ICMA Centre, Henley Business School, University of Reading
Senior Visiting Fellow
Dr Keith Arundale, MSc, PhD, FCA, FCIM, FIoD, FInstP, FRSA
Keith Arundale is a university lecturer, executive trainer and consultant in PE & VC. His PhD from the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow explores reasons for the historical difference in performance between European and US VC funds.
Previously Keith was with PwC leading the VC programme for PwC’s Global Technology Industry Group in Europe. He is the author of “Guide to Private Equity” (BVCA) and “Raising Venture Capital Finance in Europe” (Kogan Page).
Keith is a Non-Executive Director of Henley Business Angels and a member of the Advisory Board of TenX Health.
Partner and ESG Manager
Stefano Bacci is a Partner and Ambienta’s ESG Manager, and is based in London. He joined Ambienta in 2012 and has been involved in a number of transactions including Tower Light, Calucem, Oskar Nolte and IP Cleaning.
Prior to joining Ambienta, he was a Partner at Palamon Capital Partners (London) for nine years and spent eight years at the Boston Consulting Group (Milan, Stockholm, Helsinki), focusing on European industrial companies. He started his career at BASF in Basle, first in the R&D division and eventually in the stabilisation of recycled plastics.
Golding Capital Partners
Partner, Head of Buyout
Partner and Head of Buyout of Golding Capital Partners, joined the company in 2011. He is responsible for the identification, analysis, due diligence and selection of buyout funds.
Before joining Golding Capital Partners, Mr Boege gained experience as an investment professional in private equity firms over 10 years. During this time he worked for Permira in Frankfurt and Vestar Capital Partners in Munich and was involved in various national and international transactions.
Mr Boege earned a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in Management, with distinction, from the London School of Economics. He also holds an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau.
Head of Communications, Digital Group
Marcus Brans is head of communications and member of the Digitalization Group of Triton Partners. He joined Triton in 2014 from Schaeffler where he was the Senior Vice President of Communications, Strategy and Marketing. He has also had similar roles at Allen&Overy, Shearman&Sterling and Linklaters&Alliance. Marcus holds a Political and Social Science Diploma from University of the Federal Armed Forces, Munich and an MBA from the University of Vienna and University of Minnesota, USA. Marcus advised 40+ portfolio companies on digital transformation and communication projects. He speaks frequently about his experiences on conferences re. digitalization, marketing, transformation, leadership and communication.
CVC Credit Partners
Head of European Private Debt
Neale joined CVC in February 2014. Neale is a member of the Direct Lending team and is based in London. He has been responsible for leading 150+ management buyouts in his career, having worked in both London and New York. Before joining CVC, he worked at Lloyds Banking Group as managing director and head of mid-market acquisition finance, which he founded in 2004, and also was a member of the board investment committee as well as the IC for acquisition finance. Neale holds a BSc (Hons) in economic history.
Agilitas Private Equity
Martin Calderbank is Managing Partner at Agilitas Private Equity, the pan-European mid-market private equity firm which invests in defensible businesses with opportunities for significant step changes. Agilitas has a patient, sector-focused approach to investing and a strong track-record of dramatically transforming and growing companies. Martin has been working in private equity since 1995. Martin is passionate about how the private equity model can empower and support strong management teams in leading companies through transformational changes that create sustainable value. Martin started his career with McKinsey. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University.
BMO Global Asset Management
Director, Private Equity
Sovereign Capital Partners
Dominic has been a Partner at Sovereign since 2008 and has been involved in the raising and deployment of all of Sovereign’s funds since inception. He has led a number of Buy & Build investments in the healthcare sector including, Outcomes First Group, Xendo, Nurse Plus, City & County Healthcare Group, National Fostering Agency and SENAD. Outside of healthcare, Dominic also led Sovereign’s investments in health and safety compliance consultancy, Alcumus, and financial services compliance consultancy, Cordium. Dominic sits on Sovereign’s Investment Committee.
Prior to Sovereign, Dominic trained as a Chartered Accountant and spent several years at Deloitte Corporate Finance.
Founded in 2004 by Andy Ducker and David Manning, Elaghmore is an investment partnership specialising in transforming company performance, investing in and growing businesses. Elaghmore’s heritage is in management, focusing on small to mid-cap UK industrial companies. The team bring decades of executive management expertise having worked across multiple sectors. Andrew graduated with a degree in Business Commerce from Birmingham University and went on to qualify as an accountant with KPMG. He has run businesses in several sectors including office equipment, services, logistics and chemicals and held CEO and Finance Director role’s in a number of private and listed companies prior to his career in private equity.
