Read the biography of each speaker at the LP Seminar and LP-GP Dinner 2019 by clicking on their image below.
Further speakers will be confirmed shortly.
Partner, Reed Smith
Gareth is a tax partner in Reed Smith’s Global Corporate Group. He advises on domestic and cross-border M&A for private equity houses, management teams and public and private companies across a number of sectors. He also advises on private equity fund establishments, co-investments and carried interest arrangements, as well as advising on the tax aspects of corporate finance transactions, corporate restructurings, venture capital transactions, real estate transactions, hedge fund structures and tax disputes. He also has significant experience advising on all aspects of UK and International employee incentivisation plans, as well as on UK and cross border employment tax and social security issues.
Gareth was head of the King & Wood Mallesons’ SJ Berwin Tax practice in London and the co-head of its EUME Tax practice. He was also head of King & Wood Mallesons’ Global Employee Benefits Practice.
Legal 500 UK has recommended Gareth for Corporate Tax describing him as a “private equity-related tax expert and noted practitioner with substantial corporate tax experience”; And also noted that: “Gareth Amdor is a great and dynamic tax lawyer. He knows how to get straight to the point”
Head of ESG, Neuberger Berman
Jonathan Bailey, Managing Director, is Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investing at Neuberger Berman, a private, independent employee-owned investment manager founded in 1939. Jonathan joined the firm in 2017 and works with portfolio managers and analysts across equities, fixed income and private equity both to enhance existing strategies and to launch new ESG and impact investing strategies.
Previously, Jonathan was the founding Director of Research at Focusing Capital on the Long Term (FCLT Global) a think tank backed by BlackRock, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Dow, McKinsey & Co., and Tata Sons which worked on practical solutions to excessive short-termism along the investment value chain. He spent the bulk of his prior career at McKinsey & Co where he was an Associate Partner. He has also worked for Generation Investment Management, the sustainable investment fund co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore, and on governance projects for former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Jonathan holds an MBA (with high distinction) from Harvard Business School, an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and an MA(Oxon) from the University of Oxford. He is a board member of Instiglio, the developing market social impact bond advisory non-profit.
Investment Director, Guy's and St Thomas' Charity
Anita is Investment Director at Guy's and St Thomas' Charity, where she is responsible for investment activities of the Charity's endowment and leads the development and implementation of the Charity's impact investing activities including portfolio construction, investment selection and ongoing monitoring.
Previously, Anita was at Barclays developing impact investment funds for the retail and institutional market. Her prior experience includes external fund investments in alternative strategies at AXA Investment Managers.
Anita is a Non-Executive Director at Resonance Ltd, a UK impact funds and venture business, and is Chair of its Risk Committee. She is a member of the BVCA’s Impact Investment Advisory Group and also sits on some limited partner and investor advisory committees. Anita holds a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor’s degree from Queen Mary University of London. She is both a CFA and CAIA Charterholder.
Managing Director, Head of Private Equity Funds, CPPIB
Delaney Brown is the Managing Director and Head of Private Equity Funds at CPPIB.
Prior to joining CPP Investment Board in 2013, Delaney spent eight years at Hermes GPE LLP (formerly Hermes Private Equity) as Head of the Americas focused on both private equity fund investment and co-investment. Previously, Delaney was an Associate Director with Almeida Capital in London and prior to this a Research Scientist for GlaxoSmithKline in the UK.
Delaney holds a BSc (First Class Honours) in Biochemistry from the University of Leeds.
Partner, Fairview Capital Group
Pablo Calo has spent the last 22 years dedicated to private equity in developed and emerging markets.
Prior to joining Fairview he was the Head of International Secondaries for Park Hill covering Europe and Asia where he led multiple GP-led transactions, secondary portfolio sales and provided structured solutions to investors across the alternative asset class.
Prior to Park Hill, Pablo was the head of Europe and co-managed the secondary investment strategy for PineBridge Investments, a global asset manager. In this role, he participated of multiple advisory advisory boards and managed interests in over 500 buyout and venture capital funds.
He holds a BS in Agricultural Engineering from UDELAR and an MBA from Yale University.
Deputy Director-General, CBI
Josh Hardie is CBI Deputy Director-General.
An experienced corporate affairs specialist, Josh joined the CBI in 2016 and leads the CBI’s overall policy development, media and campaigning work.
From Brexit and global trade to Industrial Strategy, regional growth and the CBI’s new campaign, Everyone's business, all Josh’s focus is aimed at helping business to tackle inequality and raise living standards.
This involves working with the 190,000 businesses the CBI represents to understand how they can driver prosperity forward across the UK, working with Government to ensure their policy supports this and communicating with stakeholders to help demonstrate the impact business can have.
Josh joined from Tesco, where he was Group Director for Corporate Responsibility. This role focused on leading on the integration of social and reputational issues into the international retailer's business strategy and developing a new approach to campaigning with customers, the Government, stakeholders and the media on issues including health, employability and sustainability.
Josh has also held Exec-level roles at EdComs Ltd creating behavior change strategies and campaigns for businesses, government departments and the voluntary sector, and an educational charity, Education Extra, campaigning with schools and working with the Government on educational issues.
Founder and CEO, Preqin
Mark O’Hare is Founder and Chief Executive of Preqin, the alternative assets information service. Preqin provides extensive research and data on the entire global 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 550 staff based in London, New York, Singapore, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Bangalore and Manila, providing market-leading online and hard copy data services to many of the world’s leading institutional investors, money managers and advisors. Preqin’s online databases are used by over 80,000 industry professionals at over 25,000 funds, companies and organizations in 94 countries worldwide. Preqin tracks fund returns, fundraising information, fund terms and conditions, profiles of the GPs running the funds, the LPs investing in them, and the deals made by the funds and the assets in the funds.
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.
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.
Director General, BVCA
Michael Moore is Director General of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.
Over the past 30 years he has operated at senior levels in both politics and business. In his political career he was a Member of Parliament for 18 years and served in the Cabinet at the time of the Coalition, as Secretary of State for Scotland; in this role he negotiated the arrangements for the independence referendum in 2014 on behalf of the UK government.
After his period as a minister he served as European Business Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister. He also successfully piloted legislation through Westminster which enshrines the UN’s ‘0.7%’ aid spending commitment in UK law. Over the course of his parliamentary career Michael’s focus was primarily on business, international affairs (including the European Union) and Scotland.
After the 2015 General Election Michael became a Senior Adviser at PwC, working with boards and ‘C-suite’ executives on the strategic implications of Brexit and other political issues, such as the devolution of powers to the nations and regions of the UK. He had previously qualified as a Scottish chartered accountant with the firm and worked in its corporate finance practice before his election to Parliament.
Winston Penhall is a partner in Reed Smith’s private funds group. He advises clients on investment management law and regulation with an emphasis on alternative investment funds, their investment managers and investors.
Winston advises managers on their commercial arrangements and provides ongoing support to investment managers alongside the Reed Smith Regulatory Team.
Winston also focuses on advising UK pension schemes and international institutional investors, including sovereign wealth funds, on their managed account and fund investments across the spectrum of investment categories, including insurance wrapped products.
Winston has published widely and is a contributing author to Lexis Practice Advisor: Private Equity & Investment Management.
Legal 500 UK 2020 has recommended Winston for Private Funds with clients describing him 'We primarily work with Winston Penhall; his engagement is exceptional. He has a deep knowledge of the industry and an ability to anticipate issues upfront and offer sensible options to resolve them. His availability (for instance at weekends or whilst on leave) often exceeds expectations. I trust his judgement.”'
Read the biography of each speaker at the Summit 2019 by clicking on their image below.
Further speakers will be confirmed shortly.
Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton
Kate Ashton is a corporate partner with a broad international practice, including extensive experience in Europe and the United States in private equity transactions, corporate finance, debt and equity offerings and financial restructurings. Kate is recommended for both Debt and Equity Capital Markets, as well as for Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity, by IFLR1000 (2019). She is recommended by The Legal 500 UK (2018) for Private Equity Transactions. In the 2017 edition of the guide, she is noted as a “very good negotiator.” She regularly counsels private equity and other investment funds on corporate and securities matters including secondary acquisitions, fund recapitalisations and European listings. She also has significant experience in European financial restructurings.
Kate recently served as the Co-Chair of the Capital Markets Forum of the International Bar Association and is a former trustee of the American College of Investment Counsel. She is a frequent author and speaker on English and U.S. legal developments.
Kate graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and from Harvard Law School. She is amember of the Board of Trustees of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and of the American Trust for the British Library and is active in a number of other cultural and pro bono organisations. Kate co-founded the Lawyers Volunteering for the Arts pro bono initiative in London, through which a consortium of law firms provides pro bono legal advice to low-income arts and cultural organisations in the United Kingdom, and serves on its Executive Committee.
Partner & Advocate, Mourant
Darren Bacon is a Partner at Mourant in the Guernsey office, specialising in investment funds in a range of sectors, including infrastructure, private equity, real estate and debt, acting for both listed and private structures. He also regularly advises on a range of corporate transactions.
Darren Bacon's clients report that he is 'a very strong offshore lawyer,' highlighting that 'he is plain-speaking and explains issues well.' Chambers UK, 2019. Darren Bacon 'gets the job done well with minimum fuss,' Legal 500 UK, 2018.
'Darren Bacon is 'very responsive with a high degree of pragmatism backed up with commercial skills,' notes one source who goes on to say: 'His experience shows through, he is an impressive individual well respected by clients and peers alike', Chambers UK, 2017.
Managing Partner, IQ Capital Partners
Kerry Baldwin has over 20 years’ venture capital experience starting with Venture Technologies, a $50m deep tech fund in 1997 achieving high profile exits including Autonomy (IPO), Whereonearth (Yahoo), Trustbase (SunMicrosytems) and Durlacher (IPO) before co-founding IQ Capital. IQ Capital has over $400m AUM and is investing from the $175m IQC Fund III into deep tech Seed and Series A. IQ Capital recent exits include to Apple, Google, Oracle, Facebook, Huawei. Kerry focuses on GTM, competitive positioning and strategic marketing. She sits on several boards including FNA, BMLL, Apperio, KisanHub and Divido. Kerry sits on the BVCA Venture Capital Committee and is an Honorary Fellow in Entrepreneurship at Cambridge University.
Head of Debt Finance, OakNorth
Ben Barbanel is the Head of Debt Finance at OakNorth Bank where he leads a team that, since its launch in September 2015, has transacted almost £4bn of loans across hundreds of transactions. Together, the team have won multiple awards, including Estate Gazette's Financier of the Year (2018), PROPS Financier of the Year (2018), Property Week RESI Awards Residential Financier of the Year (2017), and City A.M.'s Bank of the Year (2017). Ben was also a personal recipient of Norwood Property’s Financier of the Year award (2019).
Prior to joining OakNorth Bank, Ben spent almost six years at Santander Corporate Bank, where in his most recent role, he was the Divisional Head of Business Development for London and the South East. Prior to Santander, he was at Clydesdale Bank where he focused on real estate finance. He also spent time working in a privately-owned real estate business helping to source, arrange, and manage debt. Previously, he worked as a Manager in the commercial banking division of the Royal Bank of Scotland. He started his banking career at Mizrahi Bank in London.
Portfolio Director, Development Bank of Wales
Guy Bates is the portfolio director for the Development Bank of Wales. He has overall responsibility for the Development Bank’s equity and loan portfolios. He works with a team of portfolio managers to shape the Development Bank’s follow-on investment strategy.
After completing an engineering degree, he became an ACA qualified accountant with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Cardiff, working there for eight years.
He joined the Development Bank’s restructuring team in 2011, holding a number of senior posts before heading up the portfolio department.
Head of ESG & Sustainability, Coller Capital
Adam Black has been an ESG specialist for over 26 years (11 years in private equity). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (FIEMA), Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and a Chartered Member of IOSH (the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health). He holds a BSc (Honours) in Environmental Science, MA in Environmental Law and a higher-degree in Occupational Health and Safety.
Adam has experience in most aspects of ESG implementation and management, including as a trainer and coach, incident investigation and crisis management, and safety culture. He has delivered ESG risk mitigation and value creation programmes across most industry sectors in over 50 countries worldwide.
As a member of Coller Capital’s Investment Team, Adam has responsibility for integrating ESG within all investment decision-making and management processes, working across all funds with underlying GPs and fund-of-fund managers and on occasion their portfolio companies. Prior to joining Coller Capital in 2016 he was an ESG Operating Partner and Head of Sustainability at Doughty Hanson.
Advisor, Advent International
Conor Boden served as the Head of Portfolio Board Development at Advent International, one of the largest and most experienced global private equity firms, from December 2007 to June 2019. As such, he was responsible for managing a network of leading chairmen, CEOs and non-executive directors with the aim of enhancing Advent's ability to originate and execute deals as well as maximise the value of portfolio companies. His main focus in the role was to develop Advent's Operating Partner Programme. He was also responsible for leading the firm’s best practice “talent” initiatives in fields such as management assessment and board effectiveness. Prior to Advent, Conor was with 3i for nine years, initially running the CEO programme and then leading the development and management of a group of chairmen and industrialists for 3i's European buyout business. Before 3i he held senior marketing and business development positions with Andersen, Linklaters and Mercer Management Consulting. Since leaving his full-time role with Advent, Conor has embarked on developing a portfolio of activities while continuing as an advisor to Advent.
Senior Tax Partner, on behalf of We are Guernsey
Fiona Carpenter leads the UK FS Tax practice at PwC. She joined PwC in August 2017 as a partner specialising in alternative asset management and brings with her a wealth of experience in tax structuring and compliance for alternative funds.
Fiona was previously at Ernst & Young where she was first appointed partner in 2006 and held various roles including UK asset management tax leader.
From 2010 to 2013, Fiona was the Chief Financial Officer for TT International, a boutique asset manager, founded in 1988. This provided her with an appreciation of the wider regulatory, legal and commercial issues impacting alternative asset managers.
Fiona has also served as a member of the governing body of the Alternative Investment Management Association, elected by the industry members and is currently a member of the Alternative Credit Council Tax Group.
Value Creation Partner, LDC
Violette helps LDC’s portfolio companies to drive growth through digital transformation.
She joined LDC in 2017 and since then has worked side-by-side with management teams to develop and execute data driven digital strategies, including product development, online demand generation and customer engagement. On a recent project, she helped a portfolio company increase sales via its website by up to 150%.
has extensive experience in supporting growth through digital technology and data driven solutions. She joined LDC from McDonald’s, where she was a digital marketing director in the global digital transformation team, and was responsible for planning and executing innovative customer experience and engagement strategies across key global markets. Prior to McDonald’s, she had over 12 years of digital and marketing experience, in both agency and client side roles.
Violette holds an MBA from Essec Business School Paris.
Vice President, Private Equity, Unigestion
Joana Castro, Principal, leads the primary funds investment activity at Unigestion. She currently holds several Advisory Board seats in European buyout funds. Prior to joining Unigestion, Joana worked for one of the largest emerging markets focused LP, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Joana started her career at Goldman Sachs in the London based investment banking team, covering Pan-European financial institutions. She holds an Economics degree from Catolica School of Business and Economics in Lisbon, Portugal. Joana is also a founding trustee of A Little Gesture A Great Help, a UK registered charity focused on improving the living conditions of underprivileged children in Mozambique. As a Portuguese and British National, Joana is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish.
