Ana Maria is a Partner working closely with clients in the development and monitoring of their private equity programs. Additionally, she is involved in the portfolio construction and monitoring of the various FoFs and separate accounts. Prior to Adams Street, Ana Maria worked at multi-family office Signia as Head of Private Equity. Other prior roles include Executive Director Private Equity at UBS Wealth Management and Director Alternative Investments at Citigroup Private Bank. Ana Maria has a BA in Economics from Northwestern University and an MBA from INSEAD.
Bernard has been a UK private equity practitioner for 30 years, working at 3i and LDC before pioneering UK deal by deal investing and founding Connection Capital. Connection Capital offers private clients direct investments in PE, debt, property and funds in £25k units. Its private equity investments are of £3-10m, in companies typically £10-50m t/o. It is not a sector specialist, but the team applies the knowledge gained though working with many companies over many years to investments pre and post-completion.
Bill is Chief Investment Partner of the UK, mid-market firm Epiris, where he leads the investment team and sits on the firm’s Management and Investment Committees. Epiris (formerly Electra Partners) has recently closed one of the UK’s largest first time funds at £821m and has already made a series of investments including Time Inc’s UK magazines, Portals, The Club Company, Bonhams and Diamorph. Bill’s career started at Barclays, before he moved to Rothschild and then LGV Capital. He has a law degree from Cambridge.
Carolina Espinal joined HarbourVest in 2004 to focus on partnership investments in Europe and became a Managing Director in 2015. Carolina focuses on managing European venture capital and buyout partnership investments and has collaborated with the secondary and co-investment groups on several investment opportunities. Her previous experience includes two years as a financial analyst with the Merrill Lynch Energy and Power mergers and acquisitions team in Houston. Carolina graduated from Rice University with a BA in Managerial Studies, Policy Studies, and Economics in 2000. She received an MSc in Finance from the London Business School in 2003.
Whether in leading a team or negotiating, risk plays a role in all our lives. The former professional poker player (and advisor on Casino Royale) in presentations shows how to distinguish between a calculated risk and a reckless gamble. He believes there’s a long way between the edge of our comfort zone and the acceptable limits of risk in almost any organisation. Offering practical insights into the science of decision making, Caspar helps combat the fear of short term failure. As a teacher even if one or two guests start off not recognising a flush or a full house, Caspar will soon acquaint them with all the whys and wherefores you need to outwit
your opponents at Texas Hold ‘Em.
An Olympic rower and a British diplomat, Cath Bishop is an inspiring keynote speaker who tells her story from a unique vantage point to show how a strong team makes for exceptional results. From a gruelling training regime as an athlete to time spent in the world’s most hostile conflict zones, including Bosnia and Iraq, Cath smoothly relates her diverse experiences to practical strategies that enable companies, and the individuals within them, to unlock their full potential.
Charlotte Lawrence is an investor for The Carlyle Group’s European Technology fund. Since joining Carlyle in early 2010, she has been actively involved in Carlyle’s investments in FRS Global (sold to Wolters Kluwer), The Foundry (sold to Hg Capital), Itconic (sold to Equinix), Graze and Eggplant. Charlotte is currently a director on the board of Eggplant, Graze and Gabriel Securities (a property investment group) and was previously on the board of The Foundry and Itconic. Prior to joining Carlyle, she worked in Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch and UBS and received her MPhysPhil in physics and philosophy from Oxford University.
David is joint Managing Partner and co-founder of FPE Capital. He joined the firm in 2006 and co-led the spin out of the business in 2016. He focuses on the media, telecoms and financial services sectors. He also leads the firm’s investor relations and fundraising activities, including the recent close of FPE Fund II at £101m.
Davide joined BT Pension Scheme Management (“BTPSM”) in January 2012 and is currently a Principal in the Portfolio Management team. BTSPM is the executive arm of the BT Pension Scheme, the UK largest defined benefit corporate retirement plan, with c. £50 billion in assets.
