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Agenda 9th February 2022


Networking and registration


Chair’s opening remarks


Keynote address

Wol Kolade, Managing Partner, Livingbridge


Opening panel discussion
Market insights for 2022

  • Market trends and predictions for the year ahead
  • Will changes to investment strategy put in place because of the pandemic continue on?
  • Will we see a consolidation of PE firms?
  • How have economic and political shifts impacted deal-doing and fundraising?

Talya Misiri, Editor, Real Deals

Alex Edmondson, Partner, Macfarlanes
Pawel Gierynski, Managing Partner, Abris Capital
Simon Hitchcock, Managing Partner, Horizon Capital
Richard Swann, Partner, Inflexion


Economic Outlook Presentation
Analysing Fundraising and Performance Trends in the UK and Beyond

  • Looking at the current deal-making landscape and anticipating volume and mix in the year ahead

Cameron Joyce, VP Research Insights, Preqin


Quick fire panel session
Fundraising: current and future practices

  • Overview of the current fundraising environment and competitive landscape
  • Hybrid roadshow best practices
  • How to reinforce virtual investor relationships during the life of the fund by improving your outreach program
  • Remote fundraising will likely persist in the near future: how can GPs take advantage of this landscape and differentiate themselves from peers?

Krystal Scanlon, Deputy Editor, The Drawdown

Ashley Broomberg , Partner, Mobeus Private Equity
Bernard Dale, Managing Partner, Connection Capital
Sean Dinnen, Managing Partner, CBPE Capital
Alice Langley,
Partner, IK Partners


Networking and coffee break


Digital Due Diligence:

  • How can vendors leverage digital legal due diligence tools to create value and prepare portfolio companies for sale processes?
  • Use legal technology to improve and accelerate the legal due diligence process.

James Torrance, Chief Operating Officer, Robin AI


Panel discussion
New landscape, new opportunities

  • What assets are now popular among European buyout houses?
  • How impact and ESG are impacting the way new assets are considered
  • Growing focus on investment themes as opposed to specific sectors

Jennifer Forrest, Reporter, Real Deals

Charlie Cannell, Non Executive Director, onefourzero
Stefano Drago, Founding Partner, PAI Partners
Rudi Pattni, Partner, Zetland Capital Partners


Coming from America: US-inbound investment activity

  • Discuss activity levels: the amount of capital deployed and compare to historic benchmarks
  • What’s trending in the US that maybe coming, or is already here in UK/European PE
  • Discuss growth funds trends
  • Foreign direct investment regime – applies to US investors investing in UK
  • Themes on investments:

  • -Technology

Simon Thompson, News Editor, Real Deals

Carl Bradshaw, Partner, Goodwin Procter
John Greenland
, Partner & US CEO, Jamieson Corporate Finance
Nishant Nayyar, Managing Director, Head of TMT Europe, H.I.G. Capital


Lunch break



  • Carried interest and capital gains tax - Simon Thompson, News Editor, Real Deals
  • ESG as a future-proofing tool within investment strategies - Shailen Patel, Head of ESG, Macfarlanes
  • Keeping up with the changing nature of exits - Talya Misiri, Editor, Real Deals

Panel discussion
Reimagining value creation

  • Navigating the digitised value creation process: making the most of developments in AI and data analytics and connecting with the entire value chain
  • ESG strategy and metrics as a value creation booster: how can it bolster company development?
  • Building an internationalisation strategy post-Covid
  • How can improved talent retention contribute to value created?

John Gilligan, Managing Director, Big Issue Invest

Charlie Linacre, Director, Finatal
Jose Rodriguez, Managing Partner, Queens Park Equity
Marvin Rogers, Senior Solutions Consultant, SaaS and Technology, Sage Intacct


The operating partner paradigm: The operating partner model has become commonplace, but how well does it actually work?

Simon Thompson, News Editor, Real Deals

Miroslav Boublik, Managing Partner, Financial Services Capital
Marie Fitzpatrick, Senior Director, JTC


Afternoon break


How innovation and technology can drive strategic and operational excellence

Jennifer Forrest, Reporter, Real Deals

Stephen Edwards, Co-Managing Partner, Soho Square Capital
Katie May, Managing Director, EMEA, Ontra
Louis Sanchez de Lozada, Director Legal Counsel, Unigestion


Case study led panel
The future of buy and build

  • Which sectors are best suited to buy and build strategies?
  • How to select the right platform deal: What do you need in a management team
  • Logistical nightmare: how can GPs best support buy-and-build strategies
  • Financing unexpected bolt-ons

Simon Thompson, News Editor, Real Deals

Humphrey Baker, Senior Partner, Graphite Capital
Michał Kędzia, Partner, Enterprise Investors
Thomas Pinks, Investment Manager, Aurelius
Ian Wallis, CEO, MML Capital


Expert Interview: Closing panel discussion
Passing the baton: making the right succession plan decision

  • No room for error: updating and improving traditional succession models
  • Developing strong incentive programs and recognising the power of a team that feels valued
  • The critical role of diversity and inclusion in ethical and effective succession planning strategy
  • Communicating with LPs to tackle concerns around transitions
  • Does succession planning work? Is it better to sell up or IPO?

Talya Misiri, Editor, Real Deals

Krzysztof Kulig, Senior Partner, Innova Capital


Chair’s closing remarks


Drinks reception