AnaCap Financial Partners
Chief Operating Partner
As the Chief Operating Partner Mike is responsible for ensuring AnaCap executes its strategic agenda effectively maximising the use of the platforms resources. Working with the CEO and Heads of the investment strategies Mike’s day to day engagement with the investment professionals is to ensure as a team we are focussing on the areas of most strategic importance. In addition to ensuring the smooth running of the investment team and Chairing the Investment Recommendation Committee Mike is responsible for the direct management and oversight of Finance, Systems, Legal & Compliance and HR functions.
In his prior roles in financial services and from an early stage in his career, Mike has engaged directly with senior stakeholders and board members and has been responsible for recruiting, building and managing teams in addition to implementing systems and processes to meet the demands of a growing business.
Mike is a qualified accountant with over 20 years of experience in the financial services sector including retail banking, insurance, asset management, venture capital and private equity businesses.
Head of Deal Origination
James is Head of Origination at NorthEdge having spent seven years in Corporate Finance at Clearwater International where he was a Director responsible for generating mid-market opportunities and managing the Deal Origination team.
James has experience across a number of sectors meeting with management teams to understand their plans and joined NorthEdge to identify new investment opportunities via growth and development capital, management buy-outs, equity release and buy-and-build opportunities.
Frister is the founder and CEO of Gain.pro, an origination platform that provides investors with full visibility on the private market. Before founding Gain.pro, Frister was part of Bridgepoint’s investment team, based in their Amsterdam office. Before Bridgepoint, Frister was an investment professional at Gilde Buy Out Partners after having started his career as a Consultant at Bain & Company.
Ropes & Gray
Malcolm is a partner in Ropes & Gray’s finance group in London. He is a debt finance expert specialising in private equity financings, fund finance, leveraged and corporate financings, restructurings and event-driven finance.
Malcolm has considerable experience acting for sponsors, lenders, borrowers and financial advisers, and over the past 20+ years he has been involved in over 200 transactions across a wide range of industry sectors and geographies
UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association
Chief Executive Officer
Simon Howard joined UKSIF as Chief Executive in May 2013. He is a former Group Chief Investment Officer and worked for Liverpool Victoria, Friends Provident and 3i Asset Management.
Simon moved into sustainability after being asked to forecast long-term asset class returns. These are likely to be materially different going forward as issues such as climate change, resource depletion and stakeholder rights bite. Simon now uses the insight and expertise of UKSIF members throughout UK financial services to drive change to the benefit of society.
Mike is a member of Graphite’s Board and Investment Committee. He joined Graphite Capital in 2005 and has since led and structured a variety of investments, with a particular focus on the industrials, energy and leisure sectors.
After starting his career as a solicitor with Clifford Chance, he founded an internet-based legal recruitment consultancy before joining the Bank of Scotland’s Integrated Finance team. He has a first class degree in Medieval History from St. Andrews University and an MBA from London Business School.
Olly joined Real Deals in March 2019, following a period at the International Financial Law Review, owned by Euromoney. Olly was previously a reporter at private equity publication AltAssets. He graduated in Law from the University of York in 2016
Mark Ligertwood joined Dunedin in 1999. He played a key role in raising the £300m Dunedin Buyout Fund III in 2013. He was also involved in the buyouts of FRA, Alpha, Kee Safety, Weldex and Steeper; and the exits of Alpha and Capula. He currently represents Dunedin on the Board of FRA.
Mark is an honours graduate in business management from Newcastle University and qualified as a chartered accountant at Ernst & Young. He sits on the Newcastle University Business School International Advisory Board.
Royal London Asset Management
Head of Private Equity
Peter has 30 year career in private equity and venture capital as a GP in UK and Asia and latterly as an LP heading up the The Royal London Group’s private equity operation investing in funds globally. From 2006 to 2008 he was Chief Executive of the BVCA, the UK’s representative body for the private equity industry. He is also Chairman of Maven Income and Growth VCT 4 plc
Director of Sustainability and Communication
Elin Ljung is the Director of Sustainability and Communication at Nordic Capital. She joined in 2017 and is responsible for driving the agenda of investing with sustainable impact.
Prior to joining Nordic Capital was Head of Corporate Communication and Investor Relations at the publicly listed investment company Ratos and before that she held various leading positions within industries including IT, Financial Services and Media.
Elin holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Electronics and Media Technology from Umeå university and additional studies in Business Administration.
Bridges Fund Management
Partner Client & Strategy Development
Maggie looks after client relationships for Bridges platform of funds and has been involved with or led the raising of the firm’s eight most recent funds. These have included successive funds in existing strategies as well as the development of new strategies to the Bridges platform.
