LP SEMINAR & LP-GP DINNER
Read the biography of each speaker at the LP Seminar and LP-GP Dinner 2018 by clicking on their image below.
Further speakers will be confirmed shortly.
Director, M&G Private Funds Investment and Chairman, BVCA LP Committee
Simon is a Director and member of the investment committee. Simon joined M&G Private Funds Investment (formerly PPM Managers) in 2004 and has 15 years’ private equity experience investing in primary, secondary and co-investments in Europe and Asia.
Before joining M&G Private Funds Investment, Simon worked at Insight Investment in London, where he was jointly responsible for the £1 billion global private equity Fund of Funds programme.
Prior to Insight, Simon worked for AIG Global Investment, in its London private equity fund and co-investment programme focused on Western Europe. Simon has a BA (hons) from Southampton University, UK.
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.
Deputy Director General and Director of Policy, BVCA
Gurpreet Manku is the BVCA’s Assistant Director General and Director of Policy. She is responsible for leading the BVCA’s response to a wide range of issues and challenges facing the industry from a legal and regulatory perspective, both in the UK and Europe. She is also the executive liaison to the Private Equity Reporting Group, the body responsible for monitoring the industry’s compliance with the Walker Guidelines on Transparency and Disclosure. Before joining the BVCA she worked at Deloitte LLP and specialised in advising private equity funds and their managers. Gurpreet studied at the London School of Economics and is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
Partner, Reed Smith
Leith Moghli is a partner in Reed Smith’s Global Private Equity and Investment Funds group based in London.
Leith has a diverse practice advising global fund sponsors and investors on the formation of and investments in closed ended investment funds and managed accounts across a broad range of strategies and asset classes, with a particular emphasis on private equity, venture, infrastructure, natural resources, energy, secondary and debt funds. He also counsels fund managers and executives on carried interest, co-investment and other incentive arrangements.
Leith has considerable experience guiding new sponsors on the creation of first time funds, spin-outs and fund restructurings and providing advice on a broad range of complex international private equity transactions.
Mark O’Hare is Founder and Chief Executive of Preqin. Preqin provides market-leading global data, insights and solutions for the alternative assets industry, covering private equity & venture capital, hedge funds, real estate, infrastructure, private debt and natural resources. Preqin is an independent business with over 400 staff based in London, New York, Singapore, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Manila, serving more than 60,000 customers in over 90 countries.
Before Preqin, Mark’s initial career was as a Manager with Boston Consulting Group, where he advised clients in Europe, the US and Africa, across several industries including financial services, healthcare, retail, industrial and consumer products. Following BCG he founded Goodall Alexander O’Hare & Co, an independent strategy consulting firm. In 1993 he founded Citywatch, the UK’s leading shareholder information service, which was acquired by Reuters in 1998, and now provides a global service on the ownership of listed equities.
Mark studied Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics at Cambridge University, where he graduated with First Class Honours and was awarded the Stokes Prize. He represented his college 1st VIII in rowing. Subsequent to this he studied Finance at London Business School.
Read the biography of each speaker at the Summit 2018 by clicking on their image below.
Further speakers will be confirmed shortly.
Co-Founder and General Partner, Oxx
Richard Anton is co-founder and General Partner at Oxx. Prior to this, Richard spent 18 years at Amadeus Capital, where he focused on B2B software investments in companies originating from the UK and Israel. Before joining Amadeus, Richard worked as a hands-on finance and business development executive at software company Autonomy, and was previously in the TMT team at Apax Partners. Richard is currently responsible for investments in ForeScout (NASDAQ: FSCT), Clicktale, Celltick and Zift and his past investments include Autonomy, Clearswift, Secerno and Unruly. Richard is a past Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association and current Chairman of the Tel Aviv University Trust. He has an MBA from INSEAD and a BA and MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University.
Managing Partner, IQ Capital
Max is a founding partner of IQ Capital. He has worked in venture capital since 2001 and has led investments into over two dozen start-ups - including Grapeshot (Oracle), Phonetic Arts (Google), Neul (Huawei), Stillfront (IPO) and Quotient (EKF). He currently represents IQCP on the boards of Fluidic Analytics, Thought Machine, Audio Analytic and Spectral Edge and works several seed stage companies as board advisor.
Max is an elected member of InvestEurope (EVCA) Venture Capital Council since 2015.
Max holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Cambridge.
Director, Private Equity Funds Solutions, Crédit Agricole CIB
Ahlem Ben Gueblia has been with Credit Agricole for more than 12 years and has been with the London based International Trade and Transactional Banking team since 2006.
Since July 2016, she is the Senior Originator in charge of the Fund Finance business in the UK. Prior to this, she has played a major role in ensuring that the London team maintain their position as one of the leading banks involved in Export Finance (UKEF supported credits) and Trade finance with her involvement in both originating and structuring the same.
In addition to this Ahlem is an active member of the Women in Fund Finance and a member of the International Energy Credit Association (IECA) networking organisations. Ahlem holds a Masters in International Trade from the University of Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne.
Responsible Sourcing Manager, FatFace
Jane Blacklock is the Responsible Sourcing Manager at FatFace, a retail brand with over 200 stores in the UK and the US. She also holds a Non Executive Director role for the Ethical Trading Initiative. She has been working in corporate responsibility for 12 years, looking at responsible buying, marketing, governance and sustainable raw materials. Before joining FatFace she held in-house roles at SABMiller and Mothercare, after starting her career as a consultant at the respected UK firm Impactt Limited.
Jane is responsible for delivering the sustainability strategy and reporting for FatFace, through the global implementation of robust ethical requirements in FatFace’s supply chain. This includes increasing the use of sustainable raw materials, delivering an ethical assessment programme in factories and supporting suppliers to improve conditions for workers, through direct engagement and partnerships with local experts.
Senior Operating Partner, Blackstone
Marc Bolland was born in the Netherlands in 1959 and graduated with an MBA from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. In November 2011, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of York, in the UK.
He began his professional career at Heineken N.V. in 1987 as a Management trainee. He served as an Executive board member and Chief Operating Officer of Heineken N.V. from 2001 to 2006.
In 2006 he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of WM Morrison Supermarkets plc, where he led the turnaround after the acquisition of Safeway plc until April 2010.
In May 2010 he joined the board of Marks and Spencer plc as Chief Executive Officer until April 2016. He led the transformation of Marks and Spencer to become a Multi-channel, General Merchandise Retailer and developed the Food business with industry leading growth.