Partner, Clifford Chance
Alexander Chester specialises in international fund formation, secondaries, and advisory work in the private equity, debt, real estate, infrastructure and fund of funds sectors.
Alex's experience covers blind pool funds, secondary transactions, general partner-led restructurings, co-investments and separate accounts. Alex's experience also includes advising on carried interest and executive co-investment arrangements, as well as various internal matters relating to fund managers. He has advised on a number of acquisitions and spin-outs of fund management businesses. He advises managers on the establishment of private funds, including in respect of structuring, marketing, fund terms, investor negotiations and closings, as well as issues arising over the life of the fund. He also advises a number of prominent institutional investors in connection with their proposed commitments to private funds.
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 Partners and manages the global investor coverage function for mandates across all fund types and geographies. Scott brings over 25 years’ institutional sales and origination experience across private equity and debt capital markets. Prior to co-founding Rede, he led the non-US investor and business development efforts for the private equity placement groups at Lazard and Merrill Lynch, and has worked on c.130 fundraising assignments in the last 18 years representing over $150 billion in aggregate funds raised. 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.
Managing Director, British Patient Capital
Ian manages the Funds activity of British Patient Capital. He is responsible for developing British Patient Capital’s investment strategy and investment process, as well as supervising all investment transactions – especially at the advanced due diligence stage and legal completion.
Ian joined British Patient Capital from the British Business Bank, which he joined at its formation in late 2014. Prior to that, he was part of the Bank’s predecessor, Capital for Enterprise Ltd. He brings with him a wealth of experience, including close involvement in the development of the Venture Capital Catalyst and Enterprise Capital Funds portfolios which have invested in 41 funds to date, facilitating more than £1bn of investment in over 400 smaller businesses. He previously worked in corporate finance at technology company Infinity SDC and in financial modelling at the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Managing Director, British Business Bank
Ken Cooper, 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 overseen the development of a number of different 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.
Group International Tax Director, The Carlyle Group
Clare Copeland is the Carlyle Group’s International Tax Director. In her role Clare is responsible for tax strategy, risk management and policy of the Group’s operations across its international platforms. Prior to joining Carlyle, Clare’s roles include 12 years as Head of Tax & Structuring at American Capital and 8 years in KPMG’s Private Equity tax group. Clare is a Chartered Tax Adviser, a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales. Clare chairs the Corporate Tax Sub-Committee of the BVCA, is chair of the Invest Europe International Working Group and member of the Alternative Credit Tax Committee.
Partner, Maven Capital Partners
Andrew Craig is one of the founding partners of Maven Capital Partners, which was established in 2009 as a spin out of the Private Equity division of Aberdeen Asset Management. Headquartered in Glasgow, and with ten offices throughout the UK, Maven has over 80 investment and support professionals providing a truly nationwide coverage. Maven has £600million funds under management and ready to invest, and manages assets for a variety of client funds, including Venture Capital Trusts, UK regional fund mandates, Maven Investor Partners – a syndicate of institutional, family office and experienced investors and the Maven UK Regional Buyout Fund.
He is a member of the Maven Investment Committee and is responsible for new Private Equity investments in Scotland and has over 20 years’ experience of investing in SME’s across the UK.
Andrew joined Aberdeen Asset Management in 2004 having previously been with Bank of Scotland Corporate Banking in Edinburgh where he was an Associate Director of Integrated Finance working primarily on UK mid-market buyouts. Prior to joining Bank of Scotland in 1999 he worked in Business and Corporate Banking at Clydesdale Bank for 10 years.
He is a Member of both the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland and the Institute of Directors and is also Chairman of the BVCA Membership Engagement Committee.
Head of Data Science, TA Associates
Catherine Cutts is Head of Data Science for TA Associates. She leads Data Science initiatives across its portfolio of 70+ active investments.
TA Associates is a leading global growth private equity firm with offices in Boston, Silicon Valley, London, Mumbai and Hong Kong. Focused on a variety of industries, TA invests in profitable, growing companies around the world with opportunities for sustained growth. Investing as either a majority or minority investor, the firm employs a long-term approach, utilizing its strategic resources to help management teams build lasting value in growth companies. TA has raised $24 billion in capital and has invested in more than 500 companies since its founding, and is committing to new investments at the pace of $2 billion per year.
Prior to joining TA in 2018, Catherine worked for the Boston Consulting Group. She has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Cambridge.
Partner & Chief Financial Officer, Phoenix Equity Partners
Steve Darrington has been a partner at Phoenix since 2001 and is CFO and a member of Phoenix’s management committee. Steve is also a director of Phoenix Equity Partners 2016 Guernsey Limited, General Partner of the Fund. Before Phoenix, he held senior finance positions in the US and UK, including four years as CFO at Netnumber.com in Boston, and five years as Controller at The Economist.
Steve is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has a BA (Hons) in Business Studies and Computing from the Leicester Business School and an MBA from Manchester Business School.
Assistant Director General, BVCA
Leon de Bono is the BVCA's Assistant Director General and Director of Membership Services. Before joining the BVCA in 2010 he was the Publishing Director and a member of the team that launched Private Equity News, part of eFinancialNews, which was acquired by Dow Jones in 2007. He began working in the private equity industry with Caspian Media in 2001. He has a BA from University College London and an MA from The Courtauld Institute.
Operating Adviser, Apax Partners
Ellen de Kreij is responsible for the implementation of the Apax Partners Sustainability Programme and is a member of the Apax Operational Excellence team. Ellen joined Apax Partners in 2002 as Director of Deal Generation and became a Director in the Investor Relations team in early 2010 with a particular focus on European investors.
Prior to joining Apax Partners, Ellen worked as an investment banker in the Mergers & Acquisitions teams at Merrill Lynch and Broadview International, where she specialised in advising transactions in the Technology sector.
Ellen holds an MA in Dutch Civil Law and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Managing Partner & Co-Founder, 17Capital
Pierre-Antoine founded 17Capital in 2008 and has 25 years of private equity experience. He spent his earlier career at Idinvest Partners, Fondinvest Capital, Coller Capital and PAI, in Paris and Hong Kong.
Managing Partner, Atlantic Bridge
Kevin Dillon is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Atlantic Bridge and has 30 years’ operating experience in the technology sector, including a total of 13 in Paris, London and Dublin as an executive in the software industry and five years in Silicon Valley. 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, Kevin was a member of Microsoft EMEA’s senior management team responsible for various roles in Finance, Operations, and Sales and Marketing including establishing the European Operations centre in Dublin.
Kevin 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.
Research and Outreach Manager, eFront
Marija Djordjevic is in charge of Research and Outreach at eFront and a PhD candidate at INSEAD. Prior to joining eFront, she worked as an Assistant Professor at Department of Economics at Belgrade University. She holds MSc in Finance from INSEAD and MSc in Quantitative Finance from Belgrade University. Marija’s research interests include optimal portfolio choice, asset pricing theory and information economics.
Executive Director, EMEA M&A, UBS
Sarantis Douropoulos is an Executive Director in UBS’s EMEA Mergers & Acquisitions team based in London with a focus on sell-side M&A from a product perspective and Infrastructure and Real Estate M&A from a sector perspective. He joined UBS in 2015 after 8 years at Credit Suisse’s European M&A team. Sarantis started his career at Deloitte’s Financial Advisory Services team in Athens, where spent 2 years focusing primarily on M&A.