Prior to joining Bridges, Maggie worked at London-based Climate Change Capital, a specialist merchant bank in the environmental markets. She started her career as a strategy management consultant with McKinsey & Co in New York City. Maggie studied environmental science and public policy at Harvard University and has an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Executive Partner and Founder
Alan has been a private equity investor since 1987. He was appointed to the board of 3i plc in 1993 and served in numerous leadership roles, including as CEO of 3i Nordic plc and as Global Head of Healthcare. In 2014 he co-founded GHO Capital a specialist healthcare investment firm active in European and trans-Atlantic mid markets. He currently sits on the board at Sterling Pharma Solutions in the UK as well as companies in Spain and Germany.
Talya joined Real Deals as deputy editor in March 2019 and has worked in financial journalism since 2015. She previously held roles as a reporter at Citywire’s New Model Adviser and senior reporter at pensions trade magazine Pensions Age, among other trade publications. Talya also served as an intern in the travel section at The Sunday Times. She graduated in English Literature from the University of Sussex in 2015.
European investment Fund
Head of Lower Mid-Market - Northern, Eastern & Southern Europe
At EIF since January 2009, Marco is heading the Lower Mid-Market team investing in equity, hybrid debt / equity and private debt funds across Europe, with a particular focus on the Northern, Eastern and Southern regions. He coordinates the Lower Mid-Market investment activity for several fund-of-funds initiatives, each one with specific geographical scope, (i.e. Turkey, Poland, Baltics, Central Europe, Italy, Portugal). He represents EIF on the Advisory Boards of over 20 funds.
Prior to joining EIF in January 2009, he worked as a senior Investment Manager at Innogest Capital, an Italian VC fund focused on early stage investments and, previously, at Ernst & Young Consultants.
Nicholas joined Real Deals in April 2008 and has been covering the European private equity market for almost a decade. He was previously a reporter at Accountancy Age and prior to that worked for the South African publications Business Day and The Sunday Times. Nicholas graduated in journalism from Rhodes University in 2002.
Partner, Private Equity
Paul Newsome is a Partner in the Private Equity team and a member of the Private Equity Investment Committee at Unigestion. He joined Unigestion in 2002. Paul began his career in 1995 as a Financial Analyst at Procter & Gamble. He then advised on public and private capital raising for technology companies at Quartz Capital and later was an investment manager at BancBoston Capital, making and managing venture capital investments in Europe. Paul has a first class Master’s degree in Engineering, Economics and Management from Oxford University and is a Chartered Management Accountant.
Quest Fund Placement
Vince O’Brien is Chairman of Quest Fund Placement, a leading European private equity placement agent. He has worked in the private equity industry for over 30 years, over 20 of these as a director of Montagu Private Equity. A Past Chairman of the BVCA, he currently undertakes a number of non executive and advisory roles, including Non Executive Director of Impax Asset Management, a listed asset management group which specialises in the transition to a more sustainable economy, Strategic Advisory Board Member of Montana Capital Partners, Board Advisor ESO Capital and 1819 panel member of the London office of Mirabaud, a leading Swiss private bank.
Chief Executive Officer
Mark O’Hare is Founder and Chief Executive of Preqin. Preqin provides market-leading global data, insights and solutions for the alternative assets industry, covering private equity, venture capital, hedge funds, real estate, infrastructure, private debt and natural resources. Preqin is an independent business with over 400 staff based in London, New York, Singapore, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Manila, serving more than 60,000 customers in over 90 countries.
Mark studied Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics at Cambridge University, where he graduated with First Class Honours and was awarded the Stokes Prize. Subsequent to this he studied Finance at London Business School.
Partner, Global Head of Investment Structuring and Strategy
Imogen Richards is a Partner and Global Head of Investment Structuring and Strategy in Pantheon’s Global Investment team with 18 years of private equity experience. She is also closely involved in key strategic and corporate development projects. Imogen joined Pantheon from Anglo Irish Bank in Dublin and holds a MA in natural sciences from Cambridge University.
Director of drxDATA
Samuel Robberts is the director of drxDATA, Drax’s proprietary data and insights capability. Focussing on providing private equity investors with actionable insight into leadership and value creation within their portfolio, he has helped develop the only Human Capital focussed digital platform dedicated to private equity.
Over half a decade, he has developed innovative methods for the assessment of leaders and pioneered the application of predictive analytics in relation to leadership teams and being able to anticipate the success of an individual or team in any given business.
Samuel is a graduate from Oxford University and UCL, and holds an MBA from Imperial College London.