Davide’s current responsibilities cover investment analysis, market strategy and portfolio analytics for the BT Pension Scheme’s assets and liabilities as well as management and oversight of the Scheme’s investments in Private Equity, Infrastructure and Private Credit.
David joined GK Strategy as Executive Chairman in September 2015.
Between 2010 and 2015, David served in the Coalition Government as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Schools Minister, and Cabinet Office Minister. Whilst Schools Minister he was responsible for policy areas including all capital and revenue funding, the Pupil Premium, accountability and policy on teachers and leadership. David was Member of Parliament for Yeovil from 2001 until 2015. David graduated from King’s College, Cambridge, with a double first-class honours degree in economics and has previously worked at J.P. Morgan and Barclays de Zoete Wedd.
David Menton co-founded award-winning growth investor, Synova Capital, during 2007 having previously worked at a prominent European family office. David leads the Financial Services and FinTech sectors, working closely with management teams across the Synova portfolio to support their growth plans. He currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of AllClear Insurance, Stackhouse Poland and Fleetway Group. David was recently featured in the prestigious Dow Jones-Financial News ’40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Private Equity’.
David Porter has over 30 years’ experience in private equity and investment and is a Partner of Apposite Capital LLP, a private equity firm exclusively focused on healthcare. Prior to founding Apposite in 2006, David worked on a number of large leveraged buy-outs with Nomura’s PFG. He then founded Nomura International’s healthcare investment and corporate finance groups. David is involved in the UK healthcare industry, having served on a number of health boards (e.g. the London Health Commission, the Health Reform reference group for the UK DoH). For information about Apposite Capital, please visit www.appositecapital.com
David Santos started his private equity career at Spanish upper mid-market firm Alantra PE in 2006. Before that, he worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and as a financial analyst at Salomon Brothers. He has played a leading role in the acquisition, monitoring and divestment of several portfolio companies, including private hospital group Xanit, plastic edge band manufacturer Probos and smart grids and telecom equipment provider ZIV. More recently, David completed the acquisition of MD Moldes, a manufacturer of high-value added moulds and plastic parts for the automotive industry. David holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Dhruv covers venture capital investments at the Wellcome Trust, a politically and financially independent biomedical research charity based in London that funds science globally from its internally managed £23.2bn investment portfolio, which is invested in public equities, private equity, venture capital, hedge funds, and UK property. Prior to this he worked in TMT Investment Banking at Canaccord Genuity London.
Professor at London Business School, founder of its Institute of Private Equity, Governor of Tel Aviv University and the advisory board of the African Venture Capital Association. A serial cornerstone investor, notably a turnaround of a NASDAQ company driving the share price from $3.25 to $52 when sold to BMC Software for $700 million and co-founded SunRay Renewable Energy which was acquired in one of Europe’s largest venture exits of that year. Co-author of International Private Equity, broadly considered to be the reference book on the private equity industry. He was previously on the faculty of UCLA, Wharton and Wisconsin.
Emma has advised many of the leading European and international private equity houses and their investee companies on a range of leveraged buy-outs and related transactions over the last 20 years. Named in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 for 2018 and Legal Business’ Women Deal Stars of 2018, Emma is also recognised in Chambers and Partners for being a “highly bright, personable, commercial and effective lawyer”. Emma is contributor to “Private Equity Exits – A Practical Analysis” (both the first edition in 2011 and the second edition in 2016), and is a regular commentator in the PE press on the market.
Frans Tieleman is Managing Partner and Executive Committee member of Eurazeo since 2008. His investment track record includes includes investing over €2.5bn in companies such as Asmodee, Neovia, and Moncler, as well as Eurazeo PME, Rhone and Idinvest. Frans serves on the Investment Committees of Eurazeo Capital, Croissance and Brands, and the Supervisory Board of PME and the board of Idinvest. He leads investment partnerships, funds, and strategic developments for the group.
