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Humphrey Baker

Graphite Capital

Humphrey Baker

Partner

Humphrey is a Senior Partner and leads the TMT team at Graphite Capital. Since joining Graphite in 2014, he has led a number of transactions across the TMT and services sectors, including several which have gone on to execute multiple bolt on acquisitions. He currently leads Graphite’s investments in Babble, Hanson Wade, Ten10 and Random42.

Miroslav Boublik

FSC

Miroslav Boublik

Managing Partner

Miroslav co-founded FSC following a distinguished career that’s seen him gain widespread recognition as one of Europe’s leading experts on financial services technologies. Prior to FSC, he was Group Head of Special Projects and Managing Partner of Home Credit Venture Capital. During his tenure, he founded and led the conglomerate’s corporate venture capital arm, with a focus on FinTech and enabling technology companies relevant to consumer finance and banking.

Prior to Home Credit International, Miroslav worked as the Managing Director at Craig Capital Corporation, First Deputy Chairman of BNP Paribas’ Ukrainian subsidiary and Chief Operating Officer at Alfa-Bank, the largest private sector bank in Russia, where he was responsible for the development and operations of its expansion into commercial and retail banking.
Miroslav holds an MBA from Harvard University and a degree in Computer Engineering from Brown University. Before moving into banking, he worked at IBM and McKinsey and Company, where he supported clients in the financial services, telecoms and IT sectors with their technology strategies.

Carl Bradshaw

Goodwin Procter

Carl Bradshaw

Partner

Carl is a partner in global law firm Goodwin Procter, practising in the Private Equity group in London with a focus on M&A. Carl advises investors, founders, management teams and portfolio companies on complex business transactions across sectors. He has extensive experience in cross-border deals, particularly with Goodwin’s transatlantic clients on in-bound investments into Europe.

Prior to joining Goodwin, Carl was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis after starting his career at Clifford Chance in London and Hong Kong. He has also spent time on secondment at Bain Capital.

Carl has been recognised as a leading practitioner by Legal 500 UK, IFLR and SuperLawyers.

Ashley Broomberg

Mobeus Private Equity

Ashley Broomberg

Partner

Ashley is Managing Partner at Mobeus, a London-based private equity firm that invests up to £20m in management buyouts across the UK small cap market. He was one of the Founding Partners who set up Mobeus having completed a management buyout from the Matrix Group in 2012, and in 2021 led a secondary buyout of the firm following the trade sale of its venture business. He leads the fundraising activities for Mobeus having recently achieved a first close for Mobeus V (target £175m) which has just commenced its investment period.

Charlie Cannell

onefourzero

Charlie Cannell

Non Executive Director

Bernard Dale

Connection Capital

Bernard Dale

Managing Partner

Bernard is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Connection Capital, the London-based private equity and alternative investment firm. He heads up the SME Investment Team and has 30 years’ experience investing and supporting small to medium sized private companies in the UK, working alongside ambitious, entrepreneurial management teams across all sectors.

Connection Capital is a generalist investor, typically investing between £3m - £10m in UK companies within the lower middle market. It has invested £340m since 2010 and returned £185m to investors. The SME portfolio currently includes disruptive insurtech, Tempcover; pharmacy chain Mr Pickfords; and the UK’s first Starbuck’s franchisee, 23.5 Degrees.

Sean Dinnen

CBPE Capital

Sean Dinnen

Managing Partner

Sean Dinnen is Managing Partner at CBPE Capital. He joined the firm in 1999 and co-led the buy-out from Close Brothers Group to form CBPE Capital in 2008. CBPE Capital is currently investing from its £561m Fund X which closed at the hard cap in November 2020. CBPE Capital was recently voted ‘UK House of the Year’ in the Real Deals 2021 Private Equity awards. Mr Dinnen holds a degree in PPE from Oxford University and has worked in private equity for over 30 years.

Stefano Drago

PAI Partners

Stefano Drago

Founding Partner

Stefano joined PAI Partners in 2005. In early 2020, he became one the Founding Partners of the PAI Mid-Market Fund Team, for which he led the investments in Amplitude Surgical and MyFlower/Interflora.

Previously, he was the Partner responsible for investments in the Healthcare sector for PAI’s flagship fund, for which he has been involved in several investments including Cerba Healthcare, DomusVi, Ethypharm, Elitech, Atos Medical and Zahneins.

He started his career within the R&D department of France Telecom (now Orange) for three years, and then spent four years with McKinsey & Company in their Italian and Singaporean offices, before joining PAI

Alex Edmondson

Macfarlanes

Alex Edmondson

Partner

Alex is head of the firm’s private equity practice and specialises in advising private equity clients on buyouts, management incentivisation and sales processes. He also has extensive experience of advising on asset manager M&A, private company M&A and general advisory matters.