Marc Bolland was the founder/Chairman of “Movement to Work”a UK charity that offered work experience and employment to nearly 100,000 young unemployed people from under privileged backgrounds.
In September 2016 he joined the Blackstone Group International Partners LLP as Operating Partner and (Head of European Portfolio Operations).
He is currently a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Coca-Cola, IAG (British Airways) and Exor. He is Vice President at Unicef UK. He is a Trustee on the Board of the Royal Academy of Arts.
Partner, Apiary Capital
Nicki Boyd has over ten years’ experience of investing in the UK lower mid-market, including seven years at Inflexion Private Equity. In 2013, she took a sabbatical to complete the Sloan Fellowship Program at Stanford, followed by three years establishing and developing an Education Technology company in California, gaining experience on the entrepreneur’s side of the table! She joined Mark Salter in founding Apiary Capital at the end of 2017 and returned to the UK earlier this year. In July 2018, Apiary announced the close of their oversubscribed debut fund at it’s £200m hard cap and the completion of their inaugural investment in The Appointment Group, which Nicki sits on the board of.
NIcki has an BA from Oxford and a Masters from Stanford. She is also an accomplished amateur athlete and has just finished top 10 in her age group at the 70.3 triathlon World Championships in South Africa.
Founder, Partner, Blossom Capital
Ophelia is the founder of Blossom Capital, an early stage venture fund that brings a wholly differentiated approach to investing. Blossom makes a small number of high conviction investments each year, which allows the team to work closely with their companies, helping them achieve their ambitious goals. Fascinated by user behaviour and design, Ophelia loves worked with founders with strong product DNA and design-oriented teams.
Ophelia is also the founder of ALT "Ambitious Ladies in Tech" - a mentor programme that matches junior women in technology start-ups with senior functional leaders to provide them with valuable coaching, skills development and networking. The network includes executives from some of the world's leading tech companies like Amazon, Airbnb, Facebook, Google, Uber and many more.
Previously Ophelia was a GP at LocalGlobe and a principal at Index Ventures where she led investments into a number of outstanding companies like Typeform and Robinhood.
Partner and PE Value Creation Leader, EY
Fred Burger leads EY's EMEA Value Creation offering and is a partner in our Operational Transaction Services team, focusing on the operational aspects of M&A transactions working across the transaction life cycle with pre-deal due diligence (buy and sell sides), integrations and separations. Fred leads the team’s work for private equity clients from both a pre- and post-deal perspective. Prior to joining EY, Fred was the CEO for a global medical equipment company with operations in Europe, Australia and North America. Fred has also worked in Global Purchasing and Supply Chain for a large car manufacturer in Detroit with commodity strategies and fact-based negotiation support.
Chris Busby is a Partner of Bridgepoint with responsibility for Bridgepoint’s investment activities in the UK and sits on the Firm’s Group Board and Operating Committee and is a member of its Investment Advisory Committee. He joined the firm in 1997.
Chris spent his first five years with Bridgepoint helping establish their Nordic office and is now based in London. Chris sits on the board of the Element Materials Technology and Cambridge Education Group. He has worked on a number of transactions across Western Europe including ERM, LGC, All3 Media, Pret A Manger and Molton Brown.
Chris has a BSc from Exeter University and is ACA qualified from his time spent working at PwC prior to joining Bridgepoint. Chris is a keen cyclist and a self-confessed petrol head!
Digital Director, Inflexion Private Equity
Charlie Cannell is responsible for helping accelerate digital transformation within Inflexion’s portfolio companies and the appraisal of potential investment opportunities. Inflexion is an award-winning UK mid-market private equity firm investing between £10m and £150m in high growth, entrepreneurial businesses. Charlie works with Inflexion’s portfolio companies, which include MyPolicy, Scott Dunn and Virgin Experience Days, to drive growth and cutting-edge digital transformation.
Prior to joining Inflexion in 2013, Charlie pioneered the introduction of digital products and services with BT, Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, Digitas and Brunswick Group.
Partner, Par Equity
Andrew Castell is a co-founder of Par Equity, a boutique investment firm based in Edinburgh. Par Equity has been making EIS investments since 2009 and offers investors both an EIS fund and a non-discretionary EIS portfolio service. A Chartered Accountant with extensive corporate finance and corporate restructuring experience, Andrew has responsibility within Par Equity for a range of operational functions and chairs the Investment Committee. He has an MA in Jurisprudence from Oxford University.
Chi Cheung is a Partner of Glendower Capital and is based in London.
Prior to Glendower, Chi spent 19 years at Deutsche Bank where he was a founding member of the SOF business in 2006, and most recently, he was responsible for the secondary private equity business in Europe and led the implementation and management of secondary transactions. Chi joined Deutsche Bank in 2000 working as an Associate in Global Corporate Finance focusing on TMT and real estate advisory, and from 2003 to 2006, he participated in the restructuring and sale of Deutsche Bank’s €6 billion private equity portfolio. Previously, Chi completed a two-year apprenticeship with Deutsche Bank.
Chi holds an MA in Economics from Cambridge University.
Partner, Rede Partners
Scott Church is a co-founder of Rede and manages the distribution function for mandates across all fund types and geographies. He brings Rede clients over 25 years’ institutional sales and origination experience across private equity and debt capital markets. Prior to Rede, Scott led the non-US investor and business development efforts for the private equity placement groups at Lazard and Merrill Lynch. Scott holds an MBA from The Leonard N Stern School of Business at New York University, and a BSc in Music and Business from Indiana University.
Chief Executive Officer, Invest Europe
Michael Collins is Chief Executive Officer of Invest Europe, the association representing Europe’s private equity, venture capital and infrastructure sectors and their investors.
He represents Invest Europe’s 650 members to political and regulatory stakeholders at the highest levels and guides the agenda-setting work of the world’s largest private capital association.
Michael joined Invest Europe in 2013 to head up its public affairs team. Previously, Michael was Managing Director for European Government Affairs at Citigroup with responsibility for advising senior management and clients on a wide range of financial regulatory issues. Prior to that role, he spent four years with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Brussels, as Financial Counsellor at the UK Permanent Representation to the EU, where he advised senior UK Ministers and officials on economic issues and regulation, including the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive. His career includes 15 years in the UK civil service.
Michael holds a First Class degree in Modern History from Wadham College, Oxford, and also holds a postgraduate diploma in management.
Managing Director, Venture Capital Solutions, British Business Bank
Ken Cooper is responsible for the design and delivery of a range of British Business Bank programmes that support the flow of venture investment into smaller UK businesses.