Director – Fund & Corporate Services
Simon joined JTC in 2015 following the acquisition of Kleinwort Benson’s Fund Administration business and has over 17 years’ experience in financial services.
He is a Director within the Institutional Client Services Division. Based in London, he has responsibility for cross jurisdictional business development initiatives and maintains a number of key client relationships. Simon is primarily involved in the provision of administration services for corporate structures and investment funds including authorised open ended funds, stock exchange listed funds and private funds. He has expertise in all asset classes but in particular alternative assets such as private equity, debt, real estate and infrastructure.
Paolo Simonato, Managing Director, is head of the London office for BlackRock Private Equity Partners.
He joined Blackrock in 2018 with 20+ years in private equity, leverage finance and M&A.
Prior to Blackrock, he was Chief Strategy Officer at the leverage finance unit of GE Capital in Europe. From 2000 to 2012, Managing Director Private Equity at GE Asset Management, where he managed Europe and Latin America, from 1997 to 2000 he was with GE’s M&A team in Europe, and from 1994 with GE Corporate Audit Staff in US.
Mr. Simonato graduated from Bocconi University (cum laude) and holds an independent director certification from INSEAD.
Elena is a Vice President at Glendower Capital, responsible for the origination, valuation, execution and monitoring of secondary investments.
Prior to joining Glendower Capital, Elena spent 2 years at Deutsche Asset Management valuing, executing and monitoring secondary investments. From 2012 to 2015 Elena worked in HSBC’s Financial Institutions unit, where she focused on origination and execution of strategic events. Elena first joined HSBC in 2010 in their Global Banking business.
Elena graduated from the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy with a 1st class degree in BA and Management and holds an MSc in Global Banking and Finance from the European Business School, London.
Based in New York, John F. Tsui is Managing Principal of Peninsula House, LLC which is a single family office investor (SFO) and engaged in the following:
(1) principal investment in direct LP fund investment, as well as structured direct co-investment, be it liquid or illiquid, in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia in the following alternative asset classes: infrastructure, private equity, hedge fund, structured private debt, distressed loans and securities, high yield bonds, real estate and real estate entities, as well as special corporate situations;
(2) Fixed income in private markets across alternative assets in partnership with institutional family office, Asian and North American institutional and private
(3) co-investment of separate managed accounts in niche oriented alternative asset classes.
He previously held managerial positions with hotel chains in their corporate headquarter and regional offices including Marriott Corporation, Sheraton Hotels in the Pacific, Landauer Associates - a leading property counseling and valuation firm and Bankers Trust Company (real estate banking division). He also held managerial positions at Carvel Corporation and Sky Chefs (in-flight catering). He earned the designation MAI – the appraisal designation of the Appraisal Institute, and is a member of the Turnaround Management Association, Urban Land Institute, Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) – Plan Sponsor Member, Asian Pacific Real Estate Association (APREA) and Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA).
He was appointed by Honorable John C. Whitehead to be on the Board of Directors of The Boy Scouts of the Greater New York Council and The Economic Club of New York.
He is Visiting Lecturer at the SEM program at Tsinghua University and University of California at Berkeley – Haas School of Business. He was formerly an Adjunct Visiting
Professor of Advanced Case Study on emerging markets investment at Columbia University and founded the international curriculum at the Masters program in Real
Estate Development. He authored a Thomson Reuters report titled China Property Investments: Profits and Pitfalls. He received a BS from Michigan State University in Hotel Administration and a Masters from Columbia University in Real Estate. He is a graduate of the Owner President Management Program (OPM) at Harvard Business School. Born in Taiwan and raised in Brazil, he is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin) and has working knowledge of Portuguese and Spanish.
Maria is an Investment Director at Beringea. She was previously Managing Director of Birchbox UK, a beauty ecommerce and subscription business. Prior to this, she was on the investment teams at Virgin Group and GMT Partners, where she made investments and monitored portfolio companies, mainly in the digital and media sectors. Maria began her career as an analyst at Goldman Sachs and an Engagement Manager at McKinsey in New York. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from MIT.
Gareth joined Silverfleet Capital in 1997 and became Managing Partner in 2019. Gareth heads a team of partners and staff who are located in London, Munich, Paris, Amsterdam and Stockholm.
He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Riviera Travel, having previously been a director of a number of former portfolio companies including Phase One, Masai, Cimbria, OFFICE, Phadia and Oasis.
Gareth qualified as a solicitor with Linklaters before moving into corporate finance, initially with the investment bank SG Warburg and later within Guinness plc.
Gareth studied Mathematics and Law at Girton College, Cambridge University.
Chief Investment Officer
Shani 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 150 growing businesses and manages over £2.1bn. 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.