Alex has sector expertise in several areas, including in particular the technology sector and co-heads the firm’s cross-departmental technology practice group, advising companies, founders and investors.

Stephen Edwards

Soho Square Capital

Stephen Edwards

Co-Managing Partner

Stephen leads Soho Square’s investment activities. Prior to Soho Square, he co-founded the private equity firm Core Capital in 2004 and has over 25 years’ experience in investing in SME’s. Stephen was formerly Managing Director at Beringea Private Equity and a Director of Hg Capital and Grosvenor. He is a Chartered Accountant and started his career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in London working in Corporate Finance where he spent six years advising on numerous private equity transactions. Stephen has led, managed or arranged over 25 transactions and is a board member of several portfolio companies.

He has a BA (Hons) Economics, Durham University, and is an ACA (ICAEW).

Marie Fitzpatrick

JTC

Marie Fitzpatrick

Senior Director

Marie is based in JTC’s London office and has over 20 years’ experience in global funds, including experience in private equity accounting.

Marie plays a leading role in building and maintaining intermediary relationships and growing organic new business in the fund and corporate services markets with a particular mandate on developing JTC’s global private equity offering.

Before joining JTC, Marie held a senior position at Langham Hall where she had responsibility for growing new business across Europe. Prior to this, Marie spent eleven years working for two prestigious private equity firms.

Pawel Gierynski

Abris Capital

Pawel Gierynski

Managing Partner

Paweł joined Abris at inception and is the firm’s Managing Partner. He has more than 20 years of private equity experience, during which he has been instrumental in the development of Abris’ activities across Central Europe.

His focus is on structuring and leading an efficient investment practice and building a strong network within regional business communities. His investment philosophy is based on two fundamental ideas: creativity and trust. He believes that completing deals is not only about signing bullet-proof contracts but also about establishing relationships that will support Abris in building leading businesses across Central Europe. Prior to Abris, Pawel was a Managing Partner at Copernicus Capital, with responsibility for the management of National Investment Funds (mass privatisation programme). Additionally, Pawel has held C-suite positions, including serving as COO of Mostostal Warszawa SA, a Warsaw-listed construction group.

John Gilligan

Big Issue Invest

John Gilligan

Managing Director

John Gilligan has worked in and studied the private equity and venture capital industry for over 25 years.

He started his career in 1988 at 3i Group plc. He was a Corporate Finance Partner of Deloitte and latterly BDO for twenty years. He is currently the Director of the Oxford Saïd Finance Lab at the University of Oxford, and joint Managing Director and Investment Committee member at Big Issue Invest, one of the largest social impact investors in the UK. He wrote 4 editions of the influential text “Private Equity Demystified” with the late professor Mike Wright of Imperial College Business school.

John Greenland

Jamieson Corporate Finance

John Greenland

Partner & US CEO

John Greenland is a Partner at Jamieson. He has been advising management teams involved in private capital transactions for 14 years. Prior to that in the EY M&A team. He established the firm’s US office in 2014, living in New York until 2017. Main focus is US and Europe but has also advised teams as far a field as Tokyo.

Simon Hitchcock

Horizon Capital

Simon Hitchcock

Managing Partner

Simon is Managing Partner of Horizon Capital, the Technology Services buy and build investor which he co-founded.

Simon has 20 years experience developing and leading buy and build strategies having started his private equity career in the early 2000’s. For the past 10 years he has focussed on the Technology sector, investing in entrepreneurially led growth businesses including, Adapt, Sabio, Digital Space and Ground Control.

Since forming Horizon Capital in 2018 Simon has led the firms investments in Juniper the provider of SaaS software to Schools and Ascent Software the data and digital transformation business.

Cameron Joyce

Preqin

Cameron Joyce

VP Research Insights

Cameron Joyce has 10 years of experience in the investment industry and is currently part of Preqin’s Research Insights team based in London. He previously worked on the international equity desk of one of the largest pension funds in Latin America where he managed a $5bn allocation to Emerging Market equities in Asia. Cameron later went on to work for a Vietnam based investment bank, writing investment research for global institutional clients. Cameron is also a CFA Charterholder and an Economics graduate from the University of Manchester.

Michal Kedzia

Enterprise Investors

Michal Kedzia

Partner

Michał Kędzia concentrates on the FMCG, financial services and healthcare sectors. His most important projects to date include Dino, Intersport ISI, Nu-Med Grupa, Pan-Pek and Studenac. Prior to joining EI, Michał worked in the mergers and acquisitions team at EY in Warsaw.