Ken has been responsible for designing and managing a range of UK Government-backed equity support programmes such as the Angel Co-Fund, the Enterprise Capital Funds and the VC Catalyst alongside regional funding initiatives such as the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine investment funds. Together these provide more than £3bn of finance to smaller businesses with at least another £200m committed to venture funds annually.
Previously Ken had a similar role in Capital for Enterprise and before that was responsible for the UK Government’s SME finance policy within the Small Business Service
Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships, London, OMERS
Laura Coquis is Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships, based in London. She has 17 years’ experience in fundraising, investor relations, corporate/leverage finance and M&A.
Laura joined OMERS in 2018 from BC Partners’ investor relations team, where she was a Partner and head of investor relations management from 2009-2018. During her years at BC Partners, her responsibilities encompassed fundraising, managing existing funds, executing co-investments and BC’s successful GP-led secondary in 2017. Laura has chaired the BVCA’s Investor Relations Advisory Group and is currently a member of the BVCA’s Limited Partner Committee.
Before BC Partners, Laura worked for Atlantic Pacific in London where she was a principal, focused on fund formation and project management. She also spent five years with Lehman Brothers’ corporate and leveraged finance group, latterly as a director.
Laura holds an MBA from INSEAD and a BA from Harvard.
Partner, Clifford Chance
Alexandra Davidson is a partner in Clifford Chance's Private Funds Group. She specialises in advising sponsors on the establishment and offering of private equity, private credit, infrastructure and real estate funds, as well as technical and commercial issues relating to the funds' ongoing operation.
Alexandra is based in London but has also worked as a Foreign Legal Consultant in Clifford Chance's New York office, advising North American clients seeking to access European capital. She is frequently recognised by publications in both the legal and asset management sectors, including Chambers & Partners UK, the Legal 500, PEI and Financial News.
Tax Director, Brookfield Asset Management
Carl Davies is responsible for European tax for Brookfield’s Private Equity group. Recent transactions include the 2017 acquisition of a controlling interest in Greenergy Fuels, a leading provider of road fuel, and the 2018 acquisition of a controlling interest in the Schoeller Allibert Group, one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of returnable plastic packaging systems. Prior to joining Brookfield in 2015, Carl spent twelve years in tax roles at accounting firms including EY and Grant Thornton, specialising latterly in real estate taxation.
Managing Partner, WestBridge Capital
Guy Davies has over 20 years' experience working in the private equity sector. He has held investment roles at HSBC Private Equity, now Montagu Private Equity, and a leading high net worth investment group before he founded WestBridge in 2008.
At WestBridge, Guy is an Investment Committee member, is involved in sourcing and executing investments and represents WestBridge on the board of a number of portfolio companies. He leads the fund raising activities, investor relations activities and manages all other operational matters.
Guy also is a member of the British Venture Capital Association Management Team Awards judging panel.
Guy was previously a Deloitte Partner in their corporate finance department, where he founded, led and developed their German private equity corporate finance advisory business and was also a key member of Deloitte's London based buy-out team.
Guy is a chartered accountant and a graduate of accounting and finance.
Managing Partner, 17Capital
Pierre-Antoine founded 17Capital in 2008 and has 24 years of private equity experience. He spent his earlier career at Idinvest Partners, Fondinvest Capital, Coller Capital and PAI, in Paris and Hong Kong.
17Capital is a leading global private equity specialist with one focus: financing successful investors in private equity. The firm provides capital to investors to enable them to build their portfolio or generate liquidity for their shareholders. 17Capital has pioneered its market, raising €2.0 billion in four successive funds. With over 40 transactions executed and over €1.5 billion invested, the team of 27 professionals based in London and NY focus on investment opportunities in Europe and North America ranging between $10 million and $500 million
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Atlantic Bridge
Kevin Dillon is a co-founder of Atlantic Bridge Capital, Managing Partner and sits on the firm’s investment and management committees. He led deals in Metaio (sold to Apple); Envivio (NASDAQ IPO/sold to Ericsson); Polarlake (sold to Bloomberg); Acision (sold to Comverse); LogTrust (sold to Insight Venture Partners) and currently sits on the Boards of Striim (US); Ubimax (Germany); SeeReal (Germany); HyperGrid (US); Aiqudo (US); Prowler.io (UK), Stashimi (US) and Vectra (US) as well as various other advisory Boards.
Kevin invests in Enterprise Software, AR, VR and AI and has 35 years’ experience in the technology sector in Palo Alto, Paris, London, Seattle and Dublin as an executive in the software industry. Kevin served as Vice President, Microsoft EMEA and helped grow the regional business from $500 million in 1991 to $9.5 billion in 2004.
At Microsoft, he was a member of Microsoft EMEAs’ senior management team responsible for various roles in Finance, Operations, and Sales and Marketing including establishing the European Operations Centre in Dublin and launching Xbox in Europe. From 1985 through 1991, Kevin was an international tax advisor at Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in Europe, the U.S. and South Africa. In that capacity, he helped structure international growth, acquisitions and income repatriation planning for many leading technology companies in Silicon Valley. Prior to 1985, Kevin practiced law in South Africa, including serving as a Legal Officer in the South African Navy.
He is a frequent industry speaker and was ICT Ireland Industry Person of the Year in 2001 and elected a fellow of the Irish Management Institute in 2000. He holds various degrees in Business, Finance, Taxation & Law and is an Attorney at Law, Certified Public Accountant and Certified Investment Manager. He is married with 3 children and lives mostly in London.
General Counsel, EH Global Capital
Raman Dinesh is General Counsel at EH Global Capital, an international private equity and investment advisory firm, and advises on cross-border transactions and investments, drawing on over 20 years of extensive experience in global law firms and international banks focusing on M&A, capital markets and PE transactions.
His experience includes previous roles as chief international counsel at Wells Fargo Bank, N.A,. based in San Francisco and London, supporting the bank’s global investment banking, capital markets and funds businesses ex-US, and at Goldman Sachs International in London advising, in particular, on leveraged transactions and complex structured products.
Raman beginning his career in London at the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
Managing Partner, CBPE Capital
Sean Dinnen is Managing Partner at CBPE Capital. He joined the firm in 1999 and co-led the buyout from Close Brothers Group to form CBPE Capital in 2008. CBPE Capital is currently investing from its £459m Fund IX which closed at the hard cap in August 2016. He holds a degree in PPE from Oxford University and has worked in private equity for 25 years.