Sarantis has worked on a number of complex M&A transactions, including the acquisition of Reynolds American by BAT (US$49bn), the defence of EDP in connection with CTG takeover offer (€34bn), advice to Kulczyk Investments with regard to their stake in SABMiller (US$3.5bn) during AB InBev’s offer, the acquisition of Logicor by CIC (12.5bn), the take-private of Sponda by Blackstone ($3.6bn), the acquisition of DCT Gdansk by IFM, PSA and PFR (€1.2bn), the acquisition of 17% in Scotia Gas Networks by ADIA (£620m), the acquisition of a minority stake in Anglian Water by ADIA, the acquisition of Hellenic Seaways by Attica Group (€300m), the take-private of the minorities in Stallergenes Greer by Waypoint Capital (€730m), the acquisition of Findus Group by Nomad Holdings (€500m), the sale of Carphone Warehouse's 25% interest in Best Buy Mobile's profit share agreement to Best Buy Inc. (US$1.3bn), the sale of Enodis Plc to Manitowoc (US$2.7bn), the demerger or Crompton Greaves’ Consumer Products Business, the take-private of Just Retirement Plc by Permira (£230m), the take-private of SSP Holdings Plc by Hellman & Friedman (£200m), the sale of Clear2Pay to Fidelity National Information Services (€375m), the sale of Defy Appliances to Arcelik (US$330m), the sale of BSH’s Brazilian operations to Mabe, the opinion to Morrisons’ Board in relation to the commercial JV with Ocado for the establishment of an online retail business the sale of Venere.com to Expedia, the sale of Scandza to Capvest Capital Partners, the sale of Ogone Group to Ingenico (€360m), take-private of Friends Provident Plc by Resolution (£1.9bn), acquisition of Webhelp by KKR, the take-private of AB Vassilopoulos by Delhaize, the acquisition of a 51% stake in Hefei Rongshida Sanyo by Whirlpool (US$550m), the sale of NSN's Optical Networks business to Marlin Equity Partners and several defence / strategic advisory mandates including for Morrison's Plc, Premier Foods Plc, Wolseley Plc, Imperial Tobacco Plc, Heineken, Visa Europe, Deutsche Telekom, Bank of Cyprus.
Sarantis graduated with a degree in Economics & Management from the University of Oxford.
Managing Director, Head of Primaries, Europe, Capital Dynamics
Mark Drugan is a Managing Director and Head of European Primaries. He has over 30 years of experience evaluating, selecting and monitoring private equity fund investments and sits on several private equity fund advisory boards. He has been closely involved in the design and implementation of the British Venture Capital Association’s annual performance measurement survey since the pilot study in the early 1990s. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Birmingham.
Partner, Strategy & Operations, EY
Phil Dunne is a Senior Partner in EY’s Strategy & Operations Practice where he leads the firm’s merger integration proposition. He has over 25 years’ of industry and consulting experience, focused on the industrials sector. Phil and his team provide a full range of transaction strategy support, including portfolio reviews, growth and market entry strategy, due diligence, merger integration, and post-acquisition value creation for both private equity and corporate clients. An engineer by training, Phil has previously designed missiles at BAe, and held design and manufacturing roles at Michelin. Prior to joining EY, Phil was UK Managing Partner for A.T. Kearney. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Cranfield.
Managing Director, Top Tier Capital Partners
Lisa Edgar is a Managing Director and member of the Investment Committee at Top Tier Capital Partners. She focuses on manager selection, due diligence and investment monitoring of Top Tier’s primary investments. Leveraging her 25 years of experiences, Lisa is particularly interested in helping up-and-coming micro funds structure themselves for success in the future, including strategic fundraising, thoughtful portfolio construction, effective capital deployment and management succession. When she is not advising our GPs and LPs, Lisa is supporting diversity within private equity with the intent that the profile of venture firms mirrors those who are benefiting from the capital deployed by those firms. Lisa joined Top Tier’s predecessor firm Paul Capital in 2003. Prior to Top Tier, Lisa was part of the asset management team at WR Hambrecht + Co focusing on new and emerging private equity funds. Before that, she spent ten years at Horsley Bridge Partners. Lisa began her career as an analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Lisa graduated from the University of San Francisco with a B.S. in applied economics and an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business.
Head of Private Equity, NYC Retirement Systems
J. David Enriquez serves as the Head of Private Equity for the Bureau of Asset Management in the Office of the New York City Comptroller. In this role, he leads the investment activity of the Private Equity team in pursuing new initiatives, making recommendations and managing the private equity portfolio of the five New York City retirement systems.
Prior to joining the Bureau of Asset Management, David 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. David 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.
Chairman, Palatine Impact
Tim Farazmand Chairs the Palatine Impact Fund; is a member of the LMS plc and Hazel Capital Investment Committees; and sits on the Advisory Boards of Gresham House and Beechbrook Capital, as well as the family investment company, Abercross. He is also Chair of Estio Limited, an apprenticeship training company and sits on other boards as an independent Non-Executive Director. Tim has more than 30 years’ experience in mid-market private equity and is a past Chair of the BVCA.
Director, M&G Investments
Simon Faure 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.
Head of Consumer & Retail, EMEA, KKR
Timothy Franks joined KKR in 2017 and is the head of the Consumer & Retail industry team in EMEA within KKR's Private Equity platform. He also leads the development of KKR’s activities in the UK & Ireland. Mr. Franks serves as a member of KKR's European Private Equity Investment Committee, the firm’s European Portfolio Management Committee and the firm’s Global Impact Committee. He is chairman of the board of Upfield, formerly the spreads division of Unilever, and is also on the board of The Hut Group and Webhelp. Prior to joining, Tim was a partner at Advent International based in London. At Advent, he was involved in more than 13 transactions over a 17 year period, and also opened and led Advent's New York office for three years. He focused on retail, consumer and technology transactions at Advent. Prior to Advent, he was at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell and CS First Boston.
He holds an M.A. from Cambridge University, and an M.P.P. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Co-founder & Partner, Bridges Fund Management
Michele Giddens co-founded Bridges alongside Philip Newborough and Sir Ronald Cohen in 2002. As a partner, she focuses on strategy, investor relations, public affairs and social impact assessment.
Michele plays a key role in the growth of the impact investing movement in the UK. She was an adviser to the UK Treasury’s Social Investment Task Force and chaired the Community Development Finance Association from 2003-2005. More recently, she chaired the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investing, part of the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group, from 2016-18. She sits on the BVCA Council, and is a Non-Executive Director on the board of CDC, the UK Government’s Development Finance Institution. Michele is also a trustee for the Bridges Impact Foundation.
Michele has over 25 years experience in international development and social finance. She began her career with International Finance Corporation, the private sector financing arm of the World Bank Group, where she ran small business lending programmes in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, and advised on microfinance in Bangladesh, the Middle East and Mongolia. She subsequently spent eight years with Shorebank Corporation, one of the leading community development banks in the USA.
Michele has a BA Honours in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from Oxford University and an MBA from Georgetown University, Washington, DC. She was recently awarded an OBE for services to international development and social finance in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Chief Economist, EY
Mark Gregory is the Chief Economist at EY in the UK & Ireland providing knowledge, analysis and insight to help businesses understand the economic environments in which they operate. He is a business economist with over 25 years’ experience in more than 40 countries as an advisor to the Governments and industry on economics, policy and regulation. This includes working with the Governments of Argentina and the World Bank to develop solutions to the debt and economic crisis in 1989 and 1990.
Mark is the sponsoring partner for EY’s Economics for Business Programme and EY ITEM Club, the UK’s leading independent economic forecast. Mark works with both the private and public sectors, supporting economic development, growth and regeneration. Mark is a key contributor to EY’s economic offering across the globe.
Prior to Mark’s Chief Economist role at EY, he was Global Head of Strategy & Business Development for Wireless at IBM and worked with clients to understand the implications of economic and market developments for their business models, cost structures and processes.
Manu Gupta is a Partner, and part of the founding team, at Lakestar, which has raised >€1bn within the last 6 years. He has >20 years of tech experience and nearly a decade of investing experience, splitting his time between Europe and Silicon Valley.