Gabrielle leads the Rede Partners Origination and Client Development team and has over 12 years’ private equity experience. Gabrielle joined Rede after spending ten years with MVision Private Equity Advisers, most recently as Senior Director. At MVision, she worked with a range of leading managers across the private equity, venture capital, private debt and infrastructure spaces. Previously, she was an Investment Analyst within the Life Sciences team at Atlas Venture, a global venture capital investor. She began her career with strategy consulting firm L.E.K. Consulting. Gabrielle holds an MA in Natural Sciences (Pharmacology) from Cambridge University.
Garry is one of the founding partners of Endless LLP and has over 20 years’ experience in transforming businesses and private equity. He has sourced, executed and managed much of the Endless portfolio. Garry manages relations with investors and sits on the BVCA committee for UK & European Capital, having chaired it for 3 years. In 2014 he launched the Enact Fund for SME investments at Endless. Endless invests up to £80m into mid-market UK companies. Established in 2005, Endless has a portfolio of over 20 companies, employing more than 12,000 staff and a turnover in excess of £2.1bn.
Gareth joined Silverfleet Capital in 1997 and heads the UK investment team with additional responsibility for investment in the retail, leisure and consumer sector as well as investment activity in the Nordic region. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Phase One, Masai Clothing Company and Riviera Travel and was previously a director of a number of former portfolio companies including 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.
Graham McDonald is Head of Global Private Equity and is responsible for the Private Equity and Venture Capital businesses within the Private Markets Division of Aberdeen Standard Investments. Graham joined Aberdeen Asset Management in 2014 as part of Scottish Widows Investment Partnership heritage where he also led the Private Equity business. He has extensive experience in the private equity sector with a strong network of leading private equity funds and sits on a number of advisory boards. Graham is a chairman of the investment and portfolio committees and is also regular a speaker on private equity.
Hamish has 30 years of investment experience, over 25 years of those in private equity. He has been Head of the BMO Private Equity team since inception, from Martin Currie Investment Management, and throughout its ownership by F&C and now BMO. Hamish oversees all the fund vehicles that the team manages and, specifically, is lead manager of the London Stock Exchange listed BMO Private Equity Trust PLC. Hamish was a Director of Martin Currie Investment Management between 1996 and 2005, where his responsibilities included small companies and Far Eastern equities. Hamish is a graduate of Aberdeen University and Edinburgh University.
Hani is an Investment Principal based in the firm’s London office.
Prior to joining Coller Capital in 2012, Hani was an Associate at Arcapita, where he focused on European private equity and infrastructure investments. Previously, he worked on European M&A deal execution at both Nomura International and Lehman Brothers.
Hani has a BS in Computer Science from the American University of Beirut, and an MSc in Management from École de Management de Lyon.
James is responsible for Drax’s engagement with Private Equity sponsors and proposition development. Having led the focus within Private Equity for over a decade, James has led and supported a number of significant Private Equity transactions, pre and post deal in Europe and the US, through identifying and introducing the executive teams of Chair, CEO and CFO to the portfolio companies.
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.
Jean-François is the CEO of Edmond de Rothschild Private Equity (France), a management company investing a minority investment fund (ERES) and a mid-market buyout fund of funds (Privilege). He started his career as a strategic consultant at McKinsey & Co. He has over 20 years of experience in private equity starting at DSP in Philadelphia and as head of Vestar’s Paris office. He is held numerous board positions in both private and public companies. He is a graduate of HEC Paris and Harvard Business School (MBA).
Jean-Paul is Head of RBS International’s Funds Banking team in Guernsey and leads the bank’s Fund Administrator sub-sector strategy across Jersey, Guernsey, Luxembourg and London.JP has 20 years’ banking experience during which he has consistently focused on a combination of client relationship management and credit structuring, undertaking roles in Commercial Banking, Real Estate Finance, Corporate Finance and Corporate Credit.He has supported the funds industry since 2008 and worked with clients across a wide range of asset classes, helping them to achieve their goals through the full spectrum of banking services, including financing, cash management and risk management solutions.