Senior Investment Director, Aberdeen Asset Management
Guy Eastman is a Senior Investment Director and member of the European primary funds investment team. Guy is a member of the investment committee. Guy was previously Aberdeen SVG’s Chief Investment Officer and Co-Head of Private Equity Fund Investment. He is responsible for the private equity fund investments of the Schroder Private Equity Fund of Funds and SVG Diamond programmes. Guy has over 25 years’ experience in private equity and sits on a number of advisory boards of investee funds. Prior to joining SVG Advisers in 2000, Guy was responsible for managing the €116million Hermes UOB European Private Equity Fund and the £400million private equity funds investment programme of the BT Pension Scheme covering Europe, the US and Asia. Before this he was a director of Greenoak Capital Management Limited, the private equity fund of funds division of Granville plc.
Managing Director, Modus Operandi
Ursuline Edwards-Sutton has been the Managing Director of a boutique consultancy Modus Operandi for the past 19 years. She also holds a Non Executive Chair role for a North West based company. Prior to this she worked in various sectors including construction, retail, financial services and latterly hospitality where she was Marketing Director and then Commercial Development Director for Hilton Hotels responsible for 43 properties across the UK & Ireland.
Ursuline is best known for her strategic change and business transformation work. Using her considerable commercial knowledge and soft skills she develops business strategies and aligns people, processes and systems to deliver. Clients past and present include Axa Insurance, Peel Land & Property, InterContinental Hotels Group, Le Meridien Hotels, Jumeirah Hotels, De Vere Venues, Birmingham University, Open University, Harrods and Chelsea Football Club to name but a few.
She believes people are at the heart of any service business and given the right development, motivation and recognition every employee can become a Brand Ambassador for their organisation. She prides herself on being a strategic thinker, offering hands on support and having a very personable approach.
Ursuline’s keen interest in people fuelled her desire to learn more about how people think, act and behave and how this influences people’s ability to change and develop. She studied NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and is a Certified NLP Master Practitioner and a Certified NLP Trainer. As a result she heads up Modus Operandi working with organisations to effect long term change and improvement and Shine Personal Development targets individuals who want to develop their communication, behaviour and image, both professionally and personally.
Interim Co-Head – Private Equity, New York City Retirement Systems
J. David Enriquez serves as Interim Co-Head of Private Equity for the Bureau of Asset Management in the Office of the New York City Comptroller. In this role, he is responsible for making investment recommendations and advising on the approximately $19 billion private equity portfolio of the five New York City retirement systems. In addition, Mr. Enriquez is responsible for pursuing strategic initiatives for the private equity portfolio.
Prior to joining the Bureau of Asset Management, Mr. Enriquez was an investment banking Director at Rothschild. Prior to that position, was also an investment banker at Merrill Lynch and Bear Stearns. He has worked on financing and strategic advisory transactions representing more than $200 billion in transaction value. Mr. Enriquez began his transactional career as an Associate at Sullivan & Cromwell in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group.
Mr. Enriquez holds an A.B., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Brown University, an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
Group Head of Coverage & Business Development - PERES Global Services, CACEIS
Arnaud Garel-Galais is responsible for sales, business development and Fund Finance activities for Private Equity, Infrastructure, Real Estate and Private Debt clients at CACEIS Bank, based in Paris.
He joined CACEIS in 2016 with over eight years of investment experience in Private Equity and Private Credit, spanning primary fund selection, secondary and co-investment transactions across the EMEA region.
Director, Northstar Ventures
Alasdair Greig is a Director at Northstar Ventures, a specialist early stage venture capital firm based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Alasdair is primarily responsible for new investment activity, leading individual transactions and managing the firm’s overall investment strategy. He has worked with the founding teams of numerous successful technology companies including Palringo, Zerolight and Caspian. Prior to Northstar, Alasdair spent four years with The Cambridge Gateway Fund, an early stage technology and life sciences fund, based in Cambridge, UK. Before moving into venture capital, Alasdair spent nine years in risk management, primarily in the Investment Banking industry, culminating in a position managing the Emerging Markets Credit Risk function at CIBC World Markets Plc. Alasdair holds an MBA from Ashridge and a BA (Hons) from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
Fiona Greiner is Chief Financial Officer at MATCHESFASHION.COM and joined the business in 2001.
She was previously Chief Financial Officer at Jacks Wills, and prior to this held key roles at Polo Ralph Lauren, Gap Inc and Charles Tyrwhitt.
Regional Director, BVCA
Phil Goodwin is the BVCA’s Regional Director. He is responsible for leading the BVCA’s focus within the regions across the UK. Phil's early career was spent at 3i and in 1995 he moved to HSBC Private Equity, co-leading the management buyout in 2002 when HSBC Private Equity became Montagu Private Equity. In 2006, Phil co-founded Fusion Capital, one of East Africa’s leading real estate developers and fund managers, and where he remains Chair. Phil also advises a number of private equity businesses, and is Chair of growth companies Gas Tag, Country of Origin and Sandymount House, as well as a trustee of children’s charity Kibera Kids.
Portfolio Manager, JP Morgan Asset Management
Dana Haimoff joined the Private Equity Group of JP Morgan Asset Management in May 2002 and is based in London. She has over 25 years of experience in private equity, both as a senior portfolio manager and as an advisor. She is responsible for sourcing, recommending and monitoring private equity funds, direct investments and secondary investments on behalf of institutional and private clients of JP Morgan Asset Management. She is a member of the investment committee. Prior to joining the Group, she was a with Merrill Lynch’s Investment Bank in the private equity funds group where she advised institutional clients about private equity investing and worked alongside global private equity firms. She earned a BS with honours in major from Skidmore College and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Dana is the co-Founder of Level20, a not-for-profit organization set up to encourage women to succeed in the private equity industry. She is also a member of the British Venture Capital Association’s Limited Partner Committee.
Director, Fund Investor Relations, 3i
As Director of Fund Management, Neil has been closely involved in numerous 3i fundraisings since 1994, most recently in 3i Eurofund V (€5bn, 2006), 3i India Infrastructure ($1.2bn, 2007) and the 3i Growth Capital Fund (€1.2bn, 2010). He has also been involved in several co-investments by third party investors alongside 3i in Private Equity portfolio companies including Formel D, Weener Plastics, Action, Hilite International and Ambea. Neil also has responsibility for ensuring that investors in 3i's Private Equity funds receive top quality service when it comes to reports on the progress of the funds they are invested in, as well as information on 3i more generally.