Manu led Lakestar’s investments or sits on the board of Engineer.AI, Opendoor, SoFI, Omio, Forward Health, Algomi, Taulia, Aetion Health, Helpling, Maker Studios, Casafari as well as assisting in over a dozen other exits.
Manu was previously an Executive Director and Head of European Internet coverage at Goldman Sachs. He started in Goldman’s San Francisco office focusing Software IPO’s and M&A, as well as held roles as a Product Manager at Oracle and coder at Sun Microsystems.
Manu graduated with honors in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) from UC Berkeley and has an MBA from the University of Chicago. He has lived in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Zurich and London.
Founder, Haflo AB
Martin is an advisor and angel investor with 15 years’ experience as professional investor, primarily as former General Partner in Creandum (first VC in Spotify). There he was responsible for multiple exits, such as Jays AB (IPO), IPtronics (acquired by Mellanox) and Nanoradio (acquired by Samsung).
Before embarking on his journey as an investor, Martin was a serial entrepreneur who started multiple companies. In addition to angel investing, he has or have held several chairman positions on such Norwegian start-up No Isolation, British venture fund Frog Capital or US based start-up Automile. Martin’s track record includes more than 15 years of operational experience as CEO and more than 25 years of board experience from tech companies.
Portfolio Manager, J.P. 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 26 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 PEG investment committee. Prior to joining the Group, she was 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 leading European 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 Product Manager, Private Equity EMEA, S&P Global Market Intelligence
Ilja Hauerhof is a Senior Product Manager at S&P Global Market Intelligence, a division of S&P Global, offering multi-asset class data solutions, market research, risk and portfolio analytics to investment professionals, government agencies and corporations globally. In his capacity as a Private Equity Segment Lead, Ilja oversees EMEA’s business strategy, identifying growth opportunities and gathering customer requirements for new solutions & initiatives. Ilja is also the point person for the division’s private equity-focused research publications in the region. Ilja holds a degree in Economics from the University of Regensburg and is fluent in English and German.
Liz Jones is a Partner at mid-market private equity firm, Livingbridge, where she has spent the last eighteen years. She leads their mid-market team in London and is also sector head of healthcare and education, which has been an active sector for Livingbridge for two decades. She has also invested extensively in professional services and consultancy, and has a strong interest in people businesses with an international footprint. Her past investments include Efficio, Helping Hands, SLR Consulting, Witherslack, Digico and Portman Dental. Liz currently sits on the board of Efficio, a leading procurement specialist and Helping Hands, a national homecare provider. Prior to Livingbridge, Liz spent seven years at Barclays, including a four year spell at Barclays Ventures.
General Counsel and Compliance Officer, STAR Capital Partnership
Liz Judd is General Counsel and Compliance Officer at STAR Capital Partnership LLP. She trained in-house at Newton Investment Management/Mellon Global Investors and then spent 5 years as an associate in the corporate department of Clifford Chance LLP, advising private equity, hedge and infrastructure fund clients (including STAR). She originally joined STAR as its first General Counsel in 2006. Following a child-related career break, she spent 4 years in the international funds department of SJ Berwin LLP/King & Wood Mallesons LLP advising on a wide range of fund establishments and investments as well as corporate transactions. Liz rejoined STAR in 2016.
Yalin Karadogan is a member of the Investor Relations and Fundraising team, responsible for Cinven's Limited Partners in EMEA. At Cinven, Yalin previously was a member of the Business Services sector team and led the regional team for Emerging Europe, and has worked on a number of transactions, including Allegro and Pronet.
Prior to joining Cinven, Yalin spent eight years with J.P. Morgan Partners, in New York and London, completing a number of buyout, growth equity, and venture capital investments in a variety of sectors across Western and Eastern Europe. Previously, he was with Chase Manhattan Bank in New York.
Yalin holds a BA in Mathematics & Economics from Lafayette College, USA.
He joined Cinven in 2006.
Geoffrey Kittredge, a London-based partner and Chair of Debevoise’s European Private Equity Funds Group, focuses his practice on private investment fund formation. Geoffrey represents a broad range of international private equity and other private investment funds and their sponsors, including buyout, infrastructure, energy, credit, real estate, secondaries, and venture funds, as well as funds of funds.
Resident in Europe since 1999 and in London since 2002, he is a member of the EMPEA Legal & Regulatory Council, and is also a member of the Legal & Accounting Committee of the BVCA.
Geoffrey received his B.A. in 1984 from the University of Virginia, his M.B.A. in 1992 from Columbia University in Finance and Business Economics and his J.D. in 1996 from New York University, where he was an Editor of the Law Review.
Partner, Head of Strategy & Growth, Hermes GPE
Elias Korosis is responsible for directing Hermes GPE's innovation-led growth investing globally, as well as the investment strategy function, including global markets research, portfolio construction and exploring new areas in private markets. He also serves as the portfolio manager of the Hermes GPE Environmental Innovation Fund, a specialist growth equity/venture capital fund focused on sustainable growth.
He joined Hermes GPE in 2011 and is a member of the company's Investment and Management Committees. Previously, Elias served in management roles with Bridgewater Associates and Citigroup Global Markets. He sits on a number of corporate boards as a director and observer, as well as several private equity fund advisory boards. Elias is a Board member of Invest Europe, the association representing Europe’s private equity, venture capital, and their investors.
Elias is a Greek national and speaks fluent Greek, English, French and conversational Italian. He is also an alumnus of the University of Warwick (BSc in Economics and International Studies), the London School of Economics (MSc in European Political Economy), and Harvard Business School (PLD25).
Managing Director, Hayfin
Mirja Lehmler-Brown is a Managing Director and co-head of the Private Equity Funds investment team at Hayfin Capital Management. Ms. Lehmler-Brown joined from Standard Life Aberdeen where, since 2006, she was a senior investment portfolio manager and investment committee member of the European private equity business – focusing on making primary, secondary and co-investments predominantly in the European private equity mid-market.
Outside of her role at Hayfin and linked to her commitment to ESG and sustainability, she is a Non-Executive Director on the board of the sustainability-focused investment firm Summa Equity. Prior to Aberdeen Asset Management, Ms. Lehmler-Brown was an Executive Director within the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs. Before Goldman Sachs, Ms. Lehmler-Brown worked as an analyst with Morgan Stanley. Ms. Lehmler-Brown holds an MSc in Business Administration from Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden and Hochschule St. Gallen, Switzerland.
CEO, M&A and Transaction Solutions in EMEA, Aon
As CEO of Aon M&A and Transaction Solutions in EMEA, Alistair is responsible for shaping the strategy for the business and working with the whole team on the execution of the strategy. As one of the earliest practitioners in the risk and insurance related M&A community in the late 1990’s, Alistair has been personally involved in hundreds of transactions. His experience in a range of non-M&A roles at a major global broker also provided him with deeper insight on how the industry operates. He is using these insights to support Aon clients to secure investments and enhance returns in M&A.
Senior Vice President, Ardian
Edward Little is a Senior Vice President within Ardian’s buyout team in London where he focuses on investments in the consumer, leisure and services sectors across the UK and Western Europe. Prior to joining Ardian, Edward worked at TPG in their London private equity group. He previously worked at HIG Capital and began his career in Rothschild M&A Advisory. Edward holds an honours degree in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. Earlier this year Edward was recognized as the youngest member of the 2019 Dow Jones Financial News Rising Stars of European Private Equity.
Director of Communication and Sustainability, Nordic Capital
Elin Ljung has a broad experience of leading positions in investor relations, sustainability and communication within industries including IT, Financial Services and Media. The last five years within private equity in the Nordic countries. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Electronics and Media Technology and additional studies in Business Administration.
