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.
Assistant Director General, 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.
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.
Global Head of IBPE, Product & Market Development, S&P Global Market Intelligence
Silvina is Global Head of IBPE, Product & Market Development for S&P Global Market Intelligence, a leading provider of financial and industry data, research, news and analytics to investment professionals, government agencies, corporations and universities worldwide. She is responsible for business, market and partnership strategy, for the Investment Banking and Private Equity client segments globally. She also engages on identifying growth opportunities and gathers customer requirements for new solutions initiatives and is an active spokesperson at industry events and for the media.
Additionally Silvina has over fifteen years of experience within credit risk assessment in mature and emerging markets, credit risk related product development, modelling, risk management, and client advisory. These include the leadership of the S&P Risk Solution risk management consulting group, as well as eight years of experience as a ratings analyst and team leader for Standard & Poor’s Rating Agency, and developing analytical criteria applicable to Latin American institutions and project finance lending.
Prior to joining Standard & Poor’s in 1996, Silvina was an equity research analyst for ABN AMRO’s brokerage house in Argentina. She holds a BSc in Economics from Buenos Aires University. Silvina is fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Partner and Co-Head of the Technology Team, Hg
Nic is the Senior Partner of Hg and co-head of the Technology Team. He has ultimate responsibility for Hg’s strategy, management and governance. He focuses on larger software investments that provide daily-use mission critical applications for accountants, lawyers, tax/compliance professionals and designers/engineers/scientists.
Nic is currently a director on the boards of Foundry, IRIS, Lumesse, Sovos Compliance, Visma and CogitalGroup. He has led or co-led more than 30 investments over the last 27 years, including Addison (accounting), CSG (legal/ERP), e-conomic (SaaS ERP), Geneva Technology (telecom OSS), IRIS (Accounting/ERP), NextGenTel (telecoms), RAET (payroll), Rolfe & Nolan (banking), Visma (ERP), Xyratex (storage).
Nic started his investing career in 1990, focused exclusively on Technology since 1994 and joined Hg in 2001 as founder of the firm’s Technology Team. From 1990-2001 he was a director at Barclays Private Equity (now Equistone), Geocapital and 3i plc. He holds a first class degree in Electronic Engineering and was a IEEE and National Engineering Council scholar. He is a World Fellow of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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Co-CEO, The Carlyle Group
Glenn Youngkin is Co-Chief Executive Officer of The Carlyle Group and a member of Carlyle’s Board of Directors. He is based in Washington, DC.
From May 2015 to December 2017, Mr. Youngkin served as President and Chief Operating Officer. From June 2014 to May 2015, Mr. Youngkin served as Co-President and Co-Chief Operating Officer. From 2011 until May 2014, Mr. Youngkin was Carlyle’s Chief Operating Officer. From October 2010 until March 2011, Mr. Youngkin served as Carlyle’s interim principal financial officer. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Youngkin was the Global Head of the Industrial Sector investment team. From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Youngkin led Carlyle’s buyout activities in the United Kingdom and from 1995 to 2000, he was a member of the U.S. buyout team. Prior to joining Carlyle in 1995, Mr. Youngkin was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and he also previously worked in the investment banking group at CS First Boston.
Mr. Youngkin earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering and his B.A. in managerial studies from Rice University and his MBA from the Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.
Mr. Youngkin has served on the Board of Directors of numerous Carlyle portfolio companies. Mr. Youngkin also currently serves on several non-profit governing boards, including the Board of Trustees of the National Cathedral School, the Board of Directors of the Rice Management Company, and the Vestry of Holy Trinity Church.
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).