Neil originally joined 3i in 1987 in an investment team based in London focused on larger buyouts. During those initial years, he worked as part of a team on a number of 3i's larger buyouts, including Compass Group, Associated Fresh Foods and Zotefoams. Prior to joining 3i, Neil qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, having taken an honours degree in Mathematics and Economics at Cambridge University.
Neil is a member of the Professional Standards Committee of Invest Europe, and is Vice Chair of the Invest Europe Working Group on Accounting Standards, Valuation and Reporting, which played a key role in the update of Invest Europe's Reporting Guidelines in 2015 and 2018. He is Invest Europe’s representative on the International Private Equity & Venture Capital Valuations Guidelines (‘IPEV’) Board.
Intellectual Property Solutions Chief Innovation Officer and Head of EMEA, Aon
Brian Hinman is ranked as a top 300 IP Strategist by Intellectual Asset Management Magazine (IAM). With more than 30 years of experience in the field of innovation and intellectual property, he has held various positions within Fortune 50 companies and large multi-national corporations. Most recently, Brian served as Chief Intellectual Property Officer and CEO, Philips Intellectual Property and Standards, for Royal Philips in the Netherlands. Brian is a recognized global leader in IP, having held positions as Vice President of IP and Licensing for IBM, Verizon, and InterDigital, and is also an entrepreneur, having founded Allied Security Trust and co-founded Unified Patents.
Head of Origination and Business Development Private Capital Services, Royal Bank of Canada
Dirk Holz is responsible for the global Private Capital: real estate, private equity, infrastructure and private debt business origination and business development within Royal Bank of Canada. In this role he focuses on developing new services, support regulatory changes, expanding Private Capital services worldwide and he is involved with new clients during the formation and structuring discussions.
Before taking this global role in early 2010, Dirk was Portfolio Manager at Pramerica Real Estate Investors Luxembourg. He has also worked in the Real Estate units at Commerzbank, Credit Suisse and Bankhaus Ellwanger & Geiger. He has more than 15 years of experience in the Real Estate, Private Equity and Infrastructure space.
Dirk has university diploma in business administration from the University of Tuebingen, Germany and a diploma in real estate portfolio management from the ebs Immobilienakademie Oestrich Winkel, Germany and is member of RICS since 2012.
Head of Global Funds and Deals Tax, ICG
Alexandra Hone is Head of Global Funds and Deals Tax at ICG. She has responsibility for all fund and investment structuring, and investor compliance, across ICG’s range of alternative asset strategies in the US, Europe and Asia. Alex has been with ICG for over 12 years and has supported the extensive growth in ICG’s size and breadth of funds during that time.
MD, Strategy Economics and Business Development, British Business Bank
Alice Hu Wagner leads Strategy, Economics and Business Development at the British Business Bank. She is responsible for the overall strategy of the British Business Bank, all economic forecasting and analysis, as well as leadership on business/product development and innovation.
Alice joined the British Business Bank in April 2015 from Barclays plc, where she was the senior lead director for Group Strategy. Prior to spending 5 years at Barclays and Barclaycard, she worked in London for Lloyds Banking Group and Prophet, a strategic marketing and brand consultancy. She began her career at McKinsey and Company, latterly specialising in corporate finance and strategy.
Alice earned her undergraduate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and her MBA from INSEAD.
Partner, Co-Head of European Credit, Ares Management
Blair Jacobson is a Partner and Co-Head of European Credit in the Ares Credit Group and a member of the Management Committee of Ares Management. He also serves on the boards of Ares Management Limited and Ares Management UK Limited. Additionally, Blair serves on the Ares Credit Group's European Direct Lending and European Liquid Credit Investment Committees.
Prior to joining Ares in 2012, Blair was a Partner at The StepStone Group, where he focused on building and running European operations, including oversight of private debt and equity investments. Previously, he was a Partner at Citigroup Private Equity and Mezzanine Partners in London and New York. In addition, he has held a variety of roles in investment banking and mergers and acquisitions in a broad range of industries, most recently at Lehman Brothers. Blair holds a B.A., magna cum laude, from Williams College in Political Economy and an M.B.A., with honors, from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in Finance.
Head of M&A and Transactions Solutions EMEA, Aon
Alistair Lester is the CEO of Aon M&A and Transaction Solutions EMEA. With over 20 years’ experience in the insurance business Alistair started his career at Aon in the 1990’s was one of the early founding members of the Aon M&A team at the end of that decade. Having assumed responsibility for Aon M&A in the UK he was recruited by Willis to establish and lead their international M&A practice in 2004. After some years Alistair assumed responsibility of the Willis Global Solutions business, followed by a spell as interim CEO of Willis Netherlands, and thereafter as CEO of Faber Global , a division of Willis and then CEO of Willis Direct & Fac Alistair ultimately became Global head of facultative for Willis Towers Watson. Alistair rejoined Aon in 2017 to drive our overarching client centric M&A strategy and value proposition across EMEA under the headline “Securing Investments : Enhancing Returns”. He has direct experience of hundreds of Private Equity and M&A transactions across a wide range of sectors and geographies.
Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Verdane
Bjarne Lie is Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Verdane, the technology-and growth focused private equity firm. Bjarne is based in Oslo, Norway, and has built Verdane over the past 15 years to a firm with over 20 investment professionals and with fund commitments in excess of Eur 1.2bn. In his early career, Bjarne co-founded PaperX, of which he was COO, and he also worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in London. Additionally, he was a research associate at the European University Institute in Florence. Bjarne holds an MBA with high distinction as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School and an MA in European Integration from the University of Oslo / European University Institute Florence.
Managing Director, Alternative Investments, Metlife Investments
Based in London, David Lindstrom leads MetLife’s global alternative investment funds business, including private equity and hedge funds. He chairs the investment committees for private equity, hedge fund and direct middle market private debt investments. He initially joined MetLife’s US private equity investment unit in 1996. In 1998, he relocated to London as head of European private equity investments. From 2004-2012, he had additional responsibility as head of European below investment grade corporate credit. Prior to joining MetLife, he gained 10 years of operational and financial management experience with a family-held company in the US.
David holds a BA degree in economics from Duke University and an MBA in finance from Rutgers University. He is a member of the InvestEurope board of directors and LP Council, and a member of the ILPA Industry Affairs Committee. He is a CFA Charterholder.
Assistant Director General and Director of Policy, BVCA
Chief Executive, Vision Capital
Julian Mash is the founder of Vision Capital, the international investment group. As a private equity industry specialist, the firm has always pursued a differentiated strategy to create sustainable value for stakeholders. Since 1997 the firm has acquired over 50 companies both in Europe and North America, and it provides flexible financing to Private Equity industry players to unlock liquidity and growth potential.