Jean-Philippe is Deputy Director overseeing the EIF Lower Mid-Market activity and portfolio. He manages a team of 32 professionals, having committed €1.7bn during 2017. Jean-Philippe’s responsibilities cover Primary Investments in European Private Equity and Private Debt (Hybrid and Senior) funds, as well as Co-Investments alongside portfolio funds and Secondary Investments. On top of the main mandates managed on behalf of EIB, EC and Member States, his team has been instrumental in deploying EIF’s funds-of-funds initiatives in the Baltics, Poland, Portugal and Turkey. Jean-Philippe joined the EIF in 2000, and has to date amassed 23 years fund-of-funds and private equity experience.
John Gilligan has worked in 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 the Director of the Oxford Saïd Finance Lab at Saïd Business School, a non-executive director and Investment Committee member of Big Issue Invest, one of the largest social impact investors in the UK. John is also a Visiting Professor at Imperial College Business school and has degrees from Southampton University, Nottingham University and London Business School.
Julian entered the PE industry in 1990 and has completed over 35 transactions at Natwest Ventures (Bridgepoint), Hg Capital, LDC and Connection Capital. Julian co-founded Ethos Partners in 2018 as a Private Investment Office allowing High Net Worth clients to invest directly into high quality, lower mid-market private equity transactions alongside Ethos’ principals.
Kevin is part of the investor relations team at Triton Partners and is currently responsible for investor coverage in the United Kingdom and Asia Pacific. He joined Triton in 2008.
Kristina is an experienced private equity professional and leads Rede’s coverage throughout the Nordic region, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain. She has worked across Rede’s clients from some of the largest Pan-European managers to specialist first time funds. With over 14 years’ private equity and financial markets experience, Kristina previously worked as a Director within the Investor Relations team of Palamon. Prior to Palamon she spent seven years at Lehman Brothers in ECM, responsible for relationship and coverage of European clients and the execution of transactions totalling over $30bn. Kristina holds a BSc in Business Management, IT and Languages from the University of York.
Maggie has more than 12 years of experience in the sustainable and impact investing arena. She focuses on fundraising and investor relations across Bridges’ platform of funds, as well as strategy and business development of Bridges as a firm. She also sits on the BVCA Advisory Group on Impact Investment and on the Working Group on Re-visioning Social Investment as part of the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investing. She is a frequent speaker on the topics of sustainable and impact investment.
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.
Maria Claudia Prieto covers Adveq’s investment activities in Europe focusing on co-investments, emerging managers, club funds and turnaround investments. Prior to joining Schroder Adveq in 2013, Maria Claudia worked for Capital Dynamics where she focused on co-investments and structured finance. She started her career in the Investment Banking division of Credit Suisse. Maria Claudia holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Masters of Science in Statistics from Yale University, New Haven, US.
Martin Calderbank is Managing Partner at Agilitas Private Equity, a London based pan-European mid-market firm which focuses on making investments in defensible businesses to support strong managers to lead their companies through transformational change. Martin founded Agilitas in 2011 and has over 20 years of private equity experience. He started his career with McKinsey before moving into private equity. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University. He speaks English and French.
Mounir “Moose” Guen is the Chief Executive Officer of MVision, founded in 2001. Moose is a veteran fundraising specialist and adviser with 30 years of experience, having worked on over 350 General Partnership funds. Selected as one of Private Equity’s 100 most influential personalities of the decade in 2011, he led MVision to become one of the leading private equity capital raising firms. Moose is a member of the NYU President’s Global Council, the Liberal Studies Dean’s Council and sits on the faculty of London Business School and is a mentor in the Hong Kong University MBA Mentorship Programme.
Nicki has over ten years’ experience of investing in the UK lower mid-market, including 7 years at Inflexion Private Equity. In 2013, she took a sabbatical to complete the Sloan Fellowship Program at Stanford, followed by three years establishing and developing an EdTech company in California, gaining experience on the entrepreneur’s side of the table! Nicki is now a founding partner at Apiary Capital; in July 2018 they announced the close of their oversubscribed debut fund at it’s £200m hard cap and the completion of their inaugural investment in The Appointment Group, which Nicki sits on the board of.