Wol Kolade

Livingbridge

Wol Kolade

Managing Partner

Wol has been instrumental in developing the Livingbridge strategy, leading the spin out from its parent F&C in 2005, building the team and a strong internal culture. He joined a predecessor of Livingbridge in 1993 and has led the business since 1998. His role encompasses overall responsibility for the leadership and strategic development of Livingbridge, senior-level involvement in winning deals and active involvement in selective key investments. Wol initially trained as an engineer, having studied civil and structural engineering at Kings College, London. After obtaining an MBA from Exeter University, he spent three years with Barclays before joining Livingbridge. Wol takes an active role in private equity industry initiatives and issues. He was previously a Chairman of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association in 2007/2008, a Council Member from 2002 - 2009 and Chairman of the Responsible Investment Advisory Board from 2009 - 2010. Wol is Chairman of the Guys and St Thomas’ Charity, which has assets in excess of £800 million, making it one of the largest medical charities in the UK. The charity awards grants to facilitate improvements to healthcare services in the London Boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark. In 2018 he was also appointed as a Non-Executive Director to the NHS Improvement Board and more recently as Trustee of Somerset House Trust. Wol received an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter in 2014.

Krzysztof Kulig

Innova Capital

Krzysztof Kulig

Senior Partner

Mr. Kulig is responsible for developing investments in financial and B2B services across the region as well as maintaining relationships with Innova’s business partners and LPs and the fundraising process for the Fund. Krzysztof has strong experience in European PE and a proven track record of active engagements in numerous transactions throughout the region.

Krzysztof led or oversaw investments in Polcard, Meritum, Expander, Provus, PEKAES and PeP. He has also sat on the non-executive boards of Inelo, WeNet, and PayPoint Romania.
Before joining Innova, he served in the position of Vice – President & Managing Director in Euronet Services Poland. He previously worked as a Principal Consultant and Head of the e-business and professional services operations in Heidrick & Struggles.
Krzysztof holds an MBA from the University of Calgary in Canada and graduated from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. Since 2018 he’s been a member of the Polish Business Roundtable (PBR).

Alice Langley

IK Partners

Alice Langley

Partner

Alice Langley joined IK Partners in 2005 and is a Partner with responsibility for the Investor Relations, Communications and ESG Team. Since joining, Alice has helped to grow the team and drive significant fundraising efforts. In 2020, this culminated in the IK IX Fund closing at its €2.85 billion hard cap – the largest fund to date. A motivating leader and champion for change, Alice sees the value of having a diverse, collaborative and agile workforce in an ever-evolving Investor Relations and Fundraising landscape.

Charlie Linacre

Finatal

Charlie Linacre

Director, PE Practice

Charlie spent the past ten years building an enviable network and reputation focusing on hiring investment, portfolio, and fundraising professionals. Charlie joined Finatal in 2020 and leads the Finatal Private Equity division. He launched the fund focussed business, partnering with mid-market Private Equity, Capital Funds and investment teams to find investment, portfolio and fundraising talent across the UK and internationally.

Katie May

Ontra

Katie May

Managing Director, EMEA

Nishant Nayyar

H.I.G. Capital

Nishant Nayyar

Managing Director, Head of TMT Europe

Nishant Nayyar is a seasoned technology investor and partner leading T&T investing for H.I.G. Capital in Europe.

Prior to H.I.G Capital, Nishant was a member of the T&T team at Apax Partners where he was involved in a number of key deals including iGATE / Patni, Orange Switzerland, Garda, GlobalLogic, Thoughtworks and CoalFire. He was a board member / observer at Thoughtworks, CoalFire, Ascential, Garda and Travelex.

Prior to joining Apax, Nishant worked at Warburg Pincus. Before his time at Warburg, he worked with Bain & Co. in Boston and Singapore and Goldman Sachs in New York.

Shailen Patel

Macfarlanes

Shailen Patel

Head of Corporate Advisory

Shailen advises on financial, strategic and regulatory matters with a specific focus on Asset Management and Private Equity businesses.
He has 18 years’ experience of supporting, auditing and advising asset managers and private equity houses on:

• ESG strategy, target operating models, governance and risk management;

• mergers and acquisitions, fund raising and IPOs;

• transaction and remuneration structuring;

• valuation and investment governance;

• setting up target operating models for private equity and infrastructure businesses;

• accounting in relation to tax structures and securitisations;

• regulatory reporting and the ICAAP;

• business planning and wind down analysis; and

• accounting change and financial reporting.

His clients include FTSE 100 and 250 companies, global Asset Managers, Insurers and their asset businesses, Private Equity and Hedge Fund managers, together with their asset servicers.