Julian graduated from the University of Cambridge with an M.A. in Economics. Julian is a Trustee of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and also serves on the development board of St John’s College Cambridge. Recent philanthropic commitments have focused on studentships and entrepreneurial initiatives.”
Corporate Affairs Director, Cinven
Vanessa Maydon is Cinven's Corporate Affairs Director, with responsibility for the firm's corporate communications, marketing and ESG activities. She is a member of Cinven’s ESG Steering Group and is a trustee of The Cinven Foundation.
She sits on the Boards of both Invest Europe and EPER. Prior to joining Cinven, Vanessa was a Director at Merlin, a London-based financial PR agency, for 11 years where she specialised in advising European private equity firms and their portfolio companies, as well as advising UK listed companies. Vanessa was previously a Director at Ludgate Communications and started her career at Burson-Marsteller.
Vanessa has a BA Hons in Latin from Durham University. She joined Cinven in 2011.
Head of Europe - Private Equity, Aberdeen Standard Investments
Merrick joined SL Capital, now part of Aberdeen Standard Investments (“ASI”), in 2014 and is based in the Edinburgh and London offices. ASI’s European Private Equity business, with over €8bn AuM, encompasses primary and secondary fund investments and co-investment activities undertaken by a team of over 30 investment professionals. Merrick is Head of Europe and a member of the ASI Private Equity Investment Committee.
An Australian, Merrick has over 25 years’ experience in the European private equity industry. Prior to joining ASI, Merrick was Head of European Investments and Senior Partner of Macquarie’s Private Markets division. Previous roles include 13 years as a Partner and Investment Committee member of Primary Capital (the London-based, lower mid-market private equity firm) where he was responsible for leading, originating and managing numerous private equity investments in the UK. Merrick holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Queensland.
Merrick is a regular speaker at private equity conferences, and is a member of Invest Europe’s Limited Partner Council.
Managing Partner, Pollen Street Capital
Lindsey McMurray founded Pollen Street Capital in 2013 after leading the spin out from RBS. She is Chairman of the investment committee and also serves as a non-executive director on the boards of several portfolio companies including Shawbrook Bank.
She has been a private equity investor for more than 20 years with a particular focus on the Financial Services sector. Before she founded Pollen Street Capital, Lindsey led the team managing the £1.1bn Special Opportunities Fund within RBS and also spent six years as a Partner at Cabot Square Capital, focusing on operating investments in real estate and other asset backed investments, together with investments in the financial services sector.
She has a First Class Honours degree in Accounting and Finance and studied for an MPhil in Finance from Strathclyde University.
Outside of work Lindsey is a keen runner having successfully completed the Marathon Des Sables in 2007 and 2011. She also supports a number of charities with a particular focus on mentoring children in state schools and a number of projects in Africa.
Founder Partner, Oxford Capital & 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.
Senior Principal And Head Of Investor Relations, Investindustrial
Carl Nauckhoff joined Investindustrial in 2009 and he is the Head of Investor Relations. He previously worked with the Firm during the raising of Investindustrial III in 2005. From 2007, he was a partner and managing director at Garrison Investment Group, a $2.5 billion special opportunity investment firm in New York. Prior to working at Garrison, we was a director and partner with MVision Privat Equity Advisers, an international private placement agent in London and New York. He began his career in the merger and acquisitions group Lehman Brothers in London.
Partner, Hollyport Capital
Steve Nicholls leads the Investment Business at Hollyport Capital. With over 20 years in the Private Equity industry and a prior career in Investment Banking he has significant experience of both the Primary and Secondary markets. Hollyport specialises in Secondary Investments, working with GP’s in structured transactions as well as acquiring LP stakes. Investing globally and across all sectors of the PE market, Hollyport is currently investing its 6th Fund.
Harry Nicholson is a Partner at EY, the global professional services firm. He joined in 2005 to start-up EY’s Strategy and Commercial Due Diligence capabilities, and today is part of a team that is over 800 dedicated professionals and one of the leading global providers of CDD to the private equity industry.
Harry leads EY’s annual global research programme into “how do private equity investors create value”, works with the BVCA to produce the “Annual Report on the Performance of Portfolio Companies”, now in its ninth year, and is a member of the BVCA’s Research Advisory Board.
Managing Director, Barings
Naoki Ohta is a member of Barings Alternative Investments, a global real estate, private equity and real assets platform. Naoki is part of the Funds & Co-Investments team and is responsible for originating and underwriting secondaries globally and funds and co-investments in EMEA. Naoki has worked in the industry since 1998. Prior to joining the firm in 2017, he was with GP Advisors and Greenpark Capital, with responsibility for originating, underwriting and monitoring in alternative asset fund investments, secondaries and co-investments in Europe, Asia and US. Prior to these roles, he was at KPMG, where he worked on a range of projects in the corporate finance, tax and assurance teams. Naoki holds a B.A. in History from Durham University and an FCA with the ICAEW.
Senior Associate, Product & Market Development EMEA, S&P Global Market Intelligence
Olga Parfiryeva leads S&P Global Market Intelligence’s Investment Banking and Private Equity (IBPE) segments across Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Olga is responsible for overseeing the region’s business strategy, identifying growth opportunities for the IBPE segments and gathering customer requirements for new solutions initiatives. Olga is also the point person for the division’s private equity-focused research and is well-placed to speak with media and in external communications engagements. Olga holds a BSc in Political Science and MSc in International Business from the University of Birmingham, UK.
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.
Chief Executive Officer, Mercia Technologies
Mark is CEO of Mercia Technologies PLC, having led the flotation in December 2014 and before that the management buyout of its precursor Mercia Fund Management in 2010. Latterly he led the acquisition in 2016 of Enterprise Ventures. Mark chairs the executive committee and the boards of Mercia’s wholly owned fund management businesses (Mercia Fund Management, Enterprise Ventures and EV Business Loans). In addition he sits on the board of portfolio company Oxford Genetics and has portfolio responsibility for PsiOxus Therapeutics.