Elin joined Nordic Capital’s team in 2017 as Director of Communication and Sustainability with the responsibility of integrating ESG across the full investment cycle and training and supporting the investment teams in responsible investments. In addition she and her team is supporting portfolio companies in setting the sustainability agenda and measuring the impact and progress during the ownership period. Nordic Capital was founded in 1989 and has today more than 55,000 employees in 37 portfolio companies in Northern Europe and US.
Managing Director, HarbourVest
Craig MacDonald joined HarbourVest in 2005 in Boston, transferring to London in 2009 and then Dublin in 2019 to serve as head of office. He focuses on originating, evaluating, and executing direct co-investments in growth equity and buyout transactions, primarily in Europe and has worked on investments including CallCredit, Finanzcheck, Flexera Software, Nordax, Photobox, and Xpressdocs.
Craig joined the Firm from Morgan Stanley in New York where he was an analyst focusing on consumer finance. Craig’s prior experience also includes investment banking analyst positions with Citigroup Global Markets in New York and London.
Craig received a BA in Political Science and Information Systems (with honors and distinction) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2001, where he was a Morehead Scholar.
Jose Maria Palicio leads Fund tax at Permira. He has worked on a number of cross border transactions across Asia, Europe and the USA.
Prior to joining Permira, he was Counsel at Linklaters’ Madrid tax group with 15 years of practice. Jose has broad experience in tax advice in the field of private equity, with specific focus on cross border transactions and deal structuring.
Chief Investment Officer, Beringea
Karen McCormick is Chief Investment Officer at Beringea, responsible for making new investments and working with portfolio companies through to exit. Her investments include Watchfinder, Thread, Blis, Monica Vinader, and MatsSoft amongst others.
Karen was previously with the Boston Consulting Group and ran the Watch division of Swiss Army/Wenger. She also has experience with start-ups as both a founder and advisor. Karen has lived and worked in the US, Europe, and Asia, and has an MBA from INSEAD and a BSBA from Boston University.
Co-Managing Partner, Synova Capital
David Menton co-founded Synova in 2007, having previously worked both within a subsidiary of WPP plc and at a prominent European family office. He covers the financial services and FinTech sectors, working closely with management teams across the Synova portfolio to support their growth plans.
Managing Director, Legal & General Capital
Paul Miller is Managing Director, Principal Investing at Legal & General Capital, which is the principal investing arm of the L&G Group. He leads L&G’s venture capital investment activities, its investment in midmarket lending via Pemberton, and LGC’s role in build-to-rent housing.
Within the Venture Capital ecosystem L&G focuses on fund investments and investing directly in start-up businesses aligned with L&G’s strategic areas of interest.
Previously, Paul was the Group Strategy and M&A Director. Paul Joined Legal & General in June 2017 from Goldman Sachs International, where he was Head of European Insurance and co-head of UK Financial Institutions within the Investment Banking Division.
Founder Partner, EMEA, Hermes GPE
Simon Moss manages the EMEA investment team in London, overseeing the sourcing, due diligence and monitoring of both funds and co-investments. Simon has 20 years of private equity experience, working in both the UK and US. He was a founding member of the Hermes GPE predecessor organisation, Gartmore Private Equity, which he joined in 2002 and where he was Deputy Managing Director. Simon is a member of the Hermes GPE Management and Investment Committees. Previously he worked as a management consultant at KPMG Consulting where he conducted due diligence on a number of private equity transactions and corporate strategy development projects for both UK and international companies. He holds a BSc in Political Science from the University of Bristol and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School (PLD26). He speaks fluent French.
Co-Founder & Partner, 01 Ventures
Eeswaran Navaratnam is an Aeronautical Engineer and Entrepreneur who has a keen interest in helping businesses scale and grow. He has helped the international expansion of businesses large and small from global oil companies to early stage startups. He has a particularly strong interest in, and understanding of, machine intelligence and the vast opportunities that brings.
Recognised as one of Europe's leading investment authorities in AI Eeswaran is often asked to speak at prominent events throughout Europe. In addition to his speaking engagements Eeswaran is an active mentor at the Mayor of London's International Business Programme and ZCube, Zambone Group's open innovation programme. Eeswaran is also a Board Member at Valossa and Bibblio.
Partner, Equistone Partners Europe
Steve O'Hare joined Equistone in 2004 from KPMG’s Corporate Finance department, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and gained an MBA. He leads the UK investment team and is a member of Equistone’s Management Board and the European Investment Committee.
Steve has broad experience across many industries. He has worked on and led Equistone’s investments in AFI-Uplift, Allied Glass, Apogee, ATPI, Concept Life Sciences, Fircroft, PD&MS, Travel Counsellors, WEALTH at Work, The Original Factory Shop, Together, Zenith Vehicle Contracts and most recently, WHP Telecoms. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of two portfolio companies.
Steve graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Finance.
Founder and CEO, YSYS
Deborah Okenla is the Founder and CEO of YSYS (Your Startup, Your Story); a startup community for founders, developers, creatives, and investors on a mission to open doors of opportunity for diverse talent within the startup ecosystem. YSYS partners with organisations to provide diverse talent with entrepreneurial and employability, opportunities, through their initiatives FoundersDoor and TalentDoor.
Since 2017 YSYS has provided access to opportunities for over 8,000 individuals across the UK. Recently, Deborah was named The UK's Top 100 Black and Minority Ethnic Leaders in Technology by the FT. She's a passionate advocate for black women in entrepreneurship and has been recognised by the Mayor of London for her advocacy through her campaign #WhereAreTheFaces, spotlighting black women in STEM and venture capital.
Founder, Chairman & CIO, Anthemis
Sean Park is Founder, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer at Anthemis. He combines a powerful mix of entrepreneurial, investment and corporate experience and is widely recognized as a leading independent thinker on the future of financial services, informed by his many years as a senior executive in capital markets and investment banking.
He is the author of The Park Paradigm and, serving as a non-executive director on the board of a number of high growth companies, Sean has a proven track record of successfully investing in and advising innovative and disruptive startups.
A founding investor in innovative companies such as Betfair, The Climate Corporation (formerly WeatherBill), Markit and an early investor in Zoopla, before founding Anthemis Group, Sean was part of the Global Markets Management Committee at Dresdner Kleinwort where he ran a number of businesses including their groundbreaking digital markets initiative. He was instrumental in driving the introduction and adoption of electronic book building in the European fixed income markets in early 2000s and authored the seminal “AmazonBay” video exploring the future of finance in 2005.
Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Sean has a bachelor’s in materials science from Rice University in Houston, Texas. He is now based in Geneva and refuses to give up on his dream of one day skiing in the Olympics.
Partner/General Counsel, Charterhouse
Tom Patrick joined Charterhouse in 2010. Tom previously spent five years at D.B. Zwirn & Co and prior to this at White & Case for four years. He began his career at Masons in 1997, qualifying as a Solicitor in 1999.
Tom has a degree in German and International Relations from the University of St Andrews and completed his professional exams at the College of Law in Guildford. He is responsible for all legal and compliance matters at Charterhouse.
Global Head of Investor Solutions Group, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets
Phil Peters is responsible for MIRA’s global Investor Solutions Group, made up of approximately 60 professionals dedicated to new business initiatives, product development, co-investments, fund formation, capital raising and client relations across the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific.
Phil’s extensive experience spans 24 years and encompasses the acquisition, restructuring, disposal and on-going management of a variety of infrastructure assets and boutique investment firms.
Prior to rejoining Macquarie in 2017, Phil enjoyed a 10-year tenure at Challenger Limited in both London and Sydney and was responsible for the establishment of the Fidante Partners multi-boutique platform in Europe. Phil was previously the Head of the European Private Placements Group at Macquarie Bank and played a pivotal role in the acquisition of several high profile utilities during this time.
Phil has a Bachelor of Arts in Modern History from Durham University, UK.
Partner and Co-Head of Consumer, Permira, and Chair, BVCA
Cheryl Potter is Partner and Co-Head of the Consumer team at Permira, an international investor focused on consumer, healthcare, financial services, industrials and technology. She has worked on numerous transactions including Allegro Group, Arcaplanet, Creganna, Dr. Martens, Homebase, Iglo Group (and its subsequent acquisition of Findus Italy), Maxeda and Schustermann & Borenstein. She has recently been appointed as Chair of the BVCA Council, for 2018/19.
Prior to joining Permira, Cheryl worked at Royal Bank Development Capital. Previously she spent six years at Arthur Andersen in Manchester and London.
Cheryl has a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Liverpool, England, and is a Chartered Accountant.
Executive Director, GP Bullhound
Ben Prade is a Executive Director at GP Bullhound. After a long and varied investment banking career Ben is now passionate about helping technology entrepreneurs build the companies of the future. Ben also works closely with the many successful technology entrepreneurs in our network that want to re-invest their experience and capital to help the next generation of founders.
Partner and Head of Private Client Service, EY
Victoria Price leads EY’s Private Client Service team across UK&I. Victoria has spent 15 years supporting clients throughout their business lifecycle including the personal and corporate tax considerations around taking external investment from private equity and VC. Victoria is passionate about diversity and flexible working and is proud to support growing Northern businesses & women of today & the future.
Economist & Business Consultant
Professor Vicky Pryce is a board member of the Centre for Economics and Business Research and sits on the Economic Advisory Group of the British Chambers of Commerce and on the advisory board of OMFIF, the central banking think tank. She was previously senior managing director at FTI Consulting, Director-General for Economics at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and joint Head of the UK Government’s Economic Service . Before that, she was a partner at KPMG and held senior economic positions in banking and the oil sector. She has held a number of academic posts and is a Fellow and Council member of the Academy of Social Sciences, a Companion of the British Academy of Management and a Fellow of the Society of Business Economists. She is also co-founder of GoodCorporation, a company set up to advise on corporate social responsibility and a Freeman and Liveryman of the City of London.
Assistant Director, Calculus Capital
Roshan Puri is an Assistant Director at Calculus Capital and leads new investments in growing companies and supports existing portfolio companies in scaling up. Having worked with businesses in the software, technology and leisure sector, Roshan has a broad industry experience. Prior to joining Calculus Capital, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young where he worked advising domestic and international companies on structuring investments, mergers and acquisitions, and preparing companies for external investment and sale.
Senior Partner, Travers Smith
Kathleen became Travers Smith’s Senior Partner on 1 July 2019 having been a partner in the Tax Department since 2001, and Head of the Tax Department from July 2007 to January 2017.
Kathleen specialises in private equity transactions and regularly acts for both institutional investors and management teams. Much sought after by clients for her technical expertise and commercial outlook, Kathleen is regularly instructed on complex and innovative tax matters.
Throughout her career, Kathleen has been particularly dedicated to supporting equality and diversity in the legal sector, and as a member of Travers Smith’s Diversity & Inclusion Board, is one of the key drivers of the firm’s growing gender equality and diversity programme. Her mentoring role and promotion of gender equality is particularly evident in her own department, where six of the nine partners are female. Kathleen is also the first woman to hold the role of Senior Partner.
Kathleen was a member of the BVCA Tax Committee from 2002 to 2017 where she was regularly involved in discussions with HMRC on the BVCA's behalf. She sits on the Board of the Office of Tax Simplification as a Non-Executive Director, providing advice to the Chancellor on simplifying the UK tax system. Kathleen is also a frequent speaker at conferences.
Kathleen is individually recommended by Chambers and Partners UK and PLC as one of the City's leading tax practitioners. She is praised in Chambers UK for her technical expertise in private equity matters.
Managing Partner, Mayfair Equity Partners
Daniel Sasaki is a founder of Mayfair and is the firm's Managing Partner.
Daniel has been investing in TMT and Consumer businesses globally for the past 20 years. Prior to Mayfair, he led the investment effort of LDC’s London office, where he completed a number of high-profile investments including Easynet Global Services, Fever-Tree and uSwitch. Before joining LDC, Daniel had a successful investment career at Credit Suisse First Boston and SOFTBANK Europe Ventures, where he was the UK Head.
Born in the US and raised in the US and Japan, Daniel started his career as a corporate lawyer on Wall Street for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. He was admitted to the New York Bar and remains a Member of the American Bar Association.
Founder & Managing Partner, Isomer Capital
Joe Schorge is the Managing Partner of Isomer Capital, investing in European venture capital through limited partner investments in funds, company co-investments, and secondary purchases.
Before founding Isomer Joe worked as an LP, GP and technology operations executive, most notably at Pomona Capital, a leading PE Secondaries firm, and Cambridge Associates, where he advised institutional investors on private equity investments. He began his career in information technology operating roles in the US and Europe.
Joe holds a BSc Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and an MBA from London Business School.
Investment Partner, Pantheon
Alex Scott, Partner, is a senior member of Pantheon's European investment team, a member of the European Investment Committee and the ESG Committee, having led Pantheon’s ESG initiatives and industry engagement since 2015. Prior to joining Pantheon, Alex worked for the West Midlands Pension Fund. Alex received a BSc in economics from the University of Southampton. Alex is based in London.
CEO, o2h Ventures, and UKBAA Angel Investor of the Year 2019
Sunil Shah is a serial entrepreneur having begun his career in the Life Sciences team at PA Consulting group followed by co-founding two companies in the information technology and life sciences sector. The second of these companies, Oxygen Healthcare Ltd was acquired by Piramal Enterprises Ltd (BSE: PEL). Sunil co-founded o2h Ventures which involves discovery services / collaborations, seeding drug discovery, academic in-licensing and biotechnology incubation. Sunil has a degree in Biochemistry and an MBA from Cambridge University.
Sunil is the CEO of the o2h Group. The o2h Group has developed an engine for seeding a pipeline of early stage life science assets through research collaborations, in-licensing, spin-outs & investments. The DNA of o2h is centred around the nurturing of its people, values and culture, it reflects in the way we work with each other, as well as our collaborators and partners.
Sunil was awarded Angel of the Year 2019 by UKBAA for his active participation in backing high growth potential startups and early-stage businesses in the UK, he is a Board Director of Cambridge Angels and also is a member of the Advisory Panel of Cancer Research UK (CRUK) which is the UK’s largest cancer research charity. He is either Chairman, Director, Board Observer or investor of: Phoremost, Exonate, Opal Oncology, Five Alarm Bio, Somaserve, DeepMatter, Oppilotech, Sentinel, Small Pharma, Arecor, Metrion, Talisman, Stemnovate, Acacia, Privitar and Oxford Drug Design.
Country Market Director, Environment & Health Division, Ramboll
Philippa Spence is Ramboll’s Environment & Health UK Managing Principal. She has more than 20 years’ experience working with a wide range of clients in sectors including mining, energy, finance, infrastructure, telecommunications, aviation, healthcare and agribusiness. She is a recognised industry expert in delivering complex environmental and social projects and advising on the sustainable development of major capital projects. She has particular expertise in sustainable finance, working closely with development and commercial banks, export credit agencies and private equity firms to manage their environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities and maximise the positive impact of investment. She also has extensive experience in the mining, infrastructure and energy sectors, working with clients’ senior leadership teams to shape strategy at the corporate and operational level to enable its successful implementation. Philippa has worked in many countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa as well as in the Americas and south-east Asia. She holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from the Wits Business School and a BA (Hons) in Social Anthropology from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.
ESG Manager, Exponent
Anthony Stewart is a partner in the Tax Group. He specialises in taxation with a particular focus on investment funds and structured investment products.
Anthony is a member of the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Tax Committee.
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.
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 investment cycle.
Managing Partner, Connect Ventures
Sitar Teli is a founder and managing partner of Connect Ventures, a venture firm she and her partners started in 2012. Since its founding, Connect has invested in over 40 companies across Europe, including Fiit, Kheiron, Citymapper, Typeform, OurPath, and Soldo. Prior to starting Connect Ventures, Sitar was at Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures, where she led that firm's investment in SoundCloud's Series A.
Head of Investor Services, Triton
Amanda Tonsgaard is responsible for Investor Services at Triton. Prior to joining Triton, Amanda worked in private equity for a number of years, first as a Principal at Langholm Capital and later as a Director at Capital Dynamics. More recently, she was a Managing Partner at Hannes Snellman Copenhagen. She holds an MBA from London Business School and a master’s degree in Law from Copenhagen University of Law.
Founder and Managing Partner, Ambienta
Nino Tronchetti Provera is the Founder and Managing Partner of Ambienta, a leading European private equity firm focused on industrial growth investing in companies driven by environmental trends. Ambienta manages Eur 1,2 Billion, the world’s largest capital pool for this strategy.
Earlier in his career, Nino was a consultant at McKinsey & Co, where he established the environmental business practice. In 1997, Nino founded Cam Tecnologie to develop clean technologies and products. From 2002 to 2007, Nino worked within the Telecom Italia group, first as CEO of Finsiel, and subsequently as General Manager of Olivetti.
Nino is part of the Mid Market Council at Invest Europe, serves as Chairman of the Ambienta Foundation board and as member of the San Patrignano Foundation board. He holds a degree (cum laude) in Business Administration from Luiss University in Rome and an MBA from INSEAD Business School.
Adam Turtle is a co-founder of Rede Partners. He is responsible for leading the Advisory team for all mandates bringing clients over 15 years of private equity fundraising experience during which he has led more than 30 primary fundraisings totalling over €30 billion of capital. He has also led secondary transactions totalling over €3 billion. Prior to co-founding Rede, Adam spent seven years at Credit Suisse in their Private Fund Group before becoming Director of Fundraising at Actis, a leading emerging markets private equity firm. Adam holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford.
Partner, Finch Capital
Radboud Vlaar is a Partner at Finch Capital. Prior to launching the firm and the first fund in 2013, Radboud was a Partner at McKinsey & Company, focused on Financial Services, PE and M&A. He co-lead globally Digital Banking, the Benelux Private Equity practice and was a member of the EMEA Banking Leadership.
Prior to McKinsey, Radboud worked at TPG. Radboud co-founded 3 companies. He lead the firm investments in ZOPA, Fixico, BUX, Safened, Salviol, DIG (incl. KNIP and Komparu), Trussle, Supply Finance among others.
Radboud holds four Masters Degrees from the University in Groningen.
Head of Institutional Banking, London, RBS International
Neil Walker is the Head of Institutional Banking London, for RBS International. He is responsible for RBS International’s UK activities across Funds Banking and Real Estate Finance which includes over 200 customers totalling over £9bn of lending limits. Neil has worked for RBS for over 15 years and has held a number of positions across the Bank. Previous roles include leading the Portfolio Management business for RBS International and Head of FI, Structured Finance within Commercial & Private Banking.
Partner and Technology Services Sector Leader, EY-Parthenon
Matt Webster leads our Technology Services sector team, working with B2B software and information businesses and Private Equity (PE) investors in the space. He also leads a number of our PE relationships across EY. This work covers capital allocation strategy, target identification, commercial due diligence, post deal value creation, growth strategy and sell-side work. Matt has worked across horizontal, vertical and application software, traditional media, subscription data and automated workflow software and data providers. He joined EY-Parthenon in 2011, prior to which he worked in technology and services strategy at KPMG, Deloitte and Burlington Consultants.
Managing Director, Alternative Investments, Barings
Elizabeth Weindruch is a member of Barings Alternative Investments, a global real estate, private equity and real assets platform. Elizabeth is a part of the Funds & Co-Investments team and is responsible for originating and underwriting funds and co-investments in North America and Latin America. Prior to joining the firm in 2015, she was with the Wells Fargo Investment Institute where she led the strategy, due diligence, implementation and support efforts for private equity and private real estate products across the alternative investments platform. She also held various private equity roles at Citi Private Bank, Brooke Private Equity Associates and Investor Group Services. Elizabeth holds a B.A. in Political Science from Davidson College.
Senior Portfolio Manager, Coal Pension Trustees Investment
Vicky Williams is a Senior Portfolio Manager for Coal Pension Trustees Ltd, focused on the management of the private equity and infrastructure portfolios of the British Coal and Mineworkers’ pension schemes.
Prior to joining CPTI in 2018, Vicky was a managing director in Cambridge Associates’ pension practice, advising clients on asset allocation strategy, manager selection, and investment program evaluation. Before this, Vicky held senior roles in the pension industry focused on private equity. She was the Head of Private Equity at BP Investment Management Ltd. where she was responsible for the management of the £2.0 billion private equity portfolio, defining the strategy and overseeing fund selection, due diligence and portfolio management for over 200 funds and over 90 manager relationships across the US, Europe and Asia. Whilst at BP, she also held a number of advisory board roles for funds across a variety of strategies. Prior to that, Vicky was Head of Private Equity at British Airways Pensions Management Ltd where she was solely responsible for the management of private equity portfolios of the Airways Pension Scheme and the New Airways Pension Scheme. Vicky was also Head of Private Equity at Shell Pensions Management Services Ltd.
Vicky began her private equity career in the late 1990s when she was an early employee at Altius Associates Ltd., a global private equity advisory firm founded in 1998.
Managing Director, 17Capital
David Wilson is Managing Director at 17Capital. Before joining 17Capital in 2019, David worked at JP Morgan for twelve years and was head of structuring for the EMEA and Asia fund financing team. Prior to this, David was at Lehman Brothers for seven years, working in the finance office and then the fund linked team.
David started his career in 1994 at Ernst & Young, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Leeds University and a Master’s degree in Finance from London Business School.
Alexander Wolf joined HarbourVest in 2008 and focuses on buyout, credit, and venture capital partnership investments across Europe and emerging markets. Alex serves on the advisory boards of several partnerships including those managed by HgCapital, Searchlight Capital Partners, Exponent Private Equity Partners, MML Capital Partners, Summa Equity Partners, Ethos Private Equity, Rockwood Private Equity, and Capitalworks Investment Partners.
He joined the Firm from Deloitte in London, where he was in the strategy consulting group working on both commercial due diligence and corporate strategy engagements.
Alex received a BA (with first class honors) from the University of Bristol in 2005.
Founding Partner, Kindred Capital
Leila Zegna is a founding partner at Kindred Capital, a London-based venture capital firm founded in 2015. Kindred is pioneering so-called equitable venture, where they share the profit of the fund (the carried income) with every entrepreneur they invest in - turning founders into partners in every sense of the word. Leila is on the board of companies including Kalo, Verve, and LabGenius, and serves as senior advisory board member to Entrepreneur First. She is both an investor and an entrepreneur, with over a decade of operating experience in technology businesses, including co-founding her own health technology business in Silicon Valley. Leila is a mathematician by training with a first class degree from Yale University and a Harvard MBA.
Shani Zindel is a founding partner of mid-market private equity firm Livingbridge. Shani joined Livingbridge in 1997 and, as Chief Investment Officer, is responsible for driving deployment and leading the new investment teams. Livingbridge has invested in over 125 growing businesses and manages over £1.6bn. Shani is a board trustee of youth charity Impetus which finds, funds and builds the most promising charities focused on transforming the lives of disadvantaged young people.