Nicol Fraser joined Dunedin from Bridgepoint in 2001. He has overall responsibility for Dunedin’s New Investment Team and leads the technology sector team. Nicol has led investments across Industrials, Businesses Services and TMT including, most recently, Kee Safety, the global supplier of safety solutions and CitySprint, which Dunedin supported in completing 27 acquisitions over a seven year period. He currently represents Dunedin on the Board of Weldex. Nicol qualified as a chartered accountant with Tenon in 1991, following which he joined the corporate recovery team and subsequently qualified as an Insolvency Practitioner in 1996.
Petra is involved in all aspects of secondary investments including the analysis, evaluation and completion of secondary transactions and has been a member of the secondary team since joining Pantheon in 2006. Prior to joining Pantheon she was an investment banking analyst at Lehman Brothers focusing on M&A and other corporate finance mandates. Petra holds an MS in Finance from the University of Utah and is a CFA Charterholder. Petra is based in London.
Philippe is part of the Glendower Capital investment team since its inception in 2017. Prior to that Philippe spent three years in the private equity secondaries business of Deutsche Bank. He also worked for 3 years at Credit Suisse as an investment banking Associate in the Global Industrials Group and for two years at Booz & Company as a Senior Consultant in the Financial Services Practice. Philippe holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Master of Engineering (Diplôme d’Ingénieur) from Telecom ParisTech.
Pieter-Jan Frederix is a Principal within the Private Equity team at Unigestion with a specific focus on direct investments.
He started his private equity career in 2008 at VSS, a mid-market private equity fund, after having worked for 3 years in M&A at Bear Stearns and KPMG.Pieter-Jan holds a Masters degree in Commercial Engineering from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and a Masters degree in Financial Management from the Vlerick Business School.
Raj has over 25 years of experience in the Healthcare industry and working with private equity. His Healthcare experience spans both working as a practitioner, having initially qualified and practiced as a cardiac surgeon at Oxford, through to extensive transactional experience gained as Co-Head of Goldman Sachs Healthcare investment banking practice. Raj Co-Heads the NC Advisory Healthcare sector as well as holds several non-executive positions. Raj holds a BSc and degrees in medicine and surgery, MBBS from Imperial College as well as being Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and an MBA from London Business School.
Richard is based in the firm’s London office and focuses on both co-investment and secondary transactions. Richard represents Hamilton Lane on several fund advisory boards and is a regular conference speaker. Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in 2011, Richard worked as a Director with Alliance Trust Equity Partners, where he helped establish a private equity fund investment business together with making a number of direct investments. Previously, Richard worked in the UK at Noble Group, where he was responsible for making and managing venture and growth capital investments. Richard received a B.Com. from the University of Edinburgh.
Tim Ashlin is a Partner at Synova Capital and has a broad range of investment experience across the UK mid-market. He is focused on the Healthcare and Education sectors and is a Non-Executive Director of Clyde Munro Dental Group and Oakland Primecare.
Vianney is BBI’s equity director, responsible for the implementation of the Managed Funds programme – investing £500m in venture and growth funds of funds. He also manages a maturing £150m portfolio of venture funds of funds. BBI is a commercial subsidiary of the British Business Bank, the UK development bank. Vianney’s previous life was spent working as an investment banker for RBS, leading their Strategic Equity team efforts in Northern Europe. He holds a Masters in business and a Masters in financial market engineering from Dauphine University (Paris).
Yaron leads Rede’s secondaries and transactions practice, advising Rede’s clients on a wide range of secondary and GP-led transactional solutions. He is also involved with origination activities across both primary and secondary mandates. With 15 years of private equity experience, Yaron has led numerous transactions including portfolio sales, direct secondary transactions, fund restructurings, staple transactions and captive GP spin-offs. Prior to joining Rede, Yaron worked for over five years at global secondaries investor Paul Capital, where he co-founded the London deal team, and before that as an investment manager at Cedar Fund, an early stage venture investor.
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