Prior to Mercia, Mark was at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Oxford, and then afterwards played leading roles within Oxford University Innovation (OUI, formerly Isis Innovation, the technology transfer operation of the University of Oxford), facilitating the spin out of BioAnalab, Oxford Immunotec, Oxitec and Natural Motion. Three of these companies were sold and one other was listed on NASDAQ. After OUI Mark was vice president corporate development at Oxxon Therapeutics Inc prior to its sale to Oxford BioMedica plc. Mark gained his PhD jointly between the University of Oxford (Worcester College) and the University of London (King’s College). He also has an MBA from the University of Warwick, has IMC parts I and II, is a Royal Academy of Engineering Sainsbury’s Management Fellow (Life Sciences) and is FCA accredited.
Head of IR & Fundraising, ESO Capital
Tingting Peng is the Head of Investor Relations and Fundraising at ESO, with coverage of investors across Europe, North America and Asia. Prior to joining ESO, Tingting was Principal and Chief Operating Officer at Real Asset Partners, a boutique advisory firm in London where she was responsible for raising capital from family offices and institutional investors across Asia and the US for real estate direct and fund investments. Previously, Tingting was based in Hong Kong for over ten years where she worked in real estate development and investment across Asia and the US. She began her career in Morgan Stanley’s M&A team in Hong Kong and was subsequently a pan-Asian equity analyst at Fortress Investment Group. She is fluent in Mandarin and English. BSc, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). MBA, London Business School.
Partner, Head of Consumer, Permira
Cheryl Potter became a Partner in 2005. She is head of the Consumer Sector team and serves on the Executive Committee. She has worked on numerous transactions including Allegro, Arcaplanet, Creganna, Dr. Martens, Homebase, Iglo Group (and its subsequent acquisition of Findus Italy), Maxeda and Schustermann and Borenstein. She has recently been appointed as vice-Chair of the BVCA Council.
Prior to joining Permira, Cheryl worked at Royal Bank Development Capital. Previously she spent six years at Arthur Andersen in Manchester and London.
Managing Partner, Frog Capital
As ‘the CEO’s VC’, Mike and his co-partners at Frog Capital are focused on helping European technology CEOs succeed during the pivotal ‘Scale-Up’ phase, once they are demonstrating product market fit. Frog has access to the most promising CEOs of European tech companies through its partnerships with Europe’s leading early-stage VC firms, its network of successful CEOs and deal-tracking capabilities.
As an experienced tech VC investor, Mike understands the challenges facing tech entrepreneurs and CEOs as they transition from start-up to scale-up, and has been a key contributor to Frog’s proprietary ‘Scale-Up Methodology’, advising on important matters such as customer acquisition and marketing through to the right path to exit.
Frog focuses on software enabled companies in industries that are undergoing significant digital change. Frog's current fund has profile to fast growing companies in the financial services, media, property, education and mobility industries. Mike himself is currently involved in the Boards of DynamicAction (an ecommerce analytics SAAS company), McMakler (a German online, hybrid real estate agent) and VuLog (a global leader in in-car and car sharing software). Mike led Frog's investments into GBG Plc (now UK AIM quoted), eCommera (acquired by DentsuAegis), Dealflo (acquired by OneSpan Inc.), Mediatonic (world leading 'games as service' provider) and Rated People (UK largest marketplace for trades companies).
Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton
John Rife is an English-qualified partner in the London office of Debevoise & Plimpton. He advises institutional and independent sponsors of buyout, debt, secondaries, real estate, emerging markets, infrastructure and energy funds, as well as funds of funds, in connection with a broad range of matters, including fund formation and on-going operational matters, co-investments, carried interest arrangements and internal reorganizations.
John also regularly advises sponsors and investors on secondary transactions, including end-of-life recapitalizations and other sponsor-led liquidity solutions.
John was named by Secondaries Investor in its Young Guns of Secondaries list, which recognises the top 20 professionals working in the secondaries space aged 35 or under. The publication described John as “a ‘formidable counterpart’ who always ensures his client receives an optimal deal. Rife has a knack for making complex legal ideas understandable by the layman.”
John graduated in 2004 with a B.Soc.Sc. (Hons) from the University of Manchester. He obtained his GDL in 2006 from City University and his LPC from the Inns of Court School of Law in 2007. John was admitted as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales in 2009.
Managing Director & Head of European Private Equity, Neuberger Berman
Joana Rocha Scaff is a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman, Head of Europe Private Equity and a member of the Co-Investment and Private Investment Portfolios Investment Committees. Previously, Ms. Scaff worked in investment banking covering primarily the telecommunications, media and information services sectors. Ms. Scaff worked in the investment banking division of Lehman Brothers, and prior to that at Citigroup Global Markets and Espirito Santo Investment. She advised on corporate transactions including M&A, financial restructurings and public equity and debt offerings in the United States, Europe and Brazil. Ms. Scaff received her M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and her B.A. in Business Management and Administration from the Universidade Catolica of Lisbon. Ms. Scaff is a member of the LP Committee of the BVCA – British Private Equity Association. Ms. Scaff is a member of the Limited Partner Advisory Committee of multiple European private equity funds.
Partner, BC Partners
Nikos Stathopoulos is Managing Partner and Member of the Executive Committee and Investment Committee of BC Partners. He joined BC Partners in 2005 and has over 20 years experience in private equity. He has been an active investor in the media, telecoms, consumer and retail industries. Prior to joining BC Partners, Nikos was a Partner at Apax Partners in London where he spent seven years working on large buy-out transactions in Europe. Prior to Apax he spent three years as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in London.
Nikos is Chairman of the Board of Acuris (Mergermarket Group), OVS/Gruppo Coin, Cigierre, Dental Pro, and Pharmathen and Vice-Chairman of Migros Turk. Nikos is a member of the Global Advisory Board of Harvard Business School, the Board of Trustees of Impetus-PEF, the Board of Trustees of the American School in London, a member of the council of Serpentine Galleries, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Chairman of the BC Partners Foundation. Nikos holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a degree in Business Administration from Athens University of Economics & Business (AUEB).
Managing Director, Hamilton Lane
Jim Strang currently leads Hamilton Lane’s business covering the EMEA region and is head of the London office. Hamilton Lane is an independently owned investment manager with ~$360 billion of assets under management and advisement in the global Private Equity markets. Jim is a global Investment Committee member for Primary Funds, Secondaries and Co-Investments. He dedicates most of his investment related activity to sourcing and executing primary fund investments across EMEA. A Finance Ph.D. and INSEAD alumnus, Jim entered the Private Equity investment industry some 15 years ago having previously worked as a Strategy Consultant for Bain and Company.
Principal Consultant, Ramboll
Tomas Sys has over 25 years’ experience in advising on transactional risk identification, mitigation, transfer and strategic advisory on environmental, health & safety (EHS) and ESG matters for private equity and investment banking clients.
Tomas has provided advice across a variety of industrial sectors from automotive, chemicals and materials, construction, consumer, defence, energy, industrial products and services, infrastructure, leisure, manufacturing, real estate, TMT to transportation with assets located in over 40 countries worldwide. The details of recent transactions Tomas has advised on can be found on Mergermarket Profiler.
Tomas joined Ramboll in 2016 and currently leads the Compliance, Strategy, and Transaction (CST) Service Line in the UK, providing advisory throughout the entire investment cycle.
Director of Applied Machine Learning, Borealis AI
Yevgeniy Vahlis is the head of the Applied Machine Learning group at Borealis AI. Prior to joining Borealis AI, Yevgeniy led an applied research team at Georgian Partners, a late-stage venture capital fund, and worked at a number of tech companies including Amazon and Nymi. Yevgeniy kicked off his career at AT&T Labs in New York as a research scientist after completing his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Toronto and a year of postdoctoral studies at Columbia University.
Managing Director, The Carlyle Group
Having more than 25 years of experience in the Energy sector, Marcel van Poecke is primarily an Entrepreneur, Investor and Executive Manager. He is the Chairman of AtlasInvest, a private holding company he founded in 2007. AtlasInvest is engaged in investments across the broad energy spectrum.
Marcel van Poecke is a Managing Director for Carlyle International Energy Partners (CIEP) and is the Head of the Carlyle International Energy Partnership. CIEP focuses on the energy sector outside North America with a particular focus on oil and gas: upstream, midstream, downstream and oil field services.
Mr. van Poecke is also the Chairman of Oranje-Nassau Energie (ONE), an AtlasInvest portfolio company with oil and gas assets in the North Sea and West Africa, with a long track-record of running a diversified upstream portfolio; Vice Chairman of the Energy Intelligence Board; and a non-executive Director on the Boards of Argos-North Sea Group, Hestya, VARO and Discover Exploration.
Prior to forming AtlasInvest, he founded Petroplus from a management buyout in 1993 and successfully led its growth into the largest independent oil refiner in Europe through several major acquisitions and divestments. Petroplus was taken private in 2005 in a transaction led by Carlyle/Riverstone and management. In 2006, Marcel exited Petroplus following the company’s successful IPO on the Zurich stock exchange. The transaction was the highest multiple return investment for the Carlyle/Riverstone Energy Fund.
Mr. van Poecke has a degree in Agricultural Business Administration from the University of Wageningen and a Masters in Business Administration from the William E. Simon School of Management of the University of Rochester.
Later this year Mr van Poecke is set become chairman of Carlyle’s global energy, natural resources and infrastructure division, overseeing $25 billion of assets under management and 107 active portfolio companies, as well as continuing to oversee CIEP.
Partner, Finch Capital
Radboud Vlaar is Founding Partner at Finch Capital. Finch Capital is a Venture Capital firm focused on investing in Financial, AI and Security Technology companies based in Europe and Asia, with offices in Amsterdam, London and Singapore (www.Finchcapital.com). Finch Capital has to date made 20 investments out of 2 funds in companies such as ZOPA, Trussle, Prepaynation, Cermati, Ayopop, Tada, Digital Insurance Group, BUX, Salviol, Prittle (acquired by Binck) and Safened.
Prior to founding the firm end of 2013, Radboud was a partner at McKinsey & Company, focused on Financial Services and Private Equity. Radboud was part of the European Banking Leadership and co-lead the Global Digital Financial Service efforts. Prior to McKinsey Radboud worked 2 years at TPG.
Radboud achieved 4 master’s degrees from the University of Groningen in Economics, Audit, Controlling and Corporate Finance.
Radboud Vlaar is a Dutch Citizen and splits his time between London and Amsterdam, is married and has 3 children.
Senior Partner, Bridges Fund Management
Oliver Wyncoll joined Bridges in 2014 attracted by its Impact focus. He has extensive experience in working with high-growth companies, both as a lender and investor. He leads the investment activities of the Sustainable Growth team, identifying and managing investments in high growth entrepreneurial businesses that contribute to sustainable solutions for many of the major challenges faced by our society and planet.
Having worked at both HSBC and BZW (Barclays), Oliver joined Rabobank in 1996, establishing their London acquisition finance business. He then joined Langholm, a specialist investor in the consumer sector (backed by Unilever and Rabobank), where he became a Partner. During his 12 years at Langholm he was a board director on all of the fund’s UK companies such as Just Retirement, and led investments in Dorset Cereals, Tyrrells Crisps, Bart Ingredients and Purity Soft Drinks. At Bridges he has led a number of investments including World of Books, Wholebake and Hub Pharmacy.
He has a BSc in Economics from Reading University.
Director and General Counsel of EMEA, Silver Lake
Seda Yalçinkaya is a Director and General Counsel of EMEA at Silver Lake and has advised and participated in all stages of investment management from due diligence to exit since joining in 2011. Prior to joining Silver Lake, Seda was a Director and Deputy General Counsel at Citi Capital Advisors, and prior to that, the Deputy Head of M&A Legal for Citigroup, in which role she advised senior management on proprietary M&A transactions. Prior to joining Citi, Seda was a corporate associate at the New York and London offices of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, focusing on M&A, private equity and leveraged finance transactions. Seda holds an A.B. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School, and is qualified to practice law in New York and in England and Wales.
Principal, Head of Secondaries and GP-led Transactions, Rede Partners
Yaron Zafir leads Rede’s secondaries and GP-led transactions practice, advising Rede’s clients on a wide range of secondary and GP-led transactional solutions. He is also involved with origination activities across both primary and secondary mandates. With over 14 years of private equity experience, Yaron has led numerous transactions including GP restructurings, staple transactions, captive GP spin-offs and fund interests portfolio sales. Prior to joining Rede, Yaron worked for over five years at global secondaries investor Paul Capital, where he co-founded the London deal team, and before that as an investment manager at Cedar Fund, an early stage venture investor. Yaron holds an MBA with distinction from INSEAD and a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and Management from Tel Aviv University.
Founding Partner & CIO, Livingbridge
Shani Zindel is a Founding Partner and Chief Investment Officer of mid-market private equity firm Livingbridge. Shani joined Livingbridge in 1997 and has personally led investments in over 30 companies in a wide range of sectors. Livingbridge has invested in over 100 growing businesses and manages over £2bn across 5 funds.
Shani qualified as a Chartered Accountant in South Africa and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (USA).