology for Business Objects and Cartesis in Europe from 2002 to 2006, delivering major enterprise releases prior to the rollup of those companies into SAP. Pierre began his career in Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur by founding PetroVision Inc., a petroleum engineering consultancy. He participated actively in the emergence of Internet technologies as Senior Vice President of Retail Technologies at Charles Schwab and as Chief Information Officer of Chemdex.com from 1998 to 2000.
Pierre earned a General Engineering Degree from Ecole des Mines de Paris, France and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geophysics from Stanford University.
VALUE STRATEGY TEAM, LIVINGBRIDGE
Amy works in the Value Strategy Group at mid-market private equity firm, Livingbridge. She works with their investee companies to help management teams figure out the right strategy and deliver sustainable growth. Amy currently sits on the board of Exclaimer, rhubarb and Ten10.
She joined Livingbridge in 2011, having previously worked advising private equity and corporate clients on due diligence and strategic option developments.