Rudi Pattni

Zetland Capital

Rudi Pattni

Partner

Rudi is a Partner at Zetland and a member of the Investment Committee. Rudi leads all corporate investments for Zetland, focusing on mid-market special situations in Europe. Zetland Capital is a London based private equity firm with over EUR 800m of assets under management. The firm invests across Europe, leveraging decades of investing experience, a unique skillset and flexible capital solutions to bring about better outcomes for businesses, asset owners and the wider community. Zetland is currently raising its second fund.

Thomas Pinks

Aurelius

Thomas Pinks

Investment Manager

Thomas is an Investment Manager at Aurelius with 5 years’ private equity investment experience. He is responsible for evaluating and executing transactions as well as the origination of investment opportunities across a range of sectors in the UK and Europe. During his time at Aurelius, he has worked on Briar Chemicals, Enerveo, Moveero, Solidus and Zentia. Prior to joining Aurelius, he worked at HSBC where he executed transactions globally, including the sale of Doughty Hanson’s LM Windpower to DE. Thomas has also worked at Pöyry Capital where he focused on the paper and packaging sector.

Jose Rodriguez

Queens Park Equity

Jose Rodriguez

Managing Partner

Jose is co-founder and joint Managing Partner of Queen’s Park Equity. He has over 20 years of experience in the private equity and financial services industry.

Before QPE, Jose spent 15 years at Sovereign Capital, sourcing, executing and leading investments in the education and healthcare sectors. Jose co-led Sovereign’s education team for over a decade and backed many founders and management teams, helping them grow their businesses, implement buy & build strategy and expand internationally.
He also sits on the board of Learndirect, DCSL and Sagacity as a non-executive director on behalf of QPE.
Jose holds an MBA from London Business School and a BSc in Economics from ITESM.

Marvin Fletcher Rogers

Sage Intacct

Marvin Fletcher Rogers

Senior Solutions Consultant, SaaS and Technology

Marvin is a Senior Software Consultant with experience with supporting hyper-growth software and technology organisations to leverage subscription models to accelerate growth and drive customers for life.

Marvin currently leads the SaaS and Technology vertical within the medium segment at Sage which involves strengthening PE relationships alongside engaging directly with their technology-based portfolio organisations.

Before Sage Intacct, Marvin worked as a product SME in high-growth scale-up and established SaaS environments such as Freshworks, NetSuite, and Oracle; primarily focused on supporting clients’ cloud-native digital transformation projects across enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer experience (CX), professional services automation (PSA), and subscription billing applications.

Louis Sanchez De Lozada

Unigestion

Louis Sanchez De Lozada

Director Legal Counsel

Richard Swann

Inflexion

Richard Swann

Partner

Richard is a Partner, member of Inflexion’s Executive and Investment Committees, and leads Inflexion’s focus on buyout opportunities.

Richard has been involved in many of Inflexion’s current and previous investments including Calco, PCMS, Chambers, Ocorian, Outdoor Plus, Kynetec, Alcumus Group, UK Power Reserve, Succession, Rhead Group, Phlexglobal, National Accident Helpline, FDM Group plc and Sanne Group plc. He supports the rest of the Investment Team as well as being a key investor himself.
For many years Richard was a partner with Andersen and Deloitte and started his career as a private equity investor at LDC, before joining Inflexion in 2008.

James Torrance

Robin AI

James Torrance

Chief Operating Officer

James is Chief Operating Officer at Robin AI. Prior to joining Robin’s leadership team, he spent five years advising PE investors and other participants in the Life Sciences industry, focused on both buy and sell side due diligences. James graduated from London Business School in 2016 having started his career at Deloitte.

Robin AI is a legal infrastructure business that is re-thinking how contracts are drafted, negotiated and used. By using a combination of software, machine learning and expert human reviewers, they aim to make contracts simple by automating contract management. Some of the world’s leading Private Equity firms, top tier law firms and corporates use Robin’s service to increase contract efficiency and reduce costs.

Ian Wallis

MML Capital

Ian Wallis

CEO

Based in London, Ian is co-CEO of MML Capital, an international mid-market private equity firm that invests in partnership with management teams to deliver their expansion plans. With over 20 years investment experience, Ian has been at MML for 15 years and currently represents MML on the boards of StoneTurn and Western Global. Previous boards consisted of Lomond Capital, Learning Curve Group, Hallmark Industries, CH&Co, ATA Group, Vanguard Healthcare Solutions and FrontierMEDEX . Prior to joining MML, Ian worked at 3i following an early career as a commodity trader. Ian holds a degree in Medieval and Modern History from the